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MFDF Award winners announced

MFDF Award winners announced

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards (MFDF) took place last night with 16 award winners announced from food and drink establishments  across Greater Manchester. More than 450 nominees from the region’s hospitality industry came together at The Ticket Hall at Freight Island to celebrate for the first time at such a scale since before the pandemic.

With more nominees than ever before, those shortlisted for an award highlighted a remarkable year for the Manchester dining scene in 2021. After an extraordinary and uncertain 18 months for the city’s hospitality industry, the MFDF awards set out to showcase as many excellent food and drink businesses and talented hospitality professionals as possible. 

The shortlists were compiled by the MFDF judging panel, made up of the region's leading food and drink critics, writers and experts. The categories were carefully considered and created to reflect an innovative, diverse, and inspiring food and drink industry. 

And the winners are…

Restaurant of the Year

Recognising the ‘best of the best’ dining establishments in Greater Manchester in 2021, this category refers to venues visited primarily for a full dining experience featuring table service, alcohol license etc.


Baratxuri, 1 Smithy St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AT

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 (August 2020). Date eligibility: Establishments opened between August 2020 – June 2021. 


Ramona, 40 Swan St, Manchester, M4 4FH

Bar of the Year

Recognising the best drinking venues in the region that specialise in a “wet-led” offer and aren’t considered ‘pubs’.


Albert's Schloss, 27 Peter St, Manchester, M2 5QR

Chef of the Year

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


Rachel Stockley, Baraxturi 

Pub or Craft ale bar of the Year

Recognising the finest pub and beer bars in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales, beers and atmosphere. 


Edinburgh Castle, 17-19 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5AW

Artisan Food Producer of the Year 

Celebrating the fabulous array of food producers popping up around the region including bakeries, picklers, pie makers and everything in between. 


Pollen Bakery, Cotton Field Wharf, 8 New Union St, Manchester M4 6FQ

Pop Up/ Project of the Year

Recognising exciting projects and events and showcasing innovation and creativity within the food and beverage sector.


Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring St, Manchester M1 2PZ

Neighbourhood Venue of the Year sponsored by Roomzzz Aparthotels

This award is set to recognise the superb establishments that are based in the suburbs of Greater Manchester.


Lily’s, 85 Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7DF

Food Trader of the Year

Awarding the Greater Manchester-based food heroes that are gracing our food halls, markets and events with an ever increasing range of gastro goods.


Wholesome Junkies, 49 High St, Manchester M4 3AH

Affordable Eats of the Year sponsored by Just Eat

Recognising the best venues that are visited for a high value, quick and simple dining experience.


Rudy’s, 9 Cotton St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5BF / Petersfield House, Peter St, Manchester M2 5QJ

Coffee Shop of the Year

Recognising the best coffee shops and bars in Greater Manchester.


 Federal, Northern Quarter, 9 Nicholas Croft, Manchester M4 1EY

Foody Neighbourhood of the Year

New for 2021, this award has been set up to celebrate those thriving communities and neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester that continue to build a name for themselves as a foodie destination outside of the city centre 



Veggie/ Vegan Offering of the Year

This award recognises venues that provide innovative and exciting dining options for vegetarian and vegan diners. 


Bundobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG

Independent Drinks Producer of the Year

Celebrating the many exciting and innovative producers of artisan drinks in Greater Manchester. 


 Manchester Gin, 10-15 Watson St, Manchester M3 4LP

Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

The Best Food and Drink Retailer celebrates the best food and drink shopping experiences in the region.


Ancoats General Store, 57 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester M4 5AB

Outstanding Achievement Award

Recognising someone who has contributed something outstanding to the hospitality industry in Greater Manchester.


 Mital Morar, Store Group. 

Posted on 28 September 2021