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Winners of Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards 2021

Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards Winner
14 Sep 2021

Discover the winners of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards 2021 and find a new place to eat. 

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards (MFDF) took place last night with 16 award winners announced from food and drink establishments across Greater Manchester.

More than 450 nominees from the region’s hospitality industry came together at The Ticket Hall at Freight Island to celebrate for the first time at such a scale since before the pandemic.

The shortlists were compiled by the MFDF judging panel, made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics, writers and experts. The categories were carefully considered and created to reflect an innovative, diverse, and inspiring food and drink industry.

In previous years part of the judging process included a ‘mystery shop’ style visit to the nominees. However due to the last years difficulties this year all winners were decided by public vote.

So who did the Manchester public vote for, read on for the winners of Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards 2021

The winners of Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards 2021

Restaurant of the Year

WINNER: Baratxuri, 1 Smithy St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AT

Restaurant of the Year recognises the ‘best of the best’ dining establishments in Greater Manchester in 2021 who offer a full dining experience.  visited primarily for a full dining experience. 

Baratxuri based in Ramsbottom offers fine authentic Basque pintxo bars and Asadors dining Basque dining at it’s finest. Their menu includes Charcuterie, Hot Pintxos, Tapas, and delicious desserts. 

Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Manchester Evening News

WINNER: Ramona, 40 Swan St, Manchester, M4 4FH

Newcomer of The Year recognises the best new food and drink operations to open in Greater Manchester opened between August 2020 – June 2021.

Ramona, based in Manchester City Centre offers up Pizza from Detroit by the square slice. The menu includes old faithful such Margherita, Pepperoni along with new flavours of Jabba and Cali Pepps. You can also grab sauces, salads, tatertots and cookies. 

Bar of the Year 

WINNER: Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, Manchester, M2 5QR

Bar of the Year recognises the best drinking venues in the region that specialise in a “wet-led” offer and aren’t considered ‘pubs’.

A firm Manchester favourite Albert’s Schloss showcases the very best of European biers including our very own Manchester Rein, Stiegl Goldbrau, and local brew Seven Brothers. They also serve a lovely array of Highball Schnapps Cocktails. 

Chef of the Year

WINNER: Rachel Stockley, Baraxturi

Chef of the Year aims to recognise the most talented and outstanding work of chefs cooking in Greater Manchester kitchens – their skill, menu, commitment and contribution to the dining scene.

Pub or Craft ale bar of the Year

WINNER: Edinburgh Castle, 17-19 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5AW

Pub or Craft Ale Bar Of The Year recognises the finest pub and beer bars in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales, beers and atmosphere.

Edinburgh Castle has been in Ancoats since 1811 and offers a wide range of ales and beers and great food menus/. 

Artisan Food Producer of the Year

WINNER: Pollen Bakery, Cotton Field Wharf, 8 New Union St, Manchester M4 6FQ

Pollen Bakery, started off life under one of the railway arches near Picadilly station which always attracted big queues and their Ancoats location is no different. There serve a selection of homemade bread, cakes, lunch and brunch and lovely hot and cold drinks. 

Pop Up/ Project of the Year

WINNER: Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring St, Manchester M1 2PZ

Pop Up/ Project of the Year recognises exciting projects and events and showcasing innovation and creativity within the food and beverage sector.

Escape to Freight Island, houses some of the most amazing restaurants and chefs in the UK all under one roof with Spanish, Mexican, Vietnamese and lots more under one roof. 

Neighbourhood Venue of the Year sponsored by Roomzzz Aparthotels

WINNER: Lily’s, 85 Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7DF

Neighbourhood Venue of the Year recognises the superb establishments that are based in the suburbs of Greater Manchester.

Lily’s is an amazing vegetarian indian based in Ashton Under Lyne offering amazing authentic food – see here for more info

Food Trader of the Year

WINNER:Wholesome Junkies, 49 High St, Manchester M4 3A

Food Trader Of The Year awards the Greater Manchester-based food heroes that are gracing our food halls, markets and events with an ever increasing range of gastro goods.

Wholesome Junkies, offers a great range of vegan delights from burgers to wings, fries to mac and cheese. 

Affordable Eats of the Year sponsored by Just Eat

WINNER: Rudy’s, 9 Cotton St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5BF / Petersfield House, Peter St, Manchester M2 5QJ

Affordable Eats of the Year recognises the best venues that are visited for a high value, quick and simple dining experience.

Rudy’s, offers a whole of delicious pizzas from its two Manchester locations.

Coffee Shop of the Year

WINNER: Federal, Northern Quarter, 9 Nicholas Croft, Manchester M4 1EY

Coffee Shop of the year recognises the best coffee shops and bars in Greater Manchester.

Federal, is a small coffee shop always with a big queue. Renowned for the brunch menus they serve favourites such as Halloumi and Shrooms, Steak and Eggs and lots more. 

Foody Neighbourhood of the Year

WINNER: Altrincham

New for 2021, Foody Neighbourhood of the Year has been set up to celebrate those thriving communities and neighbourhoods in Greater Manchester that continue to build a name for themselves as a foodie destination outside of the city centre

Veggie/ Vegan Offering of the Year

WINNER: Bundobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG

Veggie/ Vegan Offering of the Year recognises venues that provide innovative and exciting dining options for vegetarian and vegan diners.

Bundobust, offers an array of indian street food and craft ales where you will find a selection Chaat, Puri and more . 

Independent Drinks Producer of the Year

WINNER: Manchester Gin, 10-15 Watson St, Manchester M3 4LP

Independent Drinks Producer of the Year celebrates the many exciting and innovative producers of artisan drinks in Greater Manchester.

Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

WINNER: Ancoats General Store, 57 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester M4 5AB

The Best Food and Drink Retailer celebrates the best food and drinks shopping experiences in the region.

Outstanding Achievement Award

WINNER: Mital Morar, Store Group.

Outstanding Achievement Award recognises someone who has contributed something outstanding to the hospitality industry in Greater Manchester.

For more info about the Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards 2021 see here. 

Image credit – Manchester Food and Drink Awards

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