Entries are now open for bars, pubs and restaurants to enter the annual Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards.
The awards cover 17 categories, from new concepts and new openings to menu innovation, employee engagement, marketing and design as well as recognising the outstanding brands of the year.
Organised by Diversified Communications UK, they will be judged by leading experts in the licensed trade including TGI Friday’s UK chief executive Karen Forrester, Mitchells & Butlers chairman Bob Ivell, Bill’s Restaurants chief executive Mark Fox, Gourmet Burger Kitchen chief operating officer Keith Bird and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers’ chief executive, Kate Nicholls.
The deadline for entries is October 30, submitted online at www.cdawards.co.uk.
The 2018 award categories are:
Trailblazer of the Year (nominated by the judging panel)
New Casual Dining Concept of the Year
Best New Pub / Bar Site
Best New Restaurant Site
Small Employer of the Year (under 20 sites)
Large Employer of the Year (20+ sites)
Menu Innovation Award
Marketing Campaign of The Year
Best Designed Pub / Bar of the Year
Best Designed Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year
Independent Pub of the Year (under 5 sites)
Independent Restaurant of the Year (under 5 sites)
Small Multi-Site Pub Brand of the Year (5–19 sites)
Small Multi-Site Restaurant of the Year (5–19 sites)
Large Multi-Site Pub Brand of the Year (20+ sites)
Large Multi-Site Restaurant of the Year (20+ sites)
Casual Dining Group of the Year
The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of February 21, 2018 at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square. It will be at the end of the first day of the Casual Dining trade show which runs at the Business Design Centre in London on February 21 and 22.
Confirmed sponsors for the awards already include Budweiser Budvar UK, Carlsberg, Coca-Cola European Partners, Essential Cuisine, Fentimans, Lamb Weston, McCain Foodservice, and Reynolds.