Palomar, Max's Sandwich Shop & more lead Observer Food Monthly Awards 2015

Palomar, Max's Sandwich Shop & more lead Observer Food Monthly Awards 2015

It's that time of the year again, as the food awards season comes to a close with one of our favourite (and often one of the starriest) ceremonies, the Observer Food Monthly Awards.

This year, some top London places came away with the plaudits and we must say we're particularly pleased to see that Max's Sandwich Shop (pictured and which IS amazing) get voted top of the best Cheap Eats category. London also goes away with the Best Restaurant award, which goes to The Palomar (now we'll NEVER get a space at the counter again) and The Camberwell Arms gets awarded Best Sunday Lunch. And Dandelyan adds to its awards chest with the Best Bar gong. 

Plus there's a double award (sort of) for Tom Kerridge as he gets the Best Food Personality award and Hand & Flowers chef George O'Leary is awarded Young Chef of the Year.

And after she teared up at the end of this year's excellent Bake Off, we don't think anyone's going to have a problem with Mary Berry's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here's the full list...

Voted by the public:

  • Best restaurant - The Palomar, London
  • Best cheap eats - Max's Sandwich Shop, London
  • Best Sunday lunch - The Camberwell Arms, London
  • Best new cookbook - Plenty More, Yotam Ottolenghi
  • Best ethical restaurant - The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton, London
  • Best independent retailer - Beanies Wholefoods, Sheffield
  • Best local market - Altrincham Market & Market House, Cheshire
  • Best place to drink - Dandelyan, London
  • Best food blog ​- Deliciously Ella ​
  • Best food personality - Tom Kerridge

Judge voted:

  • Best producer - Veggies Galore
  • Best newcomer in food and drink - Harry's Shack, Portstewart
  • Outstanding achievement - Djalma Lucio Polli De Carvalho and Jude Ragan at Queensmill School
  • Young chef of the year - George O'Leary
  • Best reader's recipe - Selma Jeevanjee
  • Best food photography - Sarah Freethy
  • Lifetime Achievement - Mary Berry CBE

 You can read a lot more about all of them when you pick up the Observer Food Monthly with this Sunday's Observer.