2019 Shortlist

2019 will see the introduction of two new categories, the Ethical Operator Award and Best Family Dining Experience. See below for the full list of categories and nominees.

 

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The Categories:

Trailblazer of the Year

Sponsored by: Trail
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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.

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 2017. 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.

Shortlist:
  • Brother Marcus
  • The Bus Café
  • Claw
  • The Florist
  • Ugly Dumpling

Best New Pub / Bar Site

Sponsored by: Lamb Weston
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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 2017. 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.

Shortlist:
  • The Alchemist - Cardiff
  • BrewDog - Outpost Tower Hill, London
  • Butcombe Brewing Company - The Castle Inn, Lulworth Cove
  • Cork and Bottle - Hampstead, London
  • The Cow - Dalbury Lees
  • Dirty Martini - Birmingham
  • Oakmann Inns & Restaurants - The Royal Foresters, Ascot
  • Revolucion de Cuba - Newcastle

Best New Restaurant Site

Sponsored by: Arla PRO
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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 2017. 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.

Shortlist:
  • Alston Bar & Beef - Manchester
  • Bistrot Pierre - Preston
  • Caravan - Fitzrovia, London
  • Cosy Club - Lincoln
  • The Florist - Liverpool
  • Haché - Holborn, London
  • Miller & Carter - Aberdeen
  • Pizza Pilgrims - City, London
  • PizzaExpress - Rushden Lakes
  • Zizzi - Bath

Ethical Operator Award

Sponsored by: RTW Checker
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The winner of this award can be any restaurant or pub operator with 5 sites or more. Judges are looking for an operator that has put ethical issues at the forefront of its business for the benefit of its customers, staff, local community and the world around it. This could include diversity, provenance, sustainability, environmental and social issues.

Shortlist:
  • The Alchemist
  • Café Rouge
  • Lussmanns
  • Oakman Inns & Restaurants
  • PizzaExpress
  • Stem + Glory

Employer of the Year

Sponsored by: Yapster
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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.

Shortlist:
  • BrewDog
  • Casual Dining Group
  • Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars
  • Dirty Martini
  • Flat Iron
  • The New World Trading Company
  • Oakman Inns & Restaurants
  • PizzaExpress
  • wagamama

Menu Innovation Award (1-19 sites)

Sponsored by: Essential Cuisine
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The winner of this category will be any casual dining operator (pub or restaurant, independent with 1-19 sites) that has launched a new menu since 1st November 2017. Judges are looking for evidence of an innovative new menu that has had a positive impact on the brands business.

Shortlist:
  • The Alchemist
  • Cabana
  • Caravan
  • Dancing Man Brewery
  • Dirty Martini
  • Hammer & Tongs

Menu Innovation Award (20+ sites)

Sponsored by: Essential Cuisine
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The winner of this category will be any casual dining operator (pub or restaurant with over 20 sites) that has launched a new menu since 1st November 2017. Judges are looking for evidence of an innovative new menu that has had a positive impact on the brands business.

Shortlist:
  • All Bar One
  • ASK Italian
  • Browns Brasserie & Bar
  • Café Rouge
  • Jamie’s Italian
  • Las Iguanas
  • PizzaExpress
  • Toby Carvery
  • wagamama
  • Zizzi

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Sponsored by: Chef Direct
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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 2017. 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.

Shortlist:
  • All Bar One - ‘One For All and All For Wine’
  • Bella Italia - ‘Aperitivo’
  • Cabana - ‘Take Me to Rio’
  • Casual Dining Group - ‘Bombay Sapphire Botanical Serves’
  • Harvester - ‘Sneaky Harvester’
  • PizzaExpress - ‘Gather Round Great Food’
  • Pizza Pilgrims - ‘Pizza Pilgrims Student Pizza Taster Campaign’
  • wagamama - ‘feed your inner good’
  • YO! - ‘No Labels. Just Pride’
  • Zizzi - ‘Zizzi with Added Summer’

Best Designed Pub / Bar of the Year

Sponsored by: Commercial Kitchen Show
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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 2017. 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.

