Nominations for the 7th Oliver Awards were released for 2015 a little while ago. Even though the opinion of one restaurant being better than the other is completely subjective and whether you like awards ceremonies, thats a whole other conversation.
Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with them. I’m not one for being an extrovert and am happier in the shadows! As a high school student in a South Wales Comprehensive competing in the school annual Eisteddfod (cultural festival) for the prize of best pianist, it was equally terrifying as it was exhilarating and going up to collect the winners award was even worse!! I was far more at ease playing some Brahms or Mendelssohn behind closed doors rather than facing my peers.
So who’s made it to the shortlist of the regions best? It may give you some new ideas of where to try next or revisit. With so many strong competitors vying to be crowned winners of their own hotly contested categories, there are a few favourites of mine which I’ve highlighted, but also some which are on my go-to list tool!
BEST FINE DINING
The Box Tree / Crafthouse / The Dunsforth / Kendells Bistro / Man Behind the Curtain / Shears Yard / The Spiced Pear (on my to go list)
Belgrave Music Hall / Bulgogi Grill (on my to go list) / Bundobust / The Decanter / HUMPIT / Man Behind the Curtain / No 2 Oxford Place (on my to go list) / Tharavadu
Crafthouse (Lee Bennet) / Eric’s Restaurant (Eric Paxman) / Kendells Bistro (Steve Kendell) / Man Behind the Curtain (Michael O’Hara) / Mirabelle (Lionel Strub) / The Spiced Pear (Timothy Bilton)
The Blackhouse / Crafthouse / Dish Dining Room / Giorgios / Kendells Bistro / Rare / Saffron
Divino / Eric’s Restaurant / Gallery 41 / Ira B’s (on my to go list) / Monkmans / The Olive Tree / Zucco
BEST CAFE BAR
Angelica / Arts Cafe / Bundobust / Friends of Ham / Harvey Nichols Espresso Bar / It Bar
BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT
The Burlington at The Devonshire Arms / City Cafe @ Doubletree by Hilton / Chino Latino / The Cliffemount Hotel / The Crab and Lobster / Macleods at the Coniston Hotel
Bulgogi Grill / Chaophraya / Cielo Blanco / Morenos / Sukothai/ Viva Cuba / Wagamama
La Cantina 44 / La Casita / Lucia / Mirabelle / Olive and Feta / Souvlaki Restaurant and Bar / Vivido
The Crab and Lobster / Le Chalet French Tearoom and Bakery / Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Cafe / Kobe / The Mustard Pot / Queen o’t’owd Thatch / Timberlake’s Bistro
Bengal Brasserie / Bundobust / Chandelier / Hansa’s / Saffron / Tharavadu / 1875 Restaurant
Divino / Gallery 41 / Georgios / La Cantina 44 / Salvo’s / San Carlo / Vivido
The awards will be announced at 9th March 2015, who are your favourites?