Brighton & Hove Food Awards 2018 – the winners. For the last time!

Brighton & Hove Food Festival Awards photo Julia Claxton Brighton & Hove Food Festival Awards. All photos by Julia Claxton

In what will be for the very last time, the winners of the Brighton & Hove Food & Drink Festival were announced in typical celebratory style last night, with two new categories introduced this year – Best Social Eating Experience, and Best Sunday Roast.

The awards have a long-standing reputation for recognising the breadth and quality of the hospitality and food offering in Brighton & Hove. This year’s awards were hosted at Merkaba at MyBrighton hotel on Jubilee Street, with drinks sponsored by Bedlam Brewery, Fentimans, Foxhole Spirits, Madame Jennifer Gin, North South Wines, Vranken Pommery, Ridgeview Wine Estate and Wobblegate Juices.

The Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards are the longest running awards in the city, celebrating the very best of hospitality, food and drink. Nominations are made by the public, and the three top three in each category are then secretly judged by an expert panel who score each finalist through a rigorous system.

The awards – and indeed the larger scale events such as the only free food festivals they run twice a year – have always only been made possible through the support of generous sponsors and patrons and the organisation is largely credited with putting Brighton & Hove – and in fact Sussex and the South East – on the map when it comes to quality food and drink production, on a global scale.

Our early mission to help promote the city as a gastronomic destination has been to a great extent achieved

The Festival committee now feels like their work is done and that the destination is firmly established as a winner in its own right. Festival director Andrew Kay said after the awards that it was “…a fun but emotional evening at the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards at which, after 15 years we announced that this is our last. In many ways sad but, as we explained, our early mission to help promote the city as a gastronomic destination has been to a great extent achieved and now, the vibrant food industry here is not only well respected but also motivated enough to continue without us.

“It’s been a pleasure and an honour working with so many fellow food lovers and to make so many good and lasting friendships.”

We wish all the team a gorgeous gastro onwards journey – and can only be awestruck by the ongoing commitment and success of the Festival committee and participants and sponsors – we know it’s been tough going a lot of the time and the input – and camaraderie – from so many people has made the Festival a completely unique, and successful, endeavour.

But meanwhile, let’s celebrate this year’s winners!!

Best Cocktail Bar
Category sponsored by Fentimans
Best Cocktail Bar gold The Plotting Parlour sponsored by Fentimans for Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia Claxton.Gold: The Plotting Parlour
Silver: Gung Ho!
Bronze: Twisted Lemon

Best Café
Category sponsored by Dental Health Spa
Best Cafe Starfish and Coffee sponsored by The Dental Health Spa for Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia ClaxtonGold: Starfish & Coffee
Joint Silver: Egg & Spoon
Joint Silver: Irma’s Kitchen

Best Sunday Roast
Category sponsored by Joogleberry

Best Sunday Road The Geese sponsored by Joogleberry for Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia ClaxtonGold: The Geese
Silver: Busby & Wilds
Bronze: The Caxton Arms

Best Burger
Category sponsored by 204060 Radio Cabs
Best Burger joint first Burger Bros and 7Bone Burgers sponsored by 204060 Radio Cabs for Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia ClaxtonJoint Gold: Burger Brothers
Joint Gold: 7Bone Burger Co
Silver: Brighton Burger

Best Social Eating Experience
Category sponsored by WeFiFo
Best Social Eating Experience winners The Real Junk Food Project sponsored by WeFiFo on Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia ClaxtonGold: The Real Junk Food Project
Silver: 64 Degrees
Bronze: Market Restaurant & Bar

Best Takeaway
Category sponsored by Brighton & Hove Tourism Alliance
Best Takeaway winners The Chilli Pickle Canteen sponsored by Brighton & Hove Tourism Alliance on Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia ClaxtonGold: The Chilli Pickle Canteen
Silver: Pizzaface
Bronze: BeFries

Best Pub
Best Pub winners The Hand in Hand on Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia ClaxtonGold: The Hand in Hand
Silver: Brighton Bierhaus
Bronze: The Pond

Best Newcomer
Best Newcomer winner Murmur on Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia ClaxtonGold: Murmur
Silver: Irma’s Kitchen
Bronze: Etch

Best Place to Sleep
Category sponsored by Hensby Law
Best Place to Sleep winners Drakes Hotel sponsored by Hensby Law on Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia Claxton www.titlesussex.co.ukGold: Drakes of Brighton
Silver: Artist Residence
Bronze: My Brighton

Best Afternoon Tea
Category sponsored by Style Accountants
Best Afternoon Tea winners The Grand Hotel Brighton sponsored by Style Accountants photo by Julia Claxton Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.ukGold: The Grand
Silver: The Salt Room
Bronze: Metrodeco

Best Food/ Drink Retailer
Category sponsored by Poised to Move
Best Food Retailer winners Fourth & Church sponsored by Poised to Move on Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia Claxton www.titlesussex.co.ukGold: Fourth & Church
Silver: Butler’s Wine Cellar
Bronze: Infinity Foods

Best International Dining
Category sponsored by Cardens Accountants
Best International Dining winners Curry Leaf Cafe sponsored by Cardens Accountants on Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia Claxton www.titlesussex.co.ukGold: Curry Leaf Café
Silver: Tropical Sushi
Bronze: The Chilli Pickle

Best Place to do Business
Category sponsored by Cobb Digital
Best Place to Do Business winners The Salt Room sponsored by Cobb Digital on Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia Claxton www.titlesussex.co.ukGold: The Salt Room
Silver: Harbour Hotel
Bronze: Hixon Green

Best Family Dining
Category sponsored by Wobblegate fruit juices
Best Family Dining winners Murmur sponsored by Wobblegate on Title Sussex Magazine photo Julia Claxton www.titlesussex.co.ukGold: Murmur
Silver: BeFries
Bronze: Fatto a Mano

Best Restaurant
Category sponsored by Claire Walsh
Best Restaurant winners Etch by Steven Edwards sponsored by Claire Walsh photo by Julia Claxton Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.ukGold: Etch by Steven Edwards
Silver: Terre à Terre
Bronze: 64 Degrees

Best Cheap Eats
Best Cheap Eats winners The Real Junk Food Project photo by Julia Claxton Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.ukGold: The Real Junk Food Project
Silver: Pompoko
Bronze: BeFries

Food Hero 2018
Food Hero 2018 Shelley Eldrdery photo by Julia Claxton Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.ukGold: Shelley Eldrdery
Silver: The Real Junk Food Project
Bronze: Michael Bremner

Young Chef of the Year
Category sponsored by Ridgeview Wine Estate
Young Chef of the Year 2018 all winners - sponsored by Ridgeview Wine Estate photo by Julia Claxton Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.ukWinner: Ben Lippett, 64 Degrees
Runner Up: Marcus Ingam, The Salt Room
Runner Up: George Thomas, Isaac At

Chef of the Year
Category sponsored by NFU Mutual Pulborough
Chef of the Year 2018 all the winners sponsored by NFU Mutual Pulborough photo by Julia Claxton Title Sussex Magazine www.titlesussex.co.ukWinner: Duncan Ray, The Little Fish Market
Runner Up: Michael Bremner, 64 Degrees
Runner Up: Steven Edwards, Etch

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