The Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards Winners 2018

The highlight of the regional hospitality industry calendar and the main event of the recently launched Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards was held at Colwick Hall Hotel last night, Wednesday 31st January 2018.  The glamorous awards ceremony, hosted by television personality, Mark Durden-Smith, celebrated the nominees and winners across fifteen different categories.

“There’s no doubt that competition is important in raising standards, but we will continue to promote what Nottinghamshire’s venues have to offer via this dedicated website, and the various social media platforms we have at our disposal.  It’s up to the venues themselves to ensure they communicate with us and we can promote them, their events, etc. to a wider audience,” comments Kerry Mathie, co-founder of Big Table PR and the NRBA.

Chris Robinson, Managing Director of Adtrak adds: “in headline sponsoring the Awards, Adtrak is a perfect fit, as our skills and expertise lie in digital marketing so we’ve been able to create, and will continue to build, the digital marketing platforms and exposure that will ensure our restaurants, bars, pubs and gastro pubs reach ever wider audiences… it’s a pleasure to be involved in sponsoring these Awards and, more importantly, supporting the local economy through this initiative.”

The Nottingham Restaurant and Bar Awards launched back in September at St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market, just ahead of the live voting.  A record breaking 48,609 votes were received from the public during the month, after which, the nominees were passed to independent judges representing the world of food and drink; journalists and critics, industry experts and assessors, in order to deliver a final verdict, making the decision process clear and unequivocal and valued by the industry.

This is just a taste of what a couple of judges had to say..

“I was blown away by the nightlife scene in Nottingham, and its secret watering holes waiting to be discovered – though, judging by the crowds and the queues outside, the secret is already out.”  Tim Cooper, London Evening Standard

‘“It was a pleasure to judge this year’s Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards. Visiting the finalists proved what a vibrant and pioneering on-trade scene Nottingham currently has.” Tristan O’Hana, Editorial Director, H2OPublishing.

And finally, Carina Simon, national freelance food and drink writer, “The best restaurants in Nottingham right now could hold their own in any city – its residents are lucky to have them.”

Various industry awards have been held since the end of the voting: Best Young Talent – Back of House, Best Young Talent – Front of House and Best Cocktail, with the finalists being assessed at their place of work or indeed, in the case of Back of House, via a tense head-to-head cook-off held at, and supported by, Nottingham College.  All of these winners collected their awards, alongside the other winning venues, at the Awards Ceremony.


The Winners and Runner’s Up of each category were;

Best New Restaurant (opened March 2016 – August 2017) sponsored by FHP Property Consultants

Winner: Sexy Mamma Love Spaghetti

Runners up: Bar Iberico, Cod’s Scallops (Carrington), Cuzina, Gusto, Masala Junction


Best New Pub, Bar or Gastro Pub (opened March 2016 – August 2017) sponsored by licensing specialists, Poppleston Allen  

Winner: The Railway at Lowdham

Runners up: Be At One, The Brewhouse & Kitchen, The Gedling Inn & Kitchen, The Herbert Kilpin, Tier


Best Restaurant Chain sponsored by Colwick Hall Hotel

Winner:  Wagamama

Runners up: Bistrot Pierre, Browns Brasserie & Bar, Turtle Bay


Best Design sponsored by Steven Christopher Design

Winner: Bar Iberico

Runners up: George’s Great British Kitchen, Hockley Arts Club, Zaap


Best Gastro Pub sponsored by Freedom Brewery

Winner: The Ruddington Arms

Runners-Up: Larwood & Voce, The Lord Nelson, The Old Volunteer Caythorpe, The White Horse Ruddington


Best Young Talent, Front of House sponsored by Eden Public Relations Consultants

Winner: Daiva Steponaviciute – La Rock, Sandiacre

Other Finalists: Guy Jamson of Langar Hall, Hannah Lees of Perkins Bar & Bistrot and Joseph Peck of World Service


Best Cocktail sponsored by Enotria&Coe  

Winner: World Service (Pina Kol-Lided)

Other Finalists: Alchemilla (The Hunger of the Pines), Last Chance Saloon (Fleur de Lis), Tom Browns of Gunthorpe (Mary’s Berry)


Best Bar or Pub sponsored by Insurance Brokers & Risk Management specialists, Russell Scanlan

Winner: Hockley Arts Club

Runners up: Revolucion de Cuba, The Boiler Maker, Junkyard


Best Independent City Restaurant sponsored by national law firm, Gateley Plc

Winner: Iberico World Tapas

Runners up: Annie’s Burger Shack, Baresca, Bar Iberico


Best Independent Out of Town Restaurant sponsored by local broadcasters, Notts tv

Winner: Tom Browns

Runners up: Escabeche, Langar Hall, Masala Junction


Best Front of House Restaurant Team sponsored by health and safety software specialists, ACMS UK  

Winner: Memsaab

Runners-Up: Bar Iberico, Tom Browns, World Service


Best Kept Secret sponsored by chartered accountants, Keith Willis Associates

Winner: Lost Property

Runners up: 400 Rabbits, Hockley Arts Club, The Bakehouse


Best Young Talent, Back of House sponsored by award winning catering and retail butcher, Owen Taylor & Sons  

Winner: Callum Dovey, Iberico World Tapas

Other Finalists: Nino Alvarez, Iberico World Tapas / Thomas Brown, Escabeche / Kailam Arrowsmith, The Old Volunteer


Critics’ Choice

Winner:  Sat Bains

Other Finalists: John Molnar of Cod’s Scollops & Moleface Pub Co., Tim Hart of Hart’s (& Hambleton Hall), Langar Hall


Nottingham Restaurant of the Year sponsored by web design and digital marketing experts, Adtrak  

Winner: Bar Iberico

Runners up:  Bistrot Pierre, Langar Hall, MemSaab


Each of the winners received an iconic award with the runners up receiving certificates.  All will receive a digital package to display on their websites, Facebook etc.



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