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Welcome to the 2017 Restaurant & Bar Awards Choosing which restaurant or a bar to dine at, can be at times quite overwhelming with the vast variety of choice. With options spanning from fast food to fine dining, tea house to juices bars. There are many diverse and exciting places to choose from, all offering a highlevel quality of service to add to the experience, the restaurant and drink industry is one that always goes the extra mile. As such, the 2017 Restaurant and Bar awards raises a glass to those whose innovative thinking, tireless efforts and dedication to the industry has led to the creation of some unique dining places. Our awards will seek to showcase the very best of the best this industry has to offer, rewarding those who strive towards providing a unique experience.


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Contents 4 Best Gourmet Hotel Restaurant - Normandy - Chateau D’Audrieu - Le Seran

5 Best Fine Dining Experience - London & LUX Award for Greek Cuisine - Elysee Restaurant 6 Most Authentic Indian Restaurant - Glasgow - Mister Singh’s India 7 Best Mediterranean Cuisine 2017 - North Carolina - Rezaz Modern Mediterranean 8 Best Indian Restaurant & Bar - West Midlands - Asha’s 9 Best North African Restaurant - London - Azou 10 Best Pub & Beer Garden - Gower Peninsula - Britannia Inn, Gower

11 Best Live Music & Bar Venue 2017 & LUX Excellence Award for Tapas Cuisine - Akron - Jillys Music Room 12 Best Steakhouse Restaurant - Edinburgh - Kyloe Restaurant & Grill 13 Best Indian Restaurant - Worthing - Mahaan Tandoori Restaurant 14 Gastropub of the Year - Berkshire - The Newbury 15 Best Country Pub - Dorset - The Quay Inn 16 Best Fine Dining Establishment - Theatreland - Sarastro Restaurant 17 Best Lakeside BBQ House - Texas - Uncle Bobs BBQ on the Lake 18 Traditional Pub of the Year 2017 - Gloucestershire - The Old Spot Inn 19 Most Sumptuous Indian Cuisine 2017 - London - Salaam Namaste 20 Best Fine Dining Experience - Central Coast - Jasmine Greens 21 Best Mediterranean Restaurant - Bristol - Souk Kitchen 22 Best Casual Dining Restaurant - South East London - Est. India 23 Best Armenian Restaurant - UK - The Armenian Taverna 24 Best Vegetarian Restaurant & Most Authentic Gujarati Cuisine - UK - Hansa’s Gujarati Vegetarian Restaurant 25 Best Indian Restaurant - Central London - Mango Indian 26 Best Indian Restaurant - Central London - Okinami Japanese Restaurant 27 Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2017 - Fairfield County - Bailey’s Backyard 28 Jeremy’s Ale House: A Chilled Out Atmosphere with Quality American Food - Jeremy’s Ale House 29 Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2017 - Fairfield County - Kelly’s Sports Bar


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Best Gourmet Hotel Restaurant - Normandy

Company: Château d’Audrieu Contact: Samuel Srouji Contact Email: samuelsrouji@ chateaudaudrieu.com Address: 14250 Audrieu, France Tel: 0033 2 31 80 21 52 Fax: 0033 2 31 80 24 73 Web Address: www.chateaudaudrieu.com

Best Gourmet Hotel Restaurant - Normandy Ideally located between Caen and Bayeux, in the heart of the county of Calvados, the Château d’Audrieu, an 18th century residence, listed as Historical Monument, Château d’Audrieu is a stunning French retreat. We invited Samuel Srouji to provide us with an absorbing insight into this historic hotel. Built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror, Château d’Audrieu was turned into a luxury hotel as of 1977 and this year the establishment is celebrating 40 years as a member of the prestigious Group Relais and Châteaux. The hotel, which is on a mission to be the place to visit in Normandy, relies on well trained, committed staff which are the backbone of its success, as Samuel explains.

vegetables, as well as produce our own Hard Cider. The Food & Beverage business has a very high importance place in our hotel and it is a major focus in the reputation of the establishment.”

“The hotel has 30 luxurious rooms, a gastronomic restaurant and bar, Spa and Fitness, outside heated swimming pool and magnificent 18th century living and meeting space.”

Serving a wide variety of guests offers great opportunities to showcase the local culture and scenery, as Samuel discusses.

“Here at Château d’Audrieu we pride ourselves on being a luxury establishment that is known for its service and complete attention to the guests. Our staff is well trained to ensure a memorable and exceptional stay to our guests. We strive on a daily basis to be the best, our team is continuously being trained and Informed about the new ideas in service and hotel business. We only take employees that have several years of experience and are able to give the complete attention to our guests.

“Since we are located in Normandy, our major clients are high end guests from North & South America , UK and Europe. Mostly our guests are here to visit the D-Day beaches, the war memorials and enjoy the gastronomic food that Normandy is renowned for.

Although many guests visit for the history and stunning surroundings, remaining at the forefront of industry innovation is still vital in order to stay competitive. As such, Samuel is keen to conclude by showcasing the various developments that the hotel is undergoing in order to provide clients with the very best amenities and facilities possible.

Our Michelin star chef ensures on a daily basis that his products are fresh and we use local producers for all our products and we do cultivate our own

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Our clients can also enjoy the beaches, the famous medieval city of Bayeux with its Tapestry Museum and the City of Caen. We are located between those two famous cities and we are privileged to have 62 acres of gardens and parks which have been nominated this year to join the most beautiful gardens and parks of Normandy.

“Currently we are in the process of doing a complete renovation of the castle, combining an 18th century style with all the comfort of the 21st century. This year we are adding a Spa and Fitness area, a luxury tree house in the park and an outside terrace restaurant for the summer season. Despite facing challenges during 2016 we have no doubt that the new year will bring us many exciting and invigorating opportunities for growth.”


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Best Fine Dining Experience - London & LUX Award for Greek Cuisine

Company: Elysee Restaurant Contact: Alex Karageorgis Contact Email: marketing@ elyseerestaurant.com Address: 13 Percy St, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1DP, UK Phone: 020 7636 4804 Website: www.elyseerestaurant.com

Best Fine Dining Experience - London & LUX Award for Greek Cuisine Elysee Restaurant is an award winning fine dining establishment offering the very best quality cuisine and impeccable service. This stunning establishment, which has undergone a number of transformations over the years, caught the eyes of our judges thanks to its simple yet elegant décor, rich and flavoursome dishes and impeccable service. Drawing on a rich history that dates back to 1936 which the Elysée opened on 13 Percy Street in Fitzrovia by George Varnava, a former Maître D’ at The Savoy Hotel this authentic Greek restarunt has since grown into a wonder which draws diners from across the nation to sample its delicious dishes and excellent hospitality. Originally a French, silver service restaurant, it became an instant sensation attracting Londoners across the city and travellers worldwide. The venue built a strong reputation, successively establishing itself into the 1940s as a hot spot for artists, writers, big screen stars, celebrities and members of the British and Greek Royal families. This period marked the beginning of a family legacy that still lives to the present day. In 1962, The Elysée was bought by Varnava’ nephews George, Michael and Ulysses Karageorgis. Under new direction, the brothers delved into family values, incorporating traditional live Greek music entertainment and delectable Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant evolved into a leading Greek institution, one of Central London’s most significant cultural contributors and late night scenes. The Elysée’s continued success in the 1960s saw visits from His Royal Highness Prince Philip and the 1966 England World Cup winning team to celebrate their victory, amongst many other high profile guests such as The Beatles and Mohammed Ali.

After a remarkable 48 years, the three brothers retired handing the baton to cousins Giggs Karageorgis, Kyriacos Pattihis, Kerry and Alex Karageorgis, who brought a new vision to life. Then in 2010, The Elysée underwent an astonishing refurbishment inaugurating two interconnecting private dining areas, a vibrant Cocktail Bar and Lounge and an exquisite 700 square foot Roof Garden with heating and retractable roofs, transforming the restaurant into an indisputable multi-faceted gem in Fitzrovia. Today, The Elysée offers a rich variety of services, from social and corporate party events to intimate gatherings, from a vibrant setting with live entertainment (including its infamous plate smashing), to relaxing atmospheres, al fresco dining and private function areas, all brought together by its ravishing fusion of classic and modern Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The Elysée is unquestionably a leading figure in London’s Catering & Hospitality Industry. A venue second to none, this family-run establishment promises to continue entertaining and enchanting its guests for time to come whilst its discrete policies make it a retreat for those in the limelight. The restaurant is the heart and soul of this vibrant and truly eclectic venue. Featuring live music and entertainment, this is the ideal destination for

celebratory and social occasions and corporate events. Found on the ground floor of The Elysée and seating up to 140 guests, this stunning venue’s 1930’s-inspired décor radiates a muted elegance. With earthly tones of brown, maroon, ochre and cream, the environment is enriched with natural materials such as wood, leather and silk. Hints of gold leaf compliment the dining space’s authentic classical interior design; a setting which comes to life as the evening progresses into the late night and through to the early hours of the morning. The live entertainment includes our acclaimed 5-piece in-house band performing international and traditional Greek music, together with 4 singers, and our show – a rich combination of traditional Cypriot Folk dancers, belly dancing as well as the infamous smashing of plates which has become a ritual. With its origins in both Greece and Cyprus, the menu is divine, utilising only the finest produce which are skilfully cooked and expertly flavoured. Elysee use only the finest Greek extra virgin olive oil and other Greek imported produce to enhance the dining experience. Every dish is prepared with the same passion and dedication to the ingredients. With a fine selection of wines to accompany the meal and skilled front of house staff who strive to provide a wonderful dining experience guests will always be assured of a warm welcome at Elysee Restaurant.

