Food and Drink Awards 2016 Winners

2016 Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival Awards photo ©Julia Claxton

Co-ordinated by the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival team and headline sponsored by Deliveroo, the public were invited to nominate their favourites in 17 categories throughout the spring and summer before the top three in each category went to secret shopping and/or interviews to verify the public’s choices. Only businesses with a food hygiene rating of four or more where allowed through to the finals this year. The judges comprise of media and business people passionate about both food and drink, and representatives from the food festival.
Presented by Andrew Kay (Latest) and Allison Ferns (BBC Sussex), new categories introduced this year include Best Sunday Lunch and Best International Cuisine, recognising the breadth of the hospitality and food offering in Brighton & Hove. This year’s awards were hosted at My Brighton hotel on Jubilee Street, with drinks sponsored by Ridgeview Wine Estate, Blackdown Artisan Spirits and The Beer Collective.

“To get into the top three is a huge achievement, and every single business and individual who made the top three in each category really is at the top of their game”, says festival director Nick Mosley.
“Brighton & Hove truly punches above its weight when it comes to restaurants, bars, pubs, cafés, hotels and – increasingly – food and drink production. Whilst we can’t lay claim to a Michelin-starred restaurant, we do have an incredibly broad range of hospitality businesses from fine dining and bistro to back street boozers and street food style outlets. For a city of our size, we have a hospitality sector that is unmatched in the UK, and is the envy of towns and cities across the country.”

The food awards are just one of the many activities that the food festival organisation delivers each year. Alongside the 10 day Spring Harvest festival in May, twice yearly free entry Sussex & The World Weekends on Hove Lawns featuring the Live Food Show, Children’s Food Festival and a host of other interactive events, they work with partners to champion food and drink not only in our region but also nationally and globally through initiatives such as International Chef Exchange which has seen us take chefs from Brighton to the Channel Islands, Holland, Sweden and Italy in 2016.

Best Food / Drink Producer
Sponsored by Wobblegate apple juice and cider
Gold: Brighton Bier
Joint Silver: Boho Gelato
Joint Silver: Brighton Gin

Best Family Dining
Sponsored by Whizz Bang Pop
Gold: Food for Friends
Silver: Terre à Terre
Bronze: Curry Leaf Café

Best Burger
Sponsored by Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP solicitors
Gold: Burger Brothers
Silver: Coggings & Co
Bronze: The Troll’s Pantry

Best Café
Sponsored by Brighton & Hove Radio Cabs 204060
Gold: Egg & Spoon
Silver: V&H Café
Bronze: Joe’s Café

Sustainable Food Business
Sponsored by Style accountants
Gold: Infinity Foods
Silver: hiSbe
Bronze: Silo

Best Food / Drink Shop
Sponsored by Hilton Brighton Metropole
Gold: Butler’s Wine Cellar
Silver: hiSbe
Bronze: Infinity Foods

Best Food Pub
Sponsored by Cardens accountants
Gold: The Ginger Dog
Silver: The Ginger Pig
Bronze: The Earth & Stars

Best Sunday Lunch
Sponsored by Yelo architects
Gold: The Earth & Stars
Silver: Breeze Brasserie
Bronze: The Basketmakers Arms

Best Place to Sleep
Sponsored by Midnight
Gold: Artist Residence
Silver: Drakes of Brighton
Bronze: My Brighton

Best Place to do Business
Sponsored by Cobb Digital
Gold: Curry Leaf Café
Silver: Artist Residence
Bronze: Hotel du Vin

Best Newcomer
Sponsored by Hensby Law
Gold: Egg & Spoon
Silver: Purezza
Bronze: Fourth & Church

Best International Cuisine
Sponsored by Baobab developments
Gold: The Chilli Pickle
Silver: Planet India
Bronze: Curry Leaf Café

Best Pub
Sponsored by The Beer Collective
Gold: The Basketmakers Arms
Silver: The Lion & Lobster
Bronze: Brewdog

Food Hero
Sponsored by Mayo Wynne Baxter solicitors
Gold: Kanthi Kiran Thamma, Curry Leaf Café
Silver: Henry Butler, Butler’s Wine Cellar
Bronze: Richard Humphries, Polygon Pop Up

Best Cocktail Bar
Sponsored by Blackdown Artisan Spirits
Gold: The Cocktail Shack
Silver: The Plotting Parlour
Bronze: Twisted Lemon

Young Chef of the Year
Sponsored by
Winner: Roman Mikulica, Curry Leaf Café
Runner-ups: Liam Thorpe, Terre à Terre; George Thomas, Isaac At; Rafe Pol, The Set

Best Restaurant
Sponsored by Ridgeview Wine Estate
Gold: The Set
Silver: Terre à Terre
Bronze: Food for Friends

Special Recognition
Sponsored by Deliveroo
Michael Bremner, 64 Degrees


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