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Manchester Food And Drink Festival Have Just Announced The News We’ve ALL Been Waiting For

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The Manchester Food and Drink Festival (MFDF) has today revealed the shortlists for the prestigious Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards 2018.

Just as a reminder…

The awards are the most sought-after and highly anticipated in the Northwest, and celebrate the innovative and high quality restaurants, bars and individuals who contribute to the hospitality industry in the region. They are recognised by the industry and consumers alike as setting the standard in food and drink.

This year, for the 21st anniversary Festival, awards will be presented in 18 different categories. From Premium and Fine Dining Venue of the Year to Affordable Eats; from Best Newcomer to Street Food Trader of the Year, and Front of House Team to Vegetarian Offering of the Year, the selection of categories reflects Manchester’s ever-expanding and constantly evolving food and drink scene.

Owned and organised by MFDF, the awards will be held for the first time in the stunning Gorton Monastery on Monday 8th October.

The shortlisted venues below have been officially nominated for an award by the MFDF judging panel that comprises the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts.

The award nominations will be posted on the MFDF website here from 27th June and the public will then vote for their favourites. Voting closes at midnight on Thursday 27th September.

The winners will be decided by a combination of public votes and scores obtained by mystery shop visits from the judging panel.

And without further ado, the nominations are…

  • Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Caterer.com
    Recognising the ‘best of the best’ dining establishments in Greater Manchester in 2018. This category can feature restaurants of any style or price point.

Adam Reid at The French – Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS

– The Rabbit in the Moon – Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, City Centre, Manchester M4 3BG

– Where The Light Gets In – 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY

– Umezushi – Unit 4, Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ

– Sugo – 22 Shaw’s Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1QU

– Levanter – 10 Square St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AT

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Bundobust

  • Premium and Fine Dining Venue of the Year – sponsored by Bookatable
    This award recognises the best premium to fine dining establishments across the city.

Adam Reid at The French – Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS

– The Rabbit in Moon – Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, City Centre, Manchester, M4 3BG

– Where The Light Gets In – 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY

– Umezushi – Unit 4, Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ
Hawksmoor – 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WB

– Grafene – 55 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LQ

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: El Gato Negro

  • Casual Restaurant of the Year
    This award aims to recognise the best informal dining establishments in Manchester.

– Bundobust – 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AG

– Sugo – 22 Shaw’s Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1QU

– Porta – 50 Greenwood Street, Altrincham, WA14 1RZ

– Albert’s Schloss 27 Peter St, Manchester, M2 5QR

– Elnecot – 41 Blossom Street, Cutting Room Square, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ

– Levanter – 10 Square St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AT

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Baratxuri

  • Newcomer of the Year – sponsored by Manchester Evening News
    Celebrating the best new food and drink operations to open in Greater Manchester since the last awards decision period in June 2017.

– Elnecot – 41 Blossom Street, Cutting Room Square, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ

– Wood – Jack Rosenthal Street, First Street, Manchester, M15 4RA

– 20 Stories – NO. 1 Spinningfields, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB

– Randall and Aubin – 64 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BN

– The Creameries – 406 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester, M21 0SD

– Blanchflower – 12-14 Shaw’s Rd, Altrincham WA14 1QU

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Where The Light Gets In

  • Chef of the Year sponsored by Stephenson’s
    Aiming to celebrate the most talented and outstanding work of chefs cooking in Greater Manchester kitchens – his or her skill, menu, commitment and contribution to the dining scene.

Adam Reid, The French – Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS

– Sam Buckley

– Where The Light Gets In – 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY

– Richard Sharples

– Hispi, 1C School Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RD

– Ben Mounsey

– Grafene – 55 King Street, Manchester, M2 4LQ

– Omar Rodriguez Marrero

– Umezushi – Unit 4, Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ

– Rachel Stockley

– Baratxuri – 1 Smithy St, Ramsbottom, BL0 9AT

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Matt Nutter, Allotment

  • Pub / Beer Bar of the Year sponsored by Carlsberg UK
    Recognising the finest pubs in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales/beers and atmosphere.

Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar Platform 4, Stalybridge Railway Station, Rassbottom St, Stalybridge SK15 1RF

– Café Beermoth – Brown Street, Manchester, M2 1DA

– Trackside Bar, Bolton St Station, Bolton St, Bury BL9 0EY

– Heaton Hops – 7 School Ln, Stockport, SK4 5DE

– The Bay Horse Tavern – 35-37 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA

– Port Street Beer House – 39-41 Port St, Manchester M1 2EQ

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Marble Arch

  • Bar of The Year – sponsored by Double Dutch
    Recognising the best drinking venues in the region that aren’t considered ‘pubs’
    Cottonopolis – 16 Newton Street, Manchester, M1 2AE

– Science and Industry – 49 -51 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA
Hawksmoor – 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WB

– Flok – 5 Stevenson Square, Manchester, M1 1DN

– Albert’s Schloss 27 Peter St, Manchester, M2 5QR

– Patron – 42 – 44 Oldham Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1LE

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: The Refuge

  • Out of Town Venue of the Year sponsored by R Noone & Son
  • Coffee Shop/Tea Shop of the Year sponsored by Gorton Monastery
  • Affordable Eats Venue of the Year
  • Food and Drink Retailer of the Year
    To reflect the growing number and status of food and drink retailers in Greater Manchester.