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Most Authentic Indian Restaurant - Glasgow

Company: Mister Singh’s India Address: 149 Elderslie Street Glasgow G3 7JR Phone: 0141 204 0186 Email: info@mistersinghsindia.com Website: www.mistersinghsindia.com

Most Authentic Indian Restaurant - Glasgow Mister Singh’s India is a Glasgow based Indian restaurant offering guests the perfect combination of great service, rich flavours and perfectly cooked food. We profile this vibrant dining establishment and explore the secrets behind its success. Since opening their first restaurant in Glasgow over 20 years ago, Mister Singh’s India has embarked on an incredible journey. Three generations of the Singh family have made it their mission to establish themselves as masters of Indian cuisine within the city, and they have succeeded. Their reputation now extends far beyond the reach of Glasgow, hence their slogan ‘The World Famous’. Although the family have undeniably worked hard to build their reputation, success would never have arrived without the devoted support of the Glasgow locals, who have never shied away from booking a table or trying out a new dish on the menu. The influence that the locals have had on the family is reflected in several of the dishes that now occupy the menu – including the famous haggis pakora. It’s through this continual support that Mister Singh’s has had the opportunity to evolve from a single restaurant into a fully-fledged brand. What started as a family run restaurant has now grown into a household name that has become synonymous with authentic Indian food and now diners can even find their chicken Bhuna on the shelves in Costco, which is testimony to the level of excellence the firm offers.

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In addition, the firm’s latest brand, Tapas at Singh’s, opened at the start of 2016 offering a decedent selection of Indian inspired tapas dishes. The small plates and informal atmosphere combine to create a friendly, inviting space for guests. Any event can be catered for, and alongside offering table for guests the restaurant also hosts events, ranging from business lunches, family celebrations or even office parties. Mister Singh’s experienced team can cater for events of all type and sizes, offering a choice of menu options to suit your individual needs. From a 5-course banquet celebration menu to our corporate hospitality packages, the restaurant offers something for everyone. For more intimate gatherings, Mister Singh’s private dining options provide a stylish, relaxed venue for up to 18 guests, together with business-class service and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi. The establishment also offers cooking master classes for those who wish to experience authentic, flavourful Indian cooking at home. Ultimately Mister Singh’s India offers the ideal Indian

dining experience from its ideal location in central Glasgow. Guests can be assured of quality food, flavourful dishes and excellent service when they visit this exquisite establishment.

“...success would never have arrived without the devoted support of the Glasgow locals, who have never shied away from booking a table or trying out a new dish on the menu.”


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Best Mediterranean Cuisine 2017 - North Carolina

Company: Rezaz Modern Mediterranean Contact: Brian Smith Contact Email: bjs1670@gmail.com Address: 28 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, North Carolina, 28803, USA Phone: 001 828 277 1510

Best Mediterranean Cuisine 2017 - North Carolina Rezaz Modern Mediterranean is a thriving restaurant based in Asheville, North Carolina which serves tantalising cuisine and refreshing beverages. We profile the establishment to find out more. Established in 2002, Rezaz Modern Mediterranean Restaurant has long been associated with style, service and cuisine. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, in the historic Biltmore Village at the gates of the world-famous Biltmore House, Rezaz specializes in a high-end fusion of classic French, Spanish and Greek cuisines with traditional Middle Eastern flavors. Highlights include Egyptian koshari with braised duck confit and ground duck kibbeh; local mountain trout with beluga lentil pilaf, Greek hollandaise and Moroccan crab salad; and grilled lamb loin with garlic thoum aioli and potato-tahini puree. Chefs and Owners Laura and Brian Smith also offer a custom designed, completely unique experience at its Chef’s Table. Located in the kitchen, underneath our “Pan’delier” made from the original sauté pans that were used to establish the kitchen’s greatness, guests enjoy a five-course tasting menu celebrating the ideals that have made Rezaz great. While all are differently inspired, every one satisfies: starting with a street food platter, whole fish of the day, lamb tasting, dry aged, French styled beef and house made chocolate tasting plate. Wine pairings are also offered. Alongside delicious fare, Rezaz also offers a unique and high end wine list, including offerings from France, California, Lebanon, Greece, Oregon, South America and Spain. Cocktails include a warm cranberry and whiskey wassail, fennel old fashion, Moroccan martini and a popular Bloody Mary made from house harissa, capers and garnished with smoked shrimp. Of course, we are in the heart of craft brewing. With over thirty local breweries, Rezaz felt the need to highlight what its craft brewers do best,

and as such the establishment offers eight unique, local beers on tap. Not limited to a fine dining cuisine, Rezaz also offers a daytime menu highlighting Mediterranean street food. Tender marinated “Tawook” chicken kabobs are served over tabouli with a green salad, grilled pita and cucumber tzatziki. A grilled harissa lamb burger topped with fresh cucumber, tzatziki, grilled red onion and feta is one of our most popular. Try the “Taboon” flatbread pizzas topped with ground lamb, feta, arugula and fresh pomegranate seeds. Enjoy a grilled stuffed “Manekish” panini filled with caramelized onion, feta and spinach. Not ready to try something different? Stick with the classic grilled Caesar salad and harissa marinated skirt steak with house cut pomme frits and their famous tomato jam. Rezaz also features a full service, in-house bakery. From classic cakes (Coconut and Lemon Curd) to hand rolled tahini and white chocolate truffles to house spun harissa lime sorbet. All bread, including nigella studded barbari, classic French baguettes, burger buns and zaatar Lavash crackers, are made by hand. Thriving in the competitive atmosphere of Asheville for 15 years has not been easy. Trends come and go, staff changes and technology constantly evolves. From the beginning, Rezaz identified that honest, healthy food would be the way of the future. All oils used are non-homogenized, non “GMO”. All proteins are hormone free and minimally processed. Everything, from the bread to mayonnaise to the steak sauce, is made in house (“the only way”, chef Brian

often states; “to know what everything is made from”). “A restaurant is nothing without the people who make it all possible,” explains Chef Laura. The staff is a professional team who are career oriented servers and cooks. They are well trained, knowledgeable on everything from Iraqi salads to local beers to French wines, and happy to do their jobs. Rezaz put an emphasis on happiness and it shows in the service and execution. No one is over worked, problems are dealt with immediately and, most importantly, all servers share their tips with each other. They are a team. Like most established restaurants, the hardest part about succeeding is keeping up and adapting to the ever-evolving technology. From online reservation systems, to accepting different styles or payment, to realizing the importance of personal media; it all has to be aggressively approached. The internet has made everything accessible. It has enabled the disgruntled guest to expound their displeasure and allowed us to highlight our cuisine. It is learning how to deal with the first while embracing the former that creates opportunity and success. Ultimately, Rezaz Modern Mediterranean Restaurant, first and foremost, is about creating an experience. Whether diners come in for a grilled kabob or stuffed Lebanese panini, dine at the exclusive “Chef’s Table” in the kitchen, or enjoy a fine bottle of wine at the custom bar, they will definitely remember and relish the experience.

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Best Indian Restaurant & Bar - West Midlands

Company: Asha’s Contact: Nouman Farooqui Contact Email: nouman@ashasuk.co.uk Address: Edmund House, 12-22 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3LX, UK Phone: 0121 200 2767 Website: www.ashasuk.co.uk

Best Indian Restaurant & Bar - West Midlands Asha’s is an internationally acclaimed award winning Indian restaurant with branches located around the world, including its crucially acclaimed Birmingham restaurant. We profile this brilliant, charitable establishment and explore the very best that it has to offer. Asha’s concept was developed by and named after the Bollywood diva Asha Bhosle, with an International chain of 11 Indian Restaurants across the globe in 5 different countries, offering a menu that spans the sub-continent. After opening their first successful restaurant in Dubai 2002, Asha’s opened their third outlet in the UK in Birmingham 2006. The restaurant has frequent visits from celebrities ranging from top Michelin star chefs to famous cricketers and movie stars. A large percentage of their customers are regulars and well known to their dedicated and well training staff. This responds to the current culture of high consumer expectations and is borne out by excellent reviews both online and via comments made in the restaurant. Asha’s aim to offer a touch of sophistication, consistency and quality to locals and visitors to the City alike and pride themselves on their first class service trying to always keep one step ahead of local competitors, utilising their USP, keeping on top of marketing and social media and always looking at ways to improve their already first class establishment. Asha’s focuses on each guest, understands their specific needs and tastes, accommodates any special requests by altering

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the existing recipes or create something that the customer is after. The multi-award winning restaurant and bar offers a prize-winning menu, exclusive signature cock-tails, branding and quality along with a first class service. Asha’s believe in the Sanskrit quote which goes “Atithi Devo Bhava” which means “Guest is Next to God”, and it is this that defines their service and ensures that every visitor has a truly phenomenal experience. As part of their ongoing responsibility and commitment to play an active role in the Birmingham community, the restaurant hosts regular charity and networking events and actively support the excellent work undertaken by the Bond Wolfe Charitable Trust, aided by voluntary diner contributions. This enables them to support a number of charities both locally and nationally, regardless of cast, colour, creed, age, sex, religion or disability. Moving forward, this acclaimed combination of social responsibility, stunning food and excellent service will continue as Asha’s seeks to build on its current success.


