Stemming from the weekly Oliver restaurant reviews that are featured in the Scene supplement, the Oliver Awards are designed to celebrate the fantastic culinary destinations that can be found in and around the city of Leeds.
Drawing attention to restaurants that use fresh ingredients to create their imaginative dishes and mouth-watering menus, The Oliver Awards provide an invaluable gauge of the local dining scene whilst giving praise where praise is due and the same with criticism, making it one of the most reliable and credible indicators of a quality restaurant.
Their experienced panel of anonymous tasters and testers visit over 100 venues a year ranging from gastropubs to cafes and fine dining establishments to your favourite neighbourhood restaurant, so you never know who, or when, they might be visiting next!
The Fourth annual Yorkshire Evening Post Oliver Awards were held earlier this week and the results are in!
The winners of the 2012 awards are as follows:
Kendell’s Bistro, a stunning French restaurant in the city centre, stole the show by bagging three of the prestigious awards for ‘Best Fine Dining’, ‘Best Chef’ and ‘Overall Winner’. It’s no surprise considering the skill and passion with which Head Chef Steven Kendell executes and presents his food.
Edgy Japanese restaurant Chino Latino, located in the city centre, scooped the ‘Best City Centre Restaurant’ thanks to its reasonable pricing, fantastic food and chilled out atmosphere.
The ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ was awarded to the stunning restaurant at The New Ellington on York Place. Recently refurbished, The New Ellington is sophisticated yet comfortable and offers its diners a stunning British menu which includes their highly coveted ‘Taste of Yorkshire’ menu which showcases local produce at its very best.
The Bird by Vineet at the Alea Casino, Clarence Dock, rightfully won ‘Best Indian’ and ‘Best Service’ was won by celebrity Chef James Martin’s The Leeds Kitchen, also at the Alea.
Salvo’s won the ‘Best Italian’ and the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award for their impact on the Leeds dining scene.
‘Best Newcomer’ went to The Hummingbird in Chapel Allerton whilst La Bottega Milanese took the ‘Best Café/Bar’ award.
The Olive Tree in Headingley won ‘Best Suburban Restaurant’ and The Foundry in Holbeck was awarded ‘Best of British’ and Neon Cactus on Call Lane won the ‘Best World’ category for their exciting menus.
‘Best European’ went to Brasserie Blanc and ‘Best Fast Food’ went to Primo’s Gourmet Hot Dogs in the Corn Exchange.
Finally, newly re-opened Town Hall Tavern scooped the ‘Best Lunch’ award.
Leeds has an exciting and diverse restaurant scene that really should be sample to be believed, so why not have a look at our selection of restaurants in Leeds and book a table to try it for yourself!