Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Manchester celebrates its finest in food

Manchester’s finest chefs, sommeliers, bar tenders and food retailers gathered last night to celebrate the success of this year’s Manchester Food and Drink Festival and raise a glass to the winners of the Festival awards and all the nominees.

Awards were made in 12 categories, following a public vote and subsequent visits from an independent judging panel.

Festival director Phil Jones comments: “We have had overwhelming support from both the food and drink industry and the general public in Manchester for this year’s festival, for which we are very grateful.

The quality and diversity of drinking and dining experiences in our city continues to rise, and we are proud to be able to highlight and reward them through the festival and the awards.”

This year’s winners were announced as:

1) Restaurant of the Year 2011 Sponsored by Irwin Mitchell

WINNER: Ramsons, 18 Market Place, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9HT
Others shortlisted:
Damson, 113 Heaton Moor Road, Stockport, SK4 4HY
Michael Caines Restaurant at Abode Manchester107 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2DB
The Mark AddyStanley Street, Salford, M3 5EJ
Gaucho2A St Marys Street, Manchester, M3 2LB
Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant21 New Cathedral Street, Manchester, M1 1AD

2) Chef of the Year Sponsored by Robinsons

WINNER: Laurence Tottingham & Mary-Ellen McTague - Aumbry, Prestwich
Others shortlisted:
Bryn Evans - Rhubarb
Ian Armstrong - Vertigo
Robert Owen Brown - Mark Addy
Pete Taylor - Room
Stuart Thomson - Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant and Brasserie

3) Pub of the Year Sponsored by Jelf Manson

WINNER: The Parlour 66, Beech Road, Chorlton, M4 1LE

Others shortlisted
Bar Fringe, 8 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JN
The Castle Hotel, 66, Oldham Street, Manchester M4 1LE
The Angel Pub, 6 Angel Street, Manchester. M4 4BQ
The Briton's Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5LE
The Nursery Inn, 258 Green Lane, Heaton Norris, Stockport, Sk4 2NA

4) Bar of the Year 2011 Sponsored by BBC Radio Manchester

WINNER: Electrik, 559 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0AE

Others shortlisted:
Black Dog Ballroom, Corner of Tib Street/Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW
The Alchemist, 3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields, Manchester, M4 1PW
The Molly House, 26 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3NB
Port Street Beer House, 39-41 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ
The River Bar, Lowry Hotel 50 Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5LH

5) Newcomer of the Year 2011 Sponsored by HSBC

WINNER: Cicchetti, Ground Floor, House of Fraser, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2QG

Others shortlisted:
Australasia, 1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AP
Bistro 1847, 58 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3HZ
Port Street Beer House, 39-41 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ
The Rose Garden, 218, Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LW
Vertigo, 36 John Dalton, Street, Manchester, M2 6LE

6) Best Coffee Shop or Casual Dining Sponsored by Manchester Evening News

WINNER: The Chocolate Café, 2 Bolton Street, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9HX

Others shortlisted:
Jack Spratt, St James House, John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6WH
Kebabish, 49, Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EF
North Tea Power, 36 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LA
Tampopo, 16 Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5PF
Teacup on Thomas Street, 55 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA

7) Best Food and Drink Retail Outlet Sponsored by Cahoona.


Others shortlisted:
Barbakan, Delicatessen, 67-71 Manchester Road, Chorlton cum Hardy, M21 9PW
Bradley's Bakery, 225 King's Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 9EE
The Cheese Place, Unit 6, Radius Building, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1AY
J.A. Hyman (Titanics), 123-129 Waterloo Road, Cheetham, Manchester, M8 8BT
Out of the Blue, 484 Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M21 9AQ
W.H. Frosts Butchers, 14 Chorlton Place, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9AQ

8) Best Wine List sponsored by Metrolink

WINNER: Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant, 21 New Cathedral Street, Manchester, M1 1AD

Others shortlisted:
Evuna, 277-279 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EW
Gaucho, 2A St Marys Street, Manchester, M3 2LB
Michael Caines Restaurant at Abode Manchester, 107 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2DB
Ramsons, 16-18 Market Place, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9HT
The River Bar and Restaurant, The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5LH

9) Best Family Friendly Venue Sponsored by Taste of Manchester.com


10) Manchester Food Hero Award Sponsored by Manchester Confidential

WINNER: Katie Brunt and Gastroclub

11) Truly Good Food Sponsored by Food Futures
WINNER: Shlurp, 2 Brazenose House, Greater Manchester, Manchester M2 5BP

12) The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement
WINNER: Dimitri Griliopoulos
The Outstanding Achievement Award was renamed this year to commemorate 2 of the Festival's dear friends and supporters who sadly passed away this year - Howard Raynor of World Class Service and Ruth Cooper from Manchester City Council.

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