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Best North African Restaurant - London

Company: Azou Contact: Chris Benarab Contact Email: info@azou.co.uk Address: 375 King Street, London, W6 9NJ, UK Phone: 0208 563 7266 Web Address: www.azou.co.uk

Best North African Restaurant - London Situated in the heart of London, Azou is a glorious restaurant offering the very best cuisine from across North Africa, as well as unbeatable hospitality and stunning surroundings. We profile this vibrant eatery and explore the secrets behind its success. Azou specialises in Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian cuisine, which will appeal to all the senses and tantalise even the most discerning of palettes. Chef and Patron Chris Benarab’s menu is imbued with North African colour, flavour and texture, contrasting sweet and spicy, bold and subtle, light and heavy. Menu highlights include firm favourites such as homemade Hummus, Falafel and Baba Ganoush, as well as a selection of sumptuous dishes all cooked in a Tajine, an earthenware dish with a distinctive conical lid, which allows the steam to condense back into the food to enhance its flavour. Thanks to the skill and background of Azou’s kitchen team the restaurant also offers more exotic dishes, such as Mechoui, slow cooked lamb shank, marinated in chermoula and slowly roasted for a delicious flavour and Merguez, which are rich and spicy lamb sausages. Couscous is a speciality at Azou, and as such the establishment offers a vast selection of flavourful dishes to showcase the true value of this versatile ingredient; from the Couscous Lamb, a slow braised lamb shank, vegetables, broth and steamed couscous, through to the luscious Couscous

Imperiale, served with grilled merguez and chicken, there is something to tempt everyone at Azou. An extensive wine menu is also offered to ensure that guests can perfectly match their beverage of choice to their meal, rounding off the experience and offering discerning diners the chance to truly relax and unwind. This is further facilitated by the subdued lighting and a mixture of traditional low rise and conventional seating, North African crafts and tent-like drapes which make up the establishment’s décor. As such, Azou offers a traditional North African experience in the heart of the UK’s capital, allowing guests to escape the hustle and bustle of their daily lives and immerse themselves in this unique environment. The staff are friendly and enthusiastic, ensuring that every guest feels right at home when they dine at this exceptional eatery. Ultimately, the judges were impressed by Azou’s glorious and varied menu, excellent hospitality and overall dedication to excellence, all of which combine to make this the ideal establishment for anyone seeking a truly unforgettable dining experience.

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Best Pub & Beer Garden - Gower Peninsula

Company: Britannia Inn, Gower Contact: Martin Contact Email: enquiries@ britanniainngower.co.uk Address: Llanmadoc, North Gower, Swansea, SA3 1DB, UK Phone: 01792 386624 Website: www. britanniainngower.co.uk

Best Pub & Beer Garden - Gower Peninsula Boasting awe-inspiring views over the Loughor Estuary, the Britannia Inn is situated in the picturesque village of Llanmadoc on the North Coast of the famous Gower Peninsula, Britain’s first designated “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. We profile this stunning establishment to find out more. Having travelled extensively, covering all the main continents of the World, Landlords Martin and Lindsey have worked in a number of fine dining restaurants and major hotel groups, including the Marriott, Hilton and Radisson groups, and more exclusive establishments such as Newport’s Celtic Manor. Now settled back in their native Gower, the knowledge gained from their experiences, and their passion and drive to create fine food influence their cuisine. Offering a mix of traditional dishes allied with more exotic fare, they are striving to create a little corner of culinary distinction and service par excellence in this beautiful part of the Gower in the form of the Britannia Inn. As such, the pub offers a glorious menu of mouth-watering dishes in the à la carte restaurant, freshly-prepared using the finest local produce; in addition, during the day visitors can order from the home-cooked bar menu, also prepared using fresh, local ingredients. The whole team at the Britannia Inn are always welcoming, allowing visitors to beautiful 18th Century pub to bask in excellent hospitality and homely ambiance. With its original fireplaces, bread oven and

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roof beams, some of which are reputed to have been taken from the ships that were ‘lanterned’ ashore in the nearby Estuary, the Britannia Inn makes for a great place to relax and unwind. A typical rustic pub, the Britannia Inn boasts beer gardens to the front and back, as well as an assortment of rabbits in a hutch and a well-stocked aviary with a variety of budgies, cockatiels, quails and a parrot. Overall, the Britannia Inn is the ideal spot to indulge in a well-kept beer and a moreish meal whilst drinking in the natural splendour of the Gower Peninsula.

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Best Live Music & Bar Venue 2017 & LUX Excellence Award for Tapas Cuisine - Akron

Contact: Jill Bacon Madden Contact Email: jilly@jillysmusicroom.com Company: Jilly’s Music Room Address: 111 N Main Street, Northside District, Akron, Ohio, 44308, USA Phone: 001 330 576-5960 Website: www.jillysmusicroom.com

Best Live Music & Bar Venue 2017 & LUX Excellence Award for Tapas Cuisine - Akron Jilly’s Music Room is a live music venue located in Downtown Akron, Ohio’s Northside District. We profile this vibrant venue and highlight the unique atmosphere it offers. Jilly’s Music Room offers visitors a sophisticated atmosphere, an eclectic, American tapas menu, craft cocktails, more than 100 beers, a state of the art sound system, and exceptional service, ensuring that every guest has an experience they will never forget. Conveniently situated and with free parking, visitors get the very best service right from the moment they arrive. Special events and live music runs through the week, showcasing the best original bands which span the local area as well as bands from across the nation, in a range of genres including Blues, R&B, Rock, Indie, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Americana, and Alt-Country. The bar serves a range of invigorating and unique cocktails to suit any palate, including Jilly’s Bloody Mary, a spin on the classic consisting of Absolut Peppar Vodka, House made Bloody Mary Mix, Olives, Bacon Slice, Dill Pickle Spear. The menu is equally eclectic, comprising of innovative takes on traditional tapas designed to provide vivid flavours, including freshly popped organic popcorn sprinkled with Applewood smoked bacon and lightly dusted with Pecorino Romano Cheese as well as Wasabi deviled eggs with bacon and sweet pickle garnish.

Overall Jilly’s Music Room offers something for everyone, making it the perfect venue for an entertaining and exciting night out in Akron.

“Special events and live music runs through the week, showcasing the best original bands which span the local area as well as bands from across the nation, in a range of genres...”

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Best Steakhouse Restaurant - Edinburgh

Company: Kyloe Restaurant at The Rutland Hotel Contact: Louise Maclean Contact Email: Louise.MacLean@ signaturepubs.co.uk Address: 1-3 Rutland St, Edinburgh, EH1 2AE, UK Phone: 0131 229 3402 Web Address: www.kyloe.com

Best Steakhouse Restaurant - Edinburgh Kyloe Restaurant and Grill is an established gourmet steak house in Edinburgh city centre. Louise Maclean talks us through the restaurant and how it has achieved the reputation for excellence that it enjoys today. Since launching in 2011, Kyloe has become synonymous with fantastic beef and steak, an imaginative a la carte menu with heritage and traceability of ingredients and provenance at its very core. The restaurant is luxurious and premium and the team work hard on customer service and training to ensure that luxurious feeling lasts until the very end of that journey and that everyone feels welcome, as Louise is keen to emphasise.

Overall, Kyloe has enjoyed three years of sustained growth and are keen for this to continue into the future, as Louise concludes.

“At Kyloe our customers are literally everyone. We do not target a certain market, rather we adjust our products to meet the needs of our guests. Everyone from children to teenagers right through to adults is welcome at Kyloe, and we even get the Scottish Rugby Team in on occasion- and boy can they eat!”

“Looking ahead, Kyloe is keen to remain at the forefront of emerging developments in our market so that we can build upon our current success. Food and drink is constantly evolving and we have a team that are always wanting to expand their knowledge. Our kitchen team works closely with new and imaginative local suppliers to get the best possible products for our guests. An example of this is the Highland Wagyu that we have available from a farm in Perthshire. It has been a fantastic addition to our menu and a real coup that we are able to bring this amazing product into Kyloe.

