Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Award winners announced

22/02/2018 - 09:20
The winners of the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2018 were announced yesterday (21 February) at the Marriott London Grosvenor Square hotel following the first day of the Casual Dining trade show.

Living Ventures, Wagamama, Bistrot Pierre, Brewhouse & Kitchen, Loungers, The Alchemist, Flat Iron, GBK, and The New World Trading Co (NWTC) were among the operators who took home awards.

Alchemist and Gusto owner Living Ventures had a very successful night, picking up three awards in total, including the newly introduced, and hotly-contested, Casual Dining Group of the Year Award.

Two operators celebrated retaining their titles from last year as Wagamama and The Malt House won ‘Large Multi-Site Restaurant Brand of the Year’ and Best Independent Pub of the Year’ respectively.

“We’re so honoured to scoop this award for the 2nd year,” said Paul Merrett, chef-director at Malt House owner, The Jolly Fine Pub Group. “Last year’s win not only boosted our marketing campaign, it also had a terrific motivational impact on the whole team.  

“A casual dining award in my sector, is the trophy we all want to win and I'm super proud of the guys at The Malt House in Fulham.”

Chris Hill, chief executive of The New World Trading Co, received the ‘Trailblazer of the Year’ award – the only category nominated directly by the judges.

He said: “NWTC is an exceptional company that does things a little differently and we have had amazing success to date.  We have an exciting time ahead and I feel lucky to do what I do, with a team of incredible people around me.”

Over 400 industry professionals were in attendance at the awards, including senior representatives from PizzaExpress, Azzurri Group, Casual Dining Group, Mitchells & Butlers, and Redcomb Pubs.

The 2018 award results in full:

Trailblazer of the Year

Winner: Chris Hill, CEO, The New World Trading Co.

New Casual Dining Concept of the Year

Winner: Grand Pacific

Best New Pub / Bar Site

Winner: The Alchemist, MediaCity UK, Manchester

Best New Restaurant Site

Winner: Bistrot Pierre, Mumbles, Swansea

Small Employer of the Year (under 20 sites)

Winner: Yummy Pub Co.

Large Employer of the Year (20+ sites)

Winner: Loungers

Menu Innovation Award 

Winner: Haché

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Winner: Pizza Pilgrims – ‘Pizza Box Art Gallery – Shoreditch'

Best Designed Pub/Bar of the Year 

Winner: Grand Pacific, Manchester (designed by Michelle Derbyshire)

Best Designed Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year (under 20 sites)

Winner: Fancy Crab, London (designed by DesignLSM)

Best Designed Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year (20+ sites)

Winner: GBK, Southport (designed by Moreno Masey)

Independent Pub of the Year (under 5 sites)

Winner: The Malt House, London

Independent Restaurant of the Year (under 5 sites)

Winner: KuPP

Multi-Site Pub Operator of the Year

Winner: Brewhouse and Kitchen

Small Multi-Site Restaurant Brand of the Year (5-19 sites)

Winner: Flat Iron

Large Multi-Site Restaurant Brand of the Year (20+ sites)

Winner: wagamama

Casual Dining Group of the Year

Winner: Living Ventures

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