Bristol Good Food Awards 2012 shortlist

27 05 2012

It’s the Pony & Trap versus Casamia in the Best Restaurant category, and Flavourz versus Za Za Bazaar in the battle of the buffet. I may not have many good words to say about the two latter venues, but they pack the punters through the doors, so who am I to cast aspersions?

All of the above and 89 more, from more than 8,000 votes cast, have made the shortlist for restaurants, delis and cafes in the inaugural Bristol Good Food Awards. The awards ceremony will take place in Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on July 3.

“It’s fantastic that so many people in Bristol have got involved in the voting process,” says head judge Angela Mount. “It really shows the passion people have for food in the city and the shortlist is a melting pot of different cuisines, styles and budgets.

“It truly showcases the city’s incredibly varied and exciting dining scene. It’s going to be a difficult task to judge the winners of each category, but our judges are definitely ready for the challenge.”

The shortlist is certainly comprehensive, but there are some surprising omissions, including no Berwick Lodge in the Best Restaurant category, no Lahloo Pantry in Best Cafe Food and no mention at all of The Runcible Spoon.

Here is the full shortlist, with highlighted businesses those reviewed on these pages.

Best Restaurant
The Pony & Trap (right)
Casamia
The Muset by Ronnie
The Pump House
Souk Kitchen
Lido
Prego
Flinty Red
Goldbrick House
The Second Floor Restaurant

Best Family Friendly
Za Za Bazaar
The Swan Hotel
Pizza Express
Wagamama
The Lounges

Best Seafood
Fishers Restaurant
Rockfish Grill
Noa
The Olive Shed (right)
Loch Fyne

Best British
The Cowshed
The Clifton Sausage
The Town House
The Albion
The Square Kitchen

Best French
Brasserie Blanc
Cote
Bell’s Diner
Glassboat
Hotel du Vin

Best Asian
Noa
Surakhan (right)
Simply Thai
Water Sky
Teohs

Best Chinese
Water Sky
Mayflower
Wongs

Best Indian
Brunel Raj
4500 Miles from Delhi
Rajpoot Restaurant
Raj Bari
Kohi-Noor

Best Italian
Rosemarino
Prego (right)
San Carlo
Piccolino
Marco’s Olive Branch

Best Vegetarian
Maitreya Social
The Thali Cafe
Falafel King
Biblos
Poco

Best Pub Food
The Ship Inn (Alveston)
The Kensington Arms
Robin Hood’s Retreat
The Lazy Dog
The Victoria Park

Best Sunday Lunch
The Ship Inn
The Cowshed
The Albion
The Town House
The Pump House

Best Chef
Josh Eggleton (The Pony & Trap)
Matthew Pennington (The Ethicurean)
George Kostka (Ronnie’s)
Chris Wicks (Bell’s Diner / Berwick Lodge)
Marcus Lang (Hotel du Vin)
Freddy Bird (Lido)
Peter & Jonray Sanchez-Iglesias (Casamia)
Louise McCrimmon (Harvey Nichols)
Ronnie Faulkner (The Muset by Ronnie)
Kai Taylor (The River Grill)

Best Chain
Cafe Rouge
Bella Italia
The Lounges
Bottelinos
Cote (right)

Best Wine List
Jack’s
Bordeaux Quay
Piccolino
The Clifton Sausage
The Kensington Arms

Best Fine Dining Wine List
Muset by Ronnie
Hotel du Vin
Flinty Red
Berwick Lodge
The Second Floor Restaurant

Best Buffet
Za Za Bazaar
Cosmo
Shanghai Nights
4500 Miles from Delhi (right)
Flavourz

Best Burger
The Burger Joint
The Urban Wood
The Lounges
Warren’s Gourmet Burger Co.
The King’s Arms

Best Cafe Food
A Cappella
Tart
The Pear Cafe
Primrose Cafe
Papadeli

Best Deli
Chandos Deli
Papadeli
Arch House Deli
Southville Deli
The Mall Deli

Best Breakfast
Rosemarino (right)
Lido
A Cappella
The Lounges
Lockside

Best Alfresco Dining
Spyglass
The Botanist
Bordeaux Quay
Riverstation
The Olive Shed

Best Newcomer
Za Za Bazaar
The Old Bookshop
The Gallimaufry
Harveys Cellars
The Town House

Best Supporter of Local Produce
The Ethicurean (below)
Lido
Bordeaux Quay
The Cowshed
The Better Food Company


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