In association with
Partnering the National Restaurant of the Year award and sponsoring Gastro Pub of the Year
Estrella Damm - THE MEDITERRANEAN BEER
Since 1876, Estrella Damm has been synonymous with Barcelona, its taste infused with the city's unique cultural expression of food, art and life. Now, the beer from Barcelona is bringing the flavour long associated with the Mediterranean's cultural epicentre to UK shores. And in true Barcelona style it brings what no other lager does - a quintessential experience that evokes warm, laid-back summer evenings and a uniquely Mediterranean pace of life.
140 years ago, a young August K. Damm and his wife Melanie emigrated from Alsace to escape the Franco-Prussian war. Their journey took them to the Mediterranean to realize their dreams of doing what they did best: brewing beer. In 1876 they established their own brewery, having crafted a distinctive and evolved beer, suitable for warmer climates, so different to existing central European beers: The Mediterranean Lager.
To this day, Estrella Damm is brewed using their original 1876 recipe and only the best Mediterranean ingredients: barley malt, rice and hops. The quality of our ingredients is of the utmost importance and as such, we work closely with local Mediterranean farmers, supplying them with our carefully selected pure seed varieties. Our yeast is unique and it is stored under high security measures and our malt is processed to the strictest standards in our own malthouse, La Moravia.
It takes a minimum of 3 weeks for Estrella Damm to complete the fermentation and production process. This level of care and attention has been recognized through the acclaim and numerous awards won across the globe. Issues such as Oxidation and Microbiological Contamination are overcome by using the most modern packaging technology. And our brown bottle protects against ultraviolet radiation, this combined with appropriate cold storage ensures that the beer can be enjoyed as was intended: Mediterráneamente.
ESTRELLA DAMM PROPERTIES:Estrella Damm's brand ambassador, Ferran Adrià (the world's most award-winning chef) who has developed new brews such as Inedit, specifically created to accompany with food
Associate Sponsor - Sponsoring Highest Climber
"Capture the richness of life and Crown those special moments." This philosophy was an obsession for Edmond Lombardi, one of South Africa's innovative and most successful apple growers.
Deep in Cape Town's richly beautiful Elgin Valley, in 1966, Lombardi had a vision. He set out to capture the magic and purity of this special place and share it with the rest of the world. He cleverly blended and lightly carbonated 100% natural juice from specially selected apples and created Appletiser, one of the world's most beautifully crafted soft drinks. With its refreshing natural and elegant taste - Appletiser has a beautiful clear, golden colour, gentle sparkle, crisp natural apple taste and fruity aroma. It also counts towards 1 of your 5 a day.
Lombardi matched the perfection of his drink with perfection in packaging - a legacy that continues to this day. His iconic crown motif is a symbol of both celebration and uncompromising quality.
The contemporary glass bottles with strikingly powerful yet simple graphics reinforce Appletiser's obsession with quality and purity.
Perfect for those special occasions and a delightful complement to go with food.
Around the world, Appletiser's 100% juice purity makes moments more special.
Go on, Crown the Moment!
Associate Sponsor - Sponsoring Wine List of the Year
Matthew Clark is proud to be sponsoring the National Restaurant Awards ‘Wine List of The Year Award'. Having been supplying customers in the on-trade for over 200 years ourselves, we know first-hand how challenging it can be.
At Matthew Clark, we know our customers have a choice which is why we all go the extra mile in everything that we do.
We have over 4,000 drink products from big brands to niche products including 1,200 wines, an extensive portfolio of spirits, soft drinks and our specialist Boutique Beers portfolio, plus a comprehensive range of cask ales.
We are also committed to delivering training and labour management support to give our customers tools to save their time and costs. In addition, we recognise the need for marketing and offer a dedicated Design Studio for bespoke point of sale and wine listing service plus ranging and merchandising advice.
At Matthew Clark, our ethos is a commitment to deliver whilst ensuring our customers are at the heart of our thinking.
It's not just our depth of on-trade experience, it's applying it to all that we do
That's why with Matthew Clark, the experience matters
Sponsoring Lifetime Achievement Award
A family-run business since 1968, Chapman Ventilation is one of the leading heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractors in the restaurant industry, recently becoming the first Sustainable Restaurant Association approved HVAC contractor.
