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Manchester Food And Drink Festival Shortlist 2013

Who have the judges chosen this year?

Published on August 15th 2013.

Manchester Food And Drink Festival Shortlist 2013

MANCHESTER Food and Drink Festival has announced the shortlist of nominees for its 2013 Awards.

Awards nominations will be posted on the MFDF website (www.foodanddrinkfestival.com) where they’ll face the public vote. The festival runs from 26 September-7 October 2013 and is in its sixteenth year.

The public vote will be combined with scores from the judging panel obtained via mystery shop visits made between the announcement date and the Gala Dinner.

The winners will only be revealed at the MFDF Gala Dinner and Awards on Monday 7 October where it will make a return to the Great Hall at Manchester’s Town Hall. 

The shortlist has been developed by the MFDF Judging panel, made up of some of the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts.

And the nominations are... 

MFDF Awards Gala

Restaurant of the Year 

Aiming to recognise the best dining establishments in Manchester in 2013. This category refers to venues visited primarily for a full dining experience featuring table service, alcohol license etc. Date eligibility: establishments open before 1 April 2013.

- The French at The Midland, City Centre. 

- 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

Recognising the best new dining and drinking establishments to open in Manchester. Date eligibility: establishments open between 1 July 2012 until 1 July 2013.

- The French at The Midland, City Centre. 

- Damson, MediaCityUK, Salford. 

- Artisan, City Centre. 

- The Albert 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. 

Recognising the finest pubs in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales/beers and atmosphere. Date eligibility: establishments open before 1 April 2013.

- The Oasthouse, City Centre. 

- The Baum, Rochdale 

- The Magnet, Stockport. 

- The Eagle Inn, Salford. 

- Station Buffet Bar, Stalybridge. 

- Marble Arch, City Centre. 

Last year's winner: Port Street Beer House, Manchester

Food Pub of the Year

Recognising our region’s ‘gastro pubs’ - a chance for ‘pub restaurants’ to be recognised in their own category. Date eligibility: establishments open before 1 April 2013.

- The Albert Chop House, City Centre. 

- Mark Addy, Salford. 

- The Red Lion, High Lane, Stockport. 

- The Parlour, Chorlton. 

- The Wharf, City Centre.  

- Hearth of the Ram, Ramsbottom. 

Last year's winner: Shoulder of Mutton, Holcombe Village                 

Bar of the Year Sponsored by DesignMyNight.com

Recognising the best drinking venues in the region that aren’t considered ‘pubs’. Date eligibility: establishments open before 1 April 2013.

- Gorilla, City Centre. 

- Jackalope, Chorlton. 

- Australasia, City Centre. 

- Kosmonaut, City Centre. 

- Liquorice, City Centre. 

- Revolucion de Cuba, City Centre. 

Last year's winner: Liars Club, Manchester

Chef of the Year Sponsored by R . Noone & Son Ltd. 

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. Date eligibility: must have been working in the same restaurant for at least 6 months by the time of the gala dinner and awards.

- Adam Reid, The French, City Centre. 

- Mary-Ellen McTague, Aumbry, Prestwich. 

- 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, Nutter’s

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Cheap Eats of the Year. 

This award replaces our Casual Dining category. Recognizing the best venues that are visited for a high value, casual eating experience. Date eligibility: establishments open before 1 April 2013.

- Salvi’s, City Centre. 

- Home Sweet Home, City Centre. 

- San Juan, Chorlton. 

- Trove, Levenshulme. 

- Lilys, Ashton. 

- Luck Lust Liquor & Burn, City Centre. 

Last year's winner: Teacup, Manchester

Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year

Recognising the best coffee bars and teashops in the region. Date eligibility: establishments open before 1 April 2013.

- Takk, City Centre. 

- Home Sweet Home, City Centre. 

- Macaroon, Rochdale. 

- Richmond Tea Rooms, City Centre. 

- Caffeine and Co, City Centre. 

