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London Restaurant Festival 2014 Awards

October 29, 2014

EventsLifestyleRestaurants & Bars | by Vicky Ilankovan

London Restaurant Festival Awards 2014The London Restaurant Festival 2014 has come to a close, but not before doing its best to leave a mark on the capital’s restaurant scene by announcing this year’s winners and losers.

The festival, which ran across October, is now in its sixth year. 2014 is apparently its biggest year so far too, involving over three hundred restaurants, who contributed custom festival menus, staged events or took part in the tasting tours that the festival has become known for. That all culminated this week at an Awards Gala put on at The Magazine Restaurant, part of Hyde Park’s Serpentine Gallery.

A few of the festival’s sponsors were on hand to dish out their food and drink, though some with more success than others. Few people seemed interested in taking up Pago on their fruit juice when there was complementary Laurent-Perrier champagne on offer – and who can blame them. Meanwhile, Italian cheese guardians Parmigiano-Reggiano phoned it in slightly – a chunk of parmesan on a cocktail stick does not a canapé make.

This year’s big winner, London’s Restaurant of the Year, was The Clove Club, situated in the old Shoreditch Town Hall. With a prior pedigree in pop-ups, chefs Isaac McHale, Johnny Smith and Daniel Willis have impressed with their first permanent venture, and their award here is unlikely to surprise many people.

Take a look at the winners in full below, and start planning your next few meals out:


Restaurant of the Year

Awarded to The Clove Club  

Chef of the Year

Awarded to Nieves Barragán Mohacho, Barrafina

Newcomer of the Year

Awarded to Neil Borthwick, Merchants Tavern

Best Cassoulet

Awarded to The Balcon

Best Group Dining Restaurant

Awarded to Bird of Smithfield

Menu awards

  • £10-20 menu – Cinnamon Soho
  • £20-30 menu – Foxlow
  • £30-40 menu – Picture
  • £40+ menu – Coq d’Argent


Dominic Preston