Sponsoring Cocktail List of the Year
MIXXIT is the drinks industry's 'cutting edge' training and education programme from Maxxium UK - one of the country's most dynamic and innovative premium spirits companies, passionate about creating quality mixed drinks and cocktails. Maxxium has a range of award-winning brands in their portfolio including some of the world's best loved whiskies from around the world: The Famous Grouse, Teacher's and Cutty Sark blended Scotch whiskies; The Macallan, Laphroaig, Highland Park, Auchentoshan, Bowmore and Glen Garioch single malts; Jim Beam and Maker's Mark bourbons, Hibiki, Yamazaki and Hakushu Japanese whiskies; Connemara and Kilbeggan Irish whiskeys; as well as Canadian Club Canadian whisky. They have premium brands across a number of other drinks categories including Courvoisier cognac, Sourz and Midori, Brugal rum, Snow Leopard vodka, Sauza tequila and Harveys sherry and are proud to represent third-party premium drinks brands including Stolichnaya vodka, Bols liqueurs, Galliano, No.3 Gin and The Glenrothes single malt. The MIXXIT programme is headed up by the internationally recognised award-winning bar trainer Wayne Collins and his esteemed team of highly regarded UK drinks industry experts - Amanda Humphrey and David Miles. MIXXIT has built a reputation as being the leader in training within the drinks Industry, with unique category-led masterclasses, designed to educate, train and inspire both trade and consumers to serve and enjoy quality mixed drinks. MIXXIT and its iconic brands are proud to sponsor 'Cocktail List of the Year' in partnership with the National Restaurant Awards.
Sponsoring the Sustainable Restaurant of the year
Alaska is home to some of the most abundant and sustainable seafood stocks in the world. With a bounty including five kinds of salmon, premium black cod, delicate pollock and stonking king crab, Alaska can provides a seafood supply that is wild, natural and sustainable.
Wild seafood is recognised for its superior taste, firm texture and vibrant colour. Having matured on an entirely organic diet in the cleanest waters in the world, Alaska seafood is fitter, purer and healthier making it a top quality ingredient. Frozen at sea seafood improves availability of species throughout the year and reduces food waste. This specialised freezing technique locks in flavour, freshness and texture retaining the quality until the moment you need to use it.
In Alaska, sustainability is part of the constitution. Not marketing, it's the law. It is this leadership in sustainable fishing which has led to an ever-replenishing supply of wild seafood for restaurants around the world. Nature provides it, all we have to do is enjoy. For more information please visit www.wildalaskaseafood.com or for supply details call the London team on 0207 953 7470.
Sponsoring the Regional Awards
Hildon are proud to sponsor the National Restaurant Awards (2015) as we are acutely aware of the wealth of talent in this sector, many of whom we have supplied for over 25 years (from The Three Michelin starred Waterside Restaurant to the Royal Household).
Hildon is bottled at source on the Hildon Estate in the picturesque Test Valley, Hampshire. Whether Delightfully Still or Gently Sparkling, Hildon's pure clean taste is the perfect complement to the fine food and wine it is served with.
Chef's Choice Winner for Taste, for the 3rd consecutive year, we are passionate about supplying the finest Natural Mineral Water nature can
provide. Hildon is frequently selected in blind tastings, with industry experts and sommeliers, and we are now the preferred water of choice for the Institute of Masters of Wine internationally.
Our iconic brand is built on a reputation for only producing the finest Natural Mineral Water, with customers' needs at the forefront of all we do.
Sponsoring the Best Italian Restaurant
Lavazza's mission is to bring the authentic Italian espresso experience to a global audience. For over 30 years Lavazza has devoted itself to gastronomy and product experimentation. Its training centre, founded in 1979 in Turin was the first espresso school in Italy and the company has now opened 50 further centres around the world. Italy's favourite coffee collaborates with high-profile chefs around the world, including Ferran Adrià, Carlo Cracco and Massimo Bottura. Furthering their devotion to the Haute Cuisine, Lavazza is honoured to be a partner of Slow Food UK, showing their commitment to food with a dedication to community and environment.
