The Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards Ceremony 2019
Restaurants, bars, pubs and dining pubs celebrated the best the region has to offer at this year’s Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards, held at Colwick Hall Hotel on Thursday 31st January 2018 and hosted by television personality, Mark Durden-Smith.
“I’m incredibly proud that Adtrak are returning as title sponsor for the Nottingham Restaurant and Bar Awards this year. The Awards are a fantastic celebration of the food and drink on offer in Nottinghamshire and help to both recognise and boost the presence of the hospitality industry,” comments Chris Robinson, MD of headline sponsors, Adtrak.
Over 340 guests enjoyed a sparkling reception made possible by event sponsors Easypreorders, drinks suppliers, Matthew Clark, Nottingham’s own Redsmith Distillery and Schweppes 1783 plus Stokes Teas & Coffees.
With thirteen of the fifteen awards up for grabs going to independent operators, the local hospitality economy continues its steady growth showcasing the diversity and quality on offer and standards to match, and in some cases, surpass, those of other large UK city.
“In a challenging climate, its great to see our independents doing so well. What we have to ensure is that this sector is well supported not just in terms of spend but also in terms of where the next pool of talented chefs and waiting staff are coming from. Platforms such as the Nottingham Restaurant and Bar Awards are superb at raising awareness of the industry’s issues and tremendously important if we want our region’s night time economy to continue to grow,” comments Jocelyn Braithwaite of organisers, NRBA Limited.
The Nottingham Restaurant and Bar Awards launched back in September at St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market, just ahead of the live public voting. Just shy of 40,000 votes were received from the public 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..
“Lovely to spend another weekend in what has already become my favourite place in the UK apart from London and Glasgow,” said Tim Cooper, Columnist, London Evening Standard, adding “The standard of restaurants remains high, and the stylistic spectrum grows each year, whether it’s experimental tasting menus and fine dining or classic cuisine from every corner of the globe.”
“Despite difficult trading times, the Nottinghamshire food and drink scene remains vibrant and exciting, with new and innovative restaurants and bars opening across the county,” comments Abby Brennan, Nottinghamshire Editor, Great Food Club.
Various industry awards have been held since the end of the voting in mid October such as Best Young Talent, Back of House and Best Young Talent, Front of House, with the finalists going head to head in the kitchen and the restaurant of Adams Restaurant, Nottingham College, respectively. All of these winners collected their awards, alongside the other winning venues, at the Awards Ceremony.
Best Special Occasion Experience, sponsored by Adtrak
Runners-up: Alchemilla, Hart’s, World Service
Winner : La Rock
Best Outdoor Space, sponsored by The Worm That Turned in association with Fermob
Runners-up: Alto, The Railway at Lowdham, World Service
Winner : Coco Tang
Best Restaurant/Bar Chain, sponsored by Colwick Hall Hotel
Runners-up: Bistrot Pierre, Browns, Piccolino
Winner : Wagamama
Best New Pub/Bar, sponsored by Poppleston Allen
Runners-up: Another? Wine Bar, Gincident, The Alchemist, The Botanist
Winner : 31K
Best Sunday Lunch Venue, sponsored by Owen Taylor & Sons
Winner : The Railway at Lowdham
Best Service Team, sponsored by Santander & Elavon
Runners-up: Bar Iberico, Bistrot Pierre, MemSaab
Winner : World Service
Best Bar, sponsored by Nottingham BID
Runners-up: Revolucion de Cuba, The Boilermaker, The Junkyard
Winner : Hockley Arts Club
Best Dining Pub, sponsored by Freedom Brewery
Runners-up: The Cross Keys at Epperstone, The Nelson at Burton Joyce, The Railway at Lowdham, The Ruddington Arms
Winner : The Plough at Normanton
Best Young Talent, Back of House, sponsored by Nottingham College
Runners-up: Damian Brol of The Wheatsheaf at Bingham, George McMillan of The Farndon Boathouse, Harry Woodford of Perkins, Paul Dantis of Bar Iberico
Winner : Jack Pearce of World Service
Best Independent Neighbourhood Venue, sponsored by Hopwells
Runners-up: Cuzina, The Bakehouse, The Crimson Tree, Tom Browns Brasserie
Winner : Masala Junction
Best Real Ale Pub, sponsored by Russell Scanlan
Runners-up: The Frame Breakers in Ruddington, Poppy & Pint in Lady Bay, Robin Hood and Little John Pub in Arnold
Winner : Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Best Young Talent, Front of House, sponsored by Go Dine
Runners-up: Ellie Wrench of The Cross Keys at Epperstone, Maria Castro Dominguez of Bar Iberico, Matthew Quayle of Bar Iberico
Winner : Tyra Withall, La Rock
Best New Restaurant, sponsored by FHP Property Management
Runners-up: Coco Tang Cafe, Mowgli Street Food, The Atrium Bar & Kitchen at Radcliffe
Winner : Alchemilla
Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Eden Public Relations Consultants
Runners up – Annie’s Burger Shack and Perkins Bar & Bistro
2nd place with special mention : The Plough at Normanton
Winner : John Molnar of Cod’s Scallops & The Nelson
Nottingham Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Go Dine Digital
Runners-up: Alchemilla, Bar Iberico, Tom Browns Brasserie
Winner : World Service
Each of the winners received an iconic award with the runner’s up receiving certificates. All will receive a digital package, courtesy of Adtrak, to display on their websites, Fb, etc.