EXCITING NEWS: 2024 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

Finalists Announced for the 7th Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards

We are thrilled to unveil the finalists for the 7th Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards, a testament to the region’s vibrant and dynamic food, drink, and hospitality scene. This year’s announcement follows an overwhelming response to our call for nominations, reflecting the community’s passion and appreciation for the exceptional talent and dedication within the industry.

The nomination process this year saw an unprecedented level of engagement, with individuals from across the Midlands taking the opportunity to shine a light on their favourite establishments and the people behind them. From bustling restaurants and cosy bars to luxurious hotels and the unsung heroes of hospitality, the variety and quality of nominees have been truly inspiring.

As we continue our mission to elevate the Midlands as a premier destination for food, drink, and hospitality, we recognise the importance of these awards in promoting local businesses and building a sense of community and collaboration. In these challenging times, it is more vital than ever to support and celebrate the resilience and creativity of our industry.

Selecting the finalists has been no small feat, faced with the high calibre of nominees demonstrating excellence, innovation, and a commitment to the community. The excitement building up to the awards night is palpable, and we eagerly anticipate celebrating the achievements of the industry together on Monday, 17th June 2024, at The Eastside Rooms, Birmingham, B7 4BL.

This year’s theme, #HospitalityHearts, reflects the essence of what makes the industry so special: the caring, supportive, and passionate individuals who go above and beyond to ensure everyone feels welcome and valued. It is a celebration of the spirit that drives the food, drink, and hospitality sector, a reminder of the impact kindness and dedication can have on our communities.

Voting is now open, offering everyone a chance to support their favourites among the finalists. We encourage you to cast your vote and help recognise the outstanding contributions of those who make the Midlands a culinary and hospitality haven. Visit our website to vote and for more details on the event. 

Good luck to all the finalists, and may the 7th Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards be a memorable celebration of our #HospitalityHearts.

Event Details:

– Date: Monday, 17th June 2024

– Location: The Eastside Rooms, Birmingham, B7 4BL

– Vote and Event Information: www.mfdhawards.co.uk

Let us come together to celebrate the heroes of hospitality in the Midlands and look forward to an evening of recognition, networking, and celebration.

See the full list of finalists below:

AFTERNOON TEA ESTABLISHMENT OF THE YEAR
Black Iron at Winstanley House – Leicester
Cup A Cha – Stafford
Gluttons for Nourishment – Wolverhampton
Kilo Ziro Cafe Bar & Refill Taproom – Birmingham
Madeleine Bar at the Grand Hotel – Birmingham
Noel’s Bar & Restaurant – Birmingham
Pretty Pots – Stafford
Smithtons Food Market – Solihull
The Pudding Pantry Nottingham – Nottingham
The Sidings Tea Room – Brownhills

BAR/RESTAURANT MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Alex Bosworth – The Botanist
Amanda Chan – Dishoom
Benjamin Warnock – Albert’s Schloss
Eugenia Lungu – Tattu
Luke Thorpe – Long Gallery Bar @ Hoar Cross Hall
Russell Fellows – Sushido
Tiago Bastos – Orelle Restaurant
Toby Heap – Tropea
Victoria Jinks – Bundobust

BOUTIQUE HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Brockencote Hall Hotel – Kidderminster
Hambleton Hall – Leicestershire
Hampton Manor – Hampton-In-Arden
Lace Market Hotel – Nottingham
The Barnsdale Rutland – Rutland
The High Field Townhouse – Birmingham
The Tawny – Staffordshire

BREWERY/DISTILLERY OF THE YEAR
Attic Brew Co – Birmingham
Church Farm Brewery – Warwick
Dhillons Brewery Spire Bar – Coventry
Leviathan Brewing – Sutton Coldfield
Shakespeare Distillery – Warwick
Trinity Brew Co – Lichfield
West Midlands Distillery – Rowley Regis
White Peak Distillery – Derbyshire

CASUAL DINING RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Chaiiwala – Leicester
Cigno – Burntwood
Dishoom – Birmingham
Fourwards – Earl Shilton
Fox Hampton Lane – Solihull
Island Lounge – Wednesbury
Jamaya – Solihull
KIBOU Japanese Kitchen & Bar – Solihull
Libertine Burger – Stratford-upon-Avon
Lowe’s On Carter Street – Uttoxeter
Thyme Kitchen – Lichfield
Tio Latino – Solihull

CHEF OF THE YEAR
Adam Bateman – Grand Hotel Birmingham
Becky Powell – BA-HA
Chris Emery – Orelle
Gregory Pryce – Hotel Du Vin
Jagath Seneviratne – Colombo Street Restaurant
Kane Blake – Chefkano
Lam Srichom – Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre
Rob Palmer – Toffs by Rob Palmer
Tom Shepherd – Upstairs Restaurant
Vahid Zare – Yakinori

