To mark the end of the two-week Manchester Food and Drink Festival 2017, the Refuge at the Principal Hotel played host to the annual Manchester Food and Drink Awards last night (Monday 9 October). The shortlist was more diverse – and vegan –  than ever before, reflecting the city’s expanding ambition when it comes to street food, casual dining, brewing and culinary creativity. Vegetarian and vegan outfits such as Bundobust and Allotment secured a number of major awards, including Chef and Restaurant of the Year. The complete list of winners of the MFDF17 Awards is as follows:-

Restaurant of the YearBundobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG

Chef of the Year and Best Vegetarian Offering of the Year – Matt Nutter, Allotment, 6 Vernon Street, Stockport SK1 1TY. Tel: 0161 478 1331

Casual Restaurant of the Year and Out of Town Venue of the Year – Baratxuri, 1 Smithy Street, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AT. Tel: 01706 559090

Premium and Fine Dining Venue of the YearEl Gato Negro, 52 King Street, Manchester M2 4LY. Tel: 0161 694 8585

Newcomer of the YearWhere the Light Gets In, 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport SK1 1JY. Tel: 0161 477 5744

Bar of the YearThe Refuge, The Principal Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester M60 7HA. Tel: 0161 233 5151

Craft Ale Bar of the YearPort Street Beer House, 39-41 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ. Tel: 0161 237 9949

Pub of the YearThe Marble Arch, 73 Rochdale Road, Manchester M4 4HY. Tel: 0161 832 5914

Manchester Brewery of the YearCloudwater, 7-8, Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester M1 2NP. Tel: 0161 661 5943 (by appointment)

Food Pub of the YearThe Clarence, 2 Silver Street, Bury BL9 0EX. Tel: 0161 464 7404

Best Food and Drink RetailerAncoats General Store, 57 Great Ancoats Street, corner of Blossom Street, Manchester M4 5AB. Tel: 0161 236 7897

Best Pop Up, Event or Project of the YearGRUB, various venues, Manchester

Coffee / Tea Shop of the YearTrove, 1032 Stockport Road, Manchester M19 3WX. Tel: 0161 432 7184

Affordable Eats Venue of the YearRudy’s Pizza, 9 Cotton Street, Manchester M4 5BF. Tel: 07931 162059

Best Street Food AwardThe Hip Hop Chip Shop, mobile caterer with a restaurant opening in Ancoats in 2018.

Front of House Team of the YearHawksmoor, 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB. Tel: 0161 836 6980

The Sustainability AwardEvuna, various venues, Manchester

Outstanding Achievement Award – Joel Wilkinson and Adelaide Winter, founders of the Trof group which includes bars and music venues such as Gorilla, Deaf Institute and Albert Hall.

Tue 10 Oct
Ruth Allan
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Tue 10 Oct 2017