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Trailblazer of the Year

Sponsored by: Lamb Weston
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This award is nominated by our esteemed panel of industry leading judges and given to an individual from a leading operator who has made an incredible contribution to the casual dining sector over the last 12 months.

Winner:
Chris Hill, CEO, The New World Trading Co

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New Casual Dining concept of the year

Sponsored by: Reynolds
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The winner will be either the first site for an independent operator or the first site of a new concept from a group. All concepts must have opened after 1ST November 2016. Restaurant, pub and bar concepts are all eligible. Judges are looking for an innovative, unique and distinctive new concept with clear growth potential as a brand in the marketplace.

Winner:
Grand Pacific

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Shortlist:
  • Babel
  • Grand Pacific
  • Lockhouse
  • Tabun Kitchen
  • The Common Restaurant
  • The Vurger Co

Best new Pub / Bar site Ribena Sparkling

Sponsored by: Ribena Sparkling
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The winner will be a newly opened site of an established multi-site pub / bar brand. The new site must have opened to customers after 1st November 2016. Judges are looking for evidence of a successful roll out by opening a new site of an existing brand. They’ll be looking at how location, design, innovation and marketing around the launch has brought benefits to the brand and the local area by providing an excellent new pub or bar for customers.

Winner:
The Alchemist, MediaCity UK, Manchester

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Shortlist:
  • Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen - Ashton Lane, Glasgow
  • J D Wetherspoon - The Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate
  • Tank & Paddle (Novus Leisure) - Minster, London
  • The Alchemist - MediaCity UK, Manchester

Best new Restaurant site

Sponsored by: Fentimans
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The winner will be a new opening from an established multi-site brand. The new site must have opened to customers after 1st November 2016. Judges are looking for evidence of a successful roll out by opening a new site of an existing brand. They’ll be looking at how location, design, innovation and marketing around the launch has bought benefits to the brand and the local area by providing a great new restaurant for customers.

Winner:
Bistrot Pierre, Mumbles/Swansea

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Shortlist:
  • Belgo – Crowne Plaza, Kings Cross, London
  • Bistrot Pierre – Mumbles, Swansea
  • Hubbox - Bristol
  • KuPP, Oxford
  • Lussmanns Fish & Grill Restaurants - Tring
  • Zizzi, Bedford

Small employer of the year (under 20 sites) Amber Energy

Sponsored by: Amber Energy
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Winner:
Yummy Pub Co.

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Shortlist:
  • Brewhouse and Kitchen
  • Dishoom
  • Flat Iron
  • Framptons Cafe Bar and Kitchen
  • The Alchemist
  • Yummy Pub Co.

Large employer of the year (20+ Sites) Boutinot

Sponsored by: Boutinot
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The winner will be an operator brand with over 20 sites. Restaurant, pubs and bars brands are all eligible. Judges are looking for evidence that demonstrates incredible staff retention, training, empowerment, progression and happiness amongst other things.

Winner:
Loungers

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Shortlist:
  • Bistrot Pierre
  • Casual Dining Group
  • Loungers (Lounge & Cosy Clubs)
  • PizzaExpress
  • Toby Carvery
  • YO!

Menu Innovation award

Sponsored by: Essential Cuisine
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The winner of this category will be any casual dining operator, (pub or restaurant, independent or multi – site) that has launched a new menu since 1st November 2016. Judges are looking for evidence of an innovative new menu that has had a positive impact on the brands business.

Winner:
Haché

Highly Commended: ASK Italian
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Shortlist:
  • ASK Italian
  • Babel
  • Bella Italia
  • Bill’s Restaurants
  • Filmore & Union
  • Haché
  • Jamie‘s Italian
  • Las Iguanas
  • wagamama
  • Zizzi

Marketing campaign of the year

Sponsored by: Casual Dining
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The winner of this category can be any casual dining operator, (pub, bar or restaurant, independent or multi – site) that has launched a new marketing campaign since 1st November 2016. Judges are looking for a brand that has demonstrated exemplary practice in marketing and can show how they have marketed their brand above and beyond the competition. The brand will have consistently shown excellence in marketing (onsite and in the wider marketplace) and can clearly demonstrate the results of this.

