• Top London restaurants, bars and pubs go through to Harden’s final

    The shortlist for Harden’s inaugural London Restaurant Awards has both familiar names and a welcome host of new faces as it looks to embrace the latest dining and drinking trends across the capital. What’s more it is diners rather than trade experts that have come up with the list. Do you agree with their choices?

    The shortlist for Harden’s inaugural London Restaurant Awards has both familiar names and a welcome host of new faces as it looks to embrace the latest dining and drinking trends across the capital. What’s more it is diners rather than trade experts that have come up with the list. Do you agree with their choices?

    mm By September 1, 2016

    Whoever comes out on top will have fought off serious competition in Harden’s inaugural London Restaurant Awards.

    Awards chosen by diners and not the trade
    Awards chosen by diners and not the trade

    Les 110 des Taillevent, Noble Rot, Enoteca Turi and Terroirs will battle it out for the prize of Wine List of the Year in the upcoming Harden’s London Restaurants Awards 2016.

    All four would be respected winners of a category, supported by English winery, Chapel Down, that is just one of 12 awards in what is the first time that Harden’s has stepped out to host its own event to celebrate the best of what is going on in the London premium on-trade. Noticeably all those on the shortlist have been voted for by actual diners, not the trade, as part of Harden’s annual restaurant survey. That works out at 50,000 reviews from 7,500 different contributors.

    Those vying for  Top Gastronomic Experience, also which is supported by  Chapel Down,  is Brett Graham’s The Ledbury in Notting Hill, a serial winner of such awards, along with what Harden’s claims is London’s most expensive restaurant – The Araki.

    Peter Harden, co-founder of Harden’s and the brains behind the new event, said:  “Street-food vendors and London’s most famous chefs will rub shoulders at the new Harden’s London Restaurant Awards, as we recognise both the budget rising stars and veteran celebrity kitchens of the world’s most diverse, and increasingly its best, restaurant scene.”

    The awards are keen to highlight and celebrate restaurants that have recently been opened so from the four nominees in each category, two have been selected purely on the strength of diners’ votes, and a further two selected on a similar basis, but from newer restaurant openings of the last two to three  years. From the four candidates, the Harden’s editors pick the final winner, with a bias to recognising rising talent that possesses the potential to emerge as some of London’s very best in any given category, said Peter Harden.

    The Awards take place at The Hippodrome Casino in Leicester Square and will be hosted by BBC presenter, Nigel Barden and Peter Harden on September 12.

    The full shortlist line up is:

    TOP GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCE

    Sponsor: Chapel Down

      WINE LIST OF THE YEAR

    Sponsor: Chapel Down

    •  

    The Araki

      •  Les 110 de Taillevant

    •  

    Le Gavroche

      •  Enoteca Turi
    •  

    The Ledbury

      •   Noble Rot
    •  

    Typing Room

      •   Terroirs

     

     

         

     

    TOP NEWCOMER

     

      TOP BAR OR PUB

    Sponsor: Curious Brew

      Anglo     Anchor & Hope
      Black Axe Mangal     The Harcourt
     

    Frenchie

        Harwood Arms

     

    Som Saa     The Marksman
     

     

         

     

    TOP CHEAP EAT

     

      BEST FOR ROMANCE
     

    Bao

     
    Clos Maggiore
     

    Hoppers

        Ivy Chelsea Green
     

    Lahore Kebab House

        Pidgin
     

    Padella

        La Poule au Pot
     

     

         

     

    BEST FOR BUSINESS

    Sponsor: Exmoor Caviar

      BEST BREAKFAST OR BRUNCH
     

    The Bleeding Heart

        Cecconis
     

    Holborn Dining Room

        45 Jermyn Street
     

    Piquet

        Milk
     

    The Wolseley

        The Wolseley
     

     

         

     

    BEST STEAKS & GRILLS

      TOP COFFEE HOUSE

      Flat Iron     Department of Coffee
     

    Guinea Grill

        Doppio
      Hawksmoor     Monmouth Coffee
      Popeseye Highgate     Tamp
             

     

    BEST STREET FOOD   BEST AFTERNOON TEA

    Sponsor: Fentimans

      Gourmet Goat    

    The Goring

      Kappacasein Dairy     Ham Yard
     

    The Rib Man

        The Ritz
      Smokestak     Ting

     

     

     

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