THE biggest catch in last year's Retailer of the Year Cafe and Restaurants category was Lussmanns.

The fish and grill restaurant, in Waxhouse Gate, impressed our mystery diners by taking the place of reigning champions Barrisimo's in the category.

As usual the award, presented by committee member Councillor Melvyn Teare, was hotly contested by previous winners Thai Square, The Peahen and Bar Espresso.

This year's search for St Albans' favourite cafe and restaurant has already seen more than 15 of the vast amount of establishments the city boasts being nominated.

But the hunt continues, so keep your nominations coming in. Is there a particular retailer which you think deserves to be rewarded at our Alban Arena gala awards on June 20?

All nominations for our six categories - fashion and accessories, specialist shops, markets trader, hair and beauty, restaurants and cafes, and food and drink – should be received by midnight on May 13.

After this date our team of mystery shoppers will hit the streets, putting each and every retailer to the test. All nominated retailers will also be sent a window poster to advertise their elite status.

The competition is a joint initiative between the Review, St Albans District Council, St Albans Civic Society and St Albans District Chamber of Commerce.

To nominate a retailer, simply fill in the form on this page and send it to the specified address. You can also text the name of the trader you want to nominate by texting the word ‘retailer’ followed by the name and address of the business to 80360. Texts cost 50p.

You can also nominate by filling out the form in this week’s Review or by clicking here and filling out our online nomination form: Nomination form You can also email your entry to