Success for Simple in Manchester awards


Simple Bar & Kitchen – one of the key players in the regeneration of Manchester’s Northern Quarter – has been named the best bar or pub in the city’s tourism awards.

It won the Key 103 people’s choice award for best bar or pub, voted on my members of the public, beating other finalists including The Liars Club, Black Dog Ballroom in the Northern Quarter, Australasia, MC Café Bar & Grill at Abode, the Oast House in Spinningfields, Rain Bar and The Wharf.

Simple in Tib Street was opened 11 years ago by Michael Huckerby, Vikki Harris and Carl Taylor and was the first bar in the Northern Quarter to serve food. Its signature cocktails include the lightly creamy US Mint, made with rum and mint syrup, and the Rocky Robin, combining gin, watermelon, Noilly Prat vermouth and soda.

The award for best entertainment venue went to iconic music venue Band on the Wall which reopened three years ago following a major refurbishment part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England. It dates back to 1975 when it opened as a jazz club, going on to host some of the world’s top bands.

The title of tourism restaurant of the year went to Indian restaurant Zouk Tea Bar & Grill which opened in The Quadrangle in Chester Street in 2009. It was the company’s second site after the opening of Zouk in Bradford in 2006.

Zouk manager Mourad Moshine collected the award at Wednesday’s ceremony at The Lowry in Salford Quays on behalf of owners, brothers Tayub and Mudassar Bashir and their father Amjad Bashir.

The annual awards are organised by Marketing Manchester. Its chief executive Andrew Stokes said: “The awards celebrate tourism excellence across Greater Manchester, recognising the year-round contribution that organisations, venues and individuals make to the city’s tourism product. Many of our winners will now have the chance to progress through to the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence to represent Greater Manchester at national level and we wish them the very best of luck.”

Click here for a full list of winners in the 2012 awards.

The team from Simple collect their award

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