Winners Announced at the 7th Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards 2024

The prestigious Eastside Rooms played host to the 7th Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards 2024, a night filled with energy, high-spirited celebrations, and recognition of excellence in the industry. Hosted by the enigmatic Dan Kelly, the evening kicked off with the vibrant beats of ‘Hit the Dhol,’ followed by an electrifying performance from the Undercover Artists that had the entire room on their feet, embodying the celebratory spirit of B Events ceremonies.

Kieron Bailey, an accomplished panel host, keynote speaker, podcast host, and webinar producer, delivered an inspiring keynote. With over three decades in the hospitality industry, Kieron’s expertise in “It’s a Retention Thing” and “It’s an Experience Thing” resonated deeply with the audience.

The awards honoured everything from outstanding team achievements to rising stars in the Midlands. Categories ranged from Chef of the Year and Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year to Food/Drink Festival of the Year and Cocktail Bar of the Year. The event also supported Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Launched by co-founders Anita Chumber and Ifraz Ahmed, B Events has become recognised for delivering impactful events. Their awards ceremonies, round tables, exhibitions, and showcases spotlight the region’s excellence.

Anita Chumber, Co-Founder of the Awards, said: “A massive congratulations to all the incredible winners of the Midlands Food, Drink, and Hospitality Awards 2024, where we rolled out the red carpet to honour the very best in the industry. These 29 outstanding businesses and individuals have truly showcased the vibrant and diverse culinary landscape of the Midlands, where their exceptional achievements have not only elevated the region’s hospitality industry but also created memorable experiences for all.”

Ifraz Ahmed, Co-Founder of the Awards, added: “We would also like to express our gratitude to everyone who attended last night and made it such a memorable evening. A special thank you also goes out to our wonderful judges and sponsors whose ongoing commitment has allowed us to cast a spotlight on these outstanding heroes of hospitality to give them the recognition they thoroughly deserve. We are already looking to next year’s event and hope to see all our wonderful guests again!”

The night was a true celebration of the Midlands’ culinary excellence, highlighting the region’s talent and dedication to creating unforgettable experiences. 

To see all the official pics visit: https://tinyurl.com/mfdha24

Full List of Winners:

Afternoon Tea Establishment of the Year

Gluttons for Nourishment – Wolverhampton

Bar/Restaurant Manager of the Year

Russell Fellows – Sushido

Food/Drink Festival of the Year

Colmore Food Festival – Birmingham

Dessert Parlour of the Year

The Cookie Cottage

Street Food Operator of the Year

Gyro Guys – Leicester

Brewery/Distillery of the Year

West Midlands Distillery

Vegetarian/Vegan Restaurant of the Year

Herb Restaurant – Leicester

Venue of the Year

West Bromwich Albion – West Bromwich

Sustainable Food Business of the Year

Kilo Ziro Cafe Bar & Refill Taproom – Birmingham

Cocktail Bar of the Year

40 St Pauls – Birmingham

South Asian Restaurant of the Year

Thalio – Bridgnorth

Steak House of the Year

De La Vies – Birmingham

Boutique Hotel of the Year

Brockencote Hall Hotel – Kidderminster

Traditional Pub of the Year

The Cape of Good Hope – Warwickshire

East Asian Restaurant of the Year

Sabai Sabai – Solihull

Hotel Bar of the Year                

Madeleine Bar – The Grand Hotel – Birmingham

Gastro Pub of the Year

The New Inn – Hereford

Italian Restaurant of the Year

Cucina Rustica – Birmingham

Hotel of the Year

Edgbaston Park Hotel & Conference Centre – Birmingham

Independent Coffee Shop of the Year

Smithtons Food Market – Solihull

Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year 

Jamaya – Solihull

Desi Bar & Grill of the Year

The Vine – West Bromwich

Rising Star of the Year

Elisha Khan – Boom Battle Bar & Escape Hut

General Manager of the Year

Arron Wincott – Hotel Du Vin

Hospitality Personality of the Year                

Conrad Brunton – Tonic Talent

Chef of the Year

Tom Shepherd – Upstairs Restaurant

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

Upstairs by Tom Shepherd – Lichfield

Themed/Entertainment Venue of the Year

Mama Roux’s – Birmingham

People’s Choice Award

Alberts Schloss – Birmingham

Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards - A recognition & celebration of the great work done within the industry