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Manchester Food and Drink Festival Shortlist

Here are the shortlisted venues for this year's autumn foodie party - d'ya agree with 'em?

Written by . Published on July 21st 2011.

Manchester Food and Drink Festival Shortlist

Here’s the shortlist for the Manchester Food and Drink Awards 2011 which takes place between 7-17 October. The awards cover the Greater Manchester area – Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Wigan, Trafford, Stockport, Tameside and Oldham.

It's a strong list, particularly well blessed in the Newcomer and Bar categories. I've personally had fine times in every single one of the chosen twelve over the year. Our picture here comes from one of the newcomers, the lovely Rose Garden in West Didsbury.

Controversially there is no vegetarian category in the region where the Vegetarian Society has its home – Altrincham. That might cause a few ructions. Although the Festival organisers say other categories may be added over the next month.

Take a look, see what you think. There's more information on the Festival website www.foodanddrinkfestival.com

For some of the event highlights of this year's Festival click here.

By the way Gordo and Simon Binns were the Manchester Confidential representatives during the selection of the shortlist. 


Restaurant of the Year

Damson, 113 Heaton Moor Road, Stockport, SK4 4HY

Gaucho, 2A St Marys Street, Manchester, M3 2LB

Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant, 21 New Cathedral Street, Manchester, M1 1AD

The Mark Addy, Stanley Street, Salford, M3 5EJ

Michael Caines Restaurant at Abode Manchester, 107 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2DB

Ramsons, 16 - 18 Market Place, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9HT 

Newcomer of the Year

Australasia, 1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3AP

Bistro 1847, 58 Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3HZ

Cicchetti, Ground Floor, House of Fraser, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2QG

Port Street Beer House, 39 - 41 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ

The Rose Garden, 218 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LW

Vertigo, 36 John Dalton Street, Manchester M2 6LE 

Bar of the Year

The Alchemist, 3 Hardman Street, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3HF

Black Dog Ballroom, Corner of Tib Street/Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PW

Electrik, 559 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0AE

The Molly House, 26 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3NB

Port Street Beer House, 39 - 41 Port Street, Manchester, M1 2EQ

The River Bar, The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5LH 

Chef of the Year

Bryn Evans, Rhubarb

Ian Armstrong, Vertigo

Laurence Tottingham and Mary-Ellen McTague, Aumbry

Pete Taylor, Room

Robert Owen Brown, The Mark Addy

Stuart Thomson, Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant

Wine List of the Year

Evuna, 277-279 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EW

Gaucho, 2A St Marys Street, Manchester, M3 2LB

Harvey Nichols Second Floor Restaurant, 21 New Cathedral Street, Manchester, M1 1AD

Michael Caines Restaurant at Abode Manchester, 107 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2DB

Ramsons, 16 - 18 Market Place, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9HT

The River Bar and Restaurant, The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford, M3 5LH 

Retailer of the Year

Barbakan Delicatessen, 67-71 Manchester Road, Chorlton cum Hardy, M21 9PW

Bradley’s Bakery, 225 King's Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 9EE

The Cheese Place, Unit 6, Radius Building, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AY

J.A. Hyman (Titanics), 123-129 Waterloo Road, Cheetham, Manchester, M8 8BT

Out of the Blue, 484 Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M21 9AS

W.H. Frosts Butchers, 14 Chorlton Place, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9AQ 

Pub of the Year

The Angel Pub, 6 Angel Street, Manchester, M4 4BQ

Bar Fringe, 8 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JN

The Briton’s Protection, 50 Great Bridgewater Street, Manchester, M1 5LE

The Castle Hotel, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LE

The Nursery Inn, 258 Green Lane, Heaton Norris, Stockport, SK4 2NA

The Parlour, 66 Beech Road, Chorlton, M4 1LE 

Coffee Shop and Casual Dining Venue the Year

The Chocolate Cafe, 2 Bolton Street, Ramsbottom, Bury, BL0 9HX

Jack Spratt, St James House, John Dalton Street, Manchester M2 6WH

Kebabish, 49 Hilton Street, Manchester, M1 2EF

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

Tampopo, 16 Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5PF

Teacup on Thomas Street, 55 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA

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

Ian ArmstrongJuly 22nd 2011.

