Shortlists revealed for the Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards 2021

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival has announced the shortlists for its Awards with 113 nominees shortlisted...

After an extraordinary 18 months for the city’s hospitality industry, the list is a showcase of Manchester’s wonderful, quality, resilient dining scene. With more award nominees than ever before, the intention is to use the Festival platform to highlight as many excellent food and drink businesses and talented hospitality professionals as possible.

Once again the winners will be decided entirely by the public.  With an industry battling the effects of the pandemic, the pingdemic, staff shortages, supply issue and more, the Festival team have paused the ‘mystery shopping’ element of the process  for this year and are handing over to the city’s restaurant-loving public who can vote for their hospitality heroes via the MFDF website or app.

The app can be downloaded on the App Store here and Google Play here.

The Awards, which will be presented in partnership with Festival headline sponsors Just Eat, will remain the culmination of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival and will take place, for the first time, at the Ticket Hall at Freight Island on 27th September.

The event will be a huge celebration of the innovation, hard work, resilience, altruism and successes that have taken place since the last awards, particularly in light of the vast challenges that the industry has faced. Tickets are on sale here.

The shortlists have been compiled by the MFDF judging panel, made up of the region’s leading food and drink critics, writers and experts. Reflecting a turbulent and unpredictable time for the industry, the categories have been carefully considered and created with an absolute passion for the city’s industry at their heart.

The closing date for votes is 11.59pm on Monday 20th September.

Baratxuri

Restaurant Of The Year

Adam Reid at The French, 16 Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
Baratxuri, 1 Smithy St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AT
Erst, 9 Murray St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6HS
Hawksmoor, 184, 186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
Mana, 42 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6BF
Sparrows, 16 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M4 4HF
Street Urchin, 72 Great Ancoats St, Manchester M4 5BG
Where The Light Gets In, 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport SK1 1JY

Newcomer of the Year sponsored by Manchester Evening News

District, 60 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE
Open Kitchen MCR, People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER
Osma, 132 Bury New Rd, Prestwich, Manchester M25 0AA
Pho Cue, 52a Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4FH
Ramona, 40 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JG
Schofield’s Bar, 3 Little Quay Street Sunlight House, Manchester M3 3JZ
Society, Basement, 100 Barbirolli Square, Manchester M2 3BD
The Moor, 27 Shaw Rd, Stockport SK4 4A

Bar of the Year

Albert’s Schloss, 27 Peter St, Manchester M2 5QR
Henry C, 107 Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9GA
Kiosk, Lapwing Ln, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 6UT
Schofield’s Bar, 3 Little Quay Street Sunlight House, Manchester M3 3JZ
Speak in Code, 7 Jackson’s Row, Manchester M2 5ND
The Blues Kitchen, 13 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HN
The Jane Eyre, Ancoats, 14 Hood St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6WX
Three Little Words, 12-13 Watson St, Manchester M3 4LP

Henry C

Chef of the Year

Adam Reid (The French), 16 Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
Eddie Shepherd (The Walled Garden), The Pavilion, Byrom St, Manchester M3 3HG
Mary-Ellen McTague (The Creameries), 406 Wilbraham Rd, Manchester M21 0SD
Patrick Withington (Erst), 9 Murray St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6HS
Rachel Stockley (Baratxuri), 1 Smithy St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AT
Sam Buckley (WTLGI), 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport SK1 1JY
Simon Martin (Mana), 42 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6BF
Terry Huang (Umezushi Omkase), Unit 4 Mirabel St, Manchester M3 1PJ

Pub or Beer Bar of the Year

Beatnikz Republic, 35 Dale St, Manchester M1 2HF
Cob and Coal, Tommyfield Market Hall, Albion St, Oldham OL1 3BG
Edinburgh Castle, 17-19 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5AW
Heaton Hops, 7 School Ln, Stockport SK4 5DE
Nordie, 1044 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3WX
Reasons To Be Cheerful, 228 Fog Ln, Manchester M20 6EL
Society, Basement, 100 Barbirolli Square, Manchester M2 3BD
Stalybridge Buffet Bar, Platform 4, Stalybridge Railway Station, Rassbottom St, SK15 1RF

Artisan Food Producer of the Year

Bread Flower
Companio Bakery, 35 Radium St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6AD
Gooey, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester M1 2TP
Holy Grain Sourdough, 253 Deansgate Great Northern Mews, Manchester M3 4EN
Just Natas, Manchester Arndale, Manchester M4 3AD
Lily’s Deli, 102 Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9SZ
Manchester Smokehouse, 18 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5WA
Pollen Bakery, Cotton Field Wharf, 8 New Union St, Manchester M4 6FQ

