Oliver Awards 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Yorkshire Evening Post Oliver Awards. Our annual celebration of food is now into its tenth year and is stronger than ever. Last year we were inundated with entries and we are looking forward to a similar response again. The Leeds dining scene is one of the most vibrant and interesting in the country. In 2016, the city gained its first Michelin Star in a decade, thanks to Michael O'Hare at The Man Behind The Curtain, who was our Overall Winner for 2016 and he was in very good company. Leeds has become a dining destination with serious clout with new restaurants opening all the time, with ever more inventive menus. And the wider region, moving into Harrogate and the surrounding countryside, also continues to up its game.

This is your chance to nominate your favourite restaurant and tell us why you think it’s the best. There are more than a dozen categories to choose from and last year, we had more 300 individual category nominations. Whether you are a member of the public with a passion for dining out and supporting your local restaurant or you own or work at a restaurant, we want to hear from you.

The process of nominating is easy - simply fill in the form on this website to either nominate yourself or someone else.

This is the biggest awards ceremony for the dining scene in Leeds and the surrounding area, so if you love food as much as we do, get voting! 

 

SPONSORS

AWARD CATEGORIES

BEST WORLD

Sponsored by Chefs Tableware

Our tastes are wider than ever, with different cooking styles and flavours intruding into our kitchens. This category has the broadest scope of all, covering all cuisines from all parts of the globe. Merely to provide the food of another country is not enough for our increasingly sophisticated palates. That food has to be cooked to a superb quality and reflect the true character of the native dish.

BEST LUNCH

Lunch is a moveable feast in that it can be a grand affair or something much more unassuming. Different customers require different dining experiences in the middle of the day. What matters to us here is not the opulence or otherwise, but the quality of the product, its value for money and whether it is served both promptly and with a friendly, attentive manner.

BEST SERVICE

Good service counts for a lot. People respect it and remember it. The value of good service in a restaurant cannot be stressed enough. If the food is marvellous and the service is not, the customer will leave unhappy. We want to acknowledge a venue where staff show courtesy, attentiveness and make the customer feel like they matter.

BEST EUROPEAN

European food is and has always been close to our hearts. It rightly has a reputation for stunning recipes, often challenging our perceptions but ultimately satisfying us. Food ranges from the refined to the rustic. Our winner will serve up the best of Europe but will also have an eye on value, cost and great ambience.

BEST SUBURBAN

This is one of our most keenly fought categories year on year and as our weekly reviews show, gone are the days when quality restaurants only resided in the city centre. In short, destination pubs are more prolific than ever before. It’s all about value, imagination and atmosphere – which will all be crucial factors when it comes to deciding the winner.

BEST CHEF

Sponsored by Northern Catering Equipment

No one is more key to the success of a restaurant than its chef. The flair and skill of this person affects everyone else who works there, as well as the customer. We want to reward a chef who has shown inspiration and a desire to mould a restaurant in their form. We are looking beyond mere cooking skills to a person who can add that extra ingredient to creates a staggering menu and take a restaurant to the next level.

BEST RURAL

The category has been created to reflect the growing importance of restaurants which lie beyond the border of Leeds. Every year we receive dozens of calls for us to open up the awards to a wider audience and while our focus remains on Leeds, we are proud to recognise quality whatever its setting.

BEST FINE DINING

Sponsored by Whittakers Gin

We don’t necessarily want to see highly-polished silver and starched white tablecloths, because that is not always the way of fine dining these days. The very best can be found in many and unexpected formats, but in this category we are looking for one quality – a venue that aspires to excellence in everything it does. We want this winner to strive for the best in surroundings, service, cuisine and presentation.

BEST NEWCOMER

Sponsored by Fusion By Design

This is a category where we are open to suggestions. We want to be impressed but have no preconceived ideas. We want to judge the entries on the impression they have made in a relatively short space of time. The bottom line is we want impact, rather than an established record.

BEST CITY CENTRE

Sponsored by Elite Shop Fitters

We are looking for a venue that best encapsulates the personality of Leeds. We want somewhere vibrant and confident enough to reflect the city it serves. Leeds is thriving, modern and attractive and the winner will have all that in spades. This restaurant will be the kind of place that attracts the best crowd, it will be a place to see and be seen, but above all else, it will offer great food.

BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT

Sponsored by Action Against Poverty

It’s difficult to be two things at the same time and excel in both but the hotel restaurant faces the challenge of both enhancing the reputation of the venue in which it sits, and of rising beyond that establishment to create a name in its own right. It is a difficult balance to get right, but our winner will offer something very special in terms of menu and identity.

BEST CAFE BAR

The cafe/bar is a great phenomenon of our times. We are looking for something with character and vibrancy. Whatever it serves, from a coffee to a glass of wine to a decent bite to eat with an eye ofcost and value for money, we want it to be the very best. A good dash of style helps, as does specific direction and vision.

BEST BRITISH

British food has not always enjoyed the best of reputations but things change. British food at its best is exciting and flavoursome with echoes of long held tradition and respect for ingredients from our own shores. Our winner will deliver this kind of British food - good enough to beat any international cuisine.

BEST INDIAN

We are spoilt with some of the best Indian food in the UK. And in recent years talented chefs have shown us they can take Indian cuisine to a different level, challenging the stereotypes which have long existed. We will be looking for a winner who taps into this growing trend but at the same time preserves the authenticity which has come to be associated with that form of cuisine and its rich, fresh, spicy flavours.

