Categories & Criteria

Categories & Criteria

PLEASE NOTE: That all the organisations or people nominated for any category must have been established or in the role for a minimum of 6 months or more.

 

  • Fine Dining Restaurant

  • Best Fine Dining Restaurant

    The Midlands is known for its variety of Fine Dining Restaurants.

    • Being able to demonstrate an exciting menu which stands out from competitors
    • Emphasis on local produce or ingredients
    • Eclectic wine list or innovative drinks menu that compliments cuisine
    • Ratings on Trip advisor and other online websites
    • Décor/ambience
    • Customer Service
    • Extra additional facilities like chef’s table and private dining room, bespoke events like ‘whisky events’ etc
    Nominate
  • Fine Dining Restaurant

  • Best Gastropub

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

    • Being able to demonstrate an exciting menu which stands out from competitors
    • Emphasis on local produce or ingredients
    • Eclectic wine list or innovative drinks menu
    • Ratings on Trip advisor and other online websites
    • Décor/ambience
    • Service standards by front of staff
    • How you add to local economy and local ambience

    Nominate
  • Curry House

  • Best Curry House

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

    • Being able to demonstrate an exciting menu which stands out from competitors
    • Emphasis on local produce or ingredients
    • Show consistent high quality and selection of dishes
    • Ratings on Trip advisor and other online websites
    • Décor/ambience
    • Service standards by front of staff
    • How you add to local economy and local ambience
    • How you elevates the standard of South Asian Cuisine
    Nominate
  • Oriental Restaurant

  • Best Oriental Restaurant

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Being able to demonstrate an exciting menu which stands out from competitors
    • Emphasis on local produce or ingredients
    • Show consistent high quality and selection of dishes
    • Eclectic wine list or innovative drinks menu
    • Ratings on Trip advisor and other online websites
    • Décor/ambience
    • Service standards by front of staff
    • How you add to local economy and local ambience
    • Authenticity and quality of the restaurant, you must showcase that your restaurant has heralded  traditional oriental tastes and style.
    Nominate
  • Steak House

  • Best Steak House

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Being able to demonstrate an exciting menu which stands out from competitors
    • Emphasis on local produce or ingredients
    • Show consistent high quality and selection of dishes
    • Eclectic wine list or innovative drinks menu
    • Ratings on Trip advisor and other online websites
    • Décor/ambience
    • Service standards by front of staff
    • How you add to local economy and local ambience
    Nominate
  • Italian Restaurant

  • Best Italian Restaurant

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Being able to demonstrate an exciting menu which stands out from competitors
    • Emphasis on local produce or ingredients
    • Show consistent high quality and selection of dishes
    • Eclectic wine list or innovative drinks menu
    • Ratings on Trip advisor and other online websites
    • Décor/ambience
    • Service standards by front of staff
    • How you add to local economy and local ambience
    • Authenticity and quality of the restaurant, you must showcase that your restaurant has heralded  traditional Italian tastes and style.
    Nominate
  • Spanish Restaurant Restaurant

  • Best Spanish Restaurant

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Being able to demonstrate an exciting menu which stands out from competitors
    • Emphasis on local produce or ingredients
    • Show consistent high quality and selection of dishes
    • Eclectic wine list or innovative drinks menu
    • Ratings on Trip advisor and other online websites
    • Décor/ambience
    • Service standards by front of staff
    • How you add to local economy and local ambience
    • Authenticity and quality of the restaurant, you must showcase that your restaurant has heralded  traditional Spanish tastes and style.
    Nominate
  • Vegetarian Restaurant Restaurant

  • Best Vegetarian Restaurant

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Being able to demonstrate an exciting menu which stands out from competitors
    • Emphasis on local produce or ingredients
    • Show consistent high quality and selection of dishes
    • Eclectic wine list or innovative drinks menu
    • Ratings on Trip advisor and other online websites
    • Décor/ambience
    • Service standards by front of staff
    • How you add to local economy and local ambience
    • Authenticity and quality of the restaurant, you must showcase that your restaurant has heralded  traditional vegetarian tastes
    Nominate
  • Best Restaurant

  • People’s Choice (public vote)

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • This category is open to all three sectors (food, drink & hospitality) and is based on a public vote only and will be announced on the night.
    • Must have been open/operating for a minimum of 12 months.
    • Ratings/reviews on Trip advisor and other online media
    Nominate
  • Best Themed Restaurant

  • Best Themed Restaurant

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Being able to demonstrate an exciting menu which stands out from competitors
    • Show emphasis on local produce or ingredients
    • You must illustrate how you have been innovative and have an exciting brand, that is cutting edge in its approach.
    • Eclectic wine list or innovative drinks menu
    • Ratings on Trip advisor and other websites
    • Décor/ambience
    • Service standards by front of staff
    Nominate
  • Best Chef

  • Best Chef

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Flair and skills of the dishes creative momentous dishes
    Nominate
  • Venue

