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MCR Food And Drink Festival Winners 2013

The winners this year. Do you agree?

Written by . Published on October 7th 2013.

MCR Food And Drink Festival Winners 2013

Manchester Food and Drink Festival has announced the winners of the 2013 Awards.

The MFDF Awards was curated by the MFDF Judging Panel, made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts.  

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards provide a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries throughout Greater Manchester.

This year’s nominee roll call saw a bumper list of new dining stars, and exciting talent across the board, following a year of significant development for Manchester’s national foodie reputation.

The MFDF Awards was curated by the MFDF Judging Panel, made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts. 

The shortlisted venues were then mystery shopped by the judging panel and the scores from these were combined with votes made by the public over the last month via the MFDF website.

And the winners are...

Restaurant of the Year - Winner: The French at The Midland, City Centre

Sponsored by Caterer.com 

Shortlisted: Cicchetti, City Centre, Damson, MediaCityUK, Salford, Michael Caines Restaurant, Abode Hotel, City Centre, Yuzu, City Centre, 63 Degrees, City Centre.

Last year's winner: Aumbry, Prestwich 

Newcomer of the Year – Winner: The French at The Midland, City Centre

Sponsored by Yang Sing.

Shortlisted: Damson, MediaCityUK, Salford, Artisan, City Centre, The Albert Square Chop House, City Centre, Solita, City Centre, Luck Lust Liquor & Burn, City Centre.

Last year's winner: Bakerie and Bakerie tasting store

Pub of the Year – Winner: Station Buffet Bar, Stalybridge

Sponsored by Kuits.

Shortlisted: The Oasthouse, City Centre, The Baum, Rochdale, The Magnet, Stockport, The Eagle Inn, Salford, Marble Arch, City Centre.

Last year's winner: Port Street Beer House

Food Pub of the Year – Winner: Hearth of the Ram, Ramsbottom

Sponsored by Manchester Evening News.

Shortlisted: The Albert Square Chop House, City Centre,  Mark Addy, Salford, The Red Lion, High Lane, Stockport, The Parlour, Chorlton, The Wharf, City Centre.  

Last year's winner: Shoulder of Mutton, Holcombe

Bar of the Year – Winner: Gorilla, City Centre

Sponsored by DesignMyNight.com

Shortlisted: Jackalope, Chorlton, Australasia, City Centre, Kosmonaut, City Centre, Liquorice, City Centre, Revolucion de Cuba, City Centre.

Last year's winner: Liars Club

Chef of the Year – Winner: Mary-Ellen McTague, Aumbry, Prestwich

Sponsored by R Noone and Son.

Shortlisted: Adam Reid, The French, City Centre, Sam Everett, Harvey Nichols, City Centre, Mike Jennings, Grenache, Walkden, Worsley, Robert Cox, Michael Caines Restaurant, ABode Hotel, City Centre, Eric Moreau, 63 Degrees, City Centre.

Last year's winner: Andrew Nutter

Cheap Eats of the Year – Winner: Trove, Levenshulme

Sponsored by Capital Radio.

Shortlisted: Salvi’s, City Centre, Home Sweet Home, City Centre, San Juan, Chorlton, Lilys, Ashton, Luck Lust Liquor & Burn, City Centre.

Last year's winner: Teacup

Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year – Winner: Home Sweet Home, City Centre

Shortlisted: Takk, City Centre, Macaroon, Rochdale, Richmond Tea Rooms, City Centre, Caffeine and Co, City Centre, Coffee Fix, Gatley.

Last year's winner: North Tea Power

Family Friendly Venue Of The Year – Winner: Croma, City Centre

(Winner decided by open public vote).

Food And Drink Retailer Of The Year – Winner: Beermoth, City Centre

Sponsored by Booths.

(Winner decided by open public vote).

The Howard And Ruth Award For Outstanding Achievement

Winner Carlo and Marcello Distefano from San Carlo.

There is no shortlist for this category. The award aims to recognise an individual or organisation who has made a significant contribution to the dining scene over the last 16 years.

Last year's winners: David Fox & Nick Jeffrey, Tampopo

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62 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousOctober 8th 2013.

Some good winners there.

pollolocoOctober 8th 2013.

Fairly predicatable.

C DavisOctober 8th 2013.

Would have liked to see Mike from Grenache win chef of the year - he's doing some amazing dishes

CasOctober 8th 2013.

