Birmingham restaurant Carters of Moseley has been named the Good Food Guide’s Readers’ Restaurant of the Year.
The four-year-old independent venue beat competition from ten other regional finalists.
Praising the restaurant in St Mary’s Row, Wake Green Road, guide editor Elizabeth Carter said: “It was a tough judging assignment this year.
“Every one of our regional winners was operating at such a high standard.
“But ultimately Brad Carter and Holly Jackson’s small neighbourhood restaurant won our hearts and the Good Food Guide’s Readers’ Restaurant of the Year award.”
Carters' success comes after Birmingham was snubbed in the latest Good Food Guide after none of the city’s restaurants made the top 50 list.
The top 50 is dominated by restaurants in the South East and despite Birmingham boasting four Michelin star restaurants, and several more thought to be on the cusp, none made it.
Twelve new entries from the Midlands were included in the overall guide, published next Monday.
The nearest were The Wine House in Lichfield, Five Rivers in Walsall and Peel’s Restaurant at Hampton-in-Arden.
More than 30,000 diners across the country voted for their favourite restaurants in the readers' vote, producing a shortlist of favourites from each region.
Carters, opened in November 2010 by chef Brad Carter, 31, and front-of-house manager Holly Jackson, 29, received more praise from judges for standing out in Birmingham, where the standard of restaurants was already high.
Ms Carter said: “Exceptional friendliness, sheer professionalism, value for money and food that is not only delicious but also properly prepared, seasonal and locally sourced may be a simple recipe for success, but not many manage to get it so right.
“I wish every town had a restaurant of this standard.
“There are some fabulous restaurants in Birmingham, and it’s tough to stand out from the crowd.
“But Carters of Moseley is a fine example of what can be achieved with sheer determination and a modern, fresh outlook.
“The Midlands appears to be on a roll at the moment.”
The restaurant is also one of a select group in Birmingham to be listed in the Michelin Guide.