This supportive atmosphere extends to the firm’s suppliers, and as such Kyloe enjoy long relationships with everyone that provides them with ingredients, and are proud to promote this association with them. This ensures that clients receive the very best dishes every time they order and can rest assured that they are enjoying only the very finest produce that Scotland has to offer.

“In addition to this, I would like to expand our sphere of influence and show more of Scotland and even further afield of our product by making Kyloe mobile. I would like to support local and national Farmers Markets to show how carefully selecting produce and choosing local can make such a difference – not only to the quality of the meat but also in the economic infrastructure of the country.”

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Best Indian Restaurant - Worthing

Company: Mahaan Tandoori Restaurant Contact: Mr Ali Contact Email: mahaantandoori@yahoo. co.uk Address: 177-181 Montague St, Worthing, BN11 3DA, UK Phone: 01903 205449

Best Indian Restaurant - Worthing Mahaan Tandoori Restaurant is an award-winning curry house in Worthing that provides mouthwatering and authentic Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine. We profile the firm to find out more. Locally known as one of the finest restaurants in the region, Mahaan Tandoori Restaurant offers the very best of everything. Fully licensed and air-conditioned, the restaurant provides a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere all delivered by our incredibly friendly and attentive staff.

There is something for everyone, with a dedicated children’s menu, vegetarian dishes and a wide range of spice levels to ensure that everyone enjoys their meal at the Mahaan.

With Indian takeaways being the most popular cuisine for diners in the UK, it is difficult to find one that will stand out from the rest and deliver excellent food and service consistently. The Mahaan aims to combat this by offering the very highest standard of food, with authentic, flavourful dishes which can be eaten in the decedent restaurant surroundings or ordered to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

“With Indian takeaways being the most popular cuisine for diners in the UK, it is difficult to find one that will stand out from the rest and deliver excellent food and service consistently”

These delicious dishes are created by selecting only the finest ingredients and spices, and the varied menu includes classics such as Tandoori Chicken Massala, Chicken Jalfrezi and King Prawn Bhuna, as well as a selection of innovative recipes developed by the restaurant’s talented kitchen team including Murgh Massalom, a highly spiced chicken breast, marinated with minced meat and egg, as well as Chatga prawns, a truly special dish of magnificent king prawns, marinated in a delicious mixture of spices and cooked in a clay oven. Curried in a medium hot sauce with onions, green peppers, tomatoes and coriander, this is a rich and flavourful dish which highlights the excellence of the establishment’s chefs.

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Gastropub of the Year - Berkshire

Company: The Newbury Contact: Peter Lumber Contact Email: P.lumber@btinternet.com Address: 137 Bartholomew St, Newbury, RG14 5HB, UK Phone: 01635 49000

Gastropub of the Year - Berkshire The Newbury is a stunning gastropub offering a combination of cosy, homely hospitality and a stunning cocktail bar, making this the ideal venue for any celebration or merely a quiet stop.

The driving force behind the independently owned gastro-pub The Newbury is a passion for quality, choice and ambience. A complete overhaul of the premises in 2012 has transformed what used to be a town centre drinking pub into a classy establishment with so much to offer. A welcoming bar area greets guest upon entry with leather sofas and a real fire providing the perfect surrounding to enjoy one of the tasty real ales on offer. The downstairs restaurant provides a rustic and comfortable setting with a perfect balance of atmosphere and privacy, complimented well by the local artwork on the walls and interior dressing throughout. The menu boasts produce that is all traceable from source and of the highest quality which is reflected in the flavour and detail of the dishes. The owner and head chef even visit the suppliers to ensure the standards right from source are high and ensure a real understanding of flavour and how to deliver the best from every ingredient through to the end dish. Menu choices such as Scallops, Chorizo, Butterbean and Courgette with

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Basil Foam and Vanilla Pannacotta with Strawberry Soup ensure we retain our place in the Michelin Guide. The Inka charcoal oven takes pride of place in the open kitchen (no freezers or microwaves to be seen here) and ensures the flavour and tenderness of the meat is retained. The famous Newbury Sunday roast dinner ensures Sundays are full with people enjoying the overnight cooked roast beef or succulent belly of pork. Another string to The Newbury’s bow is the versatility and range of facilities available to ensure any occasion delivers an experience to remember. An upstairs private dining room is perfect for special events from Christmas celebrations to wedding receptions. All types of event are catered for – our multimedia facilities and screens also makes us a perfect choice for a corporate away day. In addition to the rustic pub downstairs, upstairs the luxury cocktail bar has a welcoming ambience and exciting cocktail list, leading out onto the superb roof terrace which forms the jewel in The Newbury’s crown. Decked out with a state of the art sound system and multimedia, even points to charge your phone or laptop, the terrace’s ambient lighting creates a fantastic outside space with the bonus of an electric folding canopy roof so come rain or shine, this is the perfect al fresco area.

“...perfect for special events from Christmas celebrations to wedding receptions. All types of event are catered for – our multimedia facilities and screens also makes us a perfect choice for a corporate away day.”


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Best Country Pub - Dorset

Company: The Quay Inn Address; The Quay, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4LP Phone: 01929 552735 Email: info@thequayinn.com Website: www.thequayinn.com

Best Country Pub - Dorset Situated in a prominent position at Wareham Quay in the pretty surroundings of Dorset is The Quay Inn. We profile this beautiful quayside establishment and showcase how it offers a convivial atmosphere and excellent service to ensure patrons return time after time. The Quay Inn pub and restaurant takes advantage of unspoilt views of the River Frome and adjoining countryside overlooking The Purbeck Hills surrounding Corfe Castle and The Jurassic Coast. A constant favourite for locals and visitors alike, the family friendly bar and restaurant has a warm and cosy ambience where you can relax in front of the open log fire and enjoy the fresh home cooked style food and local ales. The passionate team of hard working chefs have devised a “mouth-watering” menu offering the very best in local produce. The pub is synonymous for its exceptional steaks and daily caught seafood. Alongside these, traditional pub classics and lovingly prepared Sunday Roasts and homemade desserts are always firm favourites and not to be missed. The service from the friendly, efficient and enthusiastic front of house staff is second to none. Management at The Quay Inn believe in the best quality of food and service, constantly improving and developing standards through modern technology, training, best practices and lots of hard work. If that was not enough, The Quay Inn also offers stylish and comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation as well as delicious dairy ice creams and milk shakes from the tastefully converted

Quayside Barn next door. Ultimately, you are guaranteed a fantastic experience when you visit The Quay Inn in Wareham at any time of the year.

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Best Fine Dining Establishment - Theatreland

Company: Sarastro Restaurant Contact: Chris Horton Contact Email: reservations@sarastrorestaurant.com Address: 126 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5SU, UK Phone: 020 7836 0101 Website: www.sarastrorestaurant.com

Best Fine Dining Establishment - Theatreland Sarastro is a stunning restaurant located in the heart of London. We profile this glorious establishment to learn more about the secrets behind its success. Sarastro is committed to offering guests the very best dining experience possible, combing sumptuous interior designs with great service and fine food sourced from the very best suppliers. As part of the experience the establishment hosts a variety special occasions on any of its performance evenings, with Thursdays being swing night and Motown, a Latin Trio on Friday, Classic 70/80s Pop Covers on Saturdays with Sunday lunch time and evening playing host to a string quartet and opera. This vast array of performers, together with the firm’s focus on excellence draws in guests from around the world. Based in a highly competitive location, Sarastro has nonetheless been able to command higher prices thanks to the quality of its food and service. Staff are given regular training to ensure that guests receive polite and friendly approach, and they have a full knowledge of all the products and dishes served, meaning that guests can feel free to ask any question. The owners of the restaurant are on the job daily together with professional management both in the kitchen and on the floor to ensure health and safety and other regulations are complied with and every service is provided to the highest possible standard. Being a single operation makes it easy is to focus on all areas and to target new applications for improvement. The firm monitor its performance daily

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both with internal processes and with social media websites in order to maintain the level of excellence which clients have come to expect. Moving forward, Sarastro is keen to build upon its current success and take advantage of the many opportunities that its current achievements have provided.

