Bars in Edinburgh, Bristol and London vie for GQ award

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The Devil’s Advocate in Edinburgh and The Milk Thistle (pictured) in Bristol are up against bars in London for the title of best bar in the GQ Food & Drinks Awards.

The shortlist for best bar, announced today, features four London bars: Mr Fogg’s in Mayfair, the Nightjar at Old Street, The Connaught Bar at the Connaught Hotel and White Lyan in Hoxton.

There are also categories for best pub, restaurant, sommelier, interior, restaurant, hotel and front-of-house person. The full shortlist is below.

The awards, which are in their first year, are voted on by readers of British GQ magazine and are supported by Veuve Clicquot champagne. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on April 28 at the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, and published in the June issue of GQ.

The final winners will be chosen by a judging panel including Tara Bernerd, April Bloomfield, Justin Carter, Matthew Freud, Matt Hobbs, Adam Hyman, Tom Kerridge, Oliver Peyton and Sir Stuart Rose.

Dylan Jones, editor of British GQ, said: “Clearly there’s an appetite for the GQ Food & Drink Awards, and this shortlist highlights the richness and variety of the UK’s restaurant and bar scene, from classic dining experiences, rooms to be seen in, country pubs and hipster hangouts.”

The shortlist for the GQ Food & Drinks Awards 2015

Best Bar
Mr Fogg’s (London)
Nightjar (London)
The Connaught Bar (London)
The Devil’s Advocate (Edinburgh)
The Milk Thistle (Bristol)
White Lyan (London)

Best Restaurant
Café Murano (London)
Gymkhana (London)
L’Enclume (Cartmel, Cumbria)
Restaurant Nathan Outlaw (Rock, Cornwall)
The Ledbury (London)
The Palomar (London)

Best Chef
Jason Atherton
Nieves Barragán Mohacho
Angela Hartnett
Glynn Purnell
Tom Sellers
Martin Wishart

Best Sommelier
David Galetti at Le Gavroche (London)
Stefan Newmann at Dinner By Heston Blumenthal (London)
Laure Patry at Pollen Street Social (London)
Adam Pawlowski at Northcote (Lancashire)
Michael & Charlotte Sager-Wilde at Sager+Wilde and Mission (London)
Michael Simms at Sartoria (London)

Best Pub
The Anglesea Arms (London)
The Camberwell Arms (London)
The Duke of Cumberland (Henley, West Sussex)
The Lord Poulett Arms (Hinton-St-George, Somerset)
The White Horse (West Sussex)
The Yew Tree Inn (Bunbury, Cheshire)

Best Interior
Berners Tavern at London Edition hotel (London)
Coworth Park (Berkshire)
Fera at Claridges (London)
Old Tom & English (London)
Scott’s (London)
Sketch (London)

Best Front Of House
Jesus Adorno at Le Caprice (London)
David Boyd at Sketch (London)
Daniel Greenock at Marcus (London)
Diego Masciaga at The Waterside Inn (Bray, Berkshire)
Matthew Mawtus at Pollen Street Social (London)
Darius Namdar at The Colony Grill Room (London)

Best Hotel
Claridge’s (London)
Cromlix (Dunblane, Perthshire)
Gidleigh Park (Devon)
The Beaumont (London)
The Merchant (Belfast)
The Pig On The Beach (Studland Bay, Dorset)

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