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 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 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 Cocktail List of the Year
Mixxit is the drinks industry's ‘cutting edge' free training and education programme launched in 2004 by Maxxium UK Ltd. Part of the global sales and distribution alliance between Beam Suntory and The Edrington Group. Its portfolio of premium spirits includes: The Famous Grouse, Cutty Sark blended Scotch. Highland Park, Laphroaig and The Macallan single malts, Brugal Rum, Courvoisier Cognac, Jim Beam Bourbons, Sauza Tequila and Harveys. Maxxium UK also represents third-party drinks brands including Stolichnaya vodka, No3 Gin, Bols liqueurs and The Glenrothes. The 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 over the last decade has built a reputation as being one of the best training schemes in mixed drinks available today with unique category led materclasses that are tailor made and delivered nationwide designed to educate, train and inspire both trade and consumer to serve and enjoy quality mixed drinks. Mixxit and its iconic brands are very proud to be the first in sponsoring ‘Best Cocktail Menu' in partnership with the National Restaurant Awards. For more information and liquid inspiration log onto www.mixxit.co.uk
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 One to Watch Award
Velocity is an app that empowers consumers to book, pay and earn rewards at the world's best restaurants directly from their phone. Velocity makes settling the bill instant with payment technology that is integrated to existing Point of Sale systems, allowing staff to concentrate on customer service, increasing table turnover and revenues. Since December, Velocity partnered with select London restaurants to preview the technology. In the first month, Velocity has processed 27% of the venues' turnover, with over 1,300 diners paying with the app. Velocity customers are spending 14% more per head than non-Velocity users, and tipping 40% more. With proven results across the capital, Velocity increases sales, loyalty and interaction from diners.
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.