Maison Bleue in Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft Tandoori named among UK's best in TripAdvisor restaurant awards
Two restaurants in Suffolk have been named among the UK's best in TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice 'Best of the Best' awards.
The awards by the travel company are based on the reviews customers have left on their website.
Karine Canevet, who runs Maison Bleue, said: "We are delighted. It is fantastic, especially after what we have been through with Covid-19.
"We had to do something to keep going [during lockdown] - we couldn't wait for things to happen. Like any other business, we are quite resilient people."
The restaurant, which specialises in French food and fish, has been nominated in the category on several occasions previously, the last of which was in 2020. Mrs Canevet puts the continued success down to their hard-working team and loyal customers.
"We have a hard-working team and great support from our customers as well," she said.
"We have been in here for many years now, and I think this must be the eighth or ninth time we have been part of the best fine dining restaurants by TripAdvisor. It's really important to us because it is the customers who are choosing and voting.
"I would like young people to understand how fantastic it is to work in a restaurant. You learn so many things, and everyday is different."
Meheraj Alam, the owner of The Lowestoft Tandoori, an Indian takeaway, was equally delighted to have been named among the UK's best.
"It's awesome - we are feeling fantastic because all of our team are very dedicated to what we do," he said.
"All of our customers are liking our food and it is getting very popular. We are super excited and very happy."
Mr Alam's restaurant has been located in the centre of Lowestoft since 2012, and after building a loyal customer based, they have blossomed ever since.
"What we are doing is getting very good feedback from our customers, so it's encouraging us to do an even better job for the future.
"We want to keep on that level and keep on top so we can perform even better."