NRB Top Fifty reveals north’s most influential operators

NRB Top Fifty

The most influential bar owners, restaurateurs and hotel operators in the north of England have been revealed in the annual NRB Top Fifty.

Released as part of the Northern Restaurant & Bar show in Manchester, the power list features a mix of long-established names and nine new entries.

Operators in the list include Living Ventures, Beautiful Drinks, Revolution Bars Group, Mission Mars, Graffitti Spirit, Blackdog Ballroom, Leelex, Jones Bar Group, New Moon Co, Sandinista, and Arc Inspirations.

Thom Hetherington, CEO of organisers Holden Media, said: “We received a record number of entrants to the NRB Top Fifty this year, making the judging an arduous but ultimately very rewarding process.

“There has been an influx of national brands to the north in the last year but if anything that seems to be have spurred the region’s operators onto ever higher levels.

“Restaurants and bars created right here in the north are redefining what can be achieved in the local food and drink scene, both creatively and commercially.”

The team from Mission Mars – Roy Ellis, Neil Macleod, Joel Wilkinson, Adelaide Winter and Dan Mullen – received a special achievement award after opening their first site, Albert’s Schloss in Manchester, with further plans “to create the best entertainment venues and bars in the world”.

Two other special achievement awards were presented to Michael O’Hare of Leeds restaurant The Man Behind The Curtain and Mohammed Aslam of Aagrah Restaurants, the Indian restaurants in North and West Yorkshire.

Judging was by a panel of northern hospitality experts in the fields of hospitality finance, property, law and consultancy. The NRB Top Fifty is produced in association with Kuits Solicitors and sponsored by The Russell Partnership, Metis Real Estate and Jelf Manson.

Those included in the list become part of the NRB Top 50 Alumni association as well as receiving VIP invitations to events including the exclusive NRB Debate and the Too Many Critics Manchester dinner.

NRB Top Fifty 2016
Listed alphabetically by surname and grouped by company

Martin Ainscough, Owner, Ainscoughs
Mark Andrew, Managing Director, Mark Andrew Developments
Sax, Arshad, Director, Mughli
Haz Arshad, Director, Mughli
Paul Askew, Chef Patron, The Art School
Mohammed Aslam, Owner, Aagrah Group
Tim Bacon, Chairman, Living Ventures
Paul Moran, Managing Director, Living Ventures
Jeremy Roberts, CEO, Living Ventures
Craig Bancroft, Managing Director, Northcote
Nigel Haworth, Chef Patron, Northcote
Ken Buckley, Managing Director, Bravo Inns
Marie Carter, Director, Beautiful Drinks
Beau Myers, Director, Beautiful Drinks
Sue Crimes, Managing Director, Gusto
Morgan Davies, Founder / CEO, Barburrito
Jimmy del Giudice, Operations Director, Revolution Bars Group plc
Mark McQuater, CEO, Revolution Bars Group plc
Carlo Distefano, Chairman, San Carlo Group
Marcello Distefano, Managing Director, San Carlo Group
James Douglas, Co-owner / Director, Reds True BBQ
Scott Munro, Co-owner / Director, Reds True BBQ
Roy Ellis, Director, Mission Mars
Neil Macleod, Director, Mission Mars
Dan Mullen, Director, Mission Mars
Joel Wilkinson, Director, Mission Mars
Adelaide Winter, Director, Mission Mars
John, Ennis, Owner, Graffitti Spirit
Matthew, Farrell, Owner, Graffitti Spirit
Nick, Thomas, Owner, Graffitti Spirit
Ged Feltham, CEO, Leelex
Paul Lane, Managing Director, Leelex
Jobe Ferguson, Director, Blackdog Ballroom
Lyndon Higginson, Director, Blackdog Ballroom
Ross Mackenzie, Director, Blackdog Ballroom
Duncan Fisher, Owner, Apartment Group
Kit Graves, Director, Lake District Hotels
Charles Graves, Director, Lake District Hotels
Dan, Hope, Sales & Marketing Director, Lake District Hotels
Chri, Hill, Managing Director, New World Trading Company
Chris Hopkins, Managing Director, Hydes Brewery
Matthew Jones, Managing Director, Jones Bar Group
Ben Jones, Operations & Finance Director, Jones Bar Group
Kim Kaewkraikhot, Chairwoman, Thai Leisure Group
Martin Stead, Owner, Thai Leisure Group
Peter Kinsella, Founder, Lunya
Elaine Kinsella, Founder, Lunya
Terry Laybourne, Owner, 21 Hospitality Group
William Lees Jones, Managing Director, JW Lees
James MacKenzie, Chief Proprietor, Pipe and Glass
Mike Magrane, General Manager, The Midland Hotel
Colin Manning, Managing Partner, 60 Hope St
Gary Manning, Chef Patron, 60 Hope St
Tomas, Maunier, Director, Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill
Robert Melman, Director, Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill
Stephen, Miles, General Manager, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester
Dave Mooney, Co-owner & Chef Patron, New Moon Co
Paul Newman, Managing Director, New Moon Co
Lucy Nelson, Sales & Marketing Director, Nelson Hotels
Andrew Nelson, Operations Director, Nelson Hotels
Joycelyn Neve, Managing Director, Seafood Pub Company
Michael O’Hare, Chef-Patron, The Man Behind the Curtain
Eamonn O’Loughlin, Owner, Eclectic Hotels
Si Ord, Owner, Sandinista
Andrew Pern, Owner / Executive Chef, The Star at Harome/Star Inn The City
Steve Pilling, Co Owner, Damson Group
Simon Stanley, Co-owner, Damson Group
Jonathan Poole, Director, Red and Blue
Paddy Smith, Director, Red and Blue
Oliver, Robinson, Managing Director, Frederic Robinson
Simon Rogan, Co-owner, Umbel Restaurant Group
Richard Smith, Chef Patron, Relax, Eat & Drink/Brewkitchen
Franco Sotgiu, Co-owner, Solita
Chris Ure, Owner, Arc Inspirations
Martin Wolstencroft, Managing Director/Owner, Arc Inspirations
Gary Usher, Owner, Sticky Walnut
Steven Walker, CEO, Individual Restaurants
Roger Ward, Owner, The Victorian Chophouse Company
Marc Wilkinson, Chef Patron, Restaurant Fraiche

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