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AWARDS FOR THE BEST OF THE BEST; the godiva awards 2007.

THE best local entertainment venues and businesses celebrated their success at the glittering Godiva Awards ceremony.

The awards were established four years ago to promote and reward excellence in the region.

The awards are divided into three categories; the Lifestyle Awards in association with the Coventry Telegraph; the Business Awards in association with Coventry University; and the Ambassadors Award, nominated and voted for members of the City of Coventry Ambassadors Group UK.

THOUSANDS of people in Coventry and Warwickshire voted for their favourite places to eat, drink, shop and be entertained in the Lifestyle Awards in association with the Coventry Telegraph.

The winners were:

BEST BAR

Inspire in Christchurch Spire, New Union Street, Coventry, took the coveted title of Coventry's best bar. Housed in an old church tower, it offers a wide selection of beers and has a heated out-door seating area.

BEST CAFE

Flames Cafe, in Bull Yard, Coventry was honoured for its traditional, excellent quality English meals and snacks that are served all day at the popular art deco-style venue.

BEST CLUB

Rainbows in Short Street, Parkside, Coventry, is a busy gay-owned and gay-run pub on the outskirts of Coventry city centre, with two bars, beer garden, chill-out area, pool table and a large dance area upstairs. It plays the finest in dance, house, pop, R&B and dance floor classics every week from resident DJs.

BEST HOTEL

Brooklands Grange Hotel in Holyhead Road, Coventry, retained this honour.

The 16th Century Jacobean farmhouse enjoys a beautiful semi-rural location and period setting.

BEST LIVE VENUE

Taylor John's House, Coal Vaults, Canal Basin, Coventry, is the city's newest live venue. An offshoot of the Tin Angel, the venue operates four nights a week from Thursday to Sunday with the same eclectic mix of music and musicians.

BEST PUB

The Greyhound Inn, at Sutton Stop, Longford, Coventry, took the title of best pub for the third year. With its canalside location, beer and great food, including fishcakes and the pub's famous pies, Telegraph readers just could not resist voting the pub their favourite in the region.

BEST RESTAURANT

Turmeric Gold, in Spon Street, Coventry walked away with this honour yet again.

The restaurant has recently been named one of the top 30 curry restaurants in the UK at the British Curry Awards.

BEST SHOP

Astley Book Farm, near Bedworth, has a wide range of titles as well as a great collection of antique volumes.

The award is added to the honour in 2005 when it was named Best New Venture.

BEST THEATRE

The Criterion Theatre in Earlsdon, Coventry walked away with this award.

The privately-owned 120 seat venue, which lists Coventry-born music impressario Pete Waterman as one of its patrons, hosts eight main productions a year.

The company also runs workshops for experienced and non-experienced members and Saturday morning classes for juniors aged five to 18.

BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION

Compton Verney in Warwickshire. The art gallery is set in a magnificent Robert Adam mansion in a 120 acre landscaped park and is home to a permanent art collection as well as temporary exhibitions.

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Best Cafe Flames; Best Live Venue Taylor John's House; Best Shop Astley Book Farm; Best Visitor Attraction Compton Verney; Best Bar Inspire; Best Club Rainbows; Best Restaurant Turmeric Gold; Best Theatre Criterion; Best Hotel Brook lands Grange; Best Pub Greyhound
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 29, 2007
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