Updated: Saturday, 18th November 2017 @ 8:06am

Manchester Food and Drink Festival announce 2015 Awards shortlist

Manchester Food and Drink Festival announce 2015 Awards shortlist

| By Tommy Wilson

Manchester Food and Drink Festival has announced the shortlist of nominees for its 2015 award categories, representing the most prestigious food and drink awards in the region.

This year awards will be presented in 11 categories, with all nominees selected by the MFDF Judging Panel, made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts.

The awards provide a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries throughout Greater Manchester and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner in September.

Two London newcomers, steak restaurant Hawksmoor and Spanish restaurant Iberica, lead the nominations which are as follows: -

Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Caterer.com

Volta - 167 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LN
The French - The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS
Hawksmoor – 186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
Iberica - 14-15 The Avenue Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3HF
Hearth of the Ram - 13 Peel Brow, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 0AA
Mughli - 30 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, Lancashire M14 5TQ

LAST YEAR'S WINNER:  Manchester House

Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Manchester Evening News

Hawksmoor – 186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
Iberica - 14-15 The Avenue Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3HF
Salut Wines - 11 Cooper Street, Manchester M2 2FW
Brassica - 27 Shaw Road, Heaton Moor, Manchester SK4 4AG
Lupo Caffè Italiano - 142 Chapel Street, Salford M3 6AF
Tariff & Dale - 2 Tariff Street, Manchester

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Manchester House

Chef of the Year sponsored by Mint Staffing Solutions

Aiden Byrne, Manchester House, Spinningfields, Manchester.
Abdulla Naseem, Hearth of the Ram, Ramsbottom.
David Leong, Yuzu, China Town, Manchester.
Alex Shaw, Volta, Didsbury.
Mike Jennings, Grenache, Walkden.
David Gale, The Lawn Club, Spinniningfields, Manchester.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Adam Reid, The French, The Midland Hotel, Manchester.

Pub of the Year

Bakers Vaults - Market Place, Stockport SK1 1ES
The Baum - 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale, Lancashire OL12 0NU
Wigan Central Bar - 1 Queen Street, Arch No. 1, Wigan WN3 4DY
The Marble Arch - 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester M4 4HY
The Harewood Arms - 2 Market St, Broadbottom, Hyde, Cheshire SK14 6AX
The Clarence, 2 Silver Street, Bury BL9 0EX

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: The Dockyard, MediaCityUK

Food Pub of the Year

The Marble Arch  - 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester M4 4HY
The Clarence    - 2 Silver Street, Bury BL9 0EX
The Parlour    - 60 Beech Road, Manchester M21 9EG
Sam’s Chop House - Back Pool Fold, Manchester M2 1HN
Shoulder of Mutton - Holcombe Village, Bury, Lancashire, BL8 4LZ
The Angel, 6 Angel Street, Manchester, M4 4BQ

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Eagle and Child Ramsbottom

Bar of the Year sponsored by I Love Manchester

Volta - 167 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LN
Hawksmoor - 186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
Wine & Wallop - 97 Lapwing Lane, Manchester M20 6UR
Salut Wines - 11 Cooper Street, Manchester M2 2FW
Cane & Grain - 49 -51 Thomas Street, Manchester M4 1NA
Ply - 26 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1DW

LAST YEAR'S WINNER:  Manchester House

Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year sponsored by Taste of Manchester

Pot Kettle Black - 14, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW
Grindsmith - 231 - 233 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN
North Tea Power - 36 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LA
Lupo Caffè Italiano - 142 Chapel Street, Salford M3 6AF
Fig & Sparrow – 20 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JA
Tea Hive - 53 Manchester Rd, Chorlton Cum Hardy M21 9PW

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: Richmond Tea Rooms, Manchester

Cheap Eats of the Year

Crazy Pedro’s - 55–57 Bridge Street, Manchester M3 3BQ
Siam Smiles - 48A George Street, City Centre, Manchester M1 4HF
Filthy Cow - 10 Tib Lane, Manchester M2 4JB
Lily’s - 75-83 Oldham Road, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7DF
Jasmine - 569 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester M21 8AE
Luck, Lust, Liquor & Burn - 100-102 High Street, Manchester M4 1HP

LAST YEAR'S WINNER:  Viet Shack, Manchester Arndale

Best Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

The Festival is asking the people of Greater Manchester to help provide the shortlist and winner.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER:  Epicerie Ludo, Chorlton

Best Food and Drink Pop Up Event, Club or Project of the Year sponsored by Deliveroo.

Shebeen
Levenshulme Market
Blackjack Brewtap
Altrincham Market
Moss Cider Project
Real Junk Food Project

LAST YEAR’S WINNER:  B.Eat Street Manchester

This year’s judging panel comprises food experts from across the region and members of the public are also being encouraged to vote for their favourite.

The public’s votes will be combined with scores and mystery visits, made between the announcement date and the Gala Dinner on September 21 at Manchester Cathedral, where Harvey Nichols will be creating the menu.

You can view all awards nominations on the MFDF website by clicking here, where you will also find out how to vote.