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MANCHESTER FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2015 AWARDS

MANCHESTER FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2015 AWARDS

The 18th Manchester Food and Drink Festival took place from the 10-21st September, with the glittering Gala Dinner and Awards providing the climactic closing ceremony for the Festival.  

The awards are recognised as the highest profile in the region and they continue to provide a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries throughout Greater Manchester. They are highly anticipated and regarded by business and consumer audiences alike.

The below businesses were announced as winners at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards, held for the first time in Manchester Cathedral.

The MFDF Judging Panel is made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts who selected the shortlists. The judges then ‘mystery shopped’ the nominated venues and the scores were then combined with votes from the public cast via the MFDF website.

Phil Jones, Festival Director commented:

“2015 has been a fantastic time to stage a food and drink festival and this year’s superb programme of events reflected that. The MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards, as always, is the climax to the Festival, and what a spectacular time to be presenting awards to the food and drink sector here in Greater Manchester. This year’s winners and nominees are a tribute to the extraordinary hospitality industry that continues to grow in size, variety, stature and national reputation, each and every year. Congratulations to all the MFDF shortlisted venues and especially to all the winners – bravo Manchester!”

 

The winners are…

Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Caterer.com

Aiming to recognise the best dining establishments in Manchester in 2015. This category refers to venues visited primarily for a full dining experience featuring table service, alcohol license etc.

THE WINNER:
The French - The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS.

THE SHORTLIST:

Volta - 167 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LN

The French - The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS

Hawksmoor – 186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB

Iberica - 14-15 The Avenue Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3HF

Hearth of the Ram - 13 Peel Brow, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 0AA

Mughli - 30 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, Lancashire M14 5TQ

LAST YEAR'S WINNER:  Manchester House

Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Manchester Evening News
Recognising the best new food and drink operations to open in Greater Manchester since the last awards decision period.

THE WINNER:
Hawksmoor 186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB

THE SHORTLIST:

Hawksmoor – 186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB

Iberica - 14-15 The Avenue Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3HF

Salut Wines - 11 Cooper Street, Manchester M2 2FW

Brassica - 27 Shaw Road, Heaton Moor, Manchester SK4 4AG

Lupo Caffè Italiano - 142 Chapel Street, Salford M3 6AF

Tariff & Dale - 2 Tariff Street, Manchester


LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Manchester House

Chef of the Year sponsored byMint Staffing Solutions

Aiming to recognise the most talented and outstanding work of chefs cooking in Greater Manchester kitchens - his or her skill, menu, commitment and contribution to the dining scene.

THE WINNER:
Alex Shaw, Volta, Didsbury.

THE SHORTLIST:
Aiden Byrne, Manchester House, Spinningfields, Manchester.

Abdulla Naseem, Hearth of the Ram, Ramsbottom.

David Leong, Yuzu, China Town, Manchester.

Alex Shaw, Volta, Didsbury.

Mike Jennings, Grenache, Walkden.

David Gale, The Lawn Club, Spinniningfields, Manchester.


LAST YEAR'S WINNER:
Adam Reid, The French, The Midland Hotel.

Pub of the Year Sponsored by Fever Tree
Identifying the finest pubs in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales/beers and atmosphere.

THE WINNER:
The Marble Arch - 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester M4 4HY 

THE SHORTLIST:
Bakers Vaults - Market Place, Stockport SK1 1ES

The Baum - 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire OL12 0NU

Wigan Central Bar - 1 Queen Street, Arch No. 1, Wigan WN3 4DY

The Marble Arch - 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester M4 4HY

The Harewood Arms - 2 Market St, Broadbottom, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 6AX

The Clarence, 2 Silver Street, Bury BL9 0EX

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: The Dockyard, MediaCityUK 

Food Pub of the Year Sponsored by R Noone and Sons.  

Acknowledging our region’s ‘gastro pubs’ - a chance for pubs to be recognized for what they’re doing in the kitchen, as a pub dining experience. 

THE WINNER: The Clarence    - 2 Silver Street, Bury BL9 0EX

THE SHORTLIST:

The Marble Arch  - 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester M4 4HY

The Clarence    - 2 Silver Street, Bury BL9 0EX

The Parlour    - 60 Beech Road, Manchester M21 9EG

Sam’s Chop House - Back Pool Fold, Manchester M2 1HN

Shoulder of Mutton - Holcombe Village, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 4LZ

The Angel, 6 Angel Street, Manchester, M4 4BQ 

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Eagle and Child Ramsbottom

Bar of the Year sponsored by I Love Manchester
Recognising the best drinking venues in the region that aren’t considered ‘pubs’.

