Manchester House wins hat-trick of gongs at Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards 2014
Fine dining restaurants won big, meaning Aiden Byrne and Simon Rogan have something to celebrate, following the disappointment of the Michelin Star snub.
They may have missed out on a Michelin Star this year, but fine dining restaurants Manchester House and The French were celebrating scooping the top honours at this year's Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards.
The two venues and their head chefs Aiden Byrne and Simon Rogan , who featured in BBC documentary Restaurant Wars earlier this year, were pitted against each other in a raft of categories in the Manchester food awards, which were dished out at Manchester Town Hall on Monday night.
Manchester House was the big winner - claiming a hat-trick of gongs - including Best Restaurant (taking over from The French which won last year), Best Bar and Best Newcomer, while The French took the high profile Best Chef title for Adam Reid. It was great news for Byrne and Rogan, who both attended the glittering award bash with their culinary teams.
Manchester House's trio of awards is the first time a hat-trick has ever been won by one venue in 17 years of the MFDF event.
And to cap a great night for the Spinningfields venue, Living Ventures boss Tim Bacon was also honoured with the Outstanding Achievement award - to a standing ovation from the audience.
The awards came at the culmination of this year's food and drink festival, which ran for 11 event-packed days across the city centre.
And this year the categories were dominated by city centre venues, recognising the huge food and drink boom in recent months in Manchester.
That included Best Tea Shop for the Richmond Tea Rooms in the Gay Village, Cheap Eats awarded to Viet Shack in the Arndale Market, and Best Food Event for Beat Street Manchester.
However Ramsbottom continued its dominance in the food pub stakes - The Eagle and Child claiming the title from last year's fellow Rammy winner Heart of the Ram.
Meanwhile Pub of the Year went to MediaCityUK's first ever pub - The Dockyard - which opened last year from restaurateur Steve Pilling.
The awards shortlist was drawn up by MFDF's Judging Panel of the region's food and drink critics, who then mystery shopped each venue to give a score.Those scores were then combined with votes from the public cast via the MFDF website.
Festival director Phil Jones comments: "Manchester's dining market has seen another year of fantastic growth in both range of offer, and quality of experience, and this has been clearly reflected in the awards. We have seen innovative new food events taking the city by storm, alongside restaurant wars between some of the region's hottest chefs - all have made for a fantastic year for MFDF that saw more than 90,000 visitors to our Festival Hub in Albert Square over the 11 day Festival."
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