Drinking coffee outside the home is a part of everyday UK culture. This one-time nation of tea-drinkers now produces some of the best food in the world and has also developed an appreciation for great coffee. Lavazza's belief is that diners at top restaurants expect the coffee to be at least as good, if not better, than their coffee shop experience. As such, there is a risk that a sub-standard coffee at the end of a beautifully prepared meal can leave the customer with a bitter taste in their mouth. Lavazza believes capsule systems are the future when it comes to food service ensuring exceptional coffee is served consistently. Their BLUE capsule system produces an espresso that is unrivalled by any other method and is used by many top gastronomy restaurants including Nathan Outlaw in Rock, Cornwall, and L'Anima in London.
Phone: 01895 209 750
Sponsoring the OpenTable Diners' Choice Award
OpenTable is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 15 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 31,000 restaurants.
OpenTable powers great dining experiences by connecting restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table at over 4,000 of the best UK restaurants and helping restaurants deliver personalised hospitality to keep guests coming back. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations and enhance their service levels.
The OpenTable website and mobile apps enable diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus and other helpful information, and easily make an instantly confirmed booking. OpenTable also powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet's most popular global and local brands.
Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated more than 620 million diners around the world.
OpenTable is proud to be sponsoring the first Diners' Choice award. Many OpenTable diners consider themselves to be foodies - informed, adventurous and, above all, appreciative of unique dining experiences. The OpenTable ‘Fit For Foodies' Diners Choice award represents the combined opinions of more than 325,000 reviews submitted from verified OpenTable diners over the last year.
Sponsoring the Service Award
The business was founded in March 1997 by managing director David Gleave MW and Luciann Flynn, and has grown from a staff of four to over one hundred. We started with a core of Italian suppliers, many of whom we still work with today. Although Italian wine remains at the heart of the business, we import from over 260 producers in 17 countries, and France, Australia and New Zealand now have a much higher profile in our portfolio. We have been awarded International Wine Challenge On-trade Supplier of the Year for five years in succession, along with the Sommelier Wine Awards' European Merchant of the year in 2014.
Providing exceptional service is at the heart of what we do. Our approach is simple: we strive to supply the right wine to the right place at
the right time and price. In order to do this, we have invested significantly in our infrastructure, logistics and personnel, which has resulted in an improvement in our customer service. We are also hugely committed to education and training, as better knowledge leads to better service.
Sponsoring One to Watch Award
Velocity is leading the mobile generation and redefining going out.
In real-time, customers can view, split, and settle the bill directly through the Velocity app. Payment is processed instantly through a seamless integration with the restaurant's existing point of sale system, allowing staff to spend more time with customers versus processing payments, and turn tables quicker - increasing revenues. Restaurants' own loyalty programmes can be linked into Velocity, making it even easier to manage and drive retention. In addition, customers are prompted to provide feedback of their dining experience. This valuable information is sent straight away to the restaurant's Velocity Dashboard, empowering managers to track and compare performance across different days, sessions or even individual members of staff related to that particular transaction. Velocity is free to install and easy to integrate with the restaurant's existing point of sale system.
Velocity is already live in some of London's best venues including Peyote, Burger & Lobster, Chotto Matte and Cuckoo Club. We will soon be rolling out to hundreds more of London's most prestigious venues including Sketch, Gymkhana, the Galvin Restaurants and Hix Restaurants.
Sponsoring Chef's Chef of the Year
Ritter Fresh, part of Ritter Courivaud, is one of the UK's leading fine food wholesalers specialising in the very best fresh meat, fish and game. Sourcing from around the world, we have been proud suppliers of the best quality specialist fish, shellfish, meat and game to the most prestigious restaurants and leading establishments in London, and the rest of the UK, for over 20 years.
Operating from a state-of the-art facility in Avonmouth, Ritter Fresh are committed to providing the highest standards in both quality and service. This is coupled with the very best produce that nature can provide with good husbandry and sustainability always at the forefront.
Ritter Fresh is renowned for our extensive and diverse fish supply which includes day boat fish and shellfish such as langoustine, diver caught scallops, crabs, lobsters and cockles. This is complimented by an expertly source meat range. Many of our products are reared on small farms to produce the finest rare breed pork, suckling pigs and kid goat to name a few. Ritter Fresh is also the UK's leading supplier of Gull's Eggs.
We are proud to be associated with the National Restaurant Awards and to sponsor the prestigious Chef's Chef of the Year award and we wish all the entrant the very best of luck.