Very excited to be nominated and that our hard graft has been recognised at Vertigo. Thank you very much to the people that like what we do enough to put us forward.

AnonymousJuly 22nd 2011.

The Rose Garden - Best new comer - Its only been open for 3 weeks. Lots of thoughts gone into the nominations obviously.

AnonymousJuly 22nd 2011.

Not saying the Rose Garden is not very good - just cant see how you can be nominated for a yearly award when only been open an extremely shot time.

Shifty EdJuly 22nd 2011.

How come Damson gets rightly nominated, but Chef Simon is not nominated for Best Chef??

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AnonymousJuly 22nd 2011.

Thought it was Naz at Ramsons, or has he left??

puzzled!!!September 7th 2011.

why isn't simon stanley nominated???? is it because his face doesn't fit with the MFDF judges??? puzzled by that one!!!

AnonymousJuly 22nd 2011.

Where is missing then? Surprised Gaucho there but otherwise about right from where I have tried.

ktfairyJuly 22nd 2011.

Tampopo has gone downhill over the last year - the food is not up to the standard is used to be and the drinks are become very pricey. Used to love it - now I don;t bother. It would have been good to see something a bit different - Wasabi?

Mr JohnJuly 22nd 2011.

Good to see Bryn Evans, Rhubarb getting a mention, some great food there recently.

JayJuly 22nd 2011.

Gaucho, seriously?

saravioletJuly 22nd 2011.

Congrats to Bistro 1847. Maybe see chef Wendy on next year's top chef nominations? She deserves it for the delicious halloumi alone. x

AnonymousJuly 22nd 2011.

Port Street seems to be obsessed with American beers.

AnonymousJuly 22nd 2011.

Pub of the year should have included Marble Arch.

AnonymousJuly 22nd 2011.

Molly House does not cater for lager drinkers very well. Needs to be more choice of lager outside of the beartown beers before it can win bar of the year.

AnonymousJuly 24th 2011.

Agree with most of whats stated ref same old ,as a restaurant owner, running a local neighbourhood eating place for the last 9 years you kind of give up on the MFDF. The whole event is based on who buys the inside cover,sponsors a half page advert, hosts a free event.
maybe the awards should have better catagories - restaurant that lasts more than 5 years,
restaurant that makes a profit & pays & supports the local suppliers.....
Restaurant that is best value for money - i would think in the current economy most places that have worked through the last 3 years must deserve some credit.......... Agree that some on the list are good news & pleased for them. Its frustrating to have a phone call from a MFDF marketing co ordinator - based in ??well not manchester as they have no local knowledge!! and just want you to buy a half page advert .
Its weird that Rose Garden can be nominated so quickly ? where is the support for places who work at it year in year out. ....

AnonymousJuly 28th 2011.

In terms of repetition - there's often a REASON people pop up repeatedly... because some of them actually deserve it.
Surprised to see 1847 in there... though maybe the change of name (from Detox Retox) brought other improvements with it. I'm sure Wendy is great, but she seemed let down by the structure on our visit.
Shouldn't Rose Garden be up for newcomer? When did it open?
Cicchetti... service was as bad as San Carlo's on my visit. Poor tables too (too cramped).
Glad to see Rhubarb is doing better with a new chef.

CobbydalerAugust 2nd 2011.


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AnonymousAugust 3rd 2011.

Damson - meant to post on the Damson review page

AnonymousAugust 3rd 2011.

Never mind Pilling's ridiculous claims in the press - you don't get almost closed down because of some grass next door. Not a word from Man Con, could it be something to do with them being good friends?

Shame because the food was good.

polecatAugust 4th 2011.

Er, so Damson just got a big fat ZERO in the MEN and they were shorlisted for the Restaurant of the Year....hmmm

getyourfacts rightSeptember 7th 2011.

damson did not recieve a zero because of hygiene matters...therefore why shouldn't damson be in the best restaurant category it's just a shame that chef owner simon stanley isn't nominated for chef of the year...i believe this is probaly political...your face has to fit with the manchester food and drink team!!!

AnonymousSeptember 7th 2011.

just like in any other f@cking business in the UK - in some countries you pay bribes, others claim to be democracies...

AnonymousSeptember 26th 2011.

Now tried all newcomers and would go for Rose garden. All good though.

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