There is just over a week to go until the annual Olivers awards. Here is the shortlist


It’s difficult to be two things at the same time and excel in both but the hotel restaurant faces the challenge of both enhancing the reputation of the venue in which it sits, and of rising beyond that establishment to create a name in its own right. It is a difficult balance to get right, but our winner will offer something very special in terms of menu and identity.

  • Burlington at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
  • Crab & Lobster (Thirsk)
  • Fire Lake Grill House & Cocktail Bar at Radisson Blu
  • Macleod’s Restaurant, The Coniston Hotel
  • Chino Latino, Park Plaza

Shortlist – BEST CAFE BAR

The cafe/bar is a great phenomenon of our times. We are looking for something with character and vibrancy. Whatever it serves, from a coffee to a glass of wine to a decent bite to eat with an eye ofcost and value for money, we want it to be the very best. A good dash of style helps, as does specific direction and vision.

  • Arts Cafe Bar & Restaurant
  • Bundobust
  • Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Restaurant
  • Ipsum Vinoteca
  • The Botanist
  • The Tetley
  • Northern Monk Refectory
  • The Pit

Shortlist – BEST BRITISH

British food has not always enjoyed the best of reputations but things change. British food at its best is exciting and flavoursome with echoes of long held tradition and respect for ingredients from our own shores. Our winner will deliver this kind of British food – good enough to beat any international cuisine.

  • Dish Dining Room & Bar
  • Miller & Carter
  • Crafthouse
  • The Clarendon Hotel (Skipton)
  • The Dunsforth Public House & Dining (York)
  • Timberlake’s (Harrogate)
  • The Rythre Arms (Tadcaster)
  • Black Swan

Shortlist – BEST INDIAN

We are spoilt with some of the best Indian food in the UK. And in recent years talented chefs have shown us they can take Indian cuisine to a different level, challenging the stereotypes which have long existed. We will be looking for a winner who taps into this growing trend but at the same time preserves the authenticity which has come to be associated with that form of cuisine and its rich, fresh, spicy flavours.

  • Bundobust
  • Tharavadu
  • Cardamom Black Pan Asian South Restaurant
  • Hansas Gujarati
  • Sheesh Mahal
  • Aagrah (Pudsey)

Shortlist – BEST ITALIAN

Italian restaurants have found a new home in England and in Leeds, which boasts more than its fair share and gone are the days when all they used to serve was spaghetti bolognese and pizza. While those dishes remain popular, Italian restaurants have proven they can go head to head with the best – they offer great, wholesome food, superb service and provide an atmosphere like no other.

  • Cafe Marinetti
  • Divino
  • Gallery FortyOne
  • Gusto Restaurant & Bar
  • Salvos
  • La Cantina 44
  • Lucia Wine Bar & Grill (Harrogate)
  • San Carlo


This is a new category added this year to reflect the growing trend in Leeds restaurants delivering food on the move – we’re talking about stalls, pop-ups and, yes, more well established places too which go out of their way to offer customers something to suit their busy lifestyle, without sacrificing quality. It’s quality food which has spread far beyond its country of origin.

  • Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen
  • Bundobust
  • Humpit
  • Rola Wala
  • Zaap
  • Pho

The Olivers 2016 take place at Leeds United FC, Elland Road for tickets visit

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