Winners of the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival Awards 2013 revealed


The cream of the city’s hospitality industry joined together on Sunday evening for the grand final of the annual Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival Awards.
Launched in March 2013, with the support of the Montefiore Hospital, over 1,800 members of the public nominated across 12 categories – with over 11,000 nominations in all. 22 professional judges then secret-shopped the top three in each category over the summer months. Hosted by Andrew Kay and Andrea Fox, with entertainment from Laura Nixon, the award winners were announced to a packed Live Food Show marquee of industry professionals and VIPs, who also enjoyed Blackdown Sussex gin cocktails, canapés from Cantina, wines and beers from Pub du Vin and a Sussex hog roast by L’Eglise.
“The festival team and our media partners have worked hard to ensure that the awards are a true representation of the best restaurants, bars, cafés, retailers and pubs in the city.”, said festival director Nick Mosley. “We have an amazing hospitality and food industry in and around the city, and we believe that the businesses celebrated last night really are at the top of their game”.
“Its pleasing to see so many young, independent businesses featuring in the awards, with the likes of La Choza, The Troll’s Pantry and the Craft Beer Co. rating highly in both the public nominations and our secret shopping.”, continues Mosley. “It really does go to show how vibrant our local food economy is, and that’s just what the festival and the awards are here to showcase, support and celebrate”.
In addition to the 12 awards, the festival directors also announced an additional Special Recognition award which was presented to Carla ter Maat of Drakes of Brighton.
“Carla and Drakes have been huge supporters of the food festival for many years – getting involved in so many of our activities at every level including our International Chef Exchange projects with her head chef Andy MacKenzie”, said Mosley. “The festival directors wanted to say thank you and offer recognition for her efforts for promoting Drakes, the festival and our city”.
The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival returns with the Spring Harvest at the end of April 2014. The festival organisation also runs regular farmers markets, and a host of events and activities across the year between the main festival periods.


Best Bar/Pub

Category judged by Gary Peters (Brighton & Hove Jobs) & James Dempster (Cobb Healthcare)

GOLD The Lion & Lobster

SILVER Craft Beer Co.

BRONZE The Basketmakers



Best Café

Category judged by Hanna Neter & Dan Gasser (Juice FM)

GOLD Treacle & Co

SILVER The Laine Deli

BRONZE Moksha Caffè



Best Chain Retailer

Category judged by Soozie Campbell (Tourism Alliance) & Dave Moon-Watson (PHS Wastetech)

GOLD Bill’s

SILVER Waitrose

BRONZE Carluccio’s



Best Family Dining Venue

Category judged by Shoshana Plail (

GOLD Breeze Brasserie

SILVER The Hove Kitchen

BRONZE The Coal Shed



Best Fish & Chips

Category judged by Mike Weatherley MP & James Dempster (Cobb Healthcare)

GOLD The Regency

SILVER Bankers

BRONZE Bardsleys



Food Hero

Category judged by Ryan Heal (Rockinghorse) & Nathalie Gomez de Vera (Brighton Visitor)

GOLD Ben & Pamela McKellar (Gingerman Restaurants)

SILVER Seb Cole (Boho Gelato)

BRONZE Paul Clark (The Troll’s Pantry)



Best Food Pub

Category judged by Adam Style (Style Accountants) & Mark Ansell (Brighton & Hove Independent)

GOLD The Foragers

SILVER The Ginger Pig

BRONZE The Lion & Lobster



Best Independent Retailer

Category judged by Caroline Williams (PHS Wastetech) & Sue Korman (Unique to Brighton)

GOLD Infinity Foods

SILVER Butlers Wine Cellar

BRONZE Boho Gelato



Best Newcomer

Category judged by John Keenan (The Argus)

GOLD La Choza

SILVER Bellota

BRONZE Betty La La’s



Best Restaurant

Category judged by Andrew Kay (Latest) & Nick Mosley (Brighton Visitor)

GOLD Terre á Terre

SILVER The Chilli Pickle

BRONZE The Coal Shed



Best Takeaway

Category judged by Ian MIller (Brighton & Hove Bus Company) & Angi Mariani (Latest)

GOLD The Chilli Pickle Canteen

SILVER Pizzaface

BRONZE The Troll’s Pantry



Best Sustainable Food Business

Category judged by Caroline Lucas MP & Jess Crocker (Brighton & Hove Food Partnership)

GOLD Moshimo

SILVER Terre á Terrre

BRONZE Infinity Foods Café



Special Recognition Award

Category judged by the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival directors

GOLD Carla ter Maat, Drakes of Brighton





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