Gorilla

Gorilla is one of the bars nominated in the Bar of the Year category in association with DesignMyNight

Manchester Food and Drink Festival returns in September for another fortnight of culinary and drink fuelled fun. As always, the festival will culminate in the prestigious food and drink awards, in which Manchester's bars, pubs and restaurants will compete for accolades in 11 categories including 'Bar of the Year', 'Restaurant of the Year' and 'Newcomer of the Year'. 

DesignMyNight are pleased to partner with MFDF13 on the Bar of the Year award, which recognises the best drinking venues in the region that aren’t considered ‘pubs’. Bars nominated this year are: 

Who will you vote for?

Cast your votes at the MFDF website now

MFDF 2013 runs from Thu 26 Sep until Mon 7 Oct. The full shortlist is as follows:

Restaurant of the Year

Aiming to recognise the best dining establishments in Manchester in 2013. This category refers to venues visited primarily for a full dining experience featuring table service, alcohol license etc.

  • The French at The Midland, City Centre.
  • Cicchetti, City Centre.
  • Damson, MediaCityUK, Salford.
  • Michael Caines Restaurant, Abode Hotel, City Centre. 
  • Yuzu, City Centre.
  • 63 Degrees, City Centre.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: AUMBRY, PRESTWICH

Newcomer of the Year

Recognising the best new dining and drinking establishments to open in Manchester.

  • The French at The Midland, City Centre.
  • Damson, MediaCityUK, Salford.
  • Artisan, City Centre.
  • Alberts Chop House, City Centre.
  • Solita, City Centre.
  • Luck Lust Liquor & Burn, City Centre.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: BAKERIE AND BAKERIE TASTING STORE

Pub of the Year

Recognising the finest pubs in the region, focusing on quality and range of ales/beers and atmosphere.

  • The Oasthouse, City Centre.
  • The Baum, Rochdale
  • The Magnet, Stockport.
  • The Eagle Inn, Salford.
  • Station Buffet Bar, Stalybridge.
  • Marble Arch, City Centre.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: PORT STREET BEER HOUSE, MANCHESTER

Food Pub of the Year

Recognising our region’s ‘gastro pubs’  - a chance for ‘pub restaurants’ to be recognised in their own category.

  • Albert’s Chop House, City Centre.
  • Mark Addy, Salford.
  • The Red Lion, High Lane, Stockport.
  • The Parlour, Chorlton.
  • The Wharf, City Centre. 
  • Hearth of the Ram, Ramsbottom.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: SHOULDER OF MUTTON, HOLCOMBE VILLAGE.                 

Bar of the Year Sponsored by DesignMyNight.com

Recognising the best drinking venues in the region that aren’t considered ‘pubs’.

  • Gorilla, City Centre.
  • Jackalope, Chorlton.
  • Australasia, City Centre.
  • Kosmonaut, City Centre.
  • Liquorice, City Centre.
  • Revolution de Cuba, City Centre.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: LIARS CLUB, MANCHESTER

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

Aiming to recognise the most talented and outstanding work of chefs cooking in Greater Manchester kitchens  -  his or her skill, menu, commitment and contribution to the dining scene.

  • Adam Reid, The French, City Centre.
  • Mary-Ellen McTague, Aumbry, Prestwich.
  • Sam Everett, Harvey Nichols, City Centre.
  • Mike Jennings, Grenache, Walkden, Worsley
  • Robert Cox, Michael Caines Restaurant, ABode Hotel, City Centre.
  • Eric Moreau, 63 Degrees, City Centre.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: ANDREW NUTTER, NUTTER’S                                                  

Cheap Eats of the Year

This award replaces our Casual Dining category. Recognizing the best venues that are visited for a high value, casual eating experience.

  • Salvi’s, City Centre.
  • Home Sweet Home, City Centre.
  • Suan Juan, Chorlton.
  • Trove, Levenshulme.
  • Lilys, Ashton.
  • Luck Lust Liquor & Burn, City Centre.

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: TEACUP, MANCHESTER

Coffee Bar or Tea Shop of the Year

Recognising the best coffee bars and teashops in the region.

  • Takk, City Centre.
  • Home Sweet Home, City Centre.
  • Macaroon, Rochdale.
  • Richmond Tea Rooms, City Centre.
  • Caffeine and Co, City Centre.
  • Coffee Fix, Gatley. Stockport

LAST YEAR'S WINNER: NORTH TEA POWER, MANCHESTER

FAMILY FRIENDLY VENUE OF THE YEAR

As usual, the Festival is asking the families of Greater Manchester to nominate in this category. There is no shortlist judged by the panel - the region’s families simply need to nominate their own favourite family friendly food heroes via the Festival website.

FOOD AND DRINK RETAILER OF THE YEAR

For the first time ever, the Festival is asking the Greater Manchester foodie public to tell us who they think is the very best food and drink retailer in the region. The panel would like to hear about the food and drink heroes in areas right across Greater Manchester. Votes can be cast via the Festival website.

THE HOWARD AND RUTH AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

There is no shortlist for this category. The award aims to recognise an individual or organisation who has made a significant contribution to the dining scene over the last 16 years.