Fill in your details below to join our mailing list, we promise not to share your details with anyone.

News

MFDF awards shortlist announced

MFDF awards shortlist announced

We are delighted to announce our MFDF Awards shortlist for 2018. 

The awards are the most sought-after and highly anticipated in the Northwest, and celebrate the innovative and high quality restaurants, bars and individuals who contribute to the hospitality industry in the region. They are recognised by the industry and consumers alike as setting the standard in food and drink.

This year, for the 21st anniversary Festival, awards will be presented in 18 different categories. From Premium and Fine Dining Venue of the Year to Affordable Eats; from Best Newcomer to Street Food Trader of the Year, and Front of House Team to Vegetarian Offering of the Year, the selection of categories reflects Manchester’s ever-expanding and constantly evolving food and drink scene.

Owned and organised by MFDF, the awards will be held for the first time at in the stunning and gothic surroundings of Gorton Monastery on Monday 8thOctober.

 The shortlisted venues below have been officially nominated for an award by the MFDF judging panel that comprises the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts.

The winners will be decided by a combination of public votes and scores obtained by mystery shop visits from the judging panel.

VOTE NOW

And the nominations are…


Restaurant of the Year - sponsored by Caterer.com

Recognising the ‘best of the best’ dining establishments in Greater Manchester in 2018. This category can feature restaurants of any style or price point.

Adam Reid at The French 

The Rabbit in the Moon

Where The Light Gets In 

Umezushi 

Sugo 

Levanter 

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Bundobust

Premium and Fine Dining Venue of the Year - sponsored by Bookatable

This award recognises the best premium to fine dining establishments across the city.

Adam Reid at The French

The Rabbit in Moon 

Where The Light Gets In 

Umezushi 

Hawksmoor 

Grafene 

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: El Gato Negro

Casual Restaurant of the Year 

This award aims to recognise the best informal dining establishments in Manchester.

Bundobust

Sugo

Porta

Albert’s Schloss

Elnecot

Levanter

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Baratxuri

Newcomer of the Year - sponsored by Manchester Evening News

Celebrating the best new food and drink operations to open in Greater Manchester since the last awards decision period in June 2017.

Elnecot 

Wood

20 Stories

Randall and Aubin 

The Creameries 

Blanchflower 

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Where The Light Gets In

Chef of the Year - sponsored by Stephenson’s

Aiming to celebrate 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.  

Adam Reid, The French 

Sam Buckley, Where The Light Gets In 

Richard Sharples, Hispi

Ben Mounsey, Grafene

Omar Rodriguez Marrero, Umezushi 

Rachel Stockley, Baratxuri 

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Matt Nutter, Allotment

Pub / Beer Bar of the Year - sponsored by Carlsberg UK

Recognising the finest pubs in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales/beers and atmosphere. 

Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar

Café Beermoth

Trackside Bar

Heaton Hops 

The Bay Horse Tavern

Port Street Beer House 

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Marble Arch

Bar of The Year - sponsored by Double Dutch

Recognising the best drinking venues in the region that aren’t considered ‘pubs’

Cottonopolis 

Science and Industry 

Hawksmoor 

Flok 

Albert’s Schloss

Patron

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: The Refuge

Out of Town Venue of the Year - sponsored by R Noone & Son

Now in its third year, this award recognises the superb establishments that are based in the suburbs of Greater Manchester.

Where The Light Gets In

The Allotment Vegan Restaurant 

Sugo

Porta

Levanter

The Creameries

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Baratxuri

Coffee Shop/Tea Shop of the Year - sponsored by Gorton Monastery

Recognising the best coffee bars and teashops in the region.

Ancoats Coffee 

Idle Hands

Takk

Pot Kettle Black 

Ezra and Gil

Fig and Sparrow
LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Trove

 Affordable Eats Venue of the Year

Recognising the best venues that are visited for a high value, quick and simple dining experience. This category can include cafes, takeaways and any venue whereby the price point and service style mean that the overall concept is widely considered by customers to be a more of a ‘food on the go’ style of dining and a main meal and drink can be purchased for under £10.

Lupo Caffé Italiano

Platzki 

Eat New York 

Lord of the Pies

Mi and Pho 

Fusion Lab

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Rudy’s Pizza

Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

To reflect the growing number and status of food and drink retailers in Greater Manchester.

Pollen

Lunya

Epicerie Ludo

Salvi’s

Mettrick’s Butchers 

Grape to Grain

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Ancoats General Store

 Vegetarian Offering of the Year - sponsored by Quorn

Reintroduced in 2017 this award focuses on the growing number of vegetarian offerings in the city and reflects the huge growth in meat and dairy free dining.

Bundobust 

Indian Tiffin Room

Lily’s

Chaat Cart 

Elnecot 

Amma’s Canteen

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: The Allotment

Manchester Brewery of the Year 

This award raises a pint to all the great breweries establishing themselves throughout Greater Manchester and celebrates the very best brew in town.

Beatnikz

Wander Beyond

Pomona Island Brew Co Ltd

Runaway

Marble 

Track Brewing

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Cloudwater

Pop Up, event or project of the Year - sponsored by Manchester’s Finest

Designed to recognise the ever more pioneering food and drink one off projects, events, activities and pop ups happening in the region.

Hatch 

Ancoats Food Assembly

Into the Gathering Dusk 

Hyssop 

MCR Beer Week

Stockport Foody Friday 

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: GRUB

Front of House Team of the Year - sponsored by Boutinot Wines

This award aims to recognise the most outstanding front of house team in Manchester. The panel were looking for the restaurant that goes that extra mile in terms of service – where customers can rely on an experience that makes them feel special, from greeting to departure.

Piccolino 

Wood

20 Stories 

The Rabbit in the Moon

Adam Reid at The French 

Hispi 

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Hawksmoor

Street Food Trader of the Year Award

Awarding one of the Greater Manchester-based street food legends that are gracing our kerbs with an ever-increasing plethora of gastro goods.

Firebird Hope
Yadda Yadda

Oh Mei Dumplings

Nasi Lemak

Wholesome Junkies

El Marchador Tacos

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Hip Hop Chip Shop


Best Sustainability Award Sponsored by Sustainable Restaurant Association
Recognising commitment to environmental and ethical practices within Greater Manchester’s restaurant industry. Restaurants are asked to put themselves forward for this award via submission of a sustainability template form. To put your business forward for this award, please email
 George@foodanddrinkfestival.com
LAST YEARS WINNER: Evuna

The Howard and Ruth
Award for Outstanding Achievement 
Recognising individuals who contributed something outstanding to the food and drink industry in Greater Manchester over the last 21 Festivals. Anyone with suggestions for this category should email Alexa@foodanddrinkfestival.com
 LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Joel Wilkinson and Adelaide Winters of Trof Group.


Posted on 27 June 2018

Bookatable
Taste of Manchester for foodie news
Boutinot Wines
Booking.com