Casual Dining Awards 2019

Azzurri, Wagamama, Dishoom and The Alchemist were among the winners at the Casual Dining Awards yesterday. Dishoom received this year’s Trailblazer of the Year Awards, while The Auzzurri Group was named Casual Dining Group of the Year and Wagamama retained its title of Large Multi-Site Restaurant Brand of the Year (over 20 sites) for the third year in a row. The Alchemist won the Best New Pub/Bar Site award for their first welsh site- in Cardiff’s St Mary Street. Peter Boizot, the late founder of PizzaExpress, was remembered and recognised for his outstanding contribution to the casual dining industry. His Casual Dining Outstanding Contribution Award was accepted by Zoe Bowley, the company’s Managing Director, to a standing ovation.

The 2019 Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards winners:

  • Trailblazer of the Year –  Kavi Thakrar & Shamil Thakrar, Dishoom
  • New Casual Dining Concept of the Year –  The Florist
  • Best New Pub / Bar Site – The Alchemist – Cardiff
  • Best New Restaurant Site – The Florist – Liverpool
  • Ethical Operator Award –  Oakman Inns & Restaurants
  • Employer of the Year – The New World Trading Company, Highly commended: Oakman Inns & Restaurants, Highly commended: PizzaExpress
  • Menu Innovation Award (1-19 sites) – Caravan, Highly commended: Cabana
  • Menu Innovation Award (20+ sites) – Wagamama, Highly commended: Las Iguanas
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year –  Wagamama – ‘feed your inner good’
  • Best Designed Pub / Bar of the Year – Winner: Dirty Martini, Birmingham – designed by Grapes Design
  • Best Designed Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by London Design Fair
  • Winner: The Florist – Liverpool
  • Best Family Dining Experience –  Jamie’s Italian
  • Pub of the Year –  The Boathouse, Falmouth
  • Independent Restaurant of the Year (under 5 sites) – The Chilli Pickle
  • Multi-Site Pub Operator of the Year (5+ sites) – Oakman Inns & Restaurants, Highly commended: Charles Wells
  • Small Multi-Site Restaurant Brand of the Year (5-19 sites) – Flat Iron
  • Large Multi-Site Restaurant Brand of the Year (20+ sites) – Wagamama, Highly commended: Cosy Club
  • Casual Dining Group of the Year – Azzurri Group

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