The Manchester Food and Drink Festival has announced the shortlists for this year’s MFDF Awards, the most sought after and prestigious in the north west.

The Awards celebrate the innovative and high quality restaurants, bars and individuals who contribute to the hospitality industry in the area. This year, the 20th anniversary Festival, 20 awards will be presented in 20 different categories.

There are three new categories: Best Brewery, Best Vegetarian Offering and Best Sustainable Food & Drink Business, all of which have been added to reflect the growth in these areas and how important they are to consumers and to the city’s food and drink economy.

The shortlisted venues have been officially nominated for an award by the MFDF judging panel comprising the region’s leading food and drink critics and experts. The winners will be decided by a combination of the public vote and scores obtained by mystery shop visits from the judging panel. The awards ceremony will be held at The Principal Manchester on 9th October.

Here’s a taste of the nominations.

Restaurant of the Year

Manchester Food & Drink Festival announces 2017 awards shortlists I Love Manchester

Adam Reid at The French – Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS
The Rabbit in the Moon – Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester M4 3BG
Where The Light Gets In – 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY
Umezushi – Unit 4, Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ
Bundobust – 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AQ
Sugo – 22 Shaws Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1QU

Premium and Fine Dining Venue of the Year

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Adam Reid at The French – Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS
The Rabbit in Moon – Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester M4 3BG
Where The Light Gets In – 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY
Umezushi – Unit 4, Mirabel Street, Manchester, M3 1PJ
Hawksmoor – 184-186 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3WB
El Gato Negro – 52 King St, Manchester M2 4LY

Casual Restaurant of the Year

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Bundobust – 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AQ
Rudy’s – 9 Cotton St, Manchester, M4 5BF
Sugo – 22 Shaws Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1QU
Baraxturi – 1 Smithy St, Ramsbottom, BL0 9AT
Porta – 50 Greenwood Street, Altrincham, Cheshire, CH1 2HT
Hispi – 1C School Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RD

Newcomer of the Year

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Bundobust – 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AQ
Where The Light Gets In – 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY
Hispi – 1C School Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RD
Refuge – Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA
Porta – 50 Greenwood Street, Altrincham, Cheshire, CH1 2HT
The Rabbit in the Moon – Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester, M4 3BG

Chef of the Year

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Adam Reid, The French – Peter Street, Manchester, M60 2DS
Sam Buckley, Where The Light Gets In – 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY
Luke Cockerill, The Rabbit in the Moon –  Cathedral Gardens, Todd St, Manchester, M4 3BG
Matt Nutter, The Allotment Vegan Restaurant – 6 Vernon St, Stockport, SK1 1TY
Richard Sharples, Hispi, 1C School Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RD
Aiden Byrne, Manchester House, 18 – 22 Bridge Street, Spiningfields, Manchester, M33BZ

Pub of The Year

Blue Bell – 170 Barlow Road, Manchester Levenshulme, M19 3HF
Mounting Stone – 8, Woodford Road, Bramhall, Stockport, SK7 2JJ
Samuel Oldknow – 22 Market Street Marple, SK6 7AD
The Magnet – 51 Wellington Road, Stockport, SK4 1HJ
Marble Arch – 73 Rochdale Rd, Manchester, M4 4HY
The Parlour – 60 Beech Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9EG

Food Pub of the Year

White Hart – 51 Stockport Road, Lydgate, Oldham, OL4 4JJ
Bird at Birtle – 239 Bury And Rochdale Old Rd, Birtle, OL10 4BQ
Marble Arch – 73 Rochdale Rd, Manchester, M4 4HY
Hearth of the Ram – Ramsbottom – 13 Peel Brow, Ramsbottom, Bury, Lancashire, BLO OAA
Odd Fellows –- Moor End Road, Mellor, Cheshire, SK6 5PT
Clarence –2 Silver Street, Bury, BL9 0EX

Bar of the Year

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Refuge – Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA
Cottonopolis – 16 Newton Street, Manchester, M1 2AE
Science and Industry – 49 -51 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1NA
Common – 39-41 Edge St. Northern Quarter, Manchester, M41HW
Henry C’s – 107 Manchester Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 9GA
Salut – 11 Cooper St, Manchester, M2 2FW

Craft Ale Bar of the Year

Café Beermoth – Brown Street, Manchester, M21DA – 70 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LG
Pilcrow – Sadlery’s Yard, Hanover Street, M60 0AB
Cloudwater Barrel Store – Arch 13, Sheffield Street, Manchester, M1 2ND
Boc Biere Café – 10 Tib Ln, Manchester, M2 4JB
Port Street Beer House – 39-41 Port St, Manchester, M1 2EQ
Bundobust – 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AQ

Best Out of Town Venue of the Year

Hispi – 1C School Lane, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6RD
Where The Light Gets In – 7 Rostron Brow, Stockport, SK1 1JY
The Allotment Vegan Restaurant – 6 Vernon Street, Stockport, SK1 1TY
Sugo – 22 Shaws Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1QU
Porta – 50 Greenwood Street, Altrincham, Cheshire, CH1 2HT
Baraxturi – 1 Smithy St, Ramsbottom, BL0 9AT

Coffee Shop/Tea Shop Of The Year

Another Heart to Feed – 77-79 Chapel Street, Manchester, M3 5BZ
Ancoats Coffee – Unit 9, Royal Mills, 17 Redhill Street, Ancoats, M4 5BA
Trove – 1032 Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3WX
Idle Hands – 32-34 Dale Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M1 1FY
Lupo Caffe Italiano – 142 Chapel St, Salford, M3 6AF
Takk – 6 Tariff St, Manchester, M1 2FF

Affordable Eats Venue of the Year

Lupo Caffe Italiano – 142 Chapel Street, Salford, M3 6AF
Bundobust – 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AQ
Rudys – 9 Cotton St, Manchester, M4 5BF
Pasta Factory – 77 Shudehill, Manchester, M4 4AN
Seoul Kimchi – 275 Upper Brook Street, Manchester, M13 0HR
Fusion Lab – Manchester Arndale Market, M4 3AH

Best Food and Drink Retailer of the Year

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Pollen – 2 Sheffield Street, Manchester, M1 2ND
Reserve – 176 Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 1LH
Lunya – Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BB
Easy Fish Co – 117 Heaton Moor Road, Stockport, SK4 4HY
Ancoats General Store – 57 Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AB
Epicerie Ludo – 46 Beech Road, Manchester, M21 9EG

Best Vegetarian Offering of the Year

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Bundobust – 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AQ
The Allotment Vegan Restaurant – 6 Vernon Street, Stockport, SK1 1TY
Vrev – 20-26 Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HN
Indian Tiffin Room – First Street, 4RL, 1 First St, Manchester, M15
Manchester House – 18-22 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BZ
Sanskruti – 95 Mauldeth Rd, Manchester, M14 6SR

For a full rundown, visit the MFDF website where you can vote for your favourites.

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