Manchester Food and Drink Festival Award Winners for 2022

The MFDF 2022 Awards got underway last night with 17 award winners announced from food and drink establishments across the city.

By Emma Davidson | 27 September 2022

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In what’s been another extraordinary year, as the hospitality industry recovers from the pandemic whilst battling fresh economic challenges, the awards are designed to showcase the amazing talent within the region’s dining community. 

The shortlists were compiled by the MFDF judging panel, made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics, writers and experts. The categories were carefully considered and created to reflect the city’s innovative, diverse, and inspiring food and drink industry. 

The shortlisted venues were then put to the public vote via the MFDF website where food and drink fans voted for their hospitality heroes. The public votes, for some of the awards, were combined with a mystery shopping visit from members of the judging panel, whilst others were decided entirely by the public vote alone.

The Independent Drinks Producer of the Year and the Independent Food Producer of the Year Awards were judged by a panel taste test during the MFDF opening weekend.

So, who are the ones with sore heads this morning I hear you ask? Well, the winners of 2022’s Manchester Food and Drink Festival Awards are…

Where The Light Gets In, Stockport

Restaurant of the Year
Where the Light Gets In 
7 Rostron Brow, Stockport SK1 1JY

Newcomer of the Year
Another Hand
Unit F, 253 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN

Bar of the Year:
Speak in Code
Jackson’s Row, Manchester, M2 5ND

Chef of the Year
Eddie Shepherd
The Walled Gardens, Whalley Range

Pub or Beer bar of the Year
The Kings Arms
11 Bloom Street, Salford, M3 6AN

Food and Drink Retailer of The Year: 
Chorlton Cheesemongers 
486 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9AS

Independent Food Producer of the Year
Dormouse Chocolates
Unit O, Deansgate Mews, Manchester M3 4EN

Coffee Shop of the Year
Cotton Field Wharf, 8 New Union Street, Manchester, M4 6FQ

Food Trader of the Year:
18 West Ashton Street, Salford, M50 2XS

Plant Based Offering Of The Year:
Wholesome Junkies
Unit 4 Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ

Affordable Eats Venue of the Year:
Salt & Pepper 
MCR Black Dog Ballroom, 52 Church Street, Manchester M4 1PW 

Foodie Neighbourhood of the Year

Pop Up or Project Of The Year: 
Stockport Foodie Friday

Independent Drinks Producer of the Year:
Hip Pop
Manor House Farm, Station Road, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, WA14 5SG

Neighbourhood Venue of the Year:
Bar San Juan
56 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9EG

Great Service Award
32 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BT

The Howard and Ruth Award for Outstanding Achievement:
John and Rosemary Barratt, Stockport Foodie Friday 

The awards were presented in partnership with MFDF Awards headline sponsors Bruntwood, and commemorated a year of ongoing innovation and success to further establish Greater Manchester’s importance on the national food and drink scene. 

Alexa Stratton-Powell, Director of Manchester Food and Drink Festival commented:
“The strength of this year’s awards are testament to the hard work and dedication of all the nominees. As ever, the awards put the spotlight on the incredible talent and resilience of our brilliant hospitality industry.

“Despite hugely challenging times for the industry, we’ve celebrated 112 fantastic Greater Manchester businesses this evening as the reputation of the sector continues to go from strength to strength. We’d like to thank the judges, everyone who voted and the nominated businesses who took part in this year’s awards, as well as our hosts at Escape to Freight Island for a wonderful night of celebrations.” 

James Tootle, Head of Retail and Leisure, added: “We’re thrilled to have supported the MFDF Awards this year and proud to have been part of celebrating such a fantastic year for hospitality. Great restaurants, bars, cafes as well as talented chefs and entrepreneurs are at the heart of thriving towns and cities, and recognising the best in class is a fantastic way of celebrating the importance of this industry to the region as a whole. Congratulations to everyone who was nominated tonight!”