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St Albans Food & Drink Awards 2018

The Food & Drink Awards celebrate excellence and quality in a District with so very many contenders!

Over 190 businesses were nominated by the public in 14 different awards including a new award for Best Hot Beverage.

The public have voted and the finalists are…

The Finalists for 2018

Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion:

A venue that serves excellent food at lunchtime and the evening with that elusive ‘wow’ factor to help you celebrate in style.

Dylans The Kings Arms

Lussmanns, St Albans


Best Restaurant for Everyday Dining:

A venue that serves good food at lunchtime and the evening, and offers a more formal dining experience than a café.


Lussmanns, St Albans

Per Tutti

Best Pub:

A good pub is a community focused venue that serves up a range of good food and drink in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

The Boot

The Reading Rooms

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

Best Bar:

A venue with a diverse and creative drinks menu, perhaps including cocktails, created by knowledgeable staff.

Dylans The Kings Arms


The Bishops Cave

Craft & Cleaver

Best Café:

A café is a venue that serves meals and drinks during the day in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

The George Street Canteen


Waffle House

Best Hot Beverage:

The best place to get a hot beverage to drink in or on the go.

Charlie’s Coffee & Company


The Pudding Stop

Best Local Producer:

A local producer is a business in the St Albans District that produces or uses raw ingredients at the heart of their business.

Carpenters Nursery


Farr Brew

Best Food & Drink Shop:

A food or drink shop is a venue selling food or drinks of all types for people to purchase and take home.


The Fleetville Larder

The Pudding Stop

Buongiorno Italia

Best Market Stall:

A stallholder must have traded food or drink goods at a minimum of 6 Charter or Farmer Market’s in St Albans or Harpenden in the last 12 months. The goods can be sold from a market stall or a catering van.

The Cheesewheeler

Farr Brew

Peddling Pizza

Best Takeaway:

A takeaway is a venue that allows people to purchase food and/or beverages to be taken away to consume off site.

Hatch To Go

Taste of Vietnam

The Ridgeway Fish Bar

Best Place to Do Business:

A venue providing facilities and support to business people to conduct meetings, facilitate remote working and support networking opportunities.

The Beech House

The George Street Canteen

Sopwell House

Most Family Friendly:

A Family friendly venue that goes that extra mile for children and young people making their experience more enjoyable while presenting a varied children’s menu.

The Waffle House

The Prae Wood Arms

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

Best Newcomer:

A newcomer is a venue, person or business who has started trading since July 2017 and have had an influence within the local community.

The Abbey Restaurant

Heartwood Tea Rooms

The Bishops Cave

Kate D’Arcy Award:

This Award is a special award in memory of Kate D’Arcy, a much loved restaurateur who died in June 2010. This award is for a person who has exceeded normal expectation by providing outstanding service and delivering a faultless experience.

Adam Atkins, Peddling Pizza

Matt Elvidge, Farr Brew

Liam Judge, Hatch

Christo Tofalli, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

Andrei Lussmann, Lussmans

An award will also be presented for;

Food & Drink Champion for Outstanding Achievement 

The winners will be announced on Monday 8 October.

Finalists, guest and the general public are welcome to attend our evening of celebrations.

Please click here for more details.