Platt Fields Market Garden

Pop Up/Project of the Year

Eat Well MCR
Escape to Freight Island, 11 Baring St, Manchester M1 2PZ
Grub, 50 Red Bank, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M4 4HF
Homeground, Medlock St, Manchester M15 4AA
Kampus Summer Guest Events, Aytoun St, Manchester M1 3DA
Platt Fields Market, Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6LT
One Central, Charis House, 1 Central Way, Altrincham WA14 1SB
MIF Festival Kitchen Takeovers

Neighbourhood Venue of the Year sponsored by Roomzzz Aparthotels

Bar San Juan, 56 Beech Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9EG
Levanter, 10 Square St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9BE
Erst, 9 Murray St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6HS
Fisherman’s Table, 103 Church Ln, Marple, Stockport SK6 7AR
Lily’s, 85 Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7DF
Porta, Salford, 216 Chapel St, Salford M3 6BY
Oystercatcher, 123 Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9PG
Stretford Foodhall, 123 Manchester Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9PG

Food Trader of the Year

Abeja, Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED
Archchi’s
Gooey, Ducie Street Warehouse, Manchester M1 2TP
Honest Crust
Maison Breizh
Pico’s Tapas
Tender Cow
Wholesome Junkies, 49 High St, Manchester M4 3AH

Maison Breizh

Affordable Eats of the Year sponsored by Just Eat

Abeja, Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED
Chapati Café, 496B Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9AS
Ca Phe Viet, 80-86 Oldham Rd, Ancoats, Greater, Manchester M4 5EB
Little Yeti, 495 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 8AG
Lily’s, 85 Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7DF
Mi and Pho, 384 Palatine Rd, Northenden, Wythenshawe, Manchester M22 4F
Platt Fields Market Garden, Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6LT
Rudy’s Pizza, 9 Cotton St, Ancoats / Petersfield House

Coffee Shop of the Year

Another Heart to Feed, Northern Quarter, 10 Hilton St, Manchester M1 1JF
Ancoat’s Coffee, 9, Royal Mill, 17 Redhill St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5BA
Ezra & Gil, 20 Hilton St, Manchester M1 1FR
Federal, Northern Quarter, 9 Nicholas Croft, Manchester M4 1EY
Grindsmith, 62 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BW
Grapefruit, 2 School Rd, Sale M33 7XY
Just Between Friends, 56 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG
Pollen Bakery, Cotton Field Wharf, 8 New Union St, Manchester M4 6FQ

Foodie Neighbourhood of the Year

Altrincham
Heaton Moor
Prestwich
Ramsbottom
Sale
Stockport
Stretford
Urmston

Eddie Shepherd @ The Walled Gardens

Vegetarian/Vegan Offering of the Year

Bundobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG
Eddie Shepherd (Walled Garden), 17 Alness Rd, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8SP
Four Side Pizza, 16-20 Turner St, Manchester M4 1BB
Herbivorous, Unit 16, Hatch, 103 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED
Lily’s, 85 Oldham Rd, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7DF
Sanskruti, 93-95 Mauldeth Rd, Manchester M14 6SR
Wholesome Junkies, 49 High St, Manchester M4 3AH
Vertigo, Unit 9, 11 Jack Rosenthal St, / Unit 2, Bridge House, / 18 Cross St

Independent Drinks Producer of the Year

Bundobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG
Cloudwater Brewery, Units 12—13, Piccadilly Trading Estate, Manchester M1 2NP
Diablesse, 396 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 3B
Hip Pop (Formerly Booch & Brew), Manor House Farm, Altrincham WA14 5SG
Manchester Gin, 10-15 Watson St, Manchester M3 4LP
Northern Monk, 10 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF
Pomona Island Beer Brew Co Ltd, Daniel Adamson Rd, Salford M50
Steep Soda Co, 73 Temperance St, Manchester M12 6HU

Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

Ancoats General Store, 57 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester M4 5AB
Butcher’s Quarter, 66 Tib St, Manchester M4 1LG
Bernie’s Grocery Store, 3 Hawthorn Grove, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 4HZ
Grape to Grain, 1 Church Ln, Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AN
Isca Wines, 825 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 3PN
Out of the Blue, 484 Wilbraham Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 9AS
Unicorn Grocery, 89 Albany Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 0BN
Wandering Palate, 191 Monton Rd, Eccles, Manchester M30 9PN

Commenting on the awards, Festival Director Alexa Stratton-Powell, said:

“This Festival was set up to celebrate the city’s food and drink scene, particularly to support and champion local and independent businesses and talented individuals across the entire hospitality industry. Now, that manifesto is more crucial than ever as we find ourselves in uncharted territory and the most challenging of times.

“The Festival is about supporting the recovery of our industry – and we’re proud to use that platform to shout about these incredible businesses who have not only survived but thrived. Please do get involved and vote for your favourite places via the MFDF app and use the Festival as an excuse to visit and try these places for yourself.”

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