High street restaurants battle for design prize

A selection of the UK’s top casual dining pubs and restaurants have been shortlisted for a series of design awards that will be presented at this month’s Casual Dining show.

High street names such as ASK Italian, Nando’s, Wagamama and Pizza Hut, as well as a host of independents, will battle it out in three categories: Best Designed Independent Restaurant; Best Designed Multiple Restaurant; and Best Designed Casual Dining Pub.

“Consumers are becoming more discerning where design and branding is concerned. There’s more to consider than just the senses of taste and smell — ambience and visual stimulation beyond the plate are more important than ever,” said David Worthington, chairman of Holmes & Marchant Design Group, who is heading the judging panel.

The Casual Dining Design Awards 2015 finalists are:

Best Designed Multiple Restaurant:

  • ASK Italian, Scarborough
  • Brasserie Blanc, Cheltenham
  • The Breakfast Club London Bridge, London
  • Burger & Lobster, Little Portland Street, London
  • Butlin’s Firehouse, Skegness
  • Cabana, Leeds
  • Carluccio’s, Harrogate
  • The Fable, London
  • GBK, Glasgow
  • Hare & Tortoise, Chiswick
  • Nandos, Salisbury
  • Pho, St Paul’s at One New Change, London
  • Pizza Hut Restaurants, UK-wide
  • Red’s True Barbecue, Manchester
  • River Cottage Canteen, Winchester
  • Tortilla Lakeside, intu Lakeside, Essex
  • Turtle Bay, Crawley
  • Wagamama Uxbridge

Best Designed Casual Dining Pub:

  • Adventure Bar, Clapham Junction, London
  • The Castle, Tooting, South West London
  • The Dispensary, Aldgate, City of London
  • The Kings Head, Bessels Green, Kent
  • Old Bridge Inn and Coffee House, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

Best Designed Independent Restaurant:

  • Alston Bar & Beef, Glasgow Central Station
  • Blue’s Bracknell
  • Dishoom, King’s Cross, London
  • Dub Jam, Covent Garden, London
  • Kua ‘Aina, Goodge Street, Fitzrovia, London
  • Moo Cantina Argentina, with sites in Pimlico and Brick Lane, London
  • Pavilion, High Street Kensington, London
  • The Perfectionists’ Café, Heathrow Terminal 2
  • Prime Steak & Grill, St Albans
  • SIM – Salvation in Noodles, Dalston, London
  • Smack Lobster Roll Deli, London
  • Smithfield, Watling Street, London
  • Speilburger Hampstead, London
  • Spiaggia, Fulham, London
  • WA Café, Ealing, London
  • Wondertree, Terminal 2 Airside, Heathrow Airport

The winners of the Casual Dining Design Awards 2015 will be announced during a dedicated design panel session on the first day of the show.




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