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MCR Food and Drink Festival 2014: The Winners

Do you agree with this year's champs?

Written by . Published on September 30th 2014.


MCR Food and Drink Festival 2014: The Winners
 

MANCHESTER Food and Drink Festival announced the winners of the 2014 awards at an elaborate bash in the Town Hall's majestic Grand Hall last night.

The MFDF judging panel is made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts, including four from Confidential.

Last year saw Simon Rogan's The French scoop the double, taking Restaurant of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Predictably, this year Manchester House stomped to victory, winning three of the evening's biggest awards (a MFDF record), while Manchester House owner and Living Ventures CEO, Tim Bacon, takes the Outstanding Achievement award.

Chefs Aiden Byrne (Manchester House) and Simon Rogan (The French)Chefs Aiden Byrne (Manchester House) and Simon Rogan (The French)

Perhaps the evening's only surprise winner was humble Arndale Markets Vietnamese street food traders, Viet Shack, who beat off big-swinging multi-armed operations Almost Famous, Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn and Tampopo to win the Cheap Eats category.

The MFDF judging panel is made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts (listed at the bottom). The judges visited and scored nominated venues (the various judges assigned to lead on particular categories), these marks were then combined with the online public vote to produce the results.

And the winners are...

                                                                                           

Restaurant of the Year Sponsored by Caterer.com

Aiming to recognise the best dining establishments in Manchester in 2014. This category refers to venues visited primarily for a full dining experience featuring table service, alcohol license etc.

Winner:

Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ

Shortlisted:

63 Degrees, 20 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN

Mr Cooper’s House and Garden by Simon Rogan, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS

Aumbry, 2 Church Lane, Manchester, Prestwich M25 1AJ

Australasia, 1 Spinningfield Way, Manchester M3 3AP

Nutter’s, Edenfield Rd, Rochdale OL12 7TT 

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: THE FRENCH AT THE MIDLAND.

                                                                                           

Newcomer of the Year Sponsored by Manchester Evening News.
Recognising the best new food and drink operations to open in Greater Manchester since the last awards decision period (July 2013).

Winner:

Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ 

Shortlisted:

Superstore NQ, G18 Smithfield Building, Tib St, M4 1NB

Red’s True BBQ, Albert Square, 22 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5WA

Volta, 167 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LN

Mr Cooper’s House and Garden by Simon Rogan, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS

Salvi’s Cucina, 19 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6LE

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: THE FRENCH AT THE MIDLAND.

Manchester HouseManchester House scooped three awards

                                                                                               

Chef of the Year Sponsored by R. Noone and Sons.

Aiming to recognise the most talented and outstanding work of chefs cooking in Greater Manchester kitchens - his or her skill, menu, commitment and contribution to the dining scene

Winner:

Adam Reid, The French, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS

Shortlisted:

Mike Jennings, Grenache, 15 Bridgewater Road, Walkden, Worsley, M28 3JE

Aiden Byrne, Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ

Eric Moreau, 63 Degrees, 20 Church St, Manchester M4 1PN

David Spanner, Australasia, 1 Spinningfield Way, Manchester M3 3AP

David Leong, Yuzu, 39 Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4EE

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: MARY-ELLEN MCTAGUE, AUMBRY.

The FrenchThe French

                                                                                                   

Pub of the Year Sponsored by Taste of Manchester.com
Identifying the finest pubs in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales/beers and atmosphere

Winner:

The Dockyard, Blue Tower, Media City UK, The Quays, Salford M50 2EQ 

Shortlisted:

The Marble Arch Inn, 73 Rochdale Rd, Manchester M4 4HY

The Eagle Inn, 18 Collier Street, Salford, M3 7DW

New Oxford, 11 Bexley Square, Salford M3 6DB

The Magnet, 51 Wellington Rd N, Stockport SK4 1HJ

The Rising Sun, 22 Queen Street, Manchester, 52 5HX
 

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: STALYBRIDGE BUFFET BAR.

                                                                                                  

Food Pub of the Year sponsored by Salut Wines

Acknowledging our region’s ‘gastro pubs’ - a chance for ‘pub restaurants’ to be recognised in their own category. All public houses eligible as long as they consider themselves a food pub, but they are not eligible for shortlisting in both.

Winner:

Eagle and Child, 3 Whalley Rd, Ramsbottom BL0 0DL

Shortlisted:

The Wharf, 6 Slate Wharf, Manchester M15 4ST

Eagle and Child, 3 Whalley Rd, Ramsbottom BL0 0DL

Albert’s Chop House, Memorial Hall, 14 Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5PF

The Red Lion High Lane, 112 Buxton Rd, High Lane, Stockport, SK6 8ED

The Parlour, 60 Beech Rd, Manchester M21 9EG

Dukes 92, 18 Castle St, Manchester M3 4LZ 

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: HEARTH OF THE RAM.  

                                                                                                 

Bar of the Year Sponsored by Thwaites

Recognising the best drinking venues in the region that aren’t considered ‘pubs’.

Winner:

Manchester House, Tower 12, 18-22 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BZ

Shortlisted:

Kosmonaut, 10 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF

Mr Cooper’s House and Garden by Simon Rogan, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS

Grand Pacific, The Avenue, 
Spinningfields
, Manchester, 
M3 3AP

Revolucion de Cuba, 11 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR

Neighbourhood, The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3BT 

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: GORILLA

                                                                                                  

Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year Sponsored by Bitten Magazine

Recognising the best coffee bars and teashops in the region. 

