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Oliver Awards 2022: Here are all the winners of The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Leeds restaurant awards

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.

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Clockwise from top left: Liz Cottam of HOME, Chef Jono of V&V, Joe McDermott of Bomba and Tharavadu

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.

Clockwise from top left: Chief Consultant Stephanie Moon, award-winning blogger Stanley Dru, wine writer Christin Austin and YEP business and lifestyle journalist Abbey Maclure

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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