Gorilla Wins Bar of the Year 2013

Manchester Food and Drink Awards

The Great Hall at Manchester Town Hall held the 16th Manchester Food and Drink Awards 

Last night saw Gorilla win the prestigious Bar of the Year award at the 2013 Manchester Food and Drink Awards.

The Whitworth Street bar fought off stiff competition from Kosmonaut, Australasia, The Jackalope, Revolucion de Cuba and Liquorice to take home the award, which is decided on by a strict judging policy and a public vote. 

Marketing Manager William Dunn, AGM Andy Jane and Bar Manager Daniel Morris were there to collect the award, which was presented by yours truly, DesignMyNight.com.

The black tie event  returned to the magnificent gothic surroundings of the Town Hall after being held at The Midland Hotel last year, and represented the climax of this year's Food and Drink Festival which took place from 26th September - 7th October. 

Other notable winners include The French who took home both Restaurant of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, Stalybridge Buffet Bar who won Pub of the Year and Hearth of the Ram who were awarded the Best Food Pub of the Year.

A special award for outstanding achievement was presented to Marcello and Carlo Distafano from San Carlo. 

The full list of winners is below:

Restaurant of the Year

The French at The Midland, City Centre.

Newcomer of the Year

The French at The Midland, City Centre.

Pub of the Year

Station Buffet Bar, Stalybridge.

Food Pub of the Year

Hearth of the Ram, Ramsbottom.

Bar of the Year Sponsored by DesignMyNight.com

Gorilla, City Centre.

Chef of the Year Sponsored by R . Noone & Son Ltd.

Mary-Ellen McTague, Aumbry, Prestwich.

Cheap Eats of the Year

Trove, Levenshulme.

Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year

Home Sweet Home, City Centre.

Family Friendly Venue of the Year


Food and Drink Retailer of the Year 


The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement

San Carlo 

Congratulations to all the winners!