March 12th, 2015

Manchester's best restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels honoured at first Eat Drink Sleep Awards

By Dianne Bourne, Manchester Evening News

Real Housewives of Cheshire star Magali Gorre was among those presenting the prizes at the inaugural 'Drinkies' ceremony.

Manchester's best restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels honoured at first Eat Drink Sleep Awards

The cream of Manchester's food, drink and hospitality industries were honoured at the inaugural Eat Drink Sleep Awards.

More than 63,000 votes were cast by the public across 34 different categories honouring everything from Best Pub to Best Wedding Venue.

The winners received their awards, nicknamed The Drinkies, at a glitzy ceremony in the ballroom of the Mercure Piccadilly Hotel on Monday night, where Real Housewives of Cheshire star Magali Gorre, attending with her ex-footballer husband Dean, was among those presenting the prizes.

Awards were split geographically into South, Central and North Manchester to honour a wide range of venues across the region.

Some of the city centre's swankiest venues were celebrating success at the awards - including Italian restaurant Rosso, which won Best Premium Dining, celeb haunt bar Neighbourhood, which won Best Premium Casual Dining, and Manchester House, which took Best Fine Dining.

The historic Midland Hotel claimed three awards - Best Wedding Venue in central Manchester, while its restaurant Mr Cooper's House took two dining gongs.

Meanwhile Living Ventures boss Tim Bacon celebrated a string of awards for his venues across the region, as well as taking the title of Best Entrepreneur.

Tim said: "I remember coming to Manchester in 1991 when I bought JW Johnson's bar on Deansgate. Manchester was a wild and woolly place at the time.

"I remember saying at that time ‘what Manchester desperately needs is 50 big restaurants'. It's strange to see now how the culture that has evolved over that time, and my small contribution to that."

The Drinkies' event founder Paul Kilroe also paid tribute to the burgeoning hospitality scene in Manchester.

He said: "This city has changed in the last 15 years beyond recognition, and these awards celebrate the people who have changed the face of this city."

Paul added: "It was really special to see Tim Bacon honoured for all he does for the industry. A huge congratulations to all the worthy winners."

Best Bar - Central Manchester

The Alchemist, Spinningfields

Best All Day Venue - South Manchester

The Botanist, Alderley Edge

Best Fine Dining - Greater Manchester

Manchester House

Best Entrepreneurs

Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts, Living Ventures

Tags: 2015, Awards, Eat Drink Sleep Awards, Jeremy Roberts, Manchester Evening News, Manchester House, New York Street, Spinningfields, The Alchemist, Tim Bacon
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