Winner:
Pizza box art gallery- Pizza Pilgrims

Highly Commended: Las Iguanas – ‘Iggy and Friends’
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Shortlist:
  • Brewhouse and Kitchen – ‘Brewhouse & Kitchen Academy'
  • GBK - ‘Brisket Means Brisket’
  • Haché – ‘Date Night'
  • Las Iguanas – ‘Iggy and Friends’
  • MOD Pizza – ‘MOD Pizza Doctor – Freshers Week take-over'
  • Pizza Pilgrims – ‘Pizza Box Art Gallery - Shoreditch'
  • Prezzo – ‘Fans' Favourites Menu'
  • Toby Carvery – ‘Toby Brings Us Together’
  • wagamama – ‘Vegan Menu Launch’
  • Zizzi – ‘The Spirit of Social Dining'

Best designed Pub / Bar of the year commercial kitchen

Sponsored by: Commercial Kitchen
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The winner of this category will be a single site from a pub or bar operator and will not be the designers. Designers are welcome to submit entries by way of nominating the operator. The design/re-design must have been completed since November 2016. The judges are looking for innovation and uniqueness, brand consistency, impact, degree to which design reflects brief and evidence on how the design has resulted in a positive increase in revenue and/or customer satisfaction.

Winner:
GRAND PACIFIC (LIVING VENTURES) Manchester (designed by Michelle Derbyshire)

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Shortlist:
  • Balls Brothers (Novus Leisure) - Adams Court, London (designed by Spatialized)
  • Grand Pacific (Living Ventures) - Manchester (designed by Michelle Derbyshire)
  • J D Wetherspoon - The Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate (designed by KDPA)
  • Spotted Horse (Young & Co Brewery) - Putney, London (designed by Fusion by Design)
  • Store Street Craft Bar - Hilton DoubleTree, Manchester (designed by ABDA Creative Design & Build)
  • The Alchemist - MediaCity UK, Manchester (designed by Macaulay Sinclair)

Best designed casual dining restaurant of the year (under 20 sites)

Sponsored by: London Design Fair
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The winner of this category will be a restaurant operator with under 20 sites and will not be the designers. Designers are welcome to submit entries by way of nominating the operator. The design/re-design must have been completed since November 2016. The judges are looking for innovation and uniqueness, brand consistency, impact, degree to which design reflects brief and evidence on how the design has resulted in positive increase in revenue and/or customer satisfaction.

Winner:
Fancy crab - Designed by DesignLSM

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Shortlist:
  • Belgo - Crowne Plaza, Kings Cross, London (designed by Superfutures)
  • Cinnamon Kitchen - Oxford (designed by DesignLSM)
  • Fancy Crab - London (designed by DesignLSM)
  • Felix Seafood Grill - Billericay, Essex (designed by DesignLSM)
  • Hubbox - Bristol (designed by Simple Simon Design)
  • KuPP - Southampton (designed by Jones AD)
  • Lussmanns Fish & Grill Restaurants - Tring (designed in-house)
  • SmokeWorks - Station Road, Cambridge (designed by Loci Interiors)

Best designed casual dining restaurant of the year (20+ sites) Procure4

Sponsored by: Procure4
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The winner of this category will be a restaurant operator with 20 sites + and will not be the designers. Designers are welcome to submit entries by way of nominating the operator. The design/re-design must have been completed since November 2016. The judges are looking for innovation and uniqueness, brand consistency, impact, degree to which design reflects brief and evidence on how the design has resulted in positive increase in revenue and/or customer satisfaction.

