You’ve been sending in your nominations for the inaugural Watford Observer Food Awards over the last three weeks and today voting begins.

You have until Monday, June 25 to vote via email or by posting the voting slip on page 29 of this week's paper.

While you are voting for who will win The Reader’s Choice Award, staff at the Watford Observer will be visiting restaurants to meet the owners and try the food so they can award each category the Watford Observer’s Favourite.

We’ve gone through all your suggestions and put together the shortlist below. Choose your favourite and get voting!

Butchers & Delis

G Gibsons Butchers, The Parade

Medina Food Store, Whippendell Road

Med Cakes, Whippendell Road

La Bottega Italiana, Market Street

Gill Catering, St Albans Road

Coffee shops & cafes

Cafe Amici, Baldwins Lane

Ocean Bells Coffee, High Street

Cafe Bucknalls, Bucknalls Lane

Dome Café, St Albans Road

LP Café, The Parade

Viento Coffee Company, St Albans Road

Fresh Shop, Market Street

W Shakespeare Bistro Café, High Street

Eats and Treats, St Albans Road

Indian Restaurants

Indian Sizzler, Longspring

Raj Garden, Park Avenue

Prince of Bengal, Langley Way

Standard Tandoori, Watford Road

Rabbani, The Parade

Spice Lounge, Market Street

Taste of Lahore, High Street

Lahore Restaurant, St Albans Road

Fish & Chips

Vikings, Tolpits Lane

Ocean World Fish and Chips, Queen’s Road

Meriden Fish Bar, The Gossamers

Codland, Courtlands Drive

Ebb Tide, Market Street

The Corner Plaice, Baldwins Lane

Anchor Fish Bar, St Albans Road

Fine Dining

Lahore Restaurant

The Stables at The Grove

Barracuda, High Street

Collette’s Restauran at The Grove, Hempstead Road

Blue Check, High Street Bushey

Middletons Steakhouse & Grill, King Street

Email your votes to or post them to Food Awards, Observer House, Caxton Way, Watford, WD18 8RJ.