BEST ITALIAN

Italian restaurants have found a new home in England and in Leeds, which boasts more than its fair share and gone are the days when all they used to serve was spaghetti bolognese and pizza. While those dishes remain popular, Italian restaurants have proven they can go head to head with the best – they offer great, wholesome food, superb service and provide an atmosphere like no other.

BEST STREET FOOD

Sponsored by Kirkstall Brewery

This category reflects the growing trend in Leeds restaurants delivering food on the move – we’re talking about stalls, pop-ups and, yes, more well established places too which go out of their way to offer customers something to suit their busy lifestyle, without sacrificing quality. It’s quality food which has spread far beyond its country of origin.

THE SHORTLIST

Entries are now closed. Here is this year's shortlist:

Best British

  • The Clarendon Hotel 
  • Crafthouse 
  • Home 
  • The Moody Cow 
  • Ox Club 
  • Shear's Yard 
  • The Rythre Arms 
  • The Swine That Dines 
  • Town Hall Tavern 

Best Cafe/Bar 

  • Alchemist 
  • Bundobust 
  • Belgrave 
  • East 59th
  • Hyde Park Book Club 
  • Neighbourhood 
  • Northern Monk Refectory 
  • The Liquorist 

Best City Centre

  • Crafthouse 
  • Gusto (City Centre) 
  • Ham & Friends 
  • Issho 
  • Kendells Bistro
  • Ox Club
  • Tattu 
  • Vice & Virtue 

Best Chef

  • Aperitivo - Jimmy Fleming 
  • Crathouse - Lee Murdoch
  • Kendells Bistro - Steve Kendell 
  • Vice & Virtue - Luke Downing 

  • Ox Club - Benjamin Iley

Best Fine Dining

  • Burlington at the Devonshire Arms 
  • Crafthouse
  • Home 
  • Horto at Rudding Park 
  • Ox Club 
  • The Box Tree 
  • Vice and Virtue 

Best European

  • Amalthea Greek Bistro 
  • Iberica 
  • Ipsum Vinoteca 
  • Kendells Bistro 
  • Ricci's Tapas and Cicchetti 
  • La Casita (City Centre) 
  • Souvlaki 

Best Indian

  • Akbar's 
  • Bengal Brasserie (City Centre) 
  • Bundobust 
  • East Bar Lounge Grill 
  • Grand Indian Lounge 
  • Sheesh Mahal 
  • The Cat's Pyjamas 
  • Aagrah 

Best Italian

  • Amici
  • Gallery FortyOne 
  • Gusto (City Centre)
  • Ipsum Vinoteca 
  • La Cantina 44 
  • Livin' Italy 
  • Salvo's 
  • Vivido

Best Hotel/Restaurant

  • Black Swan, Helmsley
  • Burlington at the Devonshire Arms 
  • Dakota Hotel 
  • Downcliffe House Hotel, Filey 
  • Grassington House
  • Crab & Lobster 
  • The Coniston Hotel & Spa

Best Lunch

  • Crab & Lobster 
  • Friends of Ham, Leeds 
  • Heaney & Mill 
  • Pintura 
  • Salvo's 
  • The Golden Fleece, Birkenshaw 
  • Queen o' t'owd Thatch 
  • La Casita (City Centre)

Best Newcomer

  • Amalthea Greek Bistro 
  • Falafel Guys 
  • Ham and Friends 
  • Home 
  • Issho 
  • Neighbourhood 
  • Tattu 

Best Rural

  • Black Swan, Helmsley
  • Crab & Lobster 
  • Grassington House 
  • Hide & Hoof Restaurant 
  • Queen o' t'owd Thatch 
  • The Rythre Arms 

Best Suburban

  • Amalthea Greek Bistro 
  • Aperitivo 
  • Divino 
  • East Lounge Bar Grill 
  • Filmore & Union 
  • Gallery FortyOne 
  • La Cantina 44
  • Olive & Feta 

Best Street Food

  • Bundobust 
  • Caravanserai 
  • Falafel Guys 
  • Humpit 
  • I Am Donner 
  • Kerala Coffee Shop 
  • Zaap 

Best World

  • Issho 
  • Man's Market 
  • Pintura 
  • Sukhothai 
  • Tattu 
  • Thai Aroy Dee 
  • Zaap 

Best Service

  • Aperitivo 
  • Bengal Brasserie (City Centre)
  • Crafthouse 
  • Home 
  • Ipsum Vinoteca 
  • San Carlo 
  • Sukhothai 
  • Vice & Virtue 

Outstanding Contribution

  • To be announced on the evening

Overall Winner

  • To be announced on the evening

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Dessert

The Oliver Awards 2018 will take place at The Centenary Pavilion, Leeds United, Elland Road, LS11 0ES.

The evening will commence with a drink reception from 6.45pm provided with drinks by Slingsby Gin, followed by a fabulous three-course dinner at 7.45pm. The awards will then follow at approximately 9.30pm and will be hosted by BBC's TV presenter, Harry Gration. The entertainment for the evening is provided by a vision of Elvis, starring Rob Kinsley.


Get in Touch

General Enquiries:

karen.cross@jpress.co.uk 0113 238 8201
olivia.richards@jpress.co.uk 0113 238 8445

Sponsorship:
raza.zulfiqar@jpress.co.uk 0113 238 8512


Tickets

To purchase your tickets to the event please visit the following link:
www.eventstop.co.uk/event/1814/oliverawards

This is a black tie event.

Terms and Conditions
Entries can be made to more than one category. The closing date for nominations is the 20th November 2017. For advertising and promotional queries, please contact Raza Zulfiqar at raza.zulfiqar@jpress.co.uk