Serving up the best the city has to offer: The winners of the Milton Keynes Food and Leisure Awards


A glitzy event celebrating the crème de la crème of the city’s chefs, restaurants and pubs saw the talented bunch awarded for their talent.

There were 19 awards up for grabs at the fourth annual Milton Keynes Food and Leisure Awards, which was held at The Woburn Sculpture Gallery on Sunday.

The awards are one of the highlights of the year for the leisure and hospitality industry in MK, as the event aims to showcase not only the best venues, but also uncover the lesser-known locations.

The winners were voted for by the public online and announced by presenter Chris Gregg from MKFM on stage.

Just under £2,000 was raised for Willen Hospice in the super raffle thanks to a whole host of prizes on offer.

Event organiser Steven Dryden-Hall hailed the evening as a huge success - and has already started planning for the fifth awards evening.

The winners:

Hotel of the Year (under 50 rooms)

Winner: Villiers Hotel Buckingham

Hotel of the Year (over 50 rooms)

Winner: Jury’s Inn

Best Destination or Attraction

Winner: Formula Fast

Best Café or Coffee House

Winner: Coffee Boutique

Pub of the Year

Winner: The Crooked Billet (Newton Longville)

Bar of the Year

Winner: Be At One

Best Local Product (Food)

Winner: Jam MK’s Golden Raspberry Jam

Best Local Product (Drink)

Winner: Concrete Cow Brewery’s Old Bloomer Beer

Best Use of Local Produce

Winner: The Bell And Bear in Emberton

Family Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Red Hot World Buffet

Asian Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Naidni

Branded Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Chiquito (Kingston)

Best Newcomer

Winner: Prince George (Tattenhoe)

Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Woburn Brasserie

Waiter of the Year

Winner: Stuart Vernon (Brown’s Brasserie)

Waitress of the Year

Winner: Victoria Strode (The Prince George)

Chef of the Year

3rd: Dariusz Koszelle (MK Social)

2nd: Nigel Norris (Whittlebury Hall)

1st: Jeffrey Payne (Mercure Milton Keynes Parkside House)