Restaurant magazine reveals nominees for R200 Awards 2011

By Luke Nicholls

- Last updated on GMT

A full report of the awards will be published on BigHospitality on Thursday
A full report of the awards will be published on BigHospitality on Thursday
Byron, Giraffe and Zizzi have all been nominated for the Best Overall Restaurant Chain award at Restaurant magazine’s R200 Awards 2011.

Now in their third year, the R200 Awards recognise the best-performing companies in Restaurant magazine’s R200 list which ranks the 200 largest restaurant and food-led pub operators in the UK in order of number of sites.

“The range of operators shortlisted in Restaurant's R200 Awards 2011 is reflective of the extraordinary diversity and vibrancy of the UK eating-out scene,” said William Drew, editor of Restaurant magazine.

“Despite the well-documented economic pressures, including an unprecedented squeeze on margins, strong original concepts still have the ability to thrive. Everything from mass-appeal categories such as fish & chips and burgers through French and Italian casual dining concepts to those offering food from Vietnam, Mexico, Thailand and Korea are represented - along with plenty more.”

The awards will be announced tomorrow (Wednesday) at a special seminar held at The Landmark Hotel in London.

Eight Categories

They have been divided into eight categories including Best New Scalable Concept, Best Pub Company, Most Effective Restaurant Design and Best Drinks Offer. Last year’s overall winner was Jamie’s Italian, which is this year up for the Best Family Restaurant Chain award.

Also nominated this year are Carluccio’s, Pizza Express and TGI Friday’s for Innovation of the Year, and Le Bistrot Pierre, Tampopo and The Thai Square Restaurant Group for Best Value Chain.

Given the fragmented nature of the UK dining scene, Restaurant magazine have once again set their own parameters for the awards, excluding fast food and takeaway chains as well as companies listed on the Stock Exchange’s Main Market.

“The R200 Awards is significant in that it is based on a peer-to-peer voting,” added Drew. “These businesses know if they are popular with consumers; but receiving the accolades and admiration of their competitors is a ringing endorsement of their hard work and skill.”

The R200 award winners will be tweeted live on our Twitter page @BigHospitality. A full report of the awards including interviews with winners and guest speakers will then be published on BigHospitality on Thursday.

The nominees for this year’s R200 awards are: -

Best Overall Restaurant Chain

Byron

Giraffe

Zizzi

Best Value Restaurant Chain

Le Bistrot Pierre

Tampopo

The Thai Square Restaurant Group

Best Family Restaurant Chain

Jamie’s Italian

Nando’s

Pizza Express

Best Pub Company

Flying Kiwi Inns

Geronimo Inns

Oakman Inns & Restaurants

Best Drinks Offer

Pho

The Draft House

Wahaca

Best New Scalable Concept

Chip & Fish

Kimchee

Meatballs

Spud

Innovation of the Year

Carluccio’s

Pizza Express

TGI Friday’s

Most Effective Restaurant Design

Bill’s Produce

Byron

Zizzi

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