Same old, same old..............

Steve JobsOctober 8th 2013.


FOODLUVVIEOctober 8th 2013.

For those saying 'same old' etc.. did you bother to vote?????

Jonathan SchofieldOctober 8th 2013.

Cas, Steve, why bother with this negatives? Trove, Beermoth, Home Sweet Home, Stalybridge Buffet Bar, Hearth of the Ram are not entirely predictable at all. The rest are worthy winners. Who were you looking to?

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IanOctober 8th 2013.

Can't really argue with the winners there, perhaps only a couple of the shortlisted.

TimbucOctober 8th 2013.

Agree with Ian. There's some great places listed in my opinion, it's only the odd shortlisted place that is exceedingly dodgy.

philiposmentosOctober 8th 2013.

It is kinda dull though...

AnonymousOctober 8th 2013.

overpriced pie of the year 2014 award goes to......

David RobinsonOctober 8th 2013.

1. Etihad Stadium (Jamie Oliver) 2. Pieminister - southern prices in a northern stronghold

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IanOctober 8th 2013.

Pieminister overpriced? £7.95 for a big pie, mash, peas, crispy onion and gravy. You couldn't really get it cheaper.

JimOctober 8th 2013.

Pieminster is very good. Also not expensive.

AnonymousOctober 8th 2013.

Would be surprised if more than 1% of Mancunians know what/where Beermoth is.

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IanOctober 8th 2013.

Maybe this award will increase that to 2%? It's better than Sainsbury's winning isn't it?

AnonymousOctober 9th 2013.

99% of Mancunians are probably happy buying cans of Becks Vier from Tesco to be honest. The 1% who want to know, do know.

AnonymousOctober 10th 2013.

Enough know for Beermoth to get enough votes in an open category!

Andrew JonesOctober 8th 2013.

Sounds like good winners though how on earth did Artisan get short listed for a food award?!

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Lorraine ByrneOctober 8th 2013.

Agree. Great place with fab drinks and amazing staff but food - really lets them down.

pollolocoOctober 9th 2013.

I wonder.....

Stuart FearOctober 8th 2013.

The Cheap Eats category doesn't feel as though it does Trove justice, but still glad to see that it won. The Levelution builds.

AndrewOctober 8th 2013.

The only thing that bores me is who negative so many people on here are. Really a sad pathetic little bunch of miserable sods.

Margaret CleggOctober 8th 2013.

The new old boys network, as voted by 'critics' who eat for free at these places & socialise with the owners. Andrew, not a miserable sod - someone who knows the business!

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AnonymousOctober 9th 2013.

Quite right Margaret - decided by a clique of freeloaders who are the usually the same ones who cry when their beloved French isn't given a Michelin star.

Jonathan SchofieldOctober 9th 2013.

Freeloaders? What? This reviewing schtick is dirty lonely work but somebody has to do it and we do it for your edification. Dear Margaret and Anon you make me smile. Cheer up eh and give someone a hug - that's my recommendation. Or maybe nip into one of the restaurants that won and have a good meal.

Dawn HoldingOctober 8th 2013.

Some great results, well done everyone that won and that was shortlisted, great achievements.

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Ronnie CostelloOctober 8th 2013.

Should that read were short listed ?

GordoOctober 9th 2013.

Ooh grammar police alert

AndrewOctober 8th 2013.

So Margaret, who would you have as winneres instead? Please enlighten me to who was a more derserving winner that The French? Have you dined at The French and all the other nominees? Instead of poeple pissing and moaning don't read the article if you "know the business"....

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AnonymousOctober 9th 2013.

Easy to appreciate "The French" if you're eating there for free like many who'd have voted for it or champion it...

AnonymousOctober 10th 2013.

I've eaten there more than once, and have paid for it every time. Have you eaten there?

Charlie ButterworthOctober 8th 2013.

I wonder if people who rant on here with endless negativity are very happy. I imagine them sitting in go-nowhere jobs with go-nowhere lives, slowly turning in on themselves so everything they see is as ugly and empty as their own shallow existences. I wish they'd nip out for a pint and a laugh.

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AnonymousOctober 8th 2013.

So agree with your comment, must the same brain deads that write countless nonsense on non deserving victims on Trip Advisor.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2013.

We can't all be barristers in Prestbury, Charlie. You'd have nobody to look down on.

