The Grange picked up the prestigious Restaurant of the Year title at the SME Bucks Business Awards 2017.
But Syed, the owner of the Grange Farm-based Indian restaurant, admits that only one prize matters to him – the sight of his customers smiling.
The Grange, which has won a host of awards since opening seven years ago, scooped its latest gong at a ceremony at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes.
The trophy came as a surprise to Syed (pictured above with his wife collecting the award) who revealed he had no idea he was going to win.
He explained: “The funny thing about this award is that I wasn’t expecting it.
“I was given two tickets to the event so I thought I would go along with my wife for a meal and a night out. It was a big surprise when they named us as the winner but it was a huge honour.
“The award is a credit to the staff at The Grange, who are all members of my family. Most of the kids have grown up with the business.
“But the smiles of my guests and their satisfaction means far more to me than any award. “It fills me with energy and it’s all that matters to me.”
The Grange won Asian Restaurant of the Year at the MK Food and Leisure Awards in 2016 and received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor in 2015.
The restaurant celebrated its success with a networking party – hosted by MKFM and attended by Celebrate:MK – where Syed was busy waiting on invited guests at their tables throughout the evening.
He explained: “I love what I do, it’s a passion.
“It doesn’t matter how many staff I have or what they do, I have to be there to make sure the job is done perfectly.
“I’ve been at The Grange for the last seven years and not one customer will have left without seeing me at least 10 to 12 times at the table.
“This is me, I’m always checking everything is OK. I have to tell my customers just to ignore me!”
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