EXCITING NEWS: 2024 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED!

Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards 2023 Finalists Announced

We are excited to announce the finalists for the 6th Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards.

The nomination process has been incredibly successful this year and we want to extend our sincere gratitude towards everyone that took a moment out of their day to nominate their favourite restaurants, bars, hotels and individuals  dedicated to providing remarkable service within the food, drink & hospitality industry.

Our mission has been to profile the best in the business, enhancing the region’s reputation as a food, drink, and hospitality destination of choice both nationally and internationally. In turn, supporting local businesses and helping them to navigate the challenging economic environment by encouraging collaboration and building a community.

It has not been easy for the shortlisting judges to select the finalists for this year’s awards. The excitement for the awards has been tremendous and we look forward to celebrating with everyone on Monday 10th July 2023 at The Eastside Rooms, Birmingham, B7 4BL.

Once again we want to bring together the Midlands food, drink & hospitality sector to celebrate heroes of hospitality!

Voting has also opened, so don’t forget to vote for your favourites by visiting our website via the link below. Good luck to all the finalists.

https://www.mfdhawards.co.uk/vote-now/

#MFDHA23  #HeroesOfHospitality

SHORTLIST

Have a look at the finalists for each category below:

1. AFTERNOON TEA ESTABLISHMENT OF THE YEAR

Black Iron at Winstanley House – Leicester
Cup a Cha – Stafford
Hogarths Hotel – Solihull
Kilo Ziro Cafe Bar and Refill Taproom – Birmingham
Lace Market Hotel – Nottingham
Morley Hayes – Derby
Paul at No 41 – Birmingham
Plant N Plate – Birmingham
Pretty Pots – Stafford
The Sidings Tea Room – Burntwood

2. BAR/RESTAURANT MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Alexandra Marcantonio – Plant N Plate
Andreea Drobota – Sushido
Bernadette Scott-Rushfirth – The Rectory
Jordan Stewart – Gaucho
Liam Hughes  – The Canal House
Mizan Rahman – Thalio at The Falcon
Nico Ante – Tattu
Rumesh Manoharan – Toffs by Rob Palmer
Ryan Smith – Fox & Chance
Tiago Bastos – Orelle Restaurant

3. BOUTIQUE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Aston Tavern  – Birmingham
Brockencote Hall Hotel  – Kidderminister
Cottage in the Wood – Malvern
Hambleton Hall – Leicestershire
Hampton Manor  – Hampton in Arden
Hotel Du Vin Stratford-Upon-Avon – Stratford-Upon-Avon
Lace Market Hotel  – Nottingham
Mallory Court Hotel & Spa – Leamington Spa
Morley Hayes  – Derby
The High Field Town House  – Birmingham

4. BREWERY/DISTILLERY OF THE YEAR

Attic Brew Co – Birmingham
Dhillon’s Brewery  – Coventry
Joules Brewery  – Shropshire
Redsmith Distillery  – Nottingham
Sommar Brewery – Birmingham
The Shropshire Distillery – Shropshire
Trinity Brew Co. – Lichfield
West Midlands Distillery – Rowley Regis
White Peak Distillery  – Derbyshire
Wrekin Spirit Dry Gin – Shropshire

5. CASUAL DINING RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Baked in Brick  – Birmingham
Big Mouths Kitchen  – Stourport
Dick’s Smokehouse – Birmingham
Jamaya Solihull – Solihull
Saint Pauls House  – Birmingham
The Belfry Hotel & Resort – Sam’s Club House – Sutton Coldfield
The Canal House  – Birmingham
The Farmhouse Restaurant – Coventry
The Rolling Mill – Jewellery Quarter
Thyme Kitchen  – Lichfield

6. CHEF OF THE YEAR

Ashley Sherrocks – Lace Market Hotel
Becky Powell – BA HA Vegan
Chris Emery – Orelle
Javier Santos – The  Belfry Hotel & Resort
Lisa Kaur – The Two Mugs
Lousia Ellis – Chef Louisa Ellis
Reece Elliot – Six Richmond House
Rob Palmer – Toffs by rob palmer
Sumit Chakrabarty – Rutland Hall Hotel & Spa
Thom Bateman – The Flintlock

7. COCKTAIL BAR OF THE YEAR

40 St Pauls – Birmingham
Alberts Schloss – Birmingham
Dhillon’s Spire Bar  – Coventry
Fox & Chance – Birmingham
Kilo Ziro Cafe Bar and Refill Taproom – Birmingham
Manhattan 34 – Leicester
Orelle Restaurant – Birmingham
Six Richmond House – Nottingham
The Alchemist Colmore Row – Birmingham
The Gadabout – Leicester