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Best Lakeside BBQ House - Texas

Company: Uncle Bobs BBQ on the Lake Contact: Terri Blalock Contact Email: terri@ unclebobssauces.com Address: 13988 Calvary Rd., Willis, Texas, 77318, USA Phone: 001 936 537 0577 Website: www.UncleBobsSauces.com

Best Lakeside BBQ House - Texas Uncle Bob’s BBQ is a family owned establishment serves up BBQ the old fashioned way, cooked low and slow on their wood burning pit by Uncle Bob himself. Uncle Bob’s BBQ is a log cabin restaurant and separate mini log cabin pit area over looking beautiful Lake Conroe and sit just north of Houston, Texas. On a normal day you will find Bob and Terri Blalock, the founders of Uncle Bob’s BBQ on the Lake and Uncle Bob’s Sauces, around the restaurant along with their son Brandon, who helps manage and can greet most customers by name. Bob and Terri met and blended their families together when their four children were young teenagers. Now all in their 20’s, you will find their children helping in all areas of Uncle Bob’s, it may be serving at a catering, working the front of the house at Uncle Bob’s BBQ on the Lake or manufacturing sauces in the kitchen. Take a boat ride over for lunch and park lakeside in one of the 24 courtesy boat slips available. Pull your boat up for a beautiful view along with an amazing meal or take a scenic Sunday drive down the country roads to reach their location. Join the motorcycle clubs that spend the day cruising out for some sliced brisket, signature pulled pork or their Georgia Juice Chicken. While you are there taste the hand homemade slaw, potato salad, and don’t forget to grab some banana pudding before heading out. Terri is the overall manager of the business. She heads up production, sales and marketing and is on the front line of all that goes on at Uncle Bob’s. She

heads up production, sales and marketing and is on the front line of all that goes on at Uncle Bob’s. She takes pride in working with future brides and their grooms, as Uncle Bob’s has a large presence in the wedding catering in their area. You will find the team out on the weekends at the million-dollar venues in the area. Overall, Uncle Bob’s strives to provide the highest quality products, created by caring hands that embrace the lives of their customers. Giving people a reason to get together and build strong relationships, all while maintaining the integrity and principles by which the family business was founded in 2009.

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Traditional Pub of the Year 2017 - Gloucestershire

Company: The Old Spot Inn Contact: Ellie Sainty Contact Email: enquiries@oldspotinn.co.uk Address: 2 Hill Road, Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4JQ, UK Phone: 01453 542870

Traditional Pub of the Year 2017 - Gloucestershire Nestled at the foot of Stinchcombe Hill, in the Gloucestershire town of Dursley, the Old Spot Inn is an award winning traditional hostelry offering exceptional hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere. We explore this beautiful inn to find out more about the secrets behind its success. Situated on the Cotswold Way and surrounded by the glorious Cotswold countryside, the original building in which the Old Spot Inn now resides dates from 1776 and has low ceilings and comfortable connecting bar-rooms which are adorned with interesting “breweriana” from times gone by. There can be no better atmosphere in which to enjoy a pint or two of the many cask ales always available and the humming of convivial conversation. Located in the Cotswold market town of Dursley, the inn offers great access to the Cotswold way and surrounding countryside, allowing guests the opportunity to indulge and unwind in this natural splendour whilst enjoying the stunning hospitality of this traditional inn. For those who come back hungry following an exciting time exploring, the Old Spot offers a set menu of freshly prepared, traditional dishes, available 12-3 daily with a specials board also available made with the freshest local ingredients around. The Old Spot also serves a Sunday roast in sittings of 12-2 and 2-4, with a choice of three meats available as well as vegetarian and fish options to ensure that there is something for everyone. Its aim is to serve only best quality produce - using mainly local suppliers and sourcing its beer and ciders from local,

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small producers. It also works with craft and micro brewers from around the county. Service is paramount to any countryside pub, therefore at the Old Spot the dedicated and hard working staff are trained to ensure they have knowledge about the food and beverages served. Staff enjoy ‘fun’ days and training days as part of their employment, delegated roles and personal responsibility to ensure that they are always working to the best of their ability. With great hospitality, food and a vast array of refreshing drinks behind the bar, the Old Spot is the perfect space for those seeking a traditional, homely pub to rest in after revelling in the beauty of its rural surroundings. Currently both the interior and exterior are being renovated so that future guests can enjoy an even more comfortable and relaxing experience.

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Most Sumptuous Indian Cuisine 2017 - London

Company: Salaam Namaste Contact: Sabbir Karim Contact Email: info@salaamnamaste.co.uk Address: 68 Millman Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N3EF, UK Phone: 020 7405 3697 Web Address: www.salaam-namaste.co.uk

Most Sumptuous Indian Cuisine 2017 - London Salaam Namaste is an award winning Indian restaurant situated in the heart of London. We provide an absorbing overview of this decedent establishment. Originally established in 2005, following an eye-catching refurbishment in late 2013 Sabbir relaunched Salaam Namaste and took the opportunity to design a delectable new menu reflecting his passion for the new styles of cooking emerging from innovative kitchens across India and demonstrating the breath taking depth and variety of Indian cuisine with a matching wines and cocktail list to complement. Nestled in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury only few minutes away from Russell Square tube station, this glorious eatery is the definition of the modern Indian Restaurant. Serving the finest Indian cuisine in a sleek, contemporary setting and combining traditional favourites with the new wave of exciting flavours and innovative ideas sweeping out of the sub-continent, this is the apogee of Indian dining. Chef-patron Sabbir Karim is a multi-award winning chef who is committed to serving only the very finest dishes to his revered patrons. Sabbir never rests in his drive to bring the most exciting flavours of India and offer them to his guests in a modern yet warm and welcoming atmosphere. In the kitchen, Sabbir’s team go to great lengths to ensure that every meal is perfect. This begins with subtle, complex marinades, the best quality spices

and freshly prepared seasonal produce. Salaam Namaaste menu also includes a wonderful, extensive choice of modern and traditional curries, biryanis and a delicious range of gluten-free, vegan and halal options. Prepared with exacting technique and finesse, the food at Salaam Namaste concentrates on dishes cooked on the sigri (a coal flame) and on the tawa (a hot iron griddle), serving an array of mouth-watering Bukhara grills alongside a selection of curries both traditional and modern, using the freshest ingredients and matched to a wine list which provides pairings which will delight. Offering a versatile space to enjoy these culinary delights, Salaam Namaaste is a stylish and contemporary space for intimate dinners or ideal venue for entertaining the guest and business clients, a hidden gem away from the mayhem of busy west end. The restaurant can be hired for private dining, corporate parties and social celebrations for parties of up to 70 seating and a heated alfresco decking. Wrap this in sleek, modern yet welcoming surroundings and guests can easily see why Salaam Namaste has such an enviable reputation as a destination for aficionados of Indian cuisine and best Indian restaurant in London.

“Nestled in the heart of London’s Bloomsbury only few minutes away from Russell Square tube station, this glorious eatery is the definition of the modern Indian Restaurant.“

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Best Fine Dining Experience - Central Coast

Company: Jasmine Greens Contact: Gabby Greyem Email: jasminegreens@ bigpond.com Address: 2 Mount Ettalong Rd, UMINA BEACH, NSWNew South, Australia Phone: 0061 2 43417000 Website: www.jasminegreens.com.au

Best Fine Dining Experience - Central Coast Jasmine Greens is an innovative beachside dining experience based on the beautiful Umina Beach in Australia. We profile this unique kiosk to learn more about the delicious dishes it produces. Jasmine Greens offers a creative menu is inspired by its beautiful coastal surrounds, local produce and the Mediterranean background of the dedicated team behind this exceptional establishment. With a strong focus on sourcing locally grown, free-range and chemical-free food, all of the kiosk’s dishes are prepared fresh daily with love. Serving breakfast and lunch, alongside an array of children’s options and decedent desserts, there really is something for everyone at Jasmine Greens. Breakfast is innovative and includes staples such as homemade apple and berry muffins and banana bread toasted with butter through to more exotic fare such as Middle Eastern inspired shakshuka, a dish of free range eggs baked in bed of roasted tomatoes, red peppers & house harissa with feta & organic sourdough toast. The lunch menu is equally varied and includes sumac spiced baby calamari with a cherry tomato salad and harissa aioli, Vietnamese noodle salad with house satay and vegetarian spring rolls or tofu as well as ricotta and grilled vegetable bruschetta on organic sourdough. Burger options include a decedent wagyu beef burger served with house pickles, house relish, cheese, house aioli, lettuce and a side of fries. To round of the meal is a truly glorious selection of

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desserts, including queen of Sheba chocolate cake with raspberry gelato, Greek almond shortbread and orange and olive oil cake with vanilla bean gelato. Ultimately, it is this vast array of dishes, combined with excellent service and stunning surroundings, that makes Jasmine Greens the perfect beachside fine dining experience for visitors of all tastes.

