London's vibrant 12 months was reflected in a patriotic vote that saw the British capital claim the City of the Year title, while Peru's growing popularity as both a food and travel hotspot led to it being named Destination of the Year.
The great and good of the worlds of gastronomy and travel gathered in London for the Food and Travel magazine Reader Awards, held at The Savoy hotel.
Among the big winners on the night was Angela Hartnett MBE, named Chef of the Year. The culinary power behind Murano and Lime Wood was also honoured with head chef Luke Holder for her newest venture, Hartnett Holder & Co, in Hampshire, which scooped the Newcomer of the Year award in the restaurant category.
It was also a big night for the South West, and in particular Cornwall. Two-room B&B Salthouse, in St Ives, was named Bed and Breakfast of the Year, while Rick Stein‘s The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow took the Timeless Classic restaurant gong. His protege Nathan Outlaw went away with the Book of the Year accolade for his work on British Seafood.
London’s vibrant 12 months was reflected in a patriotic vote that saw the British capital claim the City of the Year title, while Peru’s growing popularity as both a food and travel hotspot led to it being named Destination of the Year.
The awards were voted for entirely by readers of the magazine over a three-month period – with the exception of the Breakthrough Chef of the Year award, for which a specialist panel convened to honour Tom Sellers of Restaurant Story.
The awards ceremony was hosted by comedian Lucy Porter with guests treated to food cooked by chefs Jose Pizarro (of Jose and Pizarro, in London); Tom Kerridge (The Hand & Flowers, Buckinghamshire); and Michael Caines MBE (Gidleigh Park, Devon).
Food and Travel magazine Reader Awards 2013: Winners
Restaurant of the Year, sponsored by Wines of Germany
- Outside London – Paul Ainsworth at Number 6 (Cornwall)
- Timeless Classic – The Seafood Restaurant (Cornwall)
- London – The Ledbury
- Newcomer – Hartnett Holder & Co (Hampshire)
Overall category winner: Paul Ainsworth at Number 6
Bar of the Year, sponsored by PSAV Presentation Services
- The Bon Vivant (Edinburgh)
Hotel of the Year, sponsored by Louis Roederer
- Bed and Breakfast – Salthouse (Cornwall)
- Gourmet Bolthole – The Hand & Flowers (Buckinghamshire)
- Rural Hotel – Langar Hall (Nottinghamshire)
- International Hotel – Palazzo Margherita (Italy)
- City Hotel – The Magdalen Chapter (Exeter)
Overall category winner: The Hand & Flowers
Book of the Year, sponsored by the AA
- Nathan Outlaw’s British Seafood (Nathan Outlaw)
Cruise Line of the Year
- Adventure – Star Clippers
- Ocean – Cunard
- River cruise – Viking River Cruises
Overall category winner: Viking River Cruises
Airline of the Year
- Short haul – British Airways
- Long haul – Virgin
Overall category winner: British Airways
Tour Operator of the Year
- Abercrombie & Kent
Chef of the Year
- Angela Hartnett
Breakthrough Chef of the Year, sponsored by Alaska Seafood
- Tom Sellers
Destination of the Year
City of the Year
- The Ginger Pig (London)
Cookery School of the Year, sponsored by Scotch Beef
- Ashburton Cookery School (Devon)
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