– Pollen – Unit 2B, Cotton Field Wharf, 8 New Union Street, Manchester, M4 6FQ

– Lunya – Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BB

– Epicerie Ludo – 46 Beech Road, Manchester, M21 9EG

– Salvi’s – The Corn Exchange, Manchester, M4 3TR

– Mettrick’s Butchers – 63 Melbourne St, Stalybridge, SK15 2JJ

– Grape to Grain – 1 Church Ln, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AN

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Ancoats General Store

  • Vegetarian Offering of the Year sponsored by Quorn
    Reintroduced in 2017 this award focuses on the growing number of vegetarian offerings in the city and reflects the huge growth in meat and dairy free dining.

Bundobust – 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AQ

– Indian Tiffin Room – First Street, 4RL, 1 First St, Manchester, M15
Lily’s – 75-83 Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7DF

– Chaat Cart – 13 – 15 Derby Way, Marple, Stockport, SK6 7AH

– Elnecot – 41 Blossom Street, Cutting Room Square, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6AJ
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– Amma’s Canteen – 285 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester, M21 7GH

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: The Allotment

  • Manchester Brewery of the Year
    This award raises a pint to all the great breweries establishing themselves throughout Greater Manchester and celebrates the very best brew in town.

– Beatnikz – 15 Red Bank, Manchester, M4 4HF

– Wander Beyond – 98 N Western St, Manchester, M12 6JL

– Pomona Island Brew Co Ltd, 33 Waybridge Enterprise Centre, Daniel Adamson Road, Salford, M50 1DS

– Runaway – Unit 4 Millgate, Dantzic Street, Manchester, M4 4JW

– Marble – 41 Williamson St, Manchester, M4 4JS

– Track Brewing – 5 Sheffield Street, Manchester, M1 2ND

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: CLOUDWATER

  • Pop Up, event or project of the Year sponsored by Manchester’s Finest
    Designed to recognise the ever more pioneering food and drink one off projects, events, activities and pop ups happening in the region.

– Hatch – Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED

– Ancoats Food Assembly – Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse, 33 Blossom Street, M4 5AF Manchester

– Into the Gathering Dusk – Barbecue Coffee Manchester, 486 Wilbraham Road, M21 9AS

– Hyssop – Various

– MCR Beer Week – Various

– Stockport Foody Friday – Market Place, Stockport, SK1

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: GRUB

  • Front of House Team of the Year sponsored by Boutinot Wines
    This award aims to recognise the most outstanding front of house team in Manchester. The panel were looking for the restaurant that goes that extra mile in terms of service – where customers can rely on an experience that makes them feel special, from greeting to depature.

– Piccolino – Clarence Street, Manchester, M2 4DW

– Wood – Jack Rosenthal Street, First Street, Manchester, M15 4RA

– 20 Stories – NO. 1 Spinningfields 1 Hardman Square, Manchester, M3 3EB

– The Rabbit in the Moon – Cathedral Gardens, Corporation Street, City Centre, Manchester, M4 3BG

– Adam Reid at The French – Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS

– Hispi – 1C School Ln, Manchester M20 6RD

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Hawksmoor

  • Street Food Trader of the Year Award
  • Best Sustainability Award Sponsored by Sustainable Restaurant Association
  • The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement

Now in its third year, this award recognises the superb establishments that are based in the suburbs of Greater Manchester.

Where The Light Gets In – 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY

The Allotment Vegan Restaurant – 6 Vernon Street, Stockport, SK1 1TY

Sugo – 22 Shaw’s Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1QU

Porta – 50 Greenwood Street, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1RZ

Levanter – 10 Square St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9A

The Creameries – 406 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester, M21 0SD

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Baratxuri

Recognising the best coffee bars and teashops in the region.

Ancoats Coffee – Unit 9, Royal Mills, 17 Redhill Street, Ancoats, M4 5BA

Idle Hands – 35 Dale St, Manchester, M1 2HF

Takk – 6 Tariff St, Manchester, M1 2FF

Pot Kettle Black – 14, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW

Ezra and Gil – 20 Hilton St, Manchester, M1 1FR

Fig and Sparrow – 20 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JA

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Trove

Recognising the best venues that are visited for a high value, quick and simple dining experience. This category can include cafes, takeaways and any venue whereby the price point and service style mean that the overall concept is widely considered by customers to be a more of a ‘food on the go’ style of dining and a main meal and drink can be purchased for under £10.

Lupo Caffé Italiano – 2.05 Boat Shed, 16 Exchange Quay, Salford, M5 3EQ

Platzki – 255 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN

Eat New York – 64 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE

Lord of the Pies – 559a Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M218AN

Mi and Pho – 384 Palatine Rd, Northenden, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M22 4FZ

Fusion Lab – Manchester Arndale Market, M4 3AH

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Rudy’s Pizza

Awarding one of the Greater Manchester-based street food legends that are gracing our kerbs with an ever-increasing plethora of gastro goods.
Firebird Hope

Yadda Yadda

Oh Mei Dumplings

Nasi Lemak

Wholesome Junkies

El Marchador Tacos

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Hip Hop Chip Shop

Recognising commitment to environmental and ethical practices within Greater Manchester’s restaurant industry. Restaurants are asked to put themselves forward for this award via submission of a sustainability template form. To put your business forward for this award, please email

George@foodanddrinkfestival.com

Recognising individuals who contributed something outstanding to the food and drink industry in Greater Manchester over the last 21 Festivals. Anyone with suggestions for this category should email

alexa@foodanddrinkfestival.com.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: Joel Wilkinson and Adelaide Winters of Trof Group.

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