LottieOctober 10th 2013.

Can I point out that the critics (the ones who judge) actually will always pay their way when reviewing. Foodies and bloggers get the occasional complimentary meal but they're not the ones judging. Also, £85 for Michelin standard 10 course meal really isn't as inaccessible as you'd think. Go and try it and stop wittering on about freeloading.

IanOctober 10th 2013.

£85 is well worth it. The countless times I have spent £50-£100 on nothing but beer on a night out, only to feel terrible the next day. I much prefer spending that on a meal now!

ThebartenderDecember 10th 2014.

well, @Lottie, michelin standard isn't a standard. you either get your 1st star(or more) or you don't. they are trying to get to that standard...

AndrewOctober 8th 2013.

Charlie bit harsh, but I get where you are coming from.

AnonymousOctober 8th 2013.

Shame Lilys didn't win, this really is the best food I have ever eaten EVER! Well done Stalybridge Buffet bar! :)

JeremyOctober 8th 2013.

Great to see Trove in Levenshulme win. Well deserved.

Christine KilbyOctober 8th 2013.

Even though I detest Ramsons, it does seem to get a good press from ManCon. No award there this year? I am looking forward to Manchester House throwing its hat into the ring next year - now there's a restaurant with vision. Lovely place, lovely food, various price levels, civilised outdoor smoking areas, great staff too!

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GordoOctober 9th 2013.

Christine, how come you 'detest' Ramsons? Let us know. I 'detest' Paul Dacre of the Daily Mail. And, I can give you a 1500 word article as to why if you want.

AVOOctober 9th 2013.

I freaking love Ramsons even though I've only been three or four times. The last time I went, I walked through the door and Chris just stared across the room and said "Mr Vo, I presume". That guy is sometimes scary, sometimes amusing.

AnonymousOctober 8th 2013.

Can't believe Aidan Byrne didn't get chef of the year how fantastic is Manchester House ?? Amazing food and ambience Manchester has never seen anything like it before it's like being in the Basque Country . Ny

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JimOctober 8th 2013.

It's only been open a couple of weeks!

GordoOctober 9th 2013.

As a judge, I can tell you that we couldn't include Aiden and the team because of the timeline. I have eaten there twice, it is fan bloody tastic.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2013.

Just had a week in basque country, don't see any real connection.

AnonymousOctober 8th 2013.

My above comments were'nt meant to be anonymous I think Manchester House is an amazing addition to the Manchester dining scene and We are so lucky to have Chef Aidan Byrne uplifting cuisine in Manchester. Ronnie Costello

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AnonymousOctober 8th 2013.

You are so right.

Mital MorarOctober 9th 2013.

Congratulations to all the winners! There's lots of places that don't make the awards or get talked about as much as they should do. I don't think it's personal. It is just great that Manchester is upping its game and offering variety... salute, The Banyan Tree

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Peter MurrayOctober 9th 2013.

Banyan Tree is brilliant Mital, seems to get busy enough without the publicity. BTW what's happening at the place on Tib Street?

Ronnie CostelloOctober 9th 2013.

Great to know you like Manchester House Gordo and understand the timeline for the awards was the problem,thanks for all your input.

Angela BuckleyOctober 9th 2013.

Congratulations to all the winners, especially Croma the food is always tasty the staff are friendly and the cost is reasonable so the whole family can enjoy it. Surprised Rosso wasnt in the short list great food, staff love the building.

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AnonymousOctober 9th 2013.

Because the food at Rosso is terrible

Axel LariatOctober 9th 2013.

the building and the food ain't the same thing, Angie babes.

Tribal MaryOctober 9th 2013.

Rosso is about as Italian as my bottom, with ownership who haven't got a clue about Italian food.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2013.

but there is a bentley outside and it's owned by a footballer... it must be good!

Anna GrahamOctober 9th 2013.

Would have liked Salvis to win their category! Great little place and brilliant food!

HelloOctober 9th 2013.


AnonymousOctober 10th 2013.

Perhaps if the button didn't say 'Post my rant', people would be more positive.

Graeme WrightOctober 14th 2013.

Not really 'same old, same old'. There are some new, exciting businesses being rewarded this year. Not many of my favourites were even nominated never mind awarded the gongs but I choose not to rant about injustice etc but to retire to a small modest bar or a shy, somewhat introvert restaurant and celebrate my good fortune. Well done to all the winners.

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