  • Best Food Producer

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • 50% of product manufactured must be own brand
    • Manufacturing process is within the Midlands
    • Minimum turnover of £1,000,000
    • Minimum 3 start environmental health rating
    Nominate
  • Restaurant Manager

  • Best Restaurant Manager

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Best personality, making customers feel valued and encouraging return custom and creates a loyal following
    Nominate
  • Rising Star

  • Rising Star

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Demonstrate an significant / positive development within chosen industry or workplace within the last 6 months.
    • Illustrate how you have excelled in comparison to your peers or competitors.
    • You must show how you or how your business has made valid contribution to the food & drink industry as a whole and champions the diversity of the Midlands food scene.
    Nominate
  • Street Food

  • Most Popular Street Food / Pop-up

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Quality of Food
    • Affordability
    • Customer Service
    • Health & Hygiene
    • Reviews / Social Media presence
    Nominate
  • Food Festival

  • Most Popular Food Festival

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Footfall and uniqueness of offering
    • Buzz it creates for the city and outside the city
    Nominate
  • Best Blog

  • Best Food / Drink Blogger

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Following & social media presence
    • The range of cuisine show cased on your website
    • Your knowledge of food and restaurants
    • Must post 3 times a month on average.
    Nominate
  • Cocktails

  • Best Cocktail Bar

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Diverse list of concoctions
    • Top range of quality spirits from around the world
    • A broad price range
    • The flair or a mixologist
    Nominate
  • Traditional Pub

  • Best Traditional Pub

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Must be a brewery based or a free house
    • Have a quality section of beers and ales
    • Prices
    • Customer satisfaction
    • How valued the regular are.
    • How you best illustrate embodiment of British pubs
    Nominate
  • Sommelier

  • Best Sommelier

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • How broad the Wine List is (variety)
    • Broad price range of the wine list
    Nominate
  • Hotel Bar

  • Best Hotel Bar

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Customer Service
    • Accessibility / Facilities
    • Quality of drinks
    • How well it balances the service to the locals and hotel residents. Best Drink Merchant
    • How it implements confidentiality of customers
    Nominate
  • Drinks Merchant

  • Best Drinks Merchant

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • How innovative and unique your drinks/products are
    • Producers and distributors
    • How you add value to the drink’s market
    Nominate
  • Afternoon Tea

  • Best Afternoon Tea

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Value / Style and experience
    • Affordability
    • Customer service
    • Accessibility and facilities
    • How unique your establishment is compared to your competitors
    Nominate
  • Independent Coffee Shop

  • Best Independent Coffee Shop

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Value / Style and experience
    • Affordability
    • Customer service
    • Accessibility and facilities
    • How unique your coffee experience is compared to your competitors
    Nominate
  • Best Casino

  • Best Casino

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Customer experience
    • Accessibility and Facilities
    • Atmosphere
    • Variety of gambling tables
    • Extra non traditional features (e.g. function room, restaurant, catering for both genders etc)
    Nominate
  • Venue

  • Best Brewery

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Must brew own beers
    • Independently owned
    • Minimum turnover of £750,000
    Nominate
  • Best Apprenticeship Employer Award

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Outline your organisations apprenticeship programme
    Nominate
  • Hotel

  • Best Hotel

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Customer Service
    • Staff
    • Interior Décor,
    • Accesibility and Facilities
    • Concierge / Valet / Marketing
    Nominate
  • Budget_Hotel

  • Best Boutique Hotel

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Independently owned
    • Minimum of 10 rooms
    • Must operate a restaurant
    • 3 star rating or higher
    Nominate
  • General Manager

  • Best General Manager

    Nominee’s will be judged on the following criteria:

    • How well you make customers feel valued
    • How you encouraging return custom and create a loyal following
    • Ambassador for the hotel group,
    • Customer Service Relations
    Nominate
  • venue

  • Best Venue

    The nominated venue space must primarily be used to events and functions. The judges will consider the following criteria:

    • Health & Safety compliance
    • Proven history of corporate fulfilment
    • Range of facilities and services provided for attendees
    • Accessibility
    • The ability to facilitate ancillary add-ons
    • The venue space must cater for a minimum of 500 people
    Nominate
  • Spa

  • Best Spa

    The judges will consider the following criteria:

    • Accessibility / Facilities
    • Affordability
    • Customer Service
    • Products
    • The range and quality of the services you provide
    Nominate
  • Best Fast Food Takeaway

    The judges will consider the following criteria:

    • Being able to demonstrate an exciting menu which stands out from competitors
    • You must illustrate how you have been innovative and have an exciting brand, that is cutting edge in its approach.
    • Service standards by front of staff
    Nominate
  • Best at Social Media & Digital Marketing

    This is a special prize winning category in association with Dine Birmingham.

    The winner will be awarded an advertising package worth £1000 for one year with Dine Birmingham
    – terms and conditions apply, We will assess the creativity, engagement levels and ‘fun factor’ of your online
    presence.

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