Milton Keynes Food and Leisure Awards

More than 200 people gathered at the weeekend to celebrate Milton Keynes’ most prestigious places to eat, drink and socialise.

Now in its third year, MK Food and Leisure Awards, to honour the best restaurants, pubs, hotels, chefs, gyms and destinations in the city, were held at Jurys Inn.,

And on Sunday, the chef, restaurant and dish of the year was announced, with a number of Milton Keynes’ independents and chains recognised for their efforts.

There was also a silent auction and raffle, which raised nearly £2,000 for the Milton Keynes Food Bank.

Awards founder, Steven Dryden-Hall, said: “Congratulations not only to all the winners of awards but to everyone who took part and attended the event.

“It is lovely to see passionate, hard working people come together and celebrate all that’s great in Milton Keynes.

“Together we raised just under 2k for the MK Food Bank charity, which makes me a proud man.

“We are looking forward to the Awards next May already.”

> Winners:

Chef of the Year – awarded to Stefano Boi of The Swan at Salford

Chef of the Year - second place goes to George Spiers from Whittlebury Hall Hotel

Chef of the Year - third place goes to Olivier Bertho from The Inn at Woburn

Dish of Milton Keynes - roundabout pizza by Nonna’s in Woburn Sands

Dessert of the Year - Missoula at The Hub for their warm chocolate chip cookie


Main Course of the Year - Middleton’s with their mixed grill

Starter of the Year award - potted Devonshire crab and baby prawns at The Birch

Waiter or Waitress of the Year - Francisco Villanueva from Nonna’s in Woburn Sands

Restaurant of the Year - Olivier’s in Woburn

Best Newcomer - Nonna’s in Woburn Sands

Branded Restaurant of the Year - Zizzi at The Hub

Asian Restaurant of the Year - Calcutta Brasserie

Family Restaurant of the Year - Chiquito in Kingston

Bar of the Year - Missoula at The Hub

Pub of the Year - The Swan

at Salford

Best Cafe or Coffee House - Bogota Coffee Company

Best Destination or Attraction of the Year - The Stables

Hotel of the Year (over 50 rooms) - The Inn at Woburn

Hotel of the Year (under 50 rooms) - The Bull Hotel

Best Serviced Apartment - Cotels

Gym of the Year - Pure Gym

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