Shortlist:
  • The Box - Leeds (designed by Fusion by Design)
  • The Coach Makers Arms – Marylebone, London (designed by Coriander)
  • The Cow – Dalbury Lees (designed in-house)
  • Dirty Martini - Birmingham (designed by Grapes Design)
  • Electric Star - Bethnal Green, London (designed by KAI Interiors)
  • Huckster - Paddington, London (designed by KAI Interiors)
  • The White Brasserie Company - Thame (designed in-house)

Best Designed Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by: London Design Fair
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The winner of this category will be a single site from a restaurant 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 2017. 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.

Shortlist:
  • ASK Italian - Leeds (designed by turnerbates in partnership with in-house team)
  • The Beech House (Oakman Inns & Restaurants) - Amersham (designed by Harrison)
  • Bistrot Pierre - Preston (designed by GYA Architects)
  • Cinnamon Kitchen - Battersea, London (designed by DesignLSM)
  • The Florist – Liverpool (designed in-house)
  • Hubbox – Taunton (designed by Simple Simon/Meor Design)
  • PizzaExpress - Guildford (designed by Quadrant Design)
  • Zizzi - Westfield, Stratford (designed in-house in partnership with Fuse)

Best Family Dining Experience

Sponsored by: Belvoir Fruit Farms
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The winner of this award can be any restaurant or pub brand with 5 sites or more. Judges are looking for a brand that has excelled in family dining by creating incredible menus and family experiences for parents and kids alike.

Shortlist:
  • Bella Italia
  • Café Rouge
  • Frankie & Benny’s
  • Harvester
  • Jamie’s Italian

Pub of the Year

Sponsored by: Fentimans
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The winner of this category will be a single pub or bar site from an independent, chain or group operator. Judges are looking at commercial success and excellence across the board including innovation, staffing, design, marketing, menus and customer satisfaction.

Shortlist:
  • The Boathouse - Falmouth
  • The Cholmondeley Arms (Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars) - Cheshire
  • The Cock Inn (Berkeley Inns) - Mugginton
  • The Crabtree (Metropolitan Pub Company) - Fulham, London
  • The Lighterman (Open House London) - King’s Cross, London
  • The Methuen Arms (Butcombe Brewing Company) - Wiltshire
  • The Purefoy Arms - Hampshire
  • The Salisbury Arms (Charles Wells) - Cambridge

Independent Restaurant of the Year (under 5 sites)

Sponsored by: Deliveroo
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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.

Shortlist:
  • The Chilli Pickle - various locations
  • Cin Cin Italian Bar & Kitchen - Brighton & Hove
  • London Shell Co. – Sheldon Square, London
  • Olive Tree Brasserie - various locations
  • Percy & Founders - Fitzrovia, London
  • The Rooftop - The Trafalgar St. James, London

Multi-Site Pub Operator of the Year (5+ sites)

Sponsored by: Casual Dining
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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.

Shortlist:
  • All Bar One
  • Charles Wells
  • Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars
  • Oakman Inns & Restaurants

Small Multi-Site Restaurant Brand of the Year (5-19 sites)

Sponsored by: Boutinot
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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.

Shortlist:
  • Cabana
  • Caravan
  • Flat Iron
  • Haché
  • Hubbox
  • Mowgli Street Food
  • Pizza Pilgrims

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.

Shortlist:
  • ASK Italian
  • Bella Italia
  • Cosy Club
  • Las Iguanas
  • Miller & Carter
  • Pho
  • wagamama
  • Zizzi

Casual Dining Group of the Year

Sponsored by: Carlsberg UK
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This award is nominated by our esteemed panel of industry leading judges and given to 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.

Shortlist:
  • Azzurri Group
  • Casual Dining Group
  • Greene King
  • Mitchells & Butlers
  • New World Trading Company
  • Novus Leisure
  • Stonegate Pub Company
  • Sweet Potato Group (Cabana, Hush, Haché)
  • The Restaurant Group
  • Whitbread

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