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Cardens judge ‘best newcomer’ at the Brighton Food & Drink Festival

A collection of Brighton’s finest in hospitality gathered at the Hotel Du Vin to attend the grand finals of the Brighton Food & Drink Festival on Monday evening.

Over the spring, several thousand members of the public voted on what would be their favourite food and drink in the city.Then at the end of June the nominations were whittled down to a ‘top three’ in each category which were then passed on to 26 judges to decide the winners.

Cardens along with The Argus were judges for the category ‘best newcomer’ and the winner on the night was awarded to 64 Degrees with 2nd and 3rd place going to Curry Leaf Café and Pizzaface.

Monday 6 October Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards held at Hotel du Vin, Brighton, East Sussex, UK.
The winners of each category are below:

Best Burger
Judged by Caraline Brown (Midnight Communications) and Alex Leith (Viva Brighton)
GOLD Burger Brothers, SILVER Trolls Pantry, BRONZE Grubbs

Best Café
Judged by Rachel Horner (Rosemary E Hensby Solicitors) and Hanna Campbell (Juice)
GOLD Iydea, SILVER LangeLee’s, BRONZE Café Coho

Best Cocktail Bar
Judged by Sarah Thompson (Blackdown Spirits) and Sam Harrington-Lowe (Absolute)
GOLD Twisted Lemon, SILVER Valentinos, BRONZE Merkaba

Best Family Dining Venue
Judged by Sally Davis (Whizz Bang Pop) and Shoshana Plail (
GOLD Terre á Terre, SILVER Food for Friends, JOINT BRONZE Sabai Thai Gastrobar and Breeze Brasserie (four finalists in this category due to a tie on third place nominations)

Best Food/Drink Shop
Judged by Kate Goudy (Radio Cabs 204060) and Angi Mariani (Latest TV)
GOLD Taj, JOINT SILVER Butlers Wine Cellar and Infinity Foods store

Best Food Pub
Judged by Nadia Cowdrey (Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP, Solicitors) and Mark Ansell (Brighton & Hove Independent)
GOLD The Ginger Pig, SILVER The Lion & Lobster, BRONZE The Prince George

Best Pub
Judged by Bob Trimm (Harveys Brewery) and Susanna Forbes (Drink Britain)
GOLD The Basketmakers Arms, SILVER The Lion & Lobster, BRONZE Craft Beer Co.

Best Restaurant
Judged by Mardi Roberts (Ridgeview Wine Estate) and Andrew Kay (Latest)
GOLD 64 Degrees, JOINT SILVER Food for Friends and Terre á Terre

Best Sunday Lunch
Judged by Andrew Stenning (Searches UK) and Nick Harvey (Restaurants Brighton)
GOLD The Sussex Yeoman, SILVER The Lion & Lobster, BRONZE Food for Friends

Best Takeaway
Judged by Stuart Slark (Southern Water) and Euan MacDonald (60 Second Reviews)
GOLD The Chilli Pickle Canteen, SILVER Iydea, BRONZE Pizzaface

Food Hero
Judged by Gary Peters ( and Sam Bilton (Sussex Style)
GOLD Henry Butler (Butlers Wine Cellar), SILVER Michael Bremner (64 Degrees), BRONZE Seb Cole (Boho Gelato)

Best Newcomer
Judged by Barry Carden (Cardens Accountants) and Duncan Hall (The Argus)
GOLD 64 Degrees, SILVER Curry Leaf Café, BRONZE Burger Brothers

Sustainable Food Business
Judged by Adam Style (Style Accountants) and Andrew Cheesman (Brighton Visitor)
GOLD hiSbe, SILVER Terre á Terre, BRONZE Infinity Foods store

Special Recognition Award
Judged by Clare Noble (PHS Group) and Nick Mosley (Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival)
David Deaves (La Cave à Fromage)


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