Finalists announced in design awards for casual dining sector

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Bars, pubs and restaurants across the UK have been shortlisted for this year’s Casual Dining Design Awards.

From large groups to independents, more than 40 have been named as finalists in categories for best design for an independent restaurant, a multiple restaurant and a casual-dining pub.

The winners will be announced at the Casual Dining show that takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, on February 25 and 26. The finalists are listed below.

David Worthington, chairman of Holmes & Marchant Design Group and head of the judging panel for a second year, said: “Consumers are becoming more discerning where design and branding is concerned. There’s more to consider than just the senses of taste and smell – ambience and visual stimulation beyond the plate are more important than ever.

“This year’s shortlist boasts an extraordinary array of talent and innovative projects and the casual dining sector has proven, yet again, that design should be at the forefront of business decisions.”

After the success of last year’s inaugural awards, other returning judges are hospitality designer Afroditi Krassa, founder of AfroditiKrassa, and Theo Williams, creative director of Designed & Sourced. Tina Norden, project director at Conran and Partners, who is currently working on two new Park Hyatt projects in Asia Pacific, is a new addition to the line-up for 2015.

Tina said: “Design plays a key role in any restaurant environment today – whether you pay £10 or £100 a head. The casual dining scene, in particular, is incredibly creative and over the last years has led the restaurant design world with its energy and new ideas.”

The winners of the Casual Dining Design Awards 2015 will be announced during a panel session featuring David, Afroditi, Theo and Tina, discussing emerging design trends in the casual dining sector, in the Keynote Theatre on Wednesday 25 February from 1.45pm.

To register for a free trade pass to Casual Dining, visit and quote priority code CDPR1

The Casual Dining Design Awards 2015 finalists

Best Designed Independent Restaurant
Alston Bar & Beef, Glasgow Central station (designed by Jestico + Whiles)
Blue’s Bracknell (designed by Hollington)
Dishoom, King’s Cross, London (designed by Macaulay Sinclair)
Dub Jam, Covent Garden, London (designed by Mystery Ltd)
Kua ‘Aina, Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London (designed by DesignLSM)
Moo Cantina Argentina, with sites in Pimlico and Brick Lane, London (designed by Mystery)
Pavilion, High Street Kensington, London (designed by DesignLSM)
The Perfectionists’ Café, Heathrow Terminal 2 (designed by AfroditiKrassa)
Prime Steak & Grill, St Albans (designed by DesignLSM)
SIM – Salvation in Noodles, Dalston, London (designed by KAI Design)
Smack Lobster Roll Deli, London (designed by DesignLSM)
Smithfield, Watling Street, London (designed by Mystery Ltd)
Speilburger Hampstead, London (designed by Fusion Design and Architecture)
Spiaggia, Fulham, London (designed by Mystery Ltd)
WA Café, Ealing, London (designed by SAY Architects)
Wondertree, Terminal 2 Airside, Heathrow Airport (designed by Fusion Design and Architecture)

Best Designed Multiple Restaurant
ASK Italian, Scarborough (designed by Gundry & Ducker)
Brasserie Blanc, Cheltenham (designed by Black Sheep)
The Breakfast Club London Bridge, London (designed by Finch Interiors)
Burger & Lobster, Little Portland Street, London (designed by DesignLSM)
Butlin’s Firehouse, Skegness (designed by Mystery Ltd)
Cabana, Leeds (designed by Michaelis Boyd)
Carluccio’s, Harrogate (designed by DesignLSM)
The Fable, London (designed by Fusion Design & Architecture)
GBK, Glasgow (designed by moreno:masey)
Hare & Tortoise, Chiswick, London (designed by SAY Architects)
Nando’s, Salisbury (designed by Fusion Design & Architecture)
Pho, St Paul’s at One New Change, London (designed by CantorMasters)
Pizza Hut Restaurants, UK-wide (designed by Harrison)
Red’s True Barbecue, Manchester (designed by Blacksheep)
River Cottage Canteen, Winchester, Hampshire (designed by Mackenzie Wheeler)
Tortilla Lakeside, intu Lakeside, Essex (designed by Fusion Design & Architecture)
Turtle Bay, Crawley, West Sussex (designed by Fusion Design & Architecture)
Wagamama Uxbridge, London (designed by Blacksheep)

Best Designed Casual Dining Pub
Adventure Bar, Clapham Junction, London (designed by Mystery)
The Castle, Tooting, London (designed by Fusion By Design)
The Dispensary, Aldgate, London (designed by Jackie McWeeney Interior Design)
The Kings Head, Bessels Green, Kent (designed by Design I.D.)
Old Bridge Inn and Coffee House, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire (designed in-house by Bulldog Hotel Group)

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