Casual dining sector honoured at national awards

The UK’s best casual dining operators have been crowned at the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2017.

Peach Pub Company, wagamama, Las Iguanas, ASK Italian, The Breakfast Club and Levi Roots all took home awards – while wagamama’s chief executive David Campbell was also named Trailblazer of the Year.

Retired English rubgy player, Matt Dawson MBE, presented this year’s winners with their awards at a prestigious ceremony at the Marriot London Grosvenor Square.

Over 400 industry professionals – including senior representatives from Casual Dining Group, Living Ventures, Revolution Bars Group and PizzaExpress – were in attendance to recognise and celebrate the standout brands of the year across the multi-billion pound casual dining sector.

Casual Dining’s group event director, Chris Brazier, said: “The Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards is a fantastic way to celebrate and reward those companies – from the big names to the emerging brands – who are making a real difference to the growth of this sector. Congratulations to each of our winners – the casual dining market is thriving, thanks in large part to your continuing innovations and dedication to offering an incredible dining experience.”

Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2017 winners

Trailblazer of the Year (sponsored by Lamb Weston)
– David Campbell, chief executive of wagamama

New Casual Dining Concept of the Year (sponsored by Fresh Direct)
– Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse, Westfield Stratford City, London

Casual Dining Community Award (sponsored by Casual Dining show)
– The Breakfast Club: Multiple volunteering initiatives

Casual Dining Marketing Campaign (sponsored by Chef Direct)
– Las Iguanas: Summer 2016 Championsheeps Family Dining Campaign

Best Designed Independent Casual Dining Restaurant (sponsored by Commercial Kitchen show)
– The Vincent Café & Cocktail Bar, Liverpool (designed by DesignLSM)

Best Designed Multiple Casual Dining Restaurant (sponsored by Commercial Kitchen show)
– ASK Italian: Gloucester Road, London (designed by Gundry & Ducker)

Best Designed Casual Dining Pub or Bar (sponsored by Commercial Kitchen show)
– Galvin HOP: Spitalfields, London (designed by DesignLSM)

Independent Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year (sponsored by GetWaiter)
– Jack & Alice, Gerrards Cross

Independent Casual Dining Pub of the Year (sponsored by Budweiser Budvar)
– The Malt House, London

Small Casual Dining Employer of the Year (sponsored by COREcruitment)
– Jack & Alice

Large Casual Dining Employer of the Year (sponsored by Reynolds)
– Peach Pub Company

Menu Innovation Award (sponsored by Eurilait)
– KuPP

Multiple Casual Dining Pub Brand of the Year (sponsored by McCain Foodservice)
– The Draft House

Multiple Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year (sponsored by Bar Foods)
– wagamama

For further information, including a full list of finalists and the judging panel, please visit

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