It was the biggest event in the history of the awards, with over 400 guests joining in the celebrations at the Queens Hotel last night.
Leeds’ food and drink sector has faced unimaginable challenges over the past two years and the awards have celebrated business resilience and excellence in the field.
From the city’s most vibrant bars and street food start-ups, to brunch connoisseurs and fine dining institutions, the judges hailed the exceptional talent that makes up the city’s hospitality sector.
This year’s judging panel included chef consultant Stephanie Moon, wine writer Christine Austin, food blogger Stanley Dru and YEP business and lifestyle journalist Abbey Maclure.
They were faced with the unenviable task of narrowing down more than 180 entries to a shortlist and picking their winners.
After enjoying an aperitif courtesy of Hooting Owl Distillery, guests were greeted by YEP Editor-in-Chief Laura Collins and enjoyed dinner, before host Harry Gration took the stage to kick off the presentation.
Winners in 16 categories were announced, scooping a coveted Oliver Awards trophy, before guests enjoyed the live show.
The awards were sponsored by Chef Works, Hallgarten & Novum Wines, Pronto, ReFood, Hooting Owl Distillery, Dish Hospitality, Kopparberg, Northern Catering Equipment, Kirkstall Brewery and Jacuna.
Here are all of the 2022 Oliver Awards winners:
Best coffee/deli – Grön Kafe
Best Pub or Brewery: Lamb & Flag
Best brunch: Grand Pacific
Best Use of Local Products: The Beehive Thorner
Best specialty: Tharavadu
Best Family: Grumpy’s
Best Use of Outdoor Space: Chow Down
Sustainability Award: The Alchemist
Best Customer Service: Cafe Kuala Lumpur
Newcomer of the year: CORA
Best Takeaway Deal: Bomba Paella & Tapas
Best Gastronomic Experience: HOME
Chef of the Year: Jono Hawthorne from Chef Jono at V&V
Outstanding Contribution: CM Event Recruitment
General Restaurant of the Year: Chef Jono at V&V
Here are all the companies to highly commend:
Best brunch: Moss and Moor
Better use of local products: byMölly
Best specialty: Oxford Place
Best Use of Outdoor Space: Kirkstall Bridge Inn
Sustainability: North Star Coffee
Newcomer of the Year: Brontae’s and The Forde
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