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Dabbous, Hawksmoor & Cinnamon Soho among winners of 2012 London Restaurant Festival Awards

By Luke Nicholls , 16-Oct-2012
Last updated the 17-Oct-2012 at 11:55 GMT

Related topics: Business, Venues, Events & Awards, Guides & awards, Restaurants

The London Restaurant Festival (LRF) drew to a close last night (15 Oct) with an awards evening held at Vinopolis celebrating the various qualities that attract people to venues around the capital. 

The 2012 London Restaurant Festival Awards celebrated the various qualities that attract people to venues around the capital

The 2012 London Restaurant Festival Awards celebrated the various qualities that attract people to venues around the capital

Ollie Dabbous, whose eponymous restaurant recently picked up its first Michelin star, was in attendance, collecting the top award for Restaurant of the Year.

Rather than using titles like 'The Best' for award categorie, the LRF Awards also gave accolades for specific areas such as warmth, discovery, passion, ceremony, bravery and fun.

Hawksmoor, which is opening its fourth site in Regent Street next month, took home the gong for Warmth and Welcome, while Pitt Cue chef and co-owner Tom Adams won the award for One Person’s Passion.

“London is continuing to rival Paris, New York and Sydney in terms of innovative, ground-breaking food and this year’s London Restaurant Festival has really brought this to life,” said restaurant critic and LRF co-founder Fay Maschler.

“As we can see at tonight’s awards, this city is buzzing with world leading chefs and stunning cuisine. With so much to offer, we are already looking forward to London Restaurant Festival 2013.”

Full list of winners:

  • One Person's Passion - Tom Adams (Pitt Cue Co)
  • Warmth & Welcome - Hawksmoor
  • Understanding of Ceremony - Sushi Tetsu
  • Discovery - The Gate Islington
  • Fun - Copita
  • High Street Hero - Jamie Oliver
  • Eros Spirit of London - Sam & Sam Clark (Moro, Morito)
  • Restaurant of the YEar - Dabbous
  • Best £10 - Cinammon Soho
  • Best £20 - Oxo Tower
  • Best £30 - The Rib Room & restaurant
  • Best £40 - Cocohan

The Awards evening, held at the recently refurbished Vinopolis wine bar and events venue, marks the end of a the LRF fortnight, which put the global spotlight on the capital’s dining scene.

Events during the two weeks included Gourmet Odyssey, Graze and Kitchen Influentials as the festival celebrated new cuisine, master chefs and the culinary diversity that characterises the restaurant industry in London. 

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