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Top 50 northern hospitality industry members named

By Emma Eversham , 14-Mar-2012

Related topics: Business, Venues, Events & Awards, People, Restaurants, Hotels, Pubs & Bars

The Northern Restaurant & Bar Show has named its top 50 members of the hospitality industry who are based in the north of England. 

Simon Rogan, one of the 50 individuals working in the north of England who was honoured by the Northern Restaurant & Bar show

Simon Rogan, one of the 50 individuals working in the north of England who was honoured by the Northern Restaurant & Bar show

The inaugural list, unveiled during the first day of the trade show in Manchester, includes a range of high-fliers in the restaurant, hotel and pub sectors such as l'Enclume owner Simon Rogan, Individual Restaurant Company chief executive Steven Walker and English Lakes Hotels managing director Simon Berry. 

Voted for by an anonymous panel of industry experts from trade associations, educational establishments, media and consultants, the list aims to recognise and reward the individuals who have made a significant impact in their businesses, had commercial success and have contributed to raising the profile of the region.

Thom Hetherington, managing director of Northern Restaurant & Bar, said: “Despite a tough economic landscape, the region’s food and drink sector has remained resilient and the NRB Top 50 is a great way to recognise and reward those who have not just survived but thrived during these challenging times. The NRB Top 50 will be back at Northern Restaurant & Bar 2013 where we hope to see it evolve and grow further.”

The top 50 is:

  • Martin Ainscough, owner, Ainscough Restaurants
  • Paul Askew, chef patron, The London Carriageworks
  • Mohammed Aslam MBE, owner, Aagrah Group of Restaurants
  • Tim Bacon, managing director, Living Ventures
  • Craig Bancroft, joint MD, Northcote Manor
  • Jonathan Barker, joint managing director, Mitchells of Lancaster
  • Simon Berry, managing director, English Lakes Hotels
  • Tim Berry, director, English Lakes Hotels
  • Jerry Brunning, owner, Brunning & Price
  • Andrew Buchanan, operations director, Daniel Thwaites
  • Ken Buckley, managing director, Bravo Inns Ltd
  • Jake Burger, owner, Jake’s Bar & Grill
  • Marie Carter, owner, Socio Rehab
  • James Crawfurd Porter, managing director, Tadcaster Pub Company
  • Lynne D’Arcy, managing director, Trust Inns Ltd
  • Morgan Davies, co-owner, Barburrito
  • Carlo Distefano, chairman, San Carlo Group
  • Marcello Distefano, managing director, San Carlo Group
  • Iain Donald, operations director, Individual Restaurant Company
  • Sarah Dunning, chief executive, Westmorland Ltd
  • Roy Ellis, CEO & director, Inventive Leisure
  • Mal Evans, owner, Mojo Bars
  • Anthony Flinn, chef patron, Anthony’s Restaurant
  • David Fox, owner, Tampopo
  • Nigel Haworth, chef patron, Northcote Manor
  • Paul Heathcote, chef patron, Heathcotes
  • Chris Hopkins, managing director, Hydes Brewery
  • Nick Jeffrey, owner, Tampopo
  • Richard Kershaw, managing director, Joseph Holts
  • Terry Laybourne MBE, chef patron, 21 Hospitality Group
  • William Lees Jones, managing director, J W Lees
  • Neil Macleod, director, Inventive Leisure
  • Beau Myers, owner, Socio Rehab
  • Paul Newman, partner, The Lord Binning Pub & Kitchen / The New Moon Pub Co
  • Eammon O’Loughlin, owner, Eclectic Hotels
  • Si Ord, owner, Sandinista
  • Andrew Pern, chef patron, Star at Harome
  • Clive Preston, chairman, Amber Taverns
  • Graham Price, owner, Brunning & Price
  • Jeremy Roberts, commercial director, Living Ventures
  • Oliver Robinson, commercial director, Frederic Robinson
  • Peter Robinson, chairman, Frederic Robinson
  • Simon Rogan, chef patron, L’Enclume & Roganic
  • Jonathan Slater. managing director, The Chester Grosvenor
  • Richard Smith, chef patron, Relax Eat & Drink
  • Steven Walker, CEO, Individual Restaurant Company
  • Roger Ward, owner, The Victorian Chophouse Company
  • Joel Wilkinson, owner, Trof
  • Martin Wolstencroft, managing director, Arc Inspirations
  • Stewart Yip, owner, Red Chilli

More than 180 exhibitors gathered at Manchester Central for the two-day Northern Restaurant & Bar show at Manchester Central. Brewers, hoteliers, publicans, catering suppliers, food producers, Michelin starred chefs, restaurateurs and bartenders from across the north of England showcased everything from beer cocktails and artisan breads to epos solutions and furniture.

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