- Coffee Fix, Gatley. Stockport

Last year's winner: North Tea Power, Manchester

Family Friendly Venue of the Year 

As usual, the Festival is asking the families of Greater Manchester to nominate in this category. There is no shortlist judged by the panel - the region’s families simply need to nominate their own favourite family friendly food heroes via the Festival website. 

Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

For the first time ever, the Festival is asking the Greater Manchester foodie public to tell us who they think is the very best food and drink retailer in the region. The panel would like to hear about the food and drink heroes in areas right across Greater Manchester. Votes can be cast via the Festival website. 

The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement 

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 and Nick Jeffries, Tampopo, Manchester

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

Georgina Hague shared this on Facebook on August 15th 2013.
AnonymousAugust 15th 2013.

I hope Damson win nothing after the chef's twitter outburst

3 Responses: Reply To This...
TimbucAugust 27th 2013.

What outburst was this?

AnonymousAugust 28th 2013.

He got a bit peed off about a mediocre review and told the blogger not to come again, and all the other bloggers saw their arses! Handbags.

TimbucAugust 29th 2013.

Was the mediocre review warranted? I love the Damson in Heaton Moor. Have eaten at Media City once and whilst it was decent they had an awful lot of ironing out to do. Not least, remembering we were there on quiet night. We were having a leisurely supper so not too bothered but it was a good job.

AnonymousAugust 16th 2013.

The bloggers will be furiously masturbating over the winner regardless...

AnonymousAugust 16th 2013.

Can someone please explain to me why Solita is on this list? They also made it in Hungry Hoss's top 10 of North West Restaurants. They do some great food, but let's not get carried away with a restaurant that is mostly famed for burgers. Utter madness and very disappointing. The Aumbrey, The French, are really striving to be really quite special, but the rest? Is this really the best we have to offer?

James CunninghamAugust 17th 2013.

I'm pretty sure Michael Caines at Abode deserve to be there.. and Harvey Nichols too! I eat in both places and the food is excellent and creative!

Hayley FlynnAugust 17th 2013.

How can the best team and coffee specialists in Manchester not be on here?! The Spoon Inn bar in Chorlton have a Chinese tea ceremony, Vietnamese coffee, Has Bean coffees...and they stay open until 11pm. Time and time again they are overlooked and really deserve to be recognised.

Shelly TapherAugust 17th 2013.

Oh my god, wheres Aubaine, surely the best restaurant in Manchester?????

5 Responses: Reply To This...
GordoAugust 18th 2013.

Don't think it will be here for long Shelley, word has it that a well known Italian restaurant will be taking to over.

GordoAugust 18th 2013.


TimbucAugust 27th 2013.

Very average when I went.

Shelly TapherAugust 29th 2013.

Average? These guys make everything from scratch unlike 63 Degrees who buy in their terrines, stock, sauces..........who knows what else?! It's a shame this 'well known Italian restaurant' is taking over. Is 2 sites not enough for average food and over inflated prices?

TimbucAugust 30th 2013.

Yes. I don't think much of the restaurant lay-out which isn't the fault of the staff but affects my enjoyment of the meal. The food was good but not thrilliang, nothinbg moved me (or 'sang' in the patois of ManCon). The menu was fairly unexciting for me as well so instead of struggling to choose I was actually struggling to find something that excited me. Service was adequate but pretty perfunctory and uninterested and we were one of two tables in there. Not a single thing to justify a slagging off but not a single thing to warrant a return visit which is why I haven't been back.

Marcus EmadiAugust 17th 2013.

Where's the award for best independents? Not overly impressed with this list.

AnonymousAugust 19th 2013.

How can luck lust be under cheap eats? A burrito, fries and soft drink for over £12 (you aren't paying for luxury surrounds)

Shelly TapherAugust 24th 2013.

How do you know about this Gordo, I went in there the other week and they did not mention anything about vacating the premises? Seems a shame if even the staff don't know!!

TimbucAugust 27th 2013.

If Yuzu are good enough to warrant a shortlisting for restaurant of the year (and I think they are) then they should be guaranteed the cheap eats award. Easily cheap enough to qualify for the list (and a lot cheaper than some of the others on there).

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