Restaurant awards

  • The Oystermen, Master Wei and Jamie Oliver all win in the OFM awards 2019 

    Always one of the better food awards that happen at the tail end of the year, tonight was the turn of the Observer Food Monthly awards. 

    As ever, they're awards which try to spread the love around the whole country, with Bank Tavern in Bristol the best place for a Sunday Lunch, 288 Bar and Wok being a great restaurant for cheap eats and Danny Wallace, working for Gary Usher's

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  • The AA guide London restaurants 2020

    The new AA restaurant guide for 2020 is out and London is storming ahead of the rest of the country.

    London got 27 new entries in the book (there were 140 new entries in total). The guide contains over 2,000 restaurants currently awarded Rosettes for culinary excellence by the AA’s professional inspectors.

    New this year for London are the following restaurants:

    • The Rex Whistler Restaurant, SW1
    • Hide – Ground,
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  • michelin guide 2020 stars for London restaurants

    There are some constants in this life. And it's a sure thing that every year, come the day that the Michelin Guide reveals who has won, lost and retained a Michelin star, that there will be grumbling. Some will say the stars are no longer relevant, others that not enough have been awarded, others still that the stars have gone to the wrong chefs. But one thing's for sure - for something that's not apparently that important

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  • Michelin reveals its 2020 Bib Gourmands for London restaurants

    (We're updating this piece as the awards are released) 

    We're gearing up for the new Michelin awards for 2020, probably the most important awards of the season. They're being announced on Monday afternoon - but as ever, Michelin is announcing the new Bib Gourmands to get us in the Michelin mood. 

    So these aren't stars - but kind of a prelude to the stars. The Bib Gourmands

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  • croqueta challenge 2019 winners

    It might have been properly tipping it down outside at the time, but a whole bunch of London foodies were having a touch of the croqueta sweats at the 2019 Croqueta Challenge at Ember Yard.

    Hot Dinners was one of a panel of four judges - including World Restaurant Awards founder (and our host for the evening) Joe Warwick, BBC Food Magazine's Lulu Grimes and supper club host Martha De Lacey.

    There had already been four

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  • The YBFs reveal the winners for 2019 

    We're well into the food and drink awards season at the moment. Following the AA Awards earlier this week, we have the turn of The YBF's who held their awards do last night. The awards are there to recocgnise and champion upcoming British talent, with judges that included Marina O’Loughlin, Yotam Ottolenghi and James Knappett. 

    • Alcohol - Lucy Do, The Dodo Micropub
    • Chef - Santiago Lastra,
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  • jason atherton aa awards

    The annual AA Hospitality Awards took place at The Grosvenor last night, and a slew of London's chefs, restaurants and hotels picked up gongs for their good work this year.

    The big winner of the night was Jason Atherton who was awarded Chef's Chef of the Year - a key award as it's voted for by his peers.

    In a heartfelt post on Instagram Atherton said: "every now and again if you are lucky we get recognised and this happened last night to be

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  • L'Enclume takes the top spot again in the 2020 Good Food Guide

    Waitrose has unleashed its latest Good Food Guide, and that means that it's time for another restaurant run-down as it comes with their top 50 restaurants in the country. And this year sees L'Enclume taking the top spot, just pipping London's Core by Clare Smyth, which was no 3 last year, to the top. In fact, the top three is just a light reshuffling, as last year's no 1, Nathan Outlaw, is now no 3.

    It's

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  • deliverooawards

    We're entering restaurant awards season but, before we even start, a new challenger has entered the ring. Deliveroo are starting their own restaurant awards - and it's not just limited to deliveries. 

    They say they want to "shake up the sometimes stale approach to industry awards, bringing in fun new categories for a generation of social-media eaters". And to help them out with that, they've brought in Ashley Roberts (Waitress, Pussycat Dolls

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  • 50 best collageHot Dinners takes a closer look at the top ten restaurants from the 2019 World's 50 Best Restaurants List to find out what's so great about them.

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    The world's top chefs and restaurateurs gathered in Singapore today for the reveal of the World's 50 Best Restaurants List 2019. Celebrating its 18th year, the awards were always going to be a particularly interesting watch this year given two big changes to the voting system.

    To start with they'd made an effort to ensure the voting panel was gender balanced to promote inclusivity. But the biggest change was right at the top. All of the

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  • The World's 50 Best restaurants unveil 51-120 for 2019

    It's a week before the World's 50 Best Restaurants of 2019 are released and that means that it's time for the added bonus rundown of 51-100.

    But - because this happens to be the 120th birthday of San Pellegrino, it's actually 51-120 this year. They announced the results on Instagram stories (which was, we have to say, the hardest thing to keep track of). There are four from the UK in the list, all

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    The National Restaurant of the Year was announced tonight for the annual Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2019 and the academy of voters (200 chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and critics) deemed Lancashire's Moor Hall to be the bee's knees.

    Chef Mark Birchall (ex-L’Enclume) has only been open two years but has already picked up no fewer than two Michelin stars and 5 AA Rosettes along with this top honour.

    While London may have

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    Every year the Fortnums Food & Drink Awards attracts a stellar crowd of food talent and this year it was peak celeb spotting as the guest of honour turned out to be HRH Prince Charles.

    The Prince of Wales was there to receive a special award recognising "his unwavering commitment to the cause of sustainable and healthy food and farming." After one hell of a trumpet blowing intro, the likes of which he said one normally has to wait to read in one's

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  • ibrahim

    Now here's a story either to inspire you, or make you realise just how little you've achieved with your own life to date...

    Last night Ibrahim Dogus was officially sworn in as Mayor of Lambeth. It's another key moment for the former Kurdish refugee whose parents fled to the UK when he was just 14.

    The 35-year-old restaurateur and former waiter, now owns three restaurants in central London - Troia, Westminster Kitchen and Cucina. He's also the founder of the

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