Wow! Monday night at the Villa Park – Holte Suite the the 4thMidlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards took place in an atmosphere of excitement and high energy.

Going from to strength to strength this high profile Midlands event brought together the great and good, movers & shakers of the food, drink & hospitality industry.  With incredible winners announced, the euphoric atmosphere in the room made it a perfect celebration of the hardworking food, drink & hospitality industry.


A June, Monday night has never seen such an electric atmosphere in one place – no Monday blues here, a room full of over 550 people who make the regions food, drink & hospitality industry one of the best in the world and rightly deserved the honour and adulation.

The MFDH awards was again this year headline sponsored by Pepsi Max, with diamond sponsor Swallow Drinks and category sponsors Britvic, Bootcamp Media, Illy, Falcon Insurance, NA Consulting, Hollywood Monster and Adapt Accountancy.

The night kicked off with a stellar reception that welcomed the guests, hosts, judges and sponsors to the beautifully decorated venue at the cricket ground. It was a night full of fun and frolics.

Host Ed James, known for his flamboyance and infectious humour, kept the guests entertained. They brought a sense of cabaret, zest and fun to the night that kept everything up and lively.

Live music & performance was provided by Birmingham’s most wanted entertainment collective, Aston Performing Arts Academy, who had the room up and dancing with their amazing and energetic performance.

The Town Hall Gospel Choir started the evening entertainment with their rendition of Bob Dylan’s songs in gospel style.

Drinks were aplenty and the tantalizing food was provided by Mahir’s Experience.  The delectable cuisine was perfectly fitting for a night celebrating the very best in food, drink & hospitality

Needless to say, when it came to the winners, the level of excitement and tension was palpable. Some of the most coveted awards and winners of the night included Best Fine Dining Restaurant which went to The Boat Inn, Best Steak House which was awarded to the Gaucho and Best Chef which was picked up by Liam Dillon of The Boat Inn. The crowd moved to the after party after the awards was over, which saw yet more fun, laughs and partying with music provided by DJ Dan Kelly

Next year’s MFDH awards is already being planned and looks set to be even bigger, better and brighter. Look forward to seeing you next year!


For images from the night, see the links below.  More will be released in the coming days!

Picy by Mr Ladd Media –

Pics by Jas Sansi –



Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

The Boat Inn – Lichfield


Gastro Pub of the Year

The Broom Tavern – Alcester


South Asian Restaurant of the Year

Asha’s – Birmingham


Oriental Restaurant of the Year

Chung Ying Cantonese – Birmingham


Steak House of the Year

Gaucho – Birmingham


Italian Restaurant of the Year

Laghi’s Deli – Birmingham


Hispanic Restaurant of the Year

Bar Iberico – Nottingham


Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant of the Year

No.12 Houndsgate – Nottingham


Casual Dining Establishment of the Year

The Butlers Arms – Sutton Coldfield


Desi Bar & Grill of the Year

The New Soho Tavern – Birmingham


Dessert Parlour of the Year

Gelato Village – Leicester


People’s Choice Award

Chung Ying Cantonese – Birmingham


Venue Design of the Year

Sky by the Water – Birmingham


Chef of the Year

Liam Dillon (The Boat Inn) – Lichfield


Bar/Restaurant Manager of the Year

Tommy Matthews (The Edgbaston) – Birmingham


Rising Star of the Year

Katie Rouse (Crushed & Cubed) – Birmingham


Street Food Vendor of the Year

Buddha Belly – Birmingham


Food/Drink Festival/Operator of the Year

Digbeth Dining Club – Birmingham


Food/Drink Blogger of the Year

Bite Your Brum – Birmingham


Best Insta of the Year 

The Fat Foodie UK – Birmingham


Cocktail Bar of the Year

The Edgbaston – Birmingham


Traditional Pub of the Year

The Old Crown – Digbeth, Birmingham


Sommelier of the Year

Stefan Liperowski – Hotel Du Vin


Hotel Bar of the Year

The Bubble Lounge (HDV) – Birmingham


Drinks Merchant/Tasting House of the Year

Loki Wines – Birmingham


Afternoon Tea Establishment of the Year

The Edgbaston – Birmingham


Independent Coffee Shop of the Year

Damascena – Birmingham


Brewery/Distillery of the Year

Cotswolds Distillery – Stourton


Hotel of the Year

The Mount Hotel Country Manor – Wolverhampton


Boutique Hotel of the Year

Hotel Du Vin – Stratford upon Avon


General Manager of the Year

Jayne O’Malley (The Edgbaston) – Birmingham


Venue of the Year

Coombe Abbey – Coventry


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