The excitement is over - the shortlisted restaurants, cafes and bars have been announced for the 2015 Midlothian Food and Drink Awards.
This year’s competition attracted 11,997 online votes, which is almost a 50 per cent rise on last year.
In the coming weeks, the finalists (with the exception of producer and outside caterer category) will receive a mystery shopping visit.
The results of these visits combined with information supplied by the businesses will be used to determine the winners.
The independent panel of judges consists of Gordon Hodgson (chairman of Midlothian Food & Drink Group), Manuela Calchini (Visit Scotland), Quintin Young (Midlothian Tourism Forum), Councillor Jim Bryant (Midlothian Council) and James Fraser (Business Gateway).
Full story and details of the shortlisted businesses in this week’s Advertiser. On sale now