The Liverpool restaurant scooped the 'Taste of England' gong from Visit England

A restaurant in Cain's Brewery village has beaten off stiff competition to win gold at one of the country’s major tourism awards.

I’m so incredibly proud of the team and what they’ve achieved in such a small amount of time.

Lu Ban claimed gold at last night's Visit England Awards for Excellence 2022. The Liverpool restaurant, located in Cain’s Brewery in the city’s vibrant Baltic Triangle, won the Taste of England award, beating off competition from Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Lancashire, which took silver, and Fischer's Baslow Hall, Derbyshire, which claimed bronze.

Lu Ban Visit England Taste Of England Award 2022 Chef Dave Critchley Liverpool
A special moment for chef Dave Critchley Image: Lu Ban

The judges commented "the excellence of gastronomic experience is at the heart of everything they do" as Lu Ban restaurant celebrated the award at a ceremony held at the Library of Birmingham on Wednesday 8 June.

Lu Ban executive chef director Dave Critchley said: “It feels absolutely incredible to have gone and won the award.

“We were delighted to have even made it through to the finals and would have been equally as proud walking away with the bronze or silver but to win the gold is obviously really special.

“I’m so incredibly proud of the team and what they’ve achieved in such a small amount of time. It really is testament to what amazing teamwork, hard work and a positive mind set can achieve.”

Lu Ban Visit England Taste Of England Award 2022 Dave Critchley Liverpool
A night to remember for the Lu Ban team Image: Visit England / Simon Hadley Photography

The ceremony featured finalists from across 15 categories that were handpicked by tourism industry experts from more than 300 entries to the Visit England Awards for Excellence 2022 from across 14 regions.

Lu Ban Restaurant, which specialises in regional Chinese dishes, earned its chance to be in the final after being named Restaurant of the Year at the Liverpool City Region Tourism awards.

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Moor Hall won silver in the Taste of England award Image: Confidentials

The prestigious Visit England Awards for Excellence, running for more than 30 years, celebrate and champion innovation, quality and best practice across the industry recognising businesses and individuals who raise the bar of England’s tourism offer.

Runners up for the region in the national awards include Royal Liver Building 360 and British Music Experience for "Small Visitor Attraction of the Year". Chester Zoo won gold for "Large Visitor Attraction of the Year". 

A full list of all the winners is at Visit England

Lu Ban Restaurant, Cains Brewery Village, Stanhope St, Liverpool L8 5XJ

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