The Oliver awards 2016 are open for business and you can nominate your favourite places to eat and drink

Today sees the launch of the eighth annual Yorkshire Evening Post Oliver Awards, which celebrates the cream of the Leeds city region’s dining scene, rewarding restaurants, cafe-bars and gastro pubs for their flair, imagination, service and – of course – their food.
The awards ceremony has become a permanent fixture of the culinary calendar in Leeds and West Yorkshire and is a byword for quality, dedication and passion.
Last year saw a resurgence in the city region’s dining scene with a record number of entries – and that trend shows no signs of slowing. To reflect that, this year we have created two new categories to enter – Best Rural and Best Street Food – so if you own or manage a restaurant or if you’re a member of the public and want to nominate your favourite place to eat out, simply fill in the nomination form on our website



Jeremy Clifford, Editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, said: “This year’s Oliver Awards look set to be bigger and better than ever.
“Last year we had a record number of entries and the Leeds and wider area dining scene shows no signs of slowing down, so we expect this trend to continue. The awards showcase the very best of local restaurants and cafe-bars, which we review week in, week out.
“As the local paper for Leeds and the wider Yorkshire region we have an intimate knowledge of the local dining scene so we know they mean a lot to those who receive them.”
This year, as Leeds clinched its first Michelin star in years, thanks to Michael O’Hare’s Man Behind the Curtain, the bar has been raised even higher.
Simon Gueller, head chef at The Box Tree, Ilkley, current holder of our Outstanding Contribution award, which this year retained its Michelin star, said: “It’s great to win national awards but local will always be your bread and butter.
“It’s all too easy to lose touch with the people who matter the most, that’s why these awards mean so much to us.”

Sibby Jose from Tharavadu, current holder of Best Indian Oliver award, said: “Winning a prestigious Oliver Award in the first year of opening Tharavadu was a great encouragement to the team. We are so proud of this great achievement. It really helped us to make a mark on the Leeds dining scene.”
Tony Linley from the Rythre Arms Steakhouse, said: “We’ve are repeatedly shortlisted for the Oliver Awards, having previously won ‘Best of British’ category. These accolades are important to restaurants showing not everyone needs a Michelin star to be the top of there game.”

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