Finalists revealed in awards for casual dining sector

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The bars, pubs and restaurants through to the shortlist of the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards have been revealed.

The finalists include over 80 operators from across the UK, including Faucet Inn, Novus, Living Ventures, Loungers, Stonegate Pub Company, Mitchells & Butlers, Yummy Pub Co and Brewhouse & Kitchen.

The awards, organised by Diversified Communications UK, recognise and celebrate the stand-out operators of the year across the growing multi-billion-pound casual dining sector.

They also highlight the best in interior design with a shortlist including Spatialized, KDPA, Fusion by Design, ABDA Creative Design & Build, Michelle Derbyshire, Macaulay Sinclair, Superfutures, DesignLSM, Simple Simon Design, Jones AD, Loci Interiors, Moreno Masey, B3 Designers, Quadrant Design and Keane Design.

The awards ceremony will take place on February 21 2018 at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square after the first day of the Casual Dining trade show.

Casual Dining’s group event director, Chris Brazier, said: “Once again the sheer quality of this year’s awards entries has been outstanding. From the big names to the smaller operators, the 2018 shortlist boasts an extraordinary array of talented, innovative operators who are really driving the sector forward and delivering an incredible casual dining experience.

“One thing that really stands out is the sheer breadth of choice on offer – consumers have never had so much choice. Congratulations and good luck to all our shortlisted finalists.”

The 2018 award finalists

New Casual Dining Concept of the Year – sponsored by Reynolds
• Babel, Cheltenham (Faucet Inn)
• Grand Pacific, Manchester (Living Ventures)
• Lockhouse, London
• Tabun Kitchen, London
• The Common Restaurant, London
• The Vurger Co, London

Best New Pub / Bar Site – sponsored by Lucozade Ribena Suntory
• Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen – Ashton Lane, Glasgow
• JD Wetherspoon – The Royal Victorian Pavilion, Ramsgate
• Tank & Paddle (Novus) – Minster, London
• The Alchemist – MediaCityUK, Manchester

Best New Restaurant Site – sponsored by Fentimans
• Belgo – Crowne Plaza, Kings Cross, London
• Bistrot Pierre – Mumbles, Swansea
• Hubbox – Bristol
• KuPP – Oxford
• Lussmanns Fish & Grill Restaurants – Tring, Hertfordshire
• Zizzi – Bedford

Small Employer of the Year (Under 20 sites) – sponsored by Commercial Kitchen
• Brewhouse and Kitchen
• Dishoom
• Flat Iron Steak
• Framptons Cafe Bar and Kitchen
• The Alchemist (Living Ventures)
• Yummy Pub Co

Large Employer of the Year (Over 20 sites)
• Bistrot Pierre
• Casual Dining Group
• Loungers (Lounge and Cosy Clubs)
• PizzaExpress
• Toby Carvery
• YO!

Menu Innovation Award – sponsored by Essential Cuisine
• ASK Italian
• Babel
• Bella Italia
• Bill’s Restaurants
• Filmore and Union
• Haché
• Jamie‘s Italian
• Las Iguanas
• Wagamama
• Zizzi

Marketing Campaign of the Year
• Brewhouse and Kitchen – ‘Brewhouse & Kitchen Academy’
• GBK – ‘Brisket Means Brisket’
• Haché – ‘Date Night’
• Las Iguanas – ‘Iggy and Friends’
• MOD Pizza – ‘MOD Pizza Doctor – Freshers Week take-over’
• Pizza Pilgrims – ‘Pizza Box Art Gallery – Shoreditch’
• Prezzo – ‘Fans’ Favourites Menu’
• Toby Carvery – ‘Toby Brings Us Together’
• Wagamama – ‘Vegan Menu Launch’
• Zizzi – ‘The Spirit of Social Dining’

Best Designed Pub / Bar of the Year
• Balls Brothers (Novus) – Adams Court, London (designed by Spatialized)
• Grand Pacific (Living Ventures) – Manchester (designed by Michelle Derbyshire)
• JD Wetherspoon – The Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate (designed by KDPA)
• Spotted Horse (Young & Co Brewery) – Putney, London (designed by Fusion by Design)
• Store Street Craft Bar – Hilton DoubleTree, Manchester (designed by ABDA Creative Design & Build)
• The Alchemist – MediaCityUK, Manchester (designed by Macaulay Sinclair)

Best Designed Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year (Under 20 sites)
• Belgo – Crowne Plaza, Kings Cross, London (designed by Superfutures)
• Cinnamon Kitchen – Oxford (designed by DesignLSM)
• Fancy Crab – London (designed by DesignLSM)
• Felix Seafood Grill – Billericay, Essex (designed by DesignLSM)
• Hubbox – Bristol (designed by Simple Simon Design)
• KuPP – Southampton (designed by Jones AD)
• Lussmanns Fish & Grill Restaurants – Tring, Hertfordshire (designed in-house)
• SmokeWorks – Station Road, Cambridge (designed by Loci Interiors)

Best Designed Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year (Over 20 sites)
• ASK Italian – Park Street, London (designed in-house)
• GBK – Southport, Merseyside (designed by Moreno Masey)
• Giggling Squid – Wokingham, Berkshire (designed in-house)
• Las Iguanas – Temple Street, Birmingham (designed by B3 Designers)
• PizzaExpress – York (designed by Quadrant Design)
• Prezzo – Northumberland Avenue, London (designed by Keane Design)
• Zizzi – Gandy Street, Exeter (designed in-house)

Independent Pub of the Year (Under five sites) – sponsored by Budweiser Budvar UK
• The Malt House – London
• The OHH Pub Company – various locations
• The Old Ale & Coffee House (Buff and Bear Saloons) – Salisbury
• The Royal Oak – Marlow
• Waxy O’Connor’s – various locations

Independent Restaurant of the Year (Under five sites) – sponsored by Casual Dining
• Alston Bar & Beef – Glasgow
• Arepa and Co – London
• Framptons Cafe Bar and Kitchen – various locations
• KuPP – various locations
• Lupita Mexican Restaurants – various locations
• The Chilli Pickle – Brighton
• The Mayfair Chippy – London
• Zerodegrees – various locations
• Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen – London

Multi-Site Pub Operator of the Year – sponsored by McCain
• All Bar One (Mitchells & Butlers)
• Brewhouse & Kitchen
• Chef & Brewer (Greene King)
• Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars
• Hush Heath Estate
• JD Wetherspoon
• Red Mist Leisure
• Redcomb Pubs
• Yummy Pub Co

Small Multi-Site Restaurant Brand of the Year (5-19 sites) – sponsored by Wing Yip
• Blackhouse
• Flat Iron Steak
• Haché
• Hubbox
• Koh Thai Tapas
• Red’s True Barbecue
• The Cosy Club (Loungers)
• The Stable

Large Multi-Site Restaurant Brand of the Year (Over 20 Sites) – sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners
• ASK Italian
• Bella Italia
• Bill’s Restaurants
• Bistrot Pierre
• Harvester
• Jamie’s Italian
• Las Iguanas
• Pho
• wagamama
• YO!
• Zizzi

Casual Dining Group of the Year – sponsored by Carlsberg
• Azzurri Group
• Boparan Restaurant Group
• Casual Dining Group
• Greene King
• Living Ventures
• Mitchells & Butlers
• Stonegate Pub Company
• The Restaurant Group
• Whitbread

Judges for the 2018 awards include Bob Ivell, chairman of Mitchells & Butlers; Karen Forrester, CEO of TGI Friday’s UK; Mark Fox, CEO of Bill’s; Keith Bird, COO at GBK; and Kate Nicholls, chief executive of the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).

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