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Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2016 will be announced at the Casual Dining Show

No fewer than 48 casual dining pub and restaurant operators have been shortlisted for the inaugural Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards to be presented at next months’ Casual Dining Show.

Brands including JD Wetherspoon, Young’s, Revolution, ASK Italian, Jamie’s Italian, Carluccio’s, Côte Restaurants, wagamama, Nando’s, Ed’s Easy Diner, GBK, and Pizza Hut will be competing for awards across 12 categories including new concepts, social responsibility and employee engagement, marketing and design, and the outstanding brands of the year.

Launched to celebrate excellence within the growing multi-billion pound casual dining sector, the honours will be presented at a prestigious awards dinner on the evening of 24 February 2016 at The Grange St. Paul’s Hotel in London, following the first day of the Casual Dining show.

Diversified UK’s award manager, Louisa Pope, said: “The casual dining market is thriving, thanks in large part to the fantastic innovations and dedication of operators and the incredible dining experience they offer.

“The launch of the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards is a fantastic way to celebrate their achievements and reward those companies who are making a real difference to the growth of this sector.  The calibre of entries has been incredible, congratulations and good luck to all our shortlisted finalists.”

The Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2016 finalists include:

New Casual Dining Concept of the Year

  • Coba
  • Filthy Cow
  • Hood Restaurants
  • Project Pie
  • The Beer Kitchen
  • WM Barker & Co

The Social Responsibility Awards

  • Ed’s Easy Diner
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The King’s Head, Winchester

Casual Dining Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • ASK Italian – #FeedYourTemptation
  • Cabana – #WeAreBrasil
  • Chiquito – #SayFreeze
  • Pizza Hut – Taste Freedom
  • The Fox – Direct Mail Campaign
  • WM Barker & Co – Will’s Campaign
  • Zizzi – #ZizziTacklesCancer

Best Designed Independent Casual Dining Restaurant

  • Bonfire at the Barbican, London (designed by Catering Design Group)
  • Ceviche, Old Street, London (designed by Martin Morales & Fabled Studio)
  • Chai Ki, Canary Wharf, London (designed by DesignLSM)
  • Filthy Cow, Manchester (designed by Mystery)
  • KuPP, Merchant Square, London (designed by DesignLSM)
  • Sulvaki, Bateman St, London (designed by AfroditiKrassa)

Best Designed Multiple Casual Dining Restaurant

  • Burger & Lobster, Threadneedle Street, London (designed by DesignLSM)
  • Carluccio’s, Market Place, London (designed by DesignLSM)
  • GBK, St. Vincent Street, Glasgow (designed by moreno:masey)
  • MeatLiquor, Upper Street, London (designed by Shed)
  • Nando’s, Guildhall, Southampton (designed by moreno:masey)
  • Thaikhun Thai Restaurant, London (designed by Thai Leisure Group)
  • Wondertree, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport (designed by FusionDNA)

Best Designed Causal Dining Pub or Bar

  • The Blue Ball, Tadworth, Surrey (designed by The JS Design Partnership)
  • The Cock Inn, Headley, Surrey (designed by Jones Architecture Design)
  • The Great Wood, Blanchardstown, Ireland (designed by KD Paine & Associates)
  • The Pint Shop, Cambridge (designed by Macaulay Sinclair)
  • WM Barker & Co, Bishopgate, London (designed by Jane Holme, Young & Co’s Brewery)

Independent Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year

  • Filthy Cow, Manchester
  • Hood Streatham, London
  • HUBBOX, Plymouth
  • Project Pie, Dundee
  • The Yorkshire Meatball Co., Harrogate

Independent Casual Dining Pub of the Year

  • The Bull, Ditchling, Sussex
  • The Gloucester Old Spot, Bristol
  • The Long Melford Swan, Suffolk
  • The Northey Arms, Bath
  • Little Gems Country Dining: The Park Pub & Kitchen, Bedford and The Swan Inn, Denham, Bucks
  • The Pint Shop, Cambridge

Employer of the Year

  • Brunning & Price
  • Burger & Lobster
  • Dishoom
  • Jamie’s Italian
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Wagamama

Multiple Casual Dining Pub Brand of the Year

  • Geronimo Inns
  • JD Wetherspoon
  • Revolution Bars Group
  • Sizzling Pubs
  • Whiting & Hammond

Multiple Causal Dining Restaurant of the Year

  • ASK Italian
  • Burger & Lobster
  • CAU Restaurants
  • Chiquito
  • Côte Restaurants
  • Thaikhun Thai Restaurant
  • Vapiano
  • Wagamama

The winner of the casual dining ‘Champion of the year’ award, nominated by the judges, will also be announced on the night.

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