LOVERS of fine food will welcome news a midlands eatery has been named among Britain's top ten.

The Good Food Guide published by Waitrose places Restaurant Sat Bains at number four in their countdown of their best 50.

The Nottinghamshire venue, which scored a near-perfect nine out of ten, also scooped the editor's Best Front-of-House by the guide.

Other midlands restaurants named in the top 50 are Simpsons in Birmingham at 40 and Adam's, also in the second city, at 43.

Sat Bains said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received the Front-of-House award. What makes it so much more special for us is that it comes directly from our customers.

"Feedback and exceeding guests’ expectations are crucial in delivering a world class service.

“The secret is just listening to our guests. We’ve invested heavily in training the team in order to create a relaxed but professional service and we’re very proud of them all, past and present.”

The guide has more good news for the region, Salt in Stratford-upon-Avon has been named editor's Best New Entry with a cooking score of five.

Elizabeth Carter, editor of The Good Food Guide, said of Salt: “When we first came across Paul Foster’s cooking, we were so impressed we awarded him our Up-and-Coming Chef award for 2012. Now his first solo venture has beaten off some really stiff competition to win Best New Entry.

“Salt is a real passion project for this young chef, made possible by crowdfunding - with contributors paying as little as £20 to help kickstart the business. All I can say is lucky Stratford.”

Paul Foster, head chef at Salt, said: "We were totally blown away when we found out that we had won this award, especially because so many amazing restaurants have opened this year.

"We have been really lucky to find a team that are genuinely lovely people, and they work hard with us to make sure our customers have a great dining experience. This award is recognition of that hard work and we can't wait to celebrate winning it with them."

The Good Food Guide is compiled by combining reader feedback on restaurants up and down the country with anonymous inspections by a team of industry experts.

A top score of 10 is very rare and the guide's highest accolade, it is awarded for perfect dishes and showing faultless technique at every service.