COCKTAIL BAR OF THE YEAR
40 St Pauls – Birmingham
Albert’s Schloss – Birmingham
Be At One – Birmingham
Deja Vu Restaurant & Cocktail Bar – Hereford
Dhillon’s Brewery Spire Bar – Coventry
Fox & Chance – Birmingham
Long Gallery Bar @ Hoar Cross Hall – Burton on Trent
Madeleine Bar at the Grand Hotel – Birmingham
Orelle Restaurant – Birmingham
The Cocktail Club – Birmingham

DESI BAR & GRILL OF THE YEAR
Merrymaid Bar & Grill – Birmingham
Paddy’s Marten Inn – Leicester
Soho Oak – West Bromwich
Soho Tavern Hampton In Arden – Solihull
The Covered Wagon – Moseley
The Emerald – Nottingham
The Flying Elephant – Solihull
The New Hen & Chickens Bar and Grill – West Bromwich
The Swan at Stonnall – Walsall
The Vine – West Bromwich

DESSERT PARLOUR OF THE YEAR
Choco Bae – Nottingham
Eis Cafe – Birmingham
Fluffy Fluffy – Leicester
Haute Dolci – Starcity Birmingham
La Pop – Edgbaston
Mini Pancake Company – Leicester
SweetBae Dessert – Birmingham
The Cookie Cottage – Stratford Upon Avon

EAST ASIAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Chaophraya – Birmingham
Sabai Sabai – Solihull
Siamais – Birmingham
Sushido – Sutton Coldfield
Tattu – Birmingham
Tiger Bites Pig – Birmingham
Wok Chi – Birmingham
Yakinori – Solihull

FINE DINING OF THE YEAR
Chapter – Birmingham
Harborne Kitchen – Birmingham
Lovage By Lee Smith – Derby
Mallory Court Country House Hotel & Spa – Warwickshire
Orelle Restaurant – Birmingham
The Mayan – Birmingham
The New Inn – Hereford
The Wilderness – Birmingham
Toffs by Rob Palmer – Solihull
Upstairs by Tom Shepherd – Lichfield

FOOD/DRINK FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
Alcester Food Festival
Colmore Food Festival – Birmingham
Kings Heath Artisan Market – Birmingham
Lichfield Food Festival
Shrewsbury Food Festival
Shropshire Oktoberfest
Solihull Food & Drink Festival
Stafford Music Food Festival

GASTRO PUB OF THE YEAR
Cape of Good Hope – Warwick
Cock & Hoop Lace Market Hotel – Nottingham
The Farm – Solihull
The Flying Elephant – Solihull
The Griffin Inn – Leicestershire
The High Field – Edgbaston
The New Inn – Hereford
The Tap & Run – Melton Mowbray

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Adin Memetovic – Albert’s Schloss
Adonis Maniadakis – The Mayan
Arron Wincott – Hotel Du Vin
Baru Pytlickova – Dishoom
Jibin Joseph – Kayal
Matt Sharp – Manahatta
Praveen Fernando – Colombo Street Restaurant

HOSPITALITY PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Adin Memetovic – Albert’s Schloss
Chris Reynolds – Hotel Du Vin/Malmaison
Conrad Brunton – Tonic Talent
Frankie Heekin – BA-HA
Harriet Giles – Dishoom
Liam Hughes – F1 Arcade
Money Chopra – Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre
Pierre Meunier – Tattu
Rebecca Jones – The Two Mugs, Bora, Mini Mugs Funhouse
Rosa Pericu – Gaucho
Sophie Paoloni – Albert’s Schloss
Sophie Mackay – Springboard Charity

HOTEL BAR OF THE YEAR
Chez Mal Bar – Birmingham
Jamie’s Bar – The Belmont Hotel – Leicester
Long Gallery Bar @ Hoar Cross Hall – Burton on Trent
Madeline Bar The Grand Hotel – Birmingham
The Falcon Hotel – Bridgnorth
The Old Crown – Birmingham

HOTEL OF THE YEAR
Clayton Hotel – Birmingham
Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre – Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Hotel – Birmingham
Lea Marston Hotel – Sutton Coldfield
Leonardo Royal Hotel – Birmingham
Macdonald Burlington Hotel – Birmingham
Malmaison – Birmingham
Park Hall Hotel & Spa – Wolverhampton
Park Regis – Birmingham
The Cube Hotel – Birmingham

INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOP OF THE YEAR
Cool River Cafe – Derby
Cup A Cha – Stafford
French and Byrne – Stafford
Jubilee Garden – Sutton Coldfield
Smithtons Food Market – Solihull
The Coffee Bar – Birmingham City Centre
The Early Bird Bakery Ltd – Birmingham Kings Heath
The Two Mugs – Solihull
Thyme Kitchen – Lichfield
Warwick Street Kitchen – Leamington Spa

ITALIAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
CASA Italian – Nottingham
Cucina Rustica – Birmingham
Earlsdon Supper Club – Coventry
La Storia – Nottingham
Merchant of Venice – Leicester
Otto Pizza – Birmingham
Six Hills Cafe Bakery & Pizzeria – Leicestershire
Smoke and Ash – Birmingham
Surf and Slice – Coventry
Venezia Italian & Seafood Restaurant – Nottingham

PEOPLE’S CHOICE (Public Vote)
Albert’s Schloss – Birmingham
Dishoom – Birmingham
Herbert’s Yard – Birmingham
Kayal – Leamington Spa
Libertine Burger – Leamington Spa
Omar Khayam Restaurant – Birmingham
Orelle Restaurant – Birmingham
Pip’s Hot Sauce – Birmingham
Porto Douro – Birmingham
Smoke + Ash – Birmingham
Sushido – Sutton Coldfield
Tattu – Birmingham
Tutto Apposto – Birmingham

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
Elisha Khan –  Boom Battle Bar
Hazel Young – Hazel Cakes
Ian Halstead – Hotel Du Vin Birmingham
Jenny Farrant – Tropea
Karina Koleva – Chapter
Liam Hall – Military Chef Ltd
Matty Carter – The Grand Hotel
Natally Coventry – Nightcap Plc – The Cocktail Club
Pasan Nissanka – Colombo Street Restaurant
Rhys Linton – Irrhysistible Drinks Ltd
Moyin Mahomed – Chaiiwala
Silvia Sanchez Santiago – Tapas Catering

SOUTH ASIAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Anoki – Derby
Colombo Street Restaurant – Nottingham
Gurkha 1816 – Wednesbury
Omar Khayam Restaurant – Birmingham
Thalio – Bridgnorth
Zaazu – Tamworth

STEAK HOUSE OF THE YEAR
Black Iron at Winstanley House – Leicester
Cattle and Smoke – Leicester
De La Vies – Birmingham
Fiesta del Asado – Birmingham
Gaucho – Birmingham
Oakey Smokey – Leicester

STREET FOOD OPERATOR OF THE YEAR
Chilli Guys – Leicester
Cleopatra’s Kitchen – Shirley
Colombo Street Restaurant – Nottingham
Green Doughnuts – Wolverhampton
Gyro Guys – Leicester
Kerbside Cobs – Birmingham
Lalita’s Indian Street Food – Telford/Shropshire
Libertine Burger – Leamington Spa
Notty Bites Street Food – Birmingham
Percy Plonkers Hotdogs – Wolverhampton
Tapas Zampa – Leamington Spa
The English Indian – Lichfield

SUSTAINABLE FOOD BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Dishoom – Birmingham
Fox Hampton Lane – Catherine De Barnes
From The Ground Bakery – Birmingham
Gaucho – Birmingham
Kilo Ziro Cafe Bar & Refill Taproom – Birmingham
Lalita’s Indian Street Food – Telford/Shropshire
Madresfield Butchers and Grill – Malvern
The Clean Kilo – Bournville

THEMED/ENTERTAINMENT VENUE OF THE YEAR
Baloci – Birmingham
Boom Battle Bar – Coventry
FI Arcade – Birmingham
Flight Club – Birmingham
Lane 7 – Birmingham
Mama Roux’s – Digbeth Birmingham
Roxy Ball Room – Cornerhouse – Nottingham
The Rectory 180 Club – Birmingham

TRADITIONAL PUB OF THE YEAR
Duke of York Lichfield – Lichfield
The Arcade (Cannock) Ltd – Cannock
The Black Star – Stourport-on-Severn
The Cape of Good Hope – Warwick
The Church Pub & Dining Room – Jewellery Quarter
The Dog & Partridge – Wolverhampton
The Good Intent – Birmingham
The Hadley Bowling Green – Worcestershire
The Old Crown – Birmingham
The White Lion – Birmingham

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
BA-HA – Birmingham
Barsana – Birmingham
Bundobust – Birmingham
Herb Restaurant – Leicester
No Twelve – Nottingham
Notty Bites Street Food – Birmingham
Plant N Plate – Birmingham
Somewhere in Brum – Birmingham

VENUE OF THE YEAR
Albert’s Schloss – Birmingham
Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre – Birmingham
F1 Arcade – Birmingham
Luna Springs – Digbeth
Makeney Hall Hotel – Derbyshire
Old Rectory House – Redditch
Unique Venues Birmingham – Birmingham
West Bromwich Albion – West Bromwich

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