THE WINNER:
Ply - 26 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1DW

THE SHORTLIST:

Volta - 167 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LN

Hawksmoor - 186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB

Wine & Wallop - 97 Lapwing Lane, Manchester M20 6UR

Salut Wines - 11 Cooper Street, Manchester M2 2FW

Cane & Grain - 49 -51 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA

Ply - 26 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1DW

LAST YEAR'S WINNER:  Manchester House

Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year sponsored by Taste of Manchester
Recognising the best coffee bars and teashops in the region.

THE WINNER:
Lupo Caffè Italiano - 142 Chapel Street, Salford M3 6AF 

THE SHORTLIST:

Pot Kettle Black - 14, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW

Grindsmith - 231 - 233 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN

North Tea Power - 36 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LA

Lupo Caffè Italiano - 142 Chapel Street, Salford M3 6AF

Fig & Sparrow – 20 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JA

Tea Hive - 53 Manchester Rd, Chorlton Cum Hardy M21 9PW 

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester 

Cheap Eats of the Year sponsored by Ahoy. 
Recognising the best venues that are visited for a high value, casual eating experience. Judges looking for venues that can offer a good meal for under a tenner!

THE WINNER:Lily’s - 75-83 Oldham Road, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7DF

THE SHORTLIST

Crazy Pedro’s - 55–57 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BQ

Siam Smiles - 48A George Street, City Centre, Manchester M1 4HF

Filthy Cow - 10 Tib Lane, Manchester M2 4JB

Lily’s - 75-83 Oldham Road, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7DF

Jasmine - 569 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester M21 8AE

Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn - 100-102 High Street, Manchester M4 1HP

LAST YEAR'S WINNER:  Viet Shack, Manchester Arndale

Best Food and Drink Retailer of the Year sponsored by Marston’s Brewery
This year the Best Food and Drink Retailer category will be searching the whole region for the best purveyors of food and drink ‘to go’ and be involving the general public in the process from the off - no shortlist will be announced by the judges. The Festival is asking the people of Greater Manchester once again to provide this shortlist and winner, and help us uncover the best food and drink retailer in the region. Votes can be cast on the Festival website at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards on 21st September.

THE WINNER:

A Taste of Honey, 138 Burton Rd, Manchester, M20 1JQ 

LAST YEAR’S WINNER:  Epicerie Ludo, Chorlton

Best Food and Drink Pop Up Event, Club or Project of the Year sponsored by Deliveroo.
Designed to recognize the ever more pioneering food and drink one off projects, events, activities and pop ups happening in the region. The criteria for this category are fairly broad and the judges will consider special events, markets, pop up bars or restaurants, and dining clubs. Votes for this award can be cast on the Festival website, and the Festival will announce a winner as at the Gala Dinner.

THE WINNER: Altrincham Market

THE SHORTLIST

Shebeen

Levenshulme Market

Blackjack Brewtap

Altrincham Market

Moss Cider Project

Real Junk Food Project 

LAST YEAR’S WINNER:  B.Eat Street Manchester 

Best Street Food of the Year sponsored by Capital FM.
The Festival also recognised one of the street food legends that are gracing our kerbs with an ever-increasing plethora of gastro goods.  A judging event for this award took place at the Festival Hub during MFDF 2015.

THE WINNER: Yakumama from Manchester.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER:
Mei Mei’s Street Cart

MFDF Award for Manchester’s Best Vegetarian Offer sponsored Louder Than War
The Festival, in association with cultural website, Louder Than War, decided that it was time to resurrect the award for best offering for vegetarians in a restaurant, in the city where the vegetarian movement all began.

THE WINNER:
Lotus Restaurant,
536 Wilmslow Road, M20 4BY 

The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement Sponsored by Salut Wines

Recognising a person or business who has contributed something outstanding to the food and drink industry in Greater Manchester over the last 16 years. There was no shortlist for this category but businesses and individuals nominated their peers.

THE WINNER: Mike and Maggie Noone from R. Noone and Sons, Stockport.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER:  Tim Bacon, Living Ventures


Posted on 22 September 2015

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