Platters of curry, salad, dahl, rice and raita, are all under £10 at the five sites in this Bristol chain, a previous award winner.
1 Regents Street, Bristol BS8 4HW; 0117 974 3793; thethalicafe.co.uk
Everything from fancy fish finger sandwiches to Lebanese fattoush.
1 Boyce’s Ave, Bristol BS8 4AA; 0117 946 6577; primrosecafe.co.uk
Bristol cafe chain committed to great food (like pho and laksa) for an equally great cause: a cut of profits from the monthly special goes towards a developing world microfinance project.
36 Victoria St, Bristol BS1 6BY; 0117 929 8971; friskafood.com
Sharing plates and grills and salads to graze on.
65 Castle St, Cirencester, Glos GL7 1QD; 01285 643199;somewhereelse.co.uk
Tapas, snacks and canapes from salt cod fishcakes to Portuguese custard tarts.
84 Alma Rd, Bristol BS8 2DJ; 0117 973 6569; papadeli.co.uk
Polish kitchen in Harringay serving great goulash.
488 W Green Rd, N15 3DA; 020 8889 2999; autograf.biz
Last year’s winner: classic Punjabi dishes and almost always a queue out the door.
83-89 Fieldgate St, E1 1JU; 020 7247 8521; tayyabs.co.uk
British ingredients, great Mexican street food.
66 Chandos Pl, WC2N 4HG; 020 7240 1883; wahaca.co.uk
The daily specials are even better than the udon noodle-based dishes.
49 Frith St, W1D 4SG; 020 7434 4463; koya.co.uk
Mangal 1 Ocakbasi
Your pick of Dalston’s Turkish restaurants. Try the Yogurtlu Sis with lamb or chicken – or any vegetarian option involving aubergine.
10 Arcola St, E8 2DJ; 020 7275 8981; mangal1.com
Stable at the Bull Hotel
Dorset pizzeria pairing the likes of Dorset four-cheese pizza with a huge cider menu.
34 East St, Bridport, DT6 3LF; 01308 426876; thestabledorset.co.uk
Cafe in the Park
Community cafe on the London/Hertfordshire borders, a bright open space with delicious cakes and tall jars of sweets.
The Aquadrome, Frogmoor Lane, Rickmansworth, WD3 1NB; 01923 711131; thecafeinthepark.com
Mexican street food joint: the food is as vibrant as the decor (stuffed jalapenos and dahlia wallpaper).
36 Gloucester Rd, Brighton, BN1 4AQ; 01273 945926; lachoza.co.uk
Seasonal and local ingredients on Margate seafront, imaginative toppings – and cakes, too.
14a Marine Dr, Margate, Kent CT9 1DH; 01843 297700 greatbritishpizzacompany.wordpress.com
Burned down after voting closed. Until its return, get their burgers at Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn, and at Parr St in Liverpool.
100 High St, Manchester M4 1HP; 0161 832 8644;almostfamousburgers.com
Trof Northern Quarter
Craft beers, Lancashire muffins and the in-house special “Trof” hot dogs.
8 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1EU; 0161 833 3197; trof.co.uk
Championing local produce from more than 300 farms.
Railway Rd, Harrogate, North Yorks, HG2 8NZ; 0142 354 6111;fodderweb.co.uk
60% of Silversmith’s suppliers are Sheffield-based. They hold regular “field to plate” nights, too.
111 Arundel St, Sheffield S1 2NT; 0114 270 6160; silversmiths-restaurant.com
Fry-ups, antipasti and bean burgers handmade with local ingredients.
20 Pelham St, Nottingham, NG1 2EG; 0115 924 3030;homemadecafe.com
Punjabi food at bargain prices.
The Cornerhouse, Trinity Square, Nottingham NG1 4DB; 0115 958 4848; tamatanga.com
Alley Cafe Bar
Imaginative vegetarian and vegan food in an artsy setting.
Cannon Ct, Longrow West, Nottingham NG1 6JE; 0115 955 1013;alleycafe.co.uk
Tapas and specials at this Nottingham favourite.
12 Victoria St, Nottingham, NG1 2EX; 0115 948 4461;delilahfinefoods.co.uk
Great Neapolitan pizzas, home-cooked Italian staples and a largely Venetian wine list.
39 High St, Manningtree, Essex, CO11 1AH; 01206 390044;luccafoods.co.uk
Lussman’s Fish & Grill
Old world European dishes – bouillabaise, steak frites and duck with orange – at reasonable prices.
Waxhouse Gate, St Albans, Herts, AL3 4EW; 01727 851941;lussmanns.com
Champions East Anglian micro industries – cheese dairies, craft breweries and local fishermen.
Strattons Hotel, Ash Close, Swaffham, Norfolk PE37 7NH; 01760 725605; strattons-hotel.co.uk
Eclectic menu from Cromer crab to Middle Eastern rice dishes. Also evening cocktails and live music.
19 Bedford St, Norwich NR2 1AR; 01603 618902; franksbar.co.uk
Started by a burrito-obsessed husband and wife; fine tacos, too.
73 Botanic Ave, Belfast BT7 1JL; 028 9031 5334; boojummex.com
Great wheaten bread (Northern Irish brown soda bread) and their award-winning cinnamon scones.
118 High St, Holywood, BT18 9HW; 028 9042 1419;
Boojum’s soul food sister serves up Southern dishes from pulled pork to beef brisket and cornbread to coleslaw.
12 Callender St, Belfast, BT1 5BN; 028 9027 8220; bubbacue.com
James St Bar & Grill
Daily specials for under a tenner and beef cooked on a Josper grill are just two things that make this central Belfast brasserie a local favourite.
21 James St South, Belfast BT2 7GA; 028 9560 0700;belfastbargrill.co.uk
Family-run deli cafe in Renfrewshire. Highlights include Dingwall haggis and a risotto of wild mushrooms.
5 Houston Square, Johnstone, Renfrewshire PA5 8DT; 01505 325772;papamacsdelibistro.co.uk
This Edinburgh brasserie excels at fish dishes such as pan-fried pollock and fish pie.
55 Thistle St, Edinburgh EH2 1DY; 0131 225 3275;bonvivantedinburgh.co.uk
The Tippling House
Ultra-local produce – from Glenfiddich to Grampian rhubarb.
4 Belmont St, Aberdeen, AB10 1JE; thetipplinghouse.com
Edinburgh cafe/bistro with afternoon teas, allergy-friendly options and “pot-tails” (cocktails served in tea pots).
23/24 Sandport Pl, Leith, EH6 6EW; 0131 476 5268; roseleaf.co.uk
Innovative vegetarian food amid bunting-clad ceilings and chintzy lampshades.
213 City Rd, Cardiff CF24 3JD; 029 2047 3150; milgilounge.com
Restaurant attached to a Spanish produce importerTapas favourites such as albondigas (meatballs) and boquerones (anchovies).
31 Pier St, Aberystwyth, SY23 2LN; 01970 630686;
Asian street food dishes, from Mumbai to Manila.
53 Crwys Rd, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4ND; 02920 376222; katiwok.co.uk
Chapter Arts Centre
Try the harissa chicken burger and warm mixed bean salad with beetroot and squash.
Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE; 029 2030 4400; chapter.org
24 October 2013