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The Edgbaston and Hotel du Vin left very happy, as did many local independent venues and food heroes.


We have just about recovered from Monday night's fantastic Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

The region's restaurant, bar and hotel industry was out in full force with over 450 people in attendance, including the most familiar names and faces from all around the West Midlands.

The awards aim to honour and award the very best restaurants, cafes, eateries, chains, hotels, chefs and more in the world of hospitality.

The public nominated and voted for their favourites in each category, with the final result combining over 10,000 public votes with input from a panel of industry judges - Paul Fulford (Food journalist), Ahmed Ahmed (Dine Birmingham), Conrad Brunton (Tonic Hospitality Recruitment) and Kevin Urquhart (Sixty Nine Degrees).

[scroll down to the bottom to see the full list of winners]

The night kicked off with a stellar reception that welcomed the guests, hosts, judges and sponsors to the beautifully decorated venue at the cricket ground. It was an electric night full of fun and frolics.

Host Raaj Shamji, known for his flamboyance and infectious humour, kept the guests entertained with his unique brand of wit and astonishing singing ability! His eclectic band brought a sense of cabaret, zest and fun to the night.

Live music was also provided by the Walsall Wallaz and Beat Asylum, while guests were also treated to a dance performance by Nemesis from Britain’s Got Talent.

Laurent Perrier treated guest to champagne and food was provided from Mahir’s Experience.  The Indian cuisine was perfectly fitting for a night celebrating the very best in food and drink.

Needless to say, when it came to the winners, the level of excitement and tension was palpable.

Some of the most coveted awards of the night included Best Hotel which went to The Belfry, Best Steak House which was awarded to the Andersons, Best Chef which was picked up by Brad Carter of Carters.

Best Cocktail Bar and Best Afternoon Tea both went to the team at The Edgbaston (below).

Reaction of the night went to Nico Ante from Hotel du Vin, who was visibly overjoyed to win Best Sommelier (see top image).

After the awards concluded, the crowd moved on to the after party, which saw more fun, laughs and music provided by DJ AKB.

Anita Chumber and Ifraz Ahmed, the organisers of the night, commented:

“It is overwhelming to see so much support for this very important industry in the Midlands. The awards, now in its second year, has been a huge success.  A huge congratulations to the winners & nominees and thank you to everyone that has supported the event this year.”

The MFDH awards was again this year headline sponsored by Pepsi Max, with diamond sponsor NFU Mutual, and category sponsors Birmingham City University, Pathway Group, NA Consulting, High Speed Training, Bacardi and Laurent Pierre.

The stage is now set for next year’s MFDH awards, with plans underway to improve and expand once again.

The 34 Winners: Midlands Food, Drink & Hospitality Awards 2017

After a campaign that saw the public nominate and vote for their favourites, and over 10,000 votes in total, these local heroes were crowned on the night:

Best Fine Dining Restaurant - Adams

Best Oriental Restaurant - Sabai Sabai

Best Steak House - Anderson's Bar and Grill

Best Italian Restaurant - Bellagio

Best Curry House - Ashas

Best Spanish Restaurant - El Borracho de Oro

Best Vegetarian Restaurant - Warehouse Cafe

People's Choice - Beckett's Farm

Best Themed Restaurant - Indico

Best Chef - Brad Carter

Best Food Producer - East End Foods

Best Restaurant Manager - Kingsley Crocker (Harborne Kitchen)

Most Popular Street Food - Baked in Brick

Most Popular Food Festival - Digbeth Dining Club

Best Food/Drink Blogger - Simon Carlo (Meat and One Veg)

Best Cocktail Bar - The Edgbaston

Best Gastro Pub - The Boot Inn

Best Traditional Pub - The Wellington

Best Sommelier - Nico Ante (Hotel du Vin)

Best Hotel Bar - Malmaison

Best Drinks Merchant - Connolly's Wine

Best Afternoon Tea - The Edgbaston

Best Independent Coffee Shop - Six/Eight Kafe

Best Brewery - Sadlers Brewery

Best Social Media & Marketing Campaign - Amantia

Best Casino - Genting International Casino

Rising Star - Nitisha Patel

Best Apprenticeship Employer - Hilton Metropole

Best Hotel - The Belfry

Best Boutique Hotel - Hotel du Vin

Best General Manager - Craig Newman (Hampton Manor)

Best Venue - Ragley Hall

Best Spa - Ragdale Hall

Lifetime Achievement Award - Rajdoot

Posted by Ahmed Ahmed