London Restaurant Festival

The London Restaurant Festival Awards 2017: The Winners

The London Restaurant Festival hosted their annual awards last night and we were there to applaud the winners by drinking fizz, and commiserate the losers by, er, drinking some more fizz.

Here are the results, in one handy round-up.

Searcy’s at The Gherkin: Most popular festival menu

People are suckers for a great view with their dinner, it seems.

Madison: Best London Restaurant Festival menu under £25

This rooftop venue in The City bagged an award for their good value menu.

Pitt Cue Co: Best London Restaurant Festival menu over £25

We love the Pitt Cue guys and all their smoky work at one of London’s best barbecue restaurants, so we were delighted they nabbed this award.

A Wong: Most welcoming front of house

The first of two awards for A Wong, who make some of London’s best dumplings.

Motu: Best use of technology

Posh Indian delivery company Motu (from the JKS group behind Gymkhana and Trishna) scooped this well-deserved award.

Cub: Restaurant bar of the year

We loved Cub and so did the judges.

Andrew Clarke: Maverick of the year

Chef Andrew Clarke of Brunswick House and forthcoming restaurant Bastien won maverick of the year.

Serge et le Phoque: Most inspiring restaurant design

Well done to Serge et le Phoque for emerging triumphant in what must have been a tough group. We’re often having a good ol’ gape around a new restaurant dining room.

Reviewer of the year: Grace Dent

Grace is one of our favourite critics thanks to her no-nonsense approach. An example: she recently reviewed Clare Smyth’s high-end restaurant Core, finishing the piece with, ‘they packed me up some fabulous chocolate tart petits fours, which I ate in bed later watching telly.’ We hope it was Corrie.

Influencer of the year: Zeren Wilson

Wine consultant and restaurant reviewer Zeren deservedly won influencer of the year. We asked him how he felt about winning and he told us, ‘I’m chuffed to have won an award for doing what I love most — the restaurant scene in London has never been as exciting as it is now. Lucky us!’

Newcomer of the year: Ikoyi London

Ikoyi’s unique approach to West African cuisine won them this award. Did you know they also can’t resist a KFC?

Dish of the year: Squid ink croquettes at Western’s Laundry

We love a croquette at JOL and this innovative, fishy take on a classic has taken London by storm.

Chef of the year: Philip Howard

We all thought we’d miss Philip Howard when he left The Square but there was no need to panic, as he went on to open Elystan Street shortly afterwards.

Outstanding contribution to the restaurant industry: Rowley Leigh

Restaurant of the year: A Wong

A double win for A Wong, who picked up restaurant of the year. Bravo!