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Categories & Criteria

PLEASE NOTE: That all the organisations or people nominated for any category must have been established for a minimum of 12 months or more, except for the catergory Venue Design of the Year.

 

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Fine Dining Restaurant

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Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

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

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.
  • Restaurant must operate a tasting menu

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Fine Dining Restaurant

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Gastro Pub of the Year

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.
  • Offers fantastic menus for food and drinks

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South Asian Restaurant of the Year

Restaurant features cuisines of South Asian Continent

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.
  • Authentic ingredients and flavours to your cuisine.

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Oriental Restaurant of the Year

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Authentic ingredients and flavours to your cuisine.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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Steak House

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Steak Restaurant of the Year

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.
  • This restaurant should specialise in and focus on steak dishes

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Italian Restaurant

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Italian Restaurant of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.
  • Authentic ingredients and flavours to your cuisine.

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Spanish Restaurant Restaurant

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Hispanic Restaurant of the Year

Best Spanish or South American Themed Restaurant

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.
  • Authentic ingredients and flavours to your cuisine.

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Spanish Restaurant Restaurant

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Vegetarian – Vegan Restaurant of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.
  • This restaurant must be completely Vegetarian or Vegan

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Casual Dining Establishment of the Year

This category is open to cafés and bistro

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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Desi Bar & Grill of the Year

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Desi Bar & Grill of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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Dessert Parlour of the Year

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Dessert Parlour of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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Best Restaurant

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People’s Choice (public vote)

 

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  • 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.

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Venue Design

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Venue Design of the Year

This category is open to restaurants, bars and hotels.

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • High level of finish
  • This venue delivers a visual wow factor
  • Ease and accessibility to the operational team must be considered
  • Must supply photographic evidence
  • Quality of application and percentage of public votes

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Chef of the Year

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  • Demonstrates flair and creativity in the kitchen
  • Evidence achievements over the last 12 months within their role
  • Testimonials from within the industry
  • Quality of delivery as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of team engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning to those around them

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Restaurant Manager

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Bar/Restaurant Manager of the Year

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  • Responsible for operational management of the bar/restaurant rather than a more office based manager which is covered by the separate General Manager of the Year category.
  • Evidence achievements over the last 12 months within their role
  • Testimonials from within the industry
  • Quality of application and percentage of public votes
  • Quality of delivery as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of team engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning to those around them

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Rising Star

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Rising Star of the Year

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  • Someone who has burst on to the Food, Drink & Hospitality scene within the last 12 months or has come to widespread recognition during this period.
  • Evidence achievements over the last 12 months within their role
  • Testimonials from within the industry
  • Quality of application and percentage of public votes
  • Quality of delivery as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.

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Street Food

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Street Food Vendor of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced reputation, feedback and regulatory inspections if appropriate, over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.

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Food Festival

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Food/Drink Festival/Operator of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced reputation, feedback and regulatory inspections if appropriate, over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Creating a unique and engaging experience for visitors to the festival
  • Creates a great buzz for operators and venues involved

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Cocktails

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Cocktail Bar of the Year

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  • Must show quality, innovation and creativity in creation of cocktails and drinks but also still provide a range of well executed classics
  • Range of cocktails to suit all tastes
  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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Traditional Pub

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Traditional Pub of the Year

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  • Have a wide, quality section of beers and craft ales
  • Displays great community engagement
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  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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Sommelier

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Sommelier of the Year

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  • Accreditation via third party (eg Notable wine list – AA)
  • Broad and appealing drinks menu
  • Evidence achievements over the last 12 months within their role
  • Testimonials from within the industry
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of team engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning to those around them

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Hotel Bar

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Hotel Bar of the Year

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.
  • Quality of service and standard via reputable third-party sites, regulated inspection, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.

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Drinks Merchant

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Drinks Merchant / Tasting House of the Year

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  • Fantastic range of drinks available for on or off sale
  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea Establishment of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.

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Independent Coffee Shop

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Independent Coffee Shop of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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Venue

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Brewery/Distillery of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Quality of service and standards to customers and visitors
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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Hotel

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Hotel of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Over 80 bedrooms
  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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Boutique Hotel of the Year

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  • Maximum 80 bedrooms
  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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General Manager

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General Manager of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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  • Evidence achievements over the last 12 months within their role
  • Testimonials from within the industry
  • Quality of application and percentage of public votes
  • Quality of delivery as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of team engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning to those around them

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venue

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Venue of the Year

The judges will consider the following when reviewing your application.

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This category is open to those who hold conferences, corporate events and dinners

  • The venue must hold minimum of 300 people
  • Quality of service and standards as evidenced via 3rd party review sites, regulatory inspections, reputation and feedback over the past 12 months.
  • Quality of application and percentage of the public vote
  • Social media presence and engagement
  • Reputation as ambassador and advocate of the local food, drink & hospitality scene, showing respect for peers, competitors and patrons.
  • Able to demonstrate high levels of employee engagement and team development, providing opportunities for learning.

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Supporting Sponsors

Media PR & Marketing Partners

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