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Best Mediterranean Restaurant - Bristol

Company: Soukitchen Southville Address: 277 North street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JP Phone: 0117 966 6880 Company: Soukitchen Clifton Address: 59 Apsley road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2SW Phone: 0117 906 7690 Email: us@soukitchen.co.uk Website: www.soukitchen.co.uk

Best Mediterranean Restaurant - Bristol Specialising in cuisine hailing from much of what was the Ottoman Empire, Soukitchen offers a menu encompassing dishes originating from the Middle-East, Eastern Med and Northern Africa. We invited Owner Darren Lovell to tell us more about this stunning establishment and the glorious cuisine it provides. Soukitchen arrived in Bristol six years ago, bringing Middle Eastern market food to Southville’s North St, and more recently Clifton’s Apsley road. Owners, husband and wife team Darren and Ella Lovell say they wanted to move away entirely from what people expected from Middle Eastern restaurants, offering a completely fresh approach whilst still maintaining the regions tradition of serving up food that was made for sharing with family and friends in relaxed and friendly surroundings. This is evident from the moment you step through the door and you are met by bright patterned wall paper and cutlery in harissa tins, rather than the dimly lit, smoky room and walls hung with faded carpets that one might have envisaged. Darren discusses the inspiration behind this innovative dining concept. “Here at Soukitchen, our inspiration came from our travels to the souks found across the Middle East. These open-air market places are often found in the middle of towns and cities and provide a centre for food and produce. Here you will always find a hub of activity, with market goers sharing recipes, tasting fresh ingredients and sampling the finest in local cuisine. Souks also often extend beyond buying and selling goods, to include major festivals involving various cultural and social activities. They serve a social function as being a place for people to meet and experience together, in addition to their commercial role. At Soukitchen, we are attempting to re-create that same passion, authenticity and atmosphere right here in the UK. With a Bristol Good Food award for best Mediterranean for the last 3 years consecutively, it would appear that the residents of the city have embraced our enthusiasm

for this style of food.” “Eating out in the Middle East is a way of life. Everywhere you go there are market stalls and street vendors serving up great food and we wanted our menu to reflect this. Our menu is all about simple dishes that pack a punch, made from the best local ingredients. We also encourage customers to try their hand at recreating some of our favourites at home, and offer recipe cards to help them on their way, as well as featuring one of our favourite recipes in a local cookbook. One might think that it would be impossible to get hold of the more unique ingredients used on our menu, but with the opening of our Clifton restaurant in 2014 came the addition of the in-house Souk Shop. Here we sell all those hard to come by speciality ingredients such as Argan oil, pomegranate molasses and mograbieh couscous. Alongside these we also sell our own blend spice mixes including Ras-el-hanout and Baharat, staples of cuisine found along the spice trail. “Recreating the food of the souks is not our only aim, we also strive towards having the same sense of community. We work closely with charities and ethically source our ingredients. We have been a part of ‘Streetsmart’ over recent years and our customers have raised more than £5000 which goes to aiding vulnerable members of the local community.” Each of Soukitchen’s restaurants serve brunch, lunch and dinner. Customers can enjoy some bright and delicious mezze, great for sharing, ranging from such veggie favourites as crispy fried cauliflower with tahini yoghurt and zesty broad bean falafels to duck shawarma or lamb kofta mansaf, for the meat eaters.

Other popular dishes include oregano and thyme chicken skewers, cooked on a chargrill or the famous Ghalieh Mahi Persian fish curry, a heady mix of fenugreek, coriander and plum sauce which always leaves you wanting more. Soukitchen’s brunch menu is a firm favourite with the locals too, especially their signature dish, shakshouka. This is a dish cooked in a skillet with eggs poached in a tomato sauce with chunks of pepper, spiced with cumin and paprika. This is then topped with North African lamb merguez sausages, wilted spinach and crumbled feta and served with zatar flatbread. This alongside a harissa bloody Mary certainly blows the cobwebs away on the morning after the night before. As well as championing cuisine that most would not come by on a day to day basis, Soukitchen also has a unique wine list featuring grapes from the far reaches of the wine making world. A fruity Cappadocian red from Turkey which pairs with the spices perfectly, or a glass of Lebanese white produced in the Bekaa valley are among some of the most notable of their selection. Other refreshments are on offer and of course, there is an element of individuality about these too. Think Turkish apple tea mojito, rose and pomegranate sloe gin + tonic or a hoppy Moroccan lager. With a menu offering up something a bit different from the norm, a blackboard wall offering seasonal specials, a Souk Shop selling an array of Middle Eastern ingredients, while pledging to conduct their business in a way that impacts positively on the environment and local community, Soukitchen certainly take the Middle Eastern food revolution very seriously.

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Best Casual Dining Restaurant - South East London

Company: Est. India Contact: Shafiul Alom Contact Email: shafiul@estindia.co.uk Address: 73-75 Union Street, Flat Iron Square, London, SE1 1SG, UK Phone: 020 7407 2004 Website: www.estindia.co.uk/about

Best Casual Dining Restaurant - South East London Est. India is a fashionable and inviting Indian restaurant situated in London. We invited Shafiul Alom to talk us through this enticing establishment to explore the secrets behind its success. At Est. India, traditional Indian street cuisine meets fine urban Indian dining, with the restaurant’s central location, varied menu and relaxed atmosphere ensuring that guests always enjoy their meal. Shafiul discusses the restaurant and its innovative approach to Indian dining. “Est. India invites you to experience real Indian food culture. At the beginning of our journey our vision was to recreate the true tastes of India right here in the very heart of the beautiful city of London. We wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the tastes, flavours and aromas found in the streets and kitchens of India – home-style, rustic cooking enjoyed by both rich and poor, but served in an informal and modern London restaurant. “Whether indulging in a relaxed dining date with friends and family, a quick express lunch between meetings, or a slow refreshing chai at our bar on a hot day, we promise you an Indian experience of such delicious authenticity that it will leave you with your own fond memories of the rich and ancient culture of India.” Located in the upcoming and growing culinary area of Bankside, Est. India is nothing like the curry houses of old, instead offering a modern, yet comfortable establishment serving diners authentic food of India, taking inspiration from street food, old school café, and urban homes. In order to offer guests the very finest experience possible, the approachable staff are always willing to help anyone spoiled for choice by the rich and diverse menu, and Shafiul is keen to outline their vast

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contribution to the restaurant’s success. “At Est. Indian, we like to refer to our team at as family rather than colleagues working together. Most of the team have been at Est. India since we first opened the doors and these relationships have formed into family relationships with each other. Our team is made up of diversity, experience, knowledge and culinary experience and it is these skills and qualities of everyone that has enabled us to provide excellent hospitality to our diners. Each member of staff at Est. India has a pivotal role in the running of the restaurant. Our Chefs are trained at the famous Taj Hotel where they have honed their skills. “As health and safety are of paramount importance to everyone here, we regularly conduct internal training with staff to ensure everyone is familiar with regulations, allergen compliance and hygiene.” For those seeking a quick bite, the restaurant offers an Express Tiffin Lunch, which allows diners to choose from a selection of favourites including Kerala Chicken roasted in spices, star anise, cloves, red chillies, curry leaf and Chana Palak, a wholesome dish of chick peas and baby spinach cooked with onion, garlic and red chilli. Anyone looking to stay within their comfort zone will be deeply impressed by the Desi Burger, a pulled lamb slider adorned with spicy slaw, green chutney and served with massala wedges and green chutney, making the perfect combination of Indian flavours and western tastes. Similarly, diners watching their waists can enjoy a selection of salads, including the Achari chicken tikka salad which comes with red onions, crispy salad

leaves, pomegranate, fresh coriander, green chilli, green chutney dressing, or the paneer tikka salad with mangoes, which comprises cubes of tandoori Paneer with mangoes, crispy salad, coriander, tomatoes, cucumber and onions. Finally, anyone looking to indulge their passion for authentic Indian cuisine need look no further than the restaurant’s renowned Dosa, a thin rice and lentil crepe filled with choice of chicken, lamb or light masala veg, served with vegetables ambar and coconut chutney. Overall, Est. India is the perfect setting for an unforgettable Indian dining experience, and guests can do no better than sample the delicious dishes and exquisite hospitality of this relaxed but refined London eatery. Although various challenges look set to befall the eatery over the coming months and years, Shafiul believes that the Est. India’s focus on excellence will allow it to survive and thrive despite the tough industry it operates in. “Looking ahead, due to tight regulation on bringing staff from abroad, there is further constraints on the Indian restaurant industry. To deal with this shortage, we have a big emphasis on staff training and staff retention. With the ongoing Brexit negotiations, the staff shortage will affect the entire catering industry and prices of imported good have also gone up, adding to the challenges we as an Indian restaurant, face. Despite this, we are determined to continue providing our clients with the very highest standards of service and quality, authentic dishes that tantalise their taste buds.”

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Best Armenian Restaurant - UK

Company: The Armenian Taverna Contact: Arman Vardazaryan Contact Email: contact@ armeniantaverna.co.uk Address: 3-5 Princess St, Manchester, M2 4DF, UK Phone: 0161 834 9025 Website: www.armeniantaverna.co.uk

Best Armenian Restaurant - UK The Armenian Taverna is a stunning Manchester based establishment that embraces the Armenian culture to the fullest. We profile this glorious eatery to find out more. Having undergone a beautiful refurbishment by Cube 8 Studio last year, the Armenian Taverna now offers guests a unique glimpse into the splendour that is Armenian culture and cuisine. Armenian architecture is very symbolic and often includes, symbols, colour, fine detail, symmetry and natural materials such has, carved wooden doors, stone or basalt walls, decorative ceramics and intricate embroidery and fabrics.

watering dishes with a rustic influence that showcase the restaurant’s relationship with its traditional home cooked food. He has been cooking for over 24 years and has previously been the Sous Chef at Hilton mylos, with his signature dish being a glorious fish meal. Just like traditional Armenian food which is seasonal, Evangelos uses the freshest fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs and spices available at that time and all of which are locally sourced.

