And the Restaurant of the Year is...

Spanish chef José Pizarro, two-Michelin-starred Tom Kerridge and Raymond Blanc protégée Ollie Dabbous were among the big winners at the inaugural Food and Travel Reader Awards held at The Royal Automobile Club on London’s Pall Mall on 3 September, 2012.

In total 29 awards were handed out during a glittering evening hosted by comedian Simon Evans, with categories ranging from Hotel of the Year to Destination of the Year, to Restaurant of the Year – the latter won by a jubilant José Pizarro for Pizarro. Crowd favourite Kerridge picked up Chef of the Year while Dabbous won Breakthrough Chef of the Year. Others honoured on the night included Istanbul, which picked up Destination of the Year, Gidleigh Park (Hotel of the Year), Singapore Airlines (Airline of the Year), Viking River Cruises (Cruise Line of the Year), The Ginger Pig (Specialist Retailer of the Year) and Ashburton Cookery School (Cookery School of the Year).

More than 20,000 votes were cast byreaders to nominate the best of the best across the food and travel industries, and the awards coincided with the magazine’s 150th issue. Food and Travel magazine is priced at £3.95 and is on sale at all good quality news outlets.

Here’s a full round-up of all the winners:

Tour Operator of the Year – Rainbow Tours
Bar of the Year – The Connaught Bar
Short-haul Airline of the Year – easyJet
Long-haul Airline of the Year – Singapore Airlines
Airline of the Year (overall) – Singapore Airlines
Adventure Cruise Line of the Year – Spirit of Adventure
Ocean Cruise Line of the Year – Celebrity Cruises
River Cruise Line of the Year – Viking River Cruises
Cruise Line of the Year (overall) – Viking River Cruises
Cookery School of the Year – Ashburton Cookery School
Specialist Retailer of the Year – The Ginger Pig
Bed and Breakfast of the Year – Salthouse
City Hotel of the Year – Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Gourmet Bolthole of the Year – The Hand & Flowers
Rural Hotel of the Year – Gidleigh Park
International Hotel of the Year – Rosa Alpina
Hotel of the Year (overall) – Gidleigh Park
Drinks Book of the Year – How to Make Your Own Drinks by Susy Atkins
Food Book of the Year – History of English Food by Clarissa Dickson Wright
Travel Book of the Year – Unusual Hotels Europe by Steve Dobson
Book of the Year (overall) – Unusual Hotels Europe by Steve Dobson
London Restaurant of the Year – The Ledbury
Newcomer Restaurant of the Year – Pizarro
Non-London Restaurant of the Year – The Fat Duck
Timeless Classic of the Year – Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Restaurant of the Year (overall) – Pizarro
Breakthrough Chef of the Year – Ollie Dabbous
Chef of the Year – Tom Kerridge
Destination of the Year – Istanbul

Comments (2)

  1. John says:

    Would agree with Viking and Celebrity Cruises as winners but I’m sure that this would have been close as there are so many others worthy of these awards.

  2. Dave says:

    I agree with voting Singapore Airlines as the Best Airline of the Year. They have been at the top for several years in a row and continue to provide good service.

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