Winner:

Richmond Tea Rooms, 15 Richmond St, Manchester M1 3HZ 

Shortlisted:

Fig and Sparrow, 20 Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JN

North Tea Power, 36 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LA

Sugar Junction, 60 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG

Proper Tea, 10 Cateaton St, Manchester M3 1SN

Takk, 6 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: HOME SWEET HOME.

Richmond Tea RoomsRichmond Tea Rooms

                                                                                                   

Cheap Eats of the Year Sponsored by Manchester Confidential.com
Recognising the best venues that are visited for a high value, casual eating experience. Judges looking for venues that can offer a good meal for under a tenner!

Winner:

Viet Shack, Unit 8 Arndale Market, 49 High St, Manchester M4 3AH

Shortlisted:

Almost Famous, 2 Great Northern Warehouse, 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN

Luck, Lust, Liquor and Burn, 100-102 High St, Manchester M4 1HP

Tampopo, 16 Albert Square, Manchester. M2 5PF

Pita Pit, 3 Piccadilly Pl, Manchester M1 3BG

Splendid Sausage Company, Unit C, 11 St James Square, John Dalton Street, M2 6WH

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: TROVE

Viet Shack with Mark GarnerViet Shack with Mark Garner

                                                                                                       

Best Food and Drink Retailer of the Year Sponsored by Magners.

This year the Best Food and Drink Retailer category will be searching the whole region for the best purveyors of food and drink ‘to go’ and be involving the general public in the process from the off – voted by the people of Greater Manchester.

Winner:

Epicerie Ludo, 46 Beech Rd, Chorlton, Manchester, Lancashire M21 9EG  

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: BEERMOTH

                                                                                                      

Best Food and Drink Pop Up Event, Club or Project of the Year – new category for 2014 – Sponsored by Verdure

Designed to recognize the ever more pioneering food and drink one off projects, events, activities and pop ups happening in the region. Voted by the people of Greater Manchester – there was no shortlist for this category, the winner below received the most public votes via the website.

Winner:

B.Eat Street

Friday Food FightsFriday Food Fights

                                                                                                     

Best Street Food of the Year – new category for 2014 – Sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University. 

 This year the Festival will recognise one of the street food legends that are gracing kerbs with an ever-increasing plethora of gastro goods. The winners were decided following a tasting session at the Festival Hub on Albert Square.

Winner:

Mei Mei

RUNNERS UP:

V Fresh, Manchester

                                                                                                     

The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement

Recognising a person or business who has contributed something outstanding to the food and drink industry in Greater Manchester.

Winner:

Tim Bacon, Living Ventures

LAST YEAR’S WINNER: DISTEFANNO SANCARLO, SAN CARLO.

Tim Bacon and Noddy HolderTim Bacon and Noddy Holder

                                                                                                     

The Core Judging Panel:

Mark Garner, Manchester Confidential
Jonathan Schofield, Manchester Confidential
Paul Ogden, Manchester Evening News
Dianne Bourne, Manchester Evening News
Neil Sowerby, Freelance Food Writer
Ruth Allan, Taste of Manchester
Thom Hetherington, Holden Media
Simon Binns, CityCo 
Emma Sturgess, Freelance Food Writer
Andy Cronshaw, Manchester Evening News 

foodanddrinkfestival.com

Photo credits to Carl Sukonik (www.thevain.co.uk)

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

Manci DoodleSeptember 30th 2014.

A useful list to work my way round....

EllieSeptember 30th 2014.

WELL DONE all your Winners but the BIGGEST WELL DONE TO MY PERSONAL FAVOURITES - ALL OF LIVING VENTURES GROUP, ESPECIALLY TIM! Great news. Elaine

AcsSeptember 30th 2014.

Well done the Eagle & Child. Excellent food whenever I have eaten there. Ramsbottom wins again.

Jamie WhalleySeptember 30th 2014.

So happy Richmond Tea Rooms won in the Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year category, wonderful place to go. A huge congratulations to Nick & Andrew. And if you've not been, I highly recommend it

Richard HJSeptember 30th 2014.

Is this going to be a long list of people surreptitiously thanking their bosses? I do hope so.

1 Response: Reply To This...
TimbucSeptember 30th 2014.

Hee hee

Alexandra BoyleSeptember 30th 2014.

Great to see the Eagle & Child recognised. Excellent food and outstanding service. Well done

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2014.

Noddy Holder? Thought it was Mrs Thatcher for a second...

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AnonymousSeptember 30th 2014.

A younger Jimmy Saville?

food for thoughtSeptember 30th 2014.

Tim bacon in 5 years

AnonymousSeptember 30th 2014.

Yet another Dumbledore?

MarkkennedyOctober 3rd 2014.

Why are people obsessed with food..is it just you lot...who gives a ...........just had some good curried chops tho....

4 Responses: Reply To This...
AnonymousOctober 4th 2014.

Anyone would think this a website which is primarily focused on reviewing eating establishments in the city...

AnonymousOctober 4th 2014.

Primark shopping bags and overpriced burger,that's modern Manchester.The food costs more than the clothes now.

AnonymousOctober 4th 2014.

'this a website which is primarily focused on reviewing eating establishments in the city'? Well it should just stick to doing that and nothing else.

AnonymousOctober 5th 2014.

Mark, I think you're on the wrong site, dear

AnonymousOctober 4th 2014.

They were up against it being in the same category as Mcr House, but shame Superstore weren't recognised. Love that place.

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