The culture of Armenia encompasses many elements that are based on the geography, literature, architecture, dance, and music of the people. Armenian cuisine is as ancient as the history of Armenia, Armenian cognac is renowned worldwide, having won numerous awards, and was considered by the late British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, as his favourite. It has often been referred to as the food of today. For Armenians, the pomegranate is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country. In Armenian mythology, it symbolizes fertility and good fortune. It was a guardian against the evil eye, and as such is incorporated into many dishes.

Menu highlights include sumptuous appetisers, including indulgent black caviar served on a boiled egg with asparagus and traditional Yerevan Khachapuri, a slightly spicy, air-dried, cured beef, baked in homemade bread, topped with egg and melted cheese. For the main course, there is a rich selection of fantastic traditional dishes including Pacsus Dolma, an old Armenian dish, marinated cabbage studded with granule vegetables and Shashlik, a hearty meal consisting of marinated lamb chops grilled with onion, mash, garnished with grilled vegetables. For the less adventurous there is a fillet of sea bass, with spinach and lemon dressing, ensuring that there really is something to tempt everyone at the Armenian Taverna.

Creativity and passion define the restaurant’s menu and attention to detail is something that the establishment prides itself on, and as such each course is presented in its own special way. Head Chef Evangelos Takoulas’ menu consists of mouth-

The dessert menu revolves around cake, with a daily cake special offering diners the chance to try a new sweet treat every time they visit. There are also menu staples such as hot chocolate fudge cake served with

ice cream and a decedent honey cake. For those who require more of a palette cleanser than a rich dessert after a filling meal, the restaurant also offers a flavourful yet virtuous baked apple and yogurt. Overall, it is the combination of culture and sumptuous food which makes the Armenian Taverna the ideal space for anyone seeking a unique and inviting dining experience.

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Best Vegetarian Restaurant & Most Authentic Gujarati Cuisine - UK

Company: Hansa’s Gujarati Vegetarian Restaurant Contact: Kishor Dabhi Contact Email: info@hansasrestaurant.com Address: 72-74 North St, Leeds, LS2 7PN, UK Phone: 0113 244 4408 Web Address: www.hansasrestaurant.com

Best Vegetarian Restaurant & Most Authentic Gujarati Cuisine - UK Hansa’s Gujarati Vegetarian Restaurant is a Leeds based dining establishment offering the very finest Gujarati cuisine created by Chef Hansa Dabhi. We profile the restaurant and explore how rich flavours and quality produce are the secrets behind its success. The state of Gujarat, an area about the same size as England, is on the western coast of India. As with the rest of India, it is predominantly a Hindu state. Hindus are forbidden to kill any living creature, especially for food, so vegetarianism has been a way of life from time immemorial. Over thousands of years, vegetarian cookery has evolved into a delicate and precise art. As such, Hansa’s Gujarati Vegetarian Restaurant has developed a sumptuous menu which represents a very small selection of a vast and rich culinary heritage. Hansa’s glorious menu consists of Starters (Sharuaat), the establishment’s own specialities, a section on vegetable curries (Lilotri) and Beans or Pulse curries (Kathor) and of course the sweets (Mistaan). The emphasis at Hansa’s is on sharing and experimenting, and as such guests are encouraged to share dishes and enjoy the experience together. Chef Hansa’s Dabhi has been on the forefront of bringing Indian Vegetarian Cuisine to the mainstream restaurant scene in Leeds and Yorkshire since 1986. Her all women staff, serve her blend of Gujarati Vegetarian home-cooking, with touches of her East African upbringing, which has been highly acclaimed and won her many awards over the years, the latest

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being voted, ‘Best Indian Vegetarian Restaurant UK’, the Cobra Good Curry Guide‘14. Hansa boasts that, “over 80% of her regular clients are nonvegetarians”, which is the real mark of her success. It has become a ‘must visit place when in Leeds!’ and very popular party venue where people come from far and wide to have ‘The Hansa’s Experience’. For those looking to replicate the stunning dishes available at the restaurant, Hansa’s Indian Vegetarian Cookbook, which she self-published, is highly acclaimed by the food critics of the Times, the Guardian and the Observer and was voted as the Best Vegetarian Cookbook by the Independent in 2011. She has followed it by self-publishing her second cookbook - ‘Hansa’s, more than just a restaurant, it’s my life!, which has received rave reviews from The Guardian, the Times and The Observer as well. It celebrates her 25 years in business, covers more exciting Gujarati recipes, a piece introducing the Indian medicinal system of Ayurveda and her tours to her beloved Gujarat with her customers. After graduating from doing cookery demonstrations for schools and PTA groups, she is now in her fourth year of running her very own Hansa’s Cookery School where her customers take part in a series of the nine ‘hands-on cookery lessons’, to learn the full range

of dishes from starters, mains, desserts and even pickles, which they enjoy eating at her restaurant. The lessons are designed to give the students confidence to tackle Indian Vegetarian cookery. As testimony to the popularity of the lessons, she has to lay on additional classes to meet the demand. Hansa has also become the visiting ‘Indian chef’ at the prestigious Cooks at Carlton Towers. Lately, she has been taking part in promoting her style of cooking through the local ‘Made in Leeds TV’ and looking forwards to being featured on the national food channels soon. Over the years Hansa and her husband Kishor have also been taking small groups of their customers on guided tours to her native Gujarat and other parts of India, through Hansa’s Heritage Tours, to give them the real experience of the mother country. They also organise charity events, undertake party hosting and go trekking to raise funds for their pet charity project of ‘One–teacher Schools’ in India and Nepal, run by The 3Rs Education Trust in UK and Saraswati Vidhialaya in India. Ultimately, Hansa’s aims to be ‘more than just a restaurant’ where she and her team work hard to ensure that guests receive a truly homely experience and fully immerse themselves in the Gujarati way of dining.


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Best Indian Restaurant - Central London

Company: Mango Indian Contact: Sorowar Khan Contact Email: Sorowar@lovemango.co.uk Address: Cromwell Building, 6 Redcross Way, London SE1 9HR Phone: 020 7407 2004 Website: http:// justmangotree.co.uk

Best Indian Restaurant - Central London Mango Indian is a unique Indian restaurant located close to the famous London Borough Market and the Shard in the heart of London. We invited Owner Sorowar Khan to tell us more about this exquisite eatery and the range of dishes it provides. Situated in the heart of London, Mango Indian offers a perfect combination of authentic Indian cuisine and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Sorowar is keen to highlight the restaurant’s focus on providing the perfect Indian dining experience to its guests. “At Mango Indian we have stripped its menu back to basics rather than follow suit with a traditional Brit-Indian menu. We wanted to give our diners an authentic and true Indian dining experience. “As such, our chefs went back to basic Indian cooking principles and took all the classic ingredients and traditional methods of cooking which are at the very heart of traditional Indian cooking. Taking these ingredients and methods, they fused them with a modern culinary twist. The result is beautiful, traditional and authentic Indian dishes packed with fresh flavours and aromas that leap off the palate to create an explosion of taste on your palate. The rich masalas and ingredients such as fenugreek and jeera pack such a punch that even the most jaded of palates are re-ignited. But Mango Indian wanted to push boundaries further. With all the bold flavours being used we needs to introduce subtlety to compliment these flavours and tastes of the new menu. Simple additions such as the inclusion of the delicate curry leaf and tempered mustard seeds lifted our dishes to new heights.”

Overall, India is full of culture and tradition when it comes to cooking, and Sorowar believes that Mango Indian’s focus on providing the most authentic, sumptuous menu and excellent hospitality is what sets the establishment apart and marks it out as the best possible option for anyone seeking a real Indian dining experience. “Ultimately, our menu here at Mango Indian includes dishes that demonstrate and understand these traditions. Mango Indian is a modern, comfortable, stylish and intimate Indian restaurant where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the fantastic menu of eastern tradition fused with modern culinary expertise.”

