Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2016 shortlist announced

The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, now in its eighth year, is the only awards in the world dedicated to the design of food and beverage spaces.

Past and present judges from hospitality, design and lifestyle include Tony Chambers (Editor in Chief of Wallpaper*), Alberto Alessi, Marcus Wareing and Thomas Heatherwick.

Entries from over 70 countries cover every imaginable space, from ships to airports, museums to burger vans, and from revered Michelin-starred establishments to the fleeting dynamism of pop-ups.

The Awards are followed by over 30,000 of the most influential architects, designers, lighting designers, restaurant & bar operators and media.

The ‘Street’ concept

A unique event, strongly positioned on ‘innovation’, the 2016 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards ceremony will be called ‘Street’ and will be held at London’s Old Truman Brewery on the 29th September.

Restaurant & Bar designers (Conran & Partners, Moreno Masey, STAC Architecture and Simple Simon) will each create one of four bars inspired from street art, music and dance from x4 different eras (70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s). Elegant Clutter will then create a Thaikhun restaurant space inspired from those four bars.

Street dancers on the night of the awards ceremony will be the dynamic force that reveal these amazing spaces!

The Shortlist

The Restaurant & Bar Design Awards announces the shortlist from the 2015/2016 entries. The shortlist includes 217 projects across 33 categories from the world’s leading architects, interior designers, lighting designers and restaurant and bar operators.

The winners of the 2016 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards (including Best Overall winners) will be announced during a ceremony at London’s Old Truman Brewery on the 29th September.

2016 Confirmed judges

Bernadette Le Roux / Editor in Chief / Condé Nast H&G Gourmet (South Africa)

Bielle Bellingham / Editor in Chief / Elle Decoration (South Africa)

Brian Williams / Managing Director / Swire Hotels (Hong Kong)

Carl Kernodle / VP Planning & Design, Development & Construction / Hyatt Hotels (USA)

Celine Salman / Design Director / Paramount Hotels & Resorts (UAE)

Christoph Hoffmann / CEO / 25hours hotels (Germany)

Dana Kalczak / Vice President Design / Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (Canada)

Diego Jacquet / Chef / Malevo Group (Argentina)

Eleanor Joslin / Editor / Harper’s Bazaar Interiors (UAE)

Emma Lindsay / Head of Design Europe / IHG (UK)

Erik Rimmer / Editor in Chief / Bo Bedre (Denmark)

George Scammell / VP Global Design Strategic Development / Wyndham Worldwide (USA)

Gianluca Sparacino / Corporate Director F&B EMEA / Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts (UAE)

Giora Urian / Editor in Chief / Domus (Israel)

Guy Dittrich / Editor at Large / Sleeper Magazine (UK)

Jeff Stober / CEO / Drake Properties (Canada)

John O’Ceallaigh / Digital Luxury Travel Editor & London Editor / Telegraph Media Group (UK)

Jonathan Segal / CEO / The ONE Group (USA)

Josh Wyatt / Founder / Generator Hostels (USA)

Justin Hemmes / CEO / Merivale (Australia)

Kashiwa Sato / Creative Director / Samurai (Japan)

Katherine Blaisdell / Senior Vice President Design & Project Development / Belmond (UK)

Laura Maggi / Managing Editor / Elle Decor Magazine (Italy)

Mari Balestrazzi / Vice President Design / Hyatt Hotels Corporation (USA)

Neale Whitaker / Editor in Chief / Vogue Living (Australia)

Peter Veale / Partner / Firefly Lighting Design

Piet Boon / Designer (Netherlands)

Richard Ekkebus / Director of Culinary Operations and Food & Beverage / Mandarin Oriental

Landmark Hotel (Hong Kong)

Shigenori Hamaguchi / Editor in Chief / Elle Deco (Japan)

Stéphane Bellon / Managing Director / studionomie (Switzerland)

Teddy Mayer / Vice President Design / Virgin Hotels (USA)

Thierry Costes / CEO / Groupe Beaumarly (France)

Vito Lotta / Senior Director of Design / Hilton Worldwide (USA)

Yu Bing / Editor in Chief / Domus (China)

UK Categories


Filthy Cow (Manchester) / Mystery

Ichiryu (London) / Blenheim Design

Nando’s (Harrogate) / STAC Architecture

Nando’s (Yate) / Simple Simon Design

Tapas Revolution (Shoreditch, London) / Alexander Waterworth Interiors

Tootoomoo (Crouch End, London) / Kingston Lafferty Design

London Bar

Be at One (Camden, London) / Blacksheep

Craft London Bar (Greenwich Peninsula, London) / Design Research Studio

Flight Club (Finsbury Square, London) / Russel Sage Studio

The Refinery (Regent Place, London) / Fusion DNA

Zebrano in the City (London) / 4M Group

London Restaurant

400 Rabbits (Crystal Palace, London) / Richardson Studio & Junction Studio

Aqua Nueva (Regent Street, London) / Robert Angell Design International

Canto Corvino (Spitalfields, London) / B3 Designers

Craft London Restaurant (Greenwich Peninsula, London) / Design Research Studio

Iberica (Victoria, London) / Lazaro Rosa Violan Studio

Pizza Union (Kings Cross, London) / I-AM Associates

The Fire Station (Waterloo Road, London) / Concorde BGW

Multiple Bar or Club

Pitcher & Piano (Nottingham) / Concorde BGW

Revolucion de Cuba (Nottingham) / Julian Taylor Design Associates

The Blue Boat (Hammersmith, London) / Concorde BGW

Vagabond Wines (Old Spitalfields Market, London) / Finch Interiors

Multiple Restaurant

Dim t (Whiteley Village) / Design Command

Jamie’s Italian (Ludgate Hill, London) / Blacksheep

Nando’s (Old Street, London) / moreno:masey architects+interiors

Nando’s (Shepherd’s Bush, London) / STAC Architecture

Patara (Berners Street, London) / Superfutures

Rick Stein (Sandbanks, Dorset) / Stiff + Trevillion

Tortilla (Finchley Road, London) / DesignLSM


No.1 Duke Street (Richmond, London) / Box 9 Design & Red Deer Architects

Sun and 13 Cantons (London) / Simple Simon Design

The Mossy Well (Muswell Hill, London) / KD Paine & Associates

The Mulberry (Conwy, UK) / Frederic Robinson

The Rickety Press (Oxford) / Concorde BGW

The Sail Loft (Greenwich, London) / Harrison

The Wellington (Bristol) / Simple Simon Design

Restaurant or Bar in a heritage building

67 Pall Mall (London) / Simone McEwan Design

Albert’s Schloss (Manchester) / Millson Associates

Charlotte’s W5 (Ealing, London) / Charlotte’s Group

GBK (Canterbury) / moreno:masey architects+interiors

German Gymnasium (Pancras Road, London) / Conran & Partners

The Academicians’ Room (Royal Academy of Arts, London) / Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

Wildwood (Plymouth) / Gillespie Yunnie Architects

Restaurant or Bar in a hotel

Fire Lake (Radisson Blu, Leeds) / Trevillion Interiors

Jamie’s Italian (More London) Hilton Tower Bridge, London) / Stiff + Trevillion

The Cambridge Street Kitchen (London, UK) / Justin & Charlotte Salisbury

The Elephant at The Market (Newbury) / Concorde BGW

The Printing Press (The George Hotel, Edinburgh) / Goddard