IT’S A WIN-WIN AT THIS YEAR’S NOTTINGHAM RESTAURANT & BAR AWARDS
Year two of the Nottingham Restaurant and Bar Awards, sponsored by digital marketing and web designers Adtrak, gets underway with voting opening on Friday 7th September 2018. By voting for your favourite venues at www.nrba.vote, you could WIN 2 tickets to the glamorous Awards Ceremony at Colwick Hall Hotel on the 31st January 2019 hosted by television personality, Mark Durden-Smith. You will enjoy a drinks and canapés reception, followed by dinner and then, of course, the Awards themselves. Get behind your favourite venues as they wait, expectations high, to hear if they’re a winner. And after all of this excitement, stay and enjoy the post-Awards entertainment. It’s a wonderful night!
And it doesn’t end there… you will also WIN a meal for two at the newly crowned Nottinghamshire Restaurant of the Year.
All you need to do is vote in as many, or as few, of the categories as you wish. There are thirteen awards open to the public ranging from Best Sunday Lunch to Best New Restaurant, with two industry awards supporting and rewarding young, local talent. The finals of both these awards – once paper-judged – will be held during November at Nottingham College.
The voting runs from the 7th September until the 12th October after which the top nominated venues in each category will be passed to independent judging panels consisting of food and drink writers, journalists, industry assessors and experts who will visit those venues, anonymously, before delivering the final verdict. All the nominees and winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in January.
Nottingham’s newest pop-up restaurant, Nakama, the creation of chefs, Paul Thacker (of Chino Latino) and Hira Thakur (formerly of World Service), will be providing a sushi bar and canapés, with waiting staff supplied by Nottingham College’s Catering & Hospitality course at this year’s industry launch party. Complimentary drinks include Freedom Four beer, Redsmith London Dry gin & Schweppes 1783 and, teaming up with Campari and Cinzano, the gin classic, Negroni, courtesy of Nottingham’s own award-winning gin distillers, Redsmith Distillery, and for those abstaining, there’s Elderflower Pressé and Juniper and tonic, from Belvoir Fruit Farms. The after-party continues at Pitcher & Piano.
Chris Robinson, Managing Director of lead sponsors Adtrak, comments “Regardless of our national status, we at Adtrak are keen to support the city and county in whatever way we can. Supporting such an historically successful event as The Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards is a commitment we’re proud to undertake and with our expertise in digital marketing, this event now has an extraordinary reach which will only be of commercial benefit to all those venues that actively participate.”
Last year, year one of the Awards, saw the independents pick up fifteen of the sixteen awards on offer, so the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in the East Midlands. Nottingham is well known for it’s diverse food and drink offer, now, with 74%* share of the restaurant market, it’s proving itself the ideal place for independent operators to ply their businesses.
One such independent is Mark Osbourne, co-owner and head chef of The Railway Inn Lowdham, who comments “To win the Best New Pub, Bar or Gastro Pub in our first year of trading was a great achievement and showed that the hard work we and the staff put in had paid off. Being our first award for The Railway, the NRBAwards gave us a huge boost and a significant uplift in business,” Mark adds, “The Awards have been a great addition to the Nottingham food and drink scene and show the rest of the country what each establishment has to offer. In winning, it raised our profile and put us on a national platform and we were rewarded by winning best in county and Best Pub in the East Midlands by the National Pub and Bar Awards.” The individual awards for 2018/19 are;