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Best Japanese Restaurant - Brighton & Hove

Company: Okinami Japanese Restaurant Contact: Riley Alexander Email: restaurant@okinami.com Address: 6 New Rd, Brighton, BN1 1UF, UK Phone: 01273 773777

Best Japanese Restaurant - Brighton & Hove Oki-Nami is Brighton’s original Japanese restaurant, offering authentic Japanese cuisine using only the finest and freshest of ingredients, served in elegant and contemporary surroundings. We provide an absorbing overview of this unique establishment and the range of dishes it creates. Located in the heart of Brighton next to the Theatre Royal, open six days a week for lunch and dinner, Okinami also have a fabulous cocktail bar and a very popular takeaway service. Owned by leading Japanese chef Mike Dodd and Brighton DJ Norman Cook. Diners can enjoy Japanese classics as well as new dishes with a twist, ranging from sushi to tempura, and noodles to grilled fish and meat.

Culture is of vital importance at Oki-Nami, and is steeped into everything the establishment does. OkiNami’s skilled and committed waiters and waitresses will ensure diners always enjoy the best possible dining experience during their visit, and will be on hand to share their knowledge of Japanese culture and cuisine. They can also advise on the best dishes to try based on preferences and any special dietary requirements.

Head chef and co-owner Mike Dodd is a leading light in Japanese cookery. His stand-out menu includes otsumame (Japanese tapas), main courses, yakisoba, sides, salads and soups, sushi platters, sashimi, a la carte sushi, and home-made desserts. To ensure that visitors constantly receive the best culinary experience possible, he is continually experimenting to bring exciting new flavours to the table, with vegan dishes such as asparagus avocado musu maki a tempting recent addition to the restaurant’s menu.

By offering both a cultural experience and a range of stunning dishes, Oki-Nami has positioned itself as the place to eat in Brighton, attracting diners from far and wide to sample the excellent hospitality and traditional Japanese fare.

In addition to the core menu, the restaurant also features distinct menus designed to impress for special occasions such as Valentine’s day, as well as a set menu for those seeking an introduction to exquisite Japanese cuisine. As well as a great food menu Oki-Nami have an excellent bar which serves some of the finest authentic Japanese spirits ranging from Nikka Whisky to Ki No Bi Japanese gin, as well as rice spirit shochu.

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“...skilled and committed waiters and waitresses will ensure diners always enjoy the best possible dining experience...”


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Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2017 - Fairfield County

Company: Bailey’s Backyard Contact: Salvatore Bagliavio Contact Email: info@baileysbackyard.com Address: 23 Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield, CT, 6877, USA Phone: 001 203 431 0796 Website: www. baileysbackyard.com

Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2017 - Fairfield County Bailey’s Backyard is an American farm to table restaurant and catering company based in Ridgefield CT. We profile this innovative establishment to learn more about the secrets behind its success. Established in 1999, Since its inception Bailey’s offers innovative American cuisine in a polished casual setting. Alongside the stunning dishes offered at the restaurant, Bailey’s is also a Full Service Catering Company They have become one of the area’s top caterers, offering full service catering for weddings and other large events. As testimony to the restaurant’s success, it has been selected by CT Magazine Expert Picks as one of the Best Overall Restaurants in Fairfield County. In addition, Bailey’s Four Course Tasting Menu was named one of the Top 100 Thing to Do by Serendipity Magazine and is offered every Wednesday night. To ensure that clients receive the very highest standard meals when they visit, Bailey’s sources high quality meats and fresh produce from local and area farms. Their menu’s changes seasonally and within the seasons to ensure that only the freshest and highest quality ingredients are utilized in their dishes. The restaurant also has a craft cocktail program, infusing its own liquors and creating signature syrups which help craft the perfect cocktail. Bailey’s also offers a large selection of local craft beers, local and small batch spirits to ensure even the most discerning drinker will find something to tempt them. Finally, Bailey’s has a team of high quality chefs and management with many years of experience in

the industry who are dedicated to offering the very highest standards of service to every guest. The front of the house staff is expertly trained and are some of the industry’s best professionals. The service at Bailey’s is always warm, friendly, knowledgeable and professional. It is this combination of exquisite dishes, quality ingredients, unique drinks and high quality service that sets Bailey’s Backyard apart and makes it the ideal place for anyone seeking an enjoyable and relaxing dining experience in Ridgefield.

“...Bailey’s Four Course Tasting Menu was named one of the Top 100 Thing to Do by Serendipity Magazine...” LUX - Restaurant & Bar Awards 2017 27


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Jeremy’s Ale House: A Chilled Out Atmosphere with Quality American Food

Company: Jeremy’s Ale House Contact: Jeremy Contact Email: jeremysale@earthlink.net Address: 228 Front St, New York City, NY, 10038-2004, USA Phone: 001 212 964 3537 Website: www.jeremysalehouse.com

Jeremy’s Ale House: A Chilled Out Atmosphere with Quality American Food With two stunning locations in New York City and Long Island, Jeremy’s Ale House offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and a great selection of beers served alongside classic New York food. We profile this innovative bar to find out more about the unique experience it offers. Famed for its fresh seafood and ice cold, 32-ounce beers, Jeremy’s Ale House offers great beer, food and atmosphere for those seeking a more laid back ambiance. Each of the two establishments is centrally located: the NYC location is just a few blocks from Wall Street and the Long Island bar is on the Nautical Mile in Freeport, putting them both within easy reach of thirsty patrons. With unique, creative décor featuring graffiti, stylish wallpaper and flat screen TVs for anyone looking to check up on their team, Jeremy’s Ale House offers a laid-back atmosphere where diners and drinkers alike can unwind and catch up with old friends. Over 25 varieties of beer are available, including Jeremy’s own ale, ensuring that everyone from the true beer connoisseur to the casual drinker can find something to tempt them. There is everything from standard Coors Light, Stella Artois and Budweiser through to more exotic beers including Paulaner German Weissebier and Yuengling Lager. Everywhere from the UK, with Bass Ale, through to Mexico with Pacifico, is represented, and as such guests can enjoy an ale from around the world from Jeremey’s. Anyone looking to enjoy a meal or light bite with their beer is more than welcome, as the ale house offers a comprehensive menu of American classics including

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BBQ rib tips, pizza burger, New England clam chowder, nachos and chicken wings. Friendly staff and great music combine with this fantastic array of dishes and drinks to create a great experience for anyone in the New York City area looking for a relaxed space to drink, dine and unwind.

“Over 25 varieties of beer are available, including Jeremy’s own ale, ensuring that everyone...can find something to tempt them.”


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Sports Bar of the Year 2017- New York

Company: Kelly’s Sports Bar Contact: Gerry Doyl Contact Email: Gerry@kellysnyc.com Address: 12 Avenue A, New York, 10009, USA Phone: 001 212 388 1464 Website: kellysnyc.com

Sports Bar of the Year 2017- New York Renowned as the ‘Home of the Creamy Pint’, Kelly’s Sports Bar is the premier hockey bar in NYC. We profile the establishment to learn more about the secrets behind its success so far. Kelly’s Sports Bar is a relaxed and hospitable bar on 12th Avenue. With its classic Irish pub style and dedication to hockey, this is the perfect retreat for sports fans or those seeking something a little bit different. As sports bar with a neighborhood feel, Kelly’s traditional pub décor incorporates nine TVs with sound, allowing guests to watch a variety of games in comfort. Thanks to this dedication to sport Kelly’s is the home bar for many teams including NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, MLS, EPL and NCAA football. In addition, the bar is a world-renowned hockey bar, and as such many teams call it home including the Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins. For NFL and NHL Kelly’s i the home bar of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. For MLB and NBA it is the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bulls. Finally, for the MLS the bar is home to the NYCFC and for the EPL it is Liverpool. With such a vast array of teams calling Kelly’s home the bar is always packed with sports fans, making for an exciting and invigorating atmosphere on game days. Sports would not be the same without a refreshing drink, and as such the bar boasts a fantastic array of beers, available on both draft and from cans or bottles, including Shock Top Belgian White, a medium-bodied, spiced Belgian-style wheat ale with real orange, lemon, and lime peels, with a little coriander spice; Murphy’s Irish Stout, which,

when poured carefully, produces about an inch of creamy, velvety tan head in this rich and flavourful beer, which is enriched with minerals along with an underlying caramel-molasses and light, nutty, bittering hops; and Goose Island IPA, with a fruity aroma, set off by a dry malt middle, and long hop finish. Kelly’s also offers food for those who work up an appetite cheering on their team, with a classic menu including classics such as chicken wings and pizza. Specials nights ranging from game days to lady’s nights are a regular occurrence at Kelly’s, with the bar offering a number of great chances to enjoy new drinks, cheer on your favourite team or dance the night away. Fans of the bar come from far and wide to soak up the atmosphere, and they have the chance to showcase their loyalty by buying a stunning Kelly’s t-shirt, with a range of innovative designs. Overall, it is this combination of great atmosphere, food and the vast selection of beverages that Kelly’s Sports Bar offers which makes this the ideal venue for those looking to celebrate a win, commiserate a loss of simply soak up the excitement in this vibrant and unique pub.

“Specials nights ranging from game days to lady’s nights are a regular occurrence at Kelly’s, with the bar offering a number of great chances to enjoy new drinks, cheer on your favourite team or dance the night away.”

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