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Is this the best street for food in whole of UK?

Google vote sees Hope Street competing with Rusholme's curry mile, while Mathew Street takes on Kings Road for fashion crown

Published on February 10th 2010.

Is this the best street for food in whole of UK?

HOPE Street, with restaurants including the London Carriage Works, Ego, Host and the Everyman Bistro, has gone head to head with Rusholme's Curry Mile in a Googe vote to find the best foodie street in Britain.

And Mathew Street, home of Cavern Walks and WAG-tastic boutique Cricket, is also on a long list to be named the UK's best fashion thoroughfare, with contenders like London's Kings Road in a long list of 20.

The search engine has announced the launch of the Google Street View Awards, which it calls a celebration of Britain’s best-loved streets as voted for by the public in a nationwide poll. Four streets from within the North West have been nominated for the awards by Google’s panel of various luminaries in the food and fashion sectors.

Both Manchester and Liverpool compete in the Best Foodie Street category, with Richard Harden, co-editor of the Harden’s Restaurant Guide, nominating both Hope Street in Liverpool and Wilmslow Road in Rusholme, Manchester’s famous curry mile.

The winner, however, will have to demonstrate a “unique mix of mouth-watering options which could include fine dining, cafés, market stalls and delicatessens, all covering a diverse mix of food types and price points”, it says. But as it's a public vote, anything could go.

Mr Harden said Hope Street is “Liverpool's most genteel street, between the two cathedrals, houses almost all the city's restaurants of any interest,” while council leader Warren Bradley said: ‘’Liverpool is blessed to have so much culture and creativity packed into the city which everyone saw when we were European Capital of Culture. It’s fantastic that two of our

most dynamic and famous streets have received similar recognition in these Google Street Awards.

"I’m sure any fashionista who has shopped in the Mathew Street area or the countless food lovers who have dined along the many great restaurants on Hope Street will vote right away.’’

The four streets within the North West will now join 46 others, which some would say is more longlist than shortlist, in a nationwide public vote which closes on Sunday 28th February. The winners will be announced in March.

The North West proved popular with Google’s panel. Editor of Glamour, Jo Elvin, nominated Manchester’s New Cathedral Street for Britain’s Best Fashion Street. Mathew Street was nominated by Daily Mirror Fashion Editor Amber Morales.

Justine Mills, owner of Cricket, said: “Mathew Street has been at the cutting edge of fashion since the 1960s, from the Beatle’s walking to the Cavern Club in their winklepicker boots to the modern day footballer’s wives shopping at Cricket in their Christian Louboutin heels. Cricket are delighted to be positioned on this enigmatic street and are excited to be included on the shortlist for Britain’s Best Fashion Street.”

Mary Colston, of The Hope Street Hotel, added: “The London Carriage Works is enormously proud that Hope Street has been nominated, but then we are enormously proud of our street and our neighbours on it.”

In another category, Britain's Most Picturesque Street, Liverpool failed to make the list of nominees. But so did Manchester, so that's all right then.

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

ADFebruary 9th 2010.

Clearly the judges didnt make it to mathew street of a night. Or bother to eat on the awful curry mile.

L. MatchoeFebruary 9th 2010.

Googlers will eat ANYTHING!

EditorialFebruary 9th 2010.


AnonymousFebruary 9th 2010.

Falkner Square is certainly the prettiest square in Britain

Pop TartFebruary 9th 2010.

Does anyone remember Armadillo over the road from the Grapes........ that was a fabulous place!

Mole of Edge HillFebruary 9th 2010.

The 23 Restaurant is a bit of an enigma

Egon TosztFebruary 9th 2010.

Whatever happened to the '23 Restaurant'?

AndyFebruary 9th 2010.

What about The Grapes in Mathew Street. Their home cooked steak batch, egg & chips circa 1974 washed down with a pint of Higsons was pure heaven.

JayFebruary 9th 2010.

The curry mile is home to a collection of some of the worst restaurants i've ever eaten in. I'm also confused by this quote from google “unique mix of mouth-watering options which could include fine dining, cafés, market stalls and delicatessens, all covering a diverse mix of food types and price points” because the vast majority of restaurants in Rusholme serve the exact same things.

London RoadFebruary 9th 2010.

There is one boutique on Mathew St. The woman from the Mirror was obviously nobbled. What about the glorious Bold St?

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