Winner:
GBK Southport -Designed by Moreno Masey Ltd

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Shortlist:
  • ASK Italian - Park Street, London (designed in-house)
  • GBK - Southport (designed by Moreno Masey Ltd)
  • Giggling Squid - Wokingham (designed in-house)
  • Las Iguanas - Temple Street, Birmingham (designed by B3 Designers)
  • PizzaExpress - York (designed by Quadrant Design)
  • Prezzo - Northumberland Avenue, London (designed by Keane Design)
  • Zizzi - Gandy Street, Exeter (designed in-house)

Independent Pub of the year (under 5 sites)

Sponsored by: Budweiser Budvar UK
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The winner of this category will be a pub or bar operator with under 5 sites. Judges are looking at commercial success and excellence across the board including innovation, staffing, design, marketing, menus and customer satisfaction.

Winner:
The Malt House - London

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Shortlist:
  • The Malt House - London
  • The OHH Pub Company - various locations
  • The Old Ale & Coffee House (Buff and Bear Saloons) - Salisbury
  • The Royal Oak - Marlow
  • Waxy O'Connor's - various locations

Independent restaurant of the year (under 5 sites)

Sponsored by: Access
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The winner of this category will be a restaurant brand with under 5 sites. Judges are looking at commercial success and excellence across the board including innovation, staffing, design, marketing, menus and customer satisfaction.

Winner:
Kupp - Various locations

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Shortlist:
  • Alston Bar & Beef - Glasgow
  • Arepa and Co - London
  • Framptons Cafe Bar and Kitchen - various locations
  • KuPP - various locations
  • Lupita Mexican Restaurants - various locations
  • The Chilli Pickle - Brighton
  • The Mayfair Chippy - London
  • Zerodegrees - various locations
  • Zoe's Ghana Kitchen - London

Multi-site Pub operator of the year

Sponsored by: McCain
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The winner of this category will be a pub or bar operator with 5+ sites. Judges are looking at commercial success and excellence across the board including innovation, staffing, design, marketing, menus and customer satisfaction.

Winner:
Brewhouse and Kitchen

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Shortlist:
  • All Bar One
  • Brewhouse and Kitchen
  • Chef & Brewer (Greene King)
  • Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars
  • Hush Heath Estate
  • J D Wetherspoon
  • Red Mist Leisure
  • Redcomb Pubs Ltd
  • Yummy Pub Co.

Small Multi-site Restaurant of the year (5-19 sites)

Sponsored by: Wing Yip
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The winner of this category will be a restaurant operator with 5 to 19 sites. Judges are looking at commercial success and excellence across the board including innovation, staffing, design, marketing, menus and customer satisfaction.

Winner:
Flat Iron

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Shortlist:
  • Blackhouse
  • Flat Iron
  • Haché
  • Hubbox
  • Koh Thai Tapas
  • Red's True Barbecue
  • The Cosy Club
  • The Stable

Large Multi-site restaurant brand of the year (20+ sites)

Sponsored by: Coca-Cola European Partners
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The winner of this category will be a restaurant operator with 20 sites or more. Judges are looking at commercial success and overall excellence including innovation, staffing, design, marketing, menus and customer satisfaction.

Winner:
Wagamama

Highly Commended: Pho
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Shortlist:
  • ASK Italian
  • Bella Italia
  • Bill‘s Restaurants
  • Bistrot Pierre
  • Harvester
  • Jamie's Italian
  • Las Iguanas
  • Pho
  • wagamama
  • YO!
  • Zizzi

Casual dining group of the year

Sponsored by: Carlsberg
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All major restaurant and pub groups with multiple brands are shortlisted for this category. The winner is chosen by the judging panel. The winner of this category will be a group with at least three distinct multi-site brands. Judges are looking at commercial success and overall excellence including innovation, staffing, design, marketing, menus and customer satisfaction.

Winner:
Living Ventures

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Shortlist:
  • Azzurri Group
  • Boparan Restaurant Group
  • Casual Dining Group
  • Greene King
  • Living Ventures
  • Mitchells & Butlers
  • Stonegate Pub Company
  • The Restaurant Group
  • Whitbread

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