The Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards

The host of the evening Mark Durden-Smith

The Nottingham Restaurant & Bar Awards culminated in a glamorous Awards Ceremony hosted by TV personality, Mark Durden-Smith, at Colwick Hall on the 31st January 2018 attended by sponsors, regional businesses and the hospitality industry.

Celebrating diversity and excellence in the food and drink scene across Nottinghamshire, Chris Robinson, Managing Director of headline sponsors, Adtrak, commented:

“The Awards have been an overwhelming success in engaging with the public and the hospitality industry.  It has, and will continue to be, an excellent marketing platform for what Nottinghamshire has to offer to all.”  He added “The Nottingham Restaurant and Bar Awards help raise the profile of the region and the venues that ply their trade here and allow locally based companies to engage with audiences through a market that everyone enjoys.”

Individual award sponsors include health and safety software and surveying experts, ACMS UK Limited, Colwick Hall Hotel, Property Management company FHP, Gateley Plc Nottingham, the legal business of law-led professional services group Gateley Plc, chartered accountants Keith Willis Associates, the UK’s leading licencing firm Poppleston Allen, public relations strategists Eden PR, insurance brokers Russell Scanlan, regional broadcasters Notts TV and suppliers to the hospitality industry; Owen Taylor & Son, Enotria&Coe and Freedom Brewery.

Director of FHP, David Hargreaves, commented:

“A successful event such as this helps drive confidence in the local hospitality market which is obviously good for all of us who live, work and enjoy the region as well as those looking to invest or settle here.”

There were 11 awards voted for by the public and a further 4 that were ‘industry only’.  Voting for the Nottingham Restaurant and Bar Awards opened to the public back in September for the duration of a month during which time nearly 49,000 votes were cast.  Following this the nominees were passed to independently appointed judges consisting of food and drink journalists and critics and hospitality experts who then delivered the final decision.

The overall winner of the Nottinghamshire Restaurant of the Year Award was Bar Iberico, an independently owned and operated restaurant located in the heart of the city’s popular Hockley area.  They also scooped Best Design for their take on an authentic Spanish tapas style eaterie.

Best New Restaurant went to Sexy Mamma Love Spaghetti, again located in Hockley and Best New Bar, Pub or Gastro Pub went to The Railway at Lowdham. 2 Michelin star chef, Sat Bains, was awarded Critics’ Choice for his continuing efforts in championing the region through food and drink.