#EatOutAwards16 - Winners revealed

01/11/2016 - 22:01
The winners of the 2016 Eat Out Awards were unveiled in a glittering ceremony last night (1st November).

Harvester was once again crowned the Nation’s Favourite for a second consecutive year, taking home the Nation’s Favourite Eating Out Experience trophy, whilst McDonald’s triumphed in the Grab & Go Experience category.

Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli led a countdown of the top five brands in each category, including some of the biggest names in eating out, such as PizzaExpress, Nando’s, Costa and Greggs.

Over 200 guests gathered at The Gable, Moorgate, to celebrate the best of the UK's innovative and diverse eating out market.

Maria Bracken, editor of Eat Out, said: "What a fantastic night of celebrating and rewarding operators in our industry. Congratulations to all of our winners this year.  We look forward to growing the awards next year and searching for more outstanding brands in 2017."

Koh Thai Tapas was named Brand of the Year, whilst HOP, the Vietnamese street food concept, took home the Best New Brand trophy.

ETM Group, the London pubs and restaurants collection, won the Group Operator of the Year category and Green & Fortune café was crowned the Independent Operator of the Year.

Special thanks to this year's judges: Gary McGann, Beyond the Bean; Nicola Knight, Horizons; Anthony Eadon, Wasabi, Anne Pierce, Springboard; Sam Winsor, Lantmannen Unibake; Adam Pearson, Radnor Hills; Paolo Peretti, Vital Ingredient; Ylva Johannesson, Sustainable Restaurant Association; Jack Macintyre, Canadean.

This year's sponsors were: 21 Six, Casual Dining Show, Core Recruitment, Eau de Vie, Great Hospitality Show, Grumpy Mule, Hobart UK, Jelf Insurance, Lantmannen Unibake, Peros, Pidy, Radnor Hills, Street Eats, Toschi, Zapper & Zenith Hygiene.

The full list of winners was:

Best All Day Menu

  • Balans Soho Society Café
  • Highfield (Peach Pubs)
  • KuPP

Best New Brand

  • HOP
  • KuPP
  • Smashburger

Brand of the Year

  • Koh Thai Tapas
  • Benugo
  • Coaching Inn Group

Charity Initiative

  • Galvin at Windows
  • Thai Leisure Group
  • Yummy Pub Co

CSR Award

  • Café Spice Namaste
  • KFC
  • Timberyard

Development Chef

  • Chris Clawson, Burger Craft
  • Sasha Ziverts, The Wright Brothers

Group Operator of the Year

  • ETM Group
  • Instore (Compass Group)
  • Redcomb Pubs

Healthy Eating Award

  • Tossed
  • Vital Ingredient
  • YO! Sushi

Hot Drinks Concept

  • Yumchaa
  • Playground Coffee House, Bristol
  • Wyndham Tea, Cardiff

Independent Operator of the Year

  • Green & Fortune Cafe
  • Kingfisher Fish & Chip Shop
  • Timberyard

Marketing/Social Media

  • Thaikhun
  • TGI Fridays
  • Tossed

Recruitment Campaign

  • YO! Sushi
  • Koh Thai Tapas
  • Yummy Pub Co

Team of the Year

  • The King’s Head, near Winchester
  • Coaching Inn Group
  • Yummy Pub Co

Use of Technology

  • Chop'd
  • Tossed
  • YO! Sushi

Nation's Favourite Eating Out Experience

  1. Harvester
  2. PizzaExpress
  3. Sizzling Pubs
  4. Nando's
  5. Itsu

Nation's Favourite Grab & Go Experience

  1. McDonald's
  2. Subway
  3. Costa
  4. KFC
  5. Greggs

Special Achievement

  • Peter Martin, vice president of CGA Peach

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