Information for Restaurants

Restaurants are invited to provide their customers with nomination postcards by downloading the artwork and getting the postcards professionally printed. Nominations are accepted between Monday 1 August and Monday 11 October 2016. Diners can also be directed to our website where nominations can be made on online. Please read on for information about:

- Eligibility


- Postcard Artwork


Each restaurant nominated for the Caribbean Restaurant and Take-Away Awards (CARAT) must meet the following criteria:

  • The dining establishment must be independently run and not part of a chain or franchise. By independently run we mean the owner/manager/chef is responsible for all decisions regarding the establishment 

  • Establishments will be judged according to the whole dining experience, to include: cooking; ingredients; service; atmosphere; environment

  • The 7 regional winners of the Caribbean Restaurant and Take-Away   Awards will be decided on by nominations from the general public and confirmation that an establishment meets the criteria laid out above

  • The regions are: London, South East, South West, East of England, Midlands, North East, North West, 

  • Any establishment found to be encouraging nominations through unfair means such as ‘bulk sending’ nomination postcards or pressuring diners and gathering nominations inappropriately will be automatically disqualified from entering

  • All postcard nominations must be received on professionally printed postcards, MUST be individually stamped or franked and must be completed in full by a member of the public

  • The decisions made by the judging panel are final

Frequently asked questions

Q: Can you give me more details on getting the postcard printed?

We recommend restaurants have postcards professionally printed in keeping with the high standards of the CARAT brand. Postcards should be the correct size – A6 size (105mm148mm). The quantity of postcards to print is at the restaurant's discretion depending on how many of their customers might be encouraged to take one. A guide might be to consider leaving a postcard with each bill. Below are guide prices on what it may cost to print the postcards (quote taken from vistaprint)


A6 Postcards printed on Glossy 220 g/m2 with black and white reverse side

a) 50 £11.98 + VAT
b) 100 £18.73 + VAT
c) 250 £30.35 + VAT
c) 500 £40.85 + VAT

Q: How many nominations did you receive last year?
None. This is the inaugural staging of the awards.

Q: How are nominations verified?
All nominations are individually verified by an independent company. They remove duplications, incomplete submissions and invalid entries e.g. false names. Each nomination postcard received must be individually franked or stamped to avoid block voting.

Q: Can restaurants publicise the Caribbean Restaurant and Take-Away Award?
We would encourage restaurants to publicise the award on their website, in their marketing communications and in their restaurants. Restaurants are able to publicise the award using the materials we’ve provided to them, whether that be in hardcopy or by reproducing them online. 

We have also provided a button that can be placed onto restaurant websites which links to our feedback form which allows customers to nominate online, for more information and to download, click here

We would not approve of restaurants offering their own incentives such as free prize draws or competitions in relation to the awards.

Q: How are the winners chosen?

The regional winners are chosen based on the most nominations received from the public for an establishment that meets the Good Food Guide criteria outlined above. Winners will also be judged on inspections and menus.