8. DESI BAR & GRILL OF THE YEAR

Canalside Bar & Grill – Wolverhampton
Covered Wagon – Birmingham
Kings of Punjab – Birmingham
Rumours Bar & Grill  – Birmingham
Soho Tavern  – Birmingham
The JQ Bar and Grill – Birmingham
The New Bell Grill – Birmingham
The New Garden Gate  – Birmingham
The New Talbot Bar & Restaurant  – Birmingham
The Swan at Stonnall – Walsall

9. DESSERT PARLOUR OF THE YEAR

Eis Cafe – Birmingham
Gelato Village – Leicester
Haute Dolci Birmingham – Birmingham
La Pop – Birmingham
My Cookie Dough  – Birmingham
Pirlo’s Dessert Lounge – Birmingham

10. FINE DINING RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Chapter – Birmingham
Dovecote Restaurant at Morley Hayes – Derby
Lovage  – Derby
Orelle Restaurant – Birmingham
Restaurant Folium – Birmingham
Smoke Restaurant – Hampton Manor  – Hampton-In-Arden
Tailors Restaurant – Warwick
Tattu  – Birmingham
The Boat Inn – Lichfield
Toffs By Rob Palmer – Solihull

11. FOOD/DRINK FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR

Alcester Food Festival  – Alcester
Colmore Food Festival  – Birmingham
Lichfield Food Festival  – Lichfield
Ludlow Food Festival  – Ludlow
Shrewsbury Food Festival – Shropshire
Solihull Food Festival – Solihull

12. GASTRO PUB OF THE YEAR

Cock & Hoop Lace Market Hotel – Nottingham
Soho Tavern  – Birmingham
The Church Pub & Dining Room – Birmingham
The Griffin Inn – Leicestershire
The High Field  – BirminToolsgham
The Plough by The Secret Pub Company – Nottingham
The Radcliffe – Nottingham
The Railway Lowdham  – Nottingham

13. GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Adin Memetovic  – Alberts Schloss
Arron Wincott – Hotel du Vin – Birmingham
Bernadette Scott-Rushfirth – The Rectory & 180 Club
Emma Lester – Bistrot Pierre
Jonathan Lea – Loxleys restaurant and wine bar
Liam Hughes – The Canal House
Mari-Liis Pellmas – The Church Pub & Dining Room
Melissa Lawlor  – Leonardo Royal Hotel Birmingham
Natalie Heath – Hotel du Vin
Sin Tae Kim  – Orelle Restaurant
Toby Heap – Kilo Ziro Cafe Bar and Refill Taproom

14. HOTEL OF THE YEAR

Coombe Abbey – Warwickshire
Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre  – Birmingham
Genting Hotel  – Birmingham
Grand Hotel Birmingham – Birmingham
Hyatt Regency Birmingham – Birmingham
Leonardo Royal Hotel Birmingham – Birmingham
Park Regis  – Birmingham
Rutland Hall Hotel and Spa – Leicester
The Belfry Hotel & Resort – Sutton Coldfield
The Mount Hotel Country Manor and golf – Wolverhampton

15. HOTEL BAR OF THE YEAR

1565 Bar and Terrace Bar – Park Regis  – Birmingham
Alvar Bar – Clayton Hotel Birmingham  – Birmingham
Blossoms – Rutland Hall Hotel and Spa  – Leicester
Chez Mal Bar – Malmaison  – Birmingham
Grange Bar -Sketchley Grange Hotel & Spa  – Hinckley
Madeleine Bar -The Grand Hotel  – Birmingham
The Bubble Lounge – Hotel Du Vin  – Birmingham
The Falcon Hotel – Bridgnorth

16. INDEPENDENT COFFEE SHOP OF THE YEAR

Bora Coffee Co – Solihull
Cool River Cafe – Derbyshire
Cup a Cha – Stafford
Hackwood Farm Ltd – Derbyshire
Paul at No41 – Birmingham
Plant N Plate – Birmingham
Sol Bistro – Birmingham
The Two Mugs – Solihull

17. ITALIAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Cucina Rustica – Birmingham
La Galleria  – Birmingham
La Storia – Nottingham
Lucarelli Restaurant – Birmingham Mailbox – Birmingham
Merchant of Venice – Leicester
San Carlo Fumo – Birmingham
Trentina  – Birmingham
Venezia Italian Restaurant – Nottingham

18. East Asian Restaurant of the Year

Ming Moon Chinese Restaurant – Birmingham
Rosa’s Thai – Birmingham
Siamais – Birmingham
Sushido – Sutton Coldfield
Tattu  – Birmingham
Wing Wah Birmingham – Birmingham
Wok Chi – Birmingham
Yakinori Solihull – Solihull

19. PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Alberts Schloss – Birmingham
Attic Brew Co – Birmingham
Chung Ying Restaurant – Birmingham
Cool River Cafe – Derbyshire
Kilo Ziro Cafe Bar and Refill Taproom – Birmingham
Meat and one Veg – Birmingham
Mellows Bar and Restaurant – Birmingham
Nat-Ju – Birmingham
Omar Khayam Restaurant – Birmingham
Reunion Deli – Derbyshire
The Church Pub & Dining Room – Birmingham
Trentina  – Birmingham

20. RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

Amy Langston – Bab about town
Andrew Kay – Toffs By Rob Palmer
Anna Martin – The Little Cocktail Bar
Christina Kruzewski – Orelle
Ellie Dalton – Tattu
Hayley Scattergood – Sketchley Grange Hotel
Jonathan Dulson – Eighteen
Krishna Pastakia – Edgbaston Park Hotel
Nikolaos Karaferis – Malmaison Birmingham
Silvia Sanchez Santiago – Tapas catering
Taz Hussain  – Alberts Schloss
Thomas Langman – Leonardo Royal Hotel Birmingham

21. SOUTH ASIAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Anoki – Derby
Colombo Street Restaurant – Nottingham
Dishoom  – Birmingham
Omar Khayam Indian Cuisine  – Birmingham
Panache Fine Dining  – Sutton Coldfield
Raja Monkey  – Birmingham
Simla restaurant and zenna bar – Tamworth
Thalio at The Falcon – Bridgnorth
Tipu Sultan Majestic Dining – Birmingham
Umami Indian Kitchen – Birmingham

22. STEAK HOUSE OF THE YEAR

Black Iron at Winstanley House – Leicester
De La Vies – Birmingham
Fiesta Del Asado – Birmingham
Gaucho Birmingham – Birmingham
Meat Club – Birmingham
Tarragon Bistro – Birmingham
The Artisan Bar & Grill – Coventry
The Soulville Steakhouse – Nottingham

23. STREET FOOD OPERATOR OF THE YEAR

Digbeth Dining Club – Birmingham
Gorilla Munch – Birmingham
Green Doughnuts – Wolverhampton
Gyro Guys – Leicestershire
Hockley Social Club  – Birmingham
Kitsch Street Food – Stourbridge
Notty Bites Street Food – Birmingham
Street Chef – Birmingham
Stripclub Streetfood – Coventry
The Filthy Greek – Nottingham
Urban Spice Box  – Birmingham
What The Cluck – Cannock

24. TRADITIONAL PUB OF THE YEAR

Angel Inn  – Lichfield
Duke of York – Lichfield
The Church Pub & Dining Room – Birmingham
The Crafty Two – Birmingham
The Good Intent – Birmingham
The Old Crown – Birmingham
The Red Lion – Hunningham – Leamington Spa
The Vine Inn (aka “The Bull & Bladder”) – Dudley

25. VEGETARIAN/VEGAN RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

BA-HA – Birmingham
Land – Birmingham
Nellys Delhi – Wolverhampton
Notty Bites Street Food – Birmingham
Plant N Plate – Birmingham
The Warehouse Cafe  – Birmingham
Vegan Munch  – Birmingham

26. VENUE OF THE YEAR

Alberts Schloss – Birmingham
Coombe Abbey  – Coventry
Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre – Birmingham
Hockley Social Club  – Birmingham
Holte Suite – Villa Park – Birmingham
Leonardo Royal Hotel Birmingham – Birmingham
Millennium Point – Birmingham
Park Regis  – Birmingham
The Eastside Rooms – Birmingham
The Night Owl  – Birmingham

27. SUSTAINABLE FOOD BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Amadeus Food – Birmingham
Dovecote Restaurant – Morley Hayes  – Derby
From the Ground Bakery – Birmingham
Incredible Surplus – Birmingham
Kilo Ziro Cafe Bar and Refill Taproom – Birmingham
Pensons – Worcester

 

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