If you’re getting into business in order to win awards, you and your business are probably not going to last the test of time sadly. Only those business ventures which are motivated by passion, drive and determination are the ones which see true and lasting success. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the razzle dazzle of a national award ceremony when it comes around.
The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards are an annual event which recognise the finest restaurants in the Uk. From Michelin Star fining dining to edgy and innovative street food, these awards celebrate all the diversity, creativity and exceptionally high quality that the British food industry has to offer.
This years awards took place this summer in London’s famed Hurlingham Club. The awards were as glamorous as ever and we have a brief summary of who won what, which business are the ones to watch, and where everyone’s going to be eating for the next 12 months.
Estrella Damm National Restaurant of the Year: Kiln, Soho
Chef to Watch, sponsored by Woods Foodservice: Tom Brown
Chefs’ Chef of the Year, sponsored by Ritter Fresh: Nieves Barragán Mohacho
One to Watch, sponsored by Schweppes: Cornerstone, Hackney Wick
The Service Award, sponsored by Liberty Wines and Champagne Devaux: Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill
Gastropub of the Year, sponsored by Estrella Damm: The Sportsman, Seasalter, Kent
Restaurateur of the Year, sponsored by Harvey and Brockless: JKS Restaurants
Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Lavazza: Raymond Blanc
Sustainable Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Aubrey Allen: ODE true food, Devon
Wine List of the Year: Noble Rot, Bloomsbury
Cocktail List of the Year, sponsored by Seedlip: Temper, Soho
OpenTable Diners’ Choice ‘Fit for Foodies’ Award: The Chef’s Table, Chester
Best Restaurant in Northern Ireland, sponsored by Hildon: Wine & Brine, Moira
Best Restaurant in Wales, sponsored by Hildon: Ynyshir, Machynlleth
Best Restaurant in Scotland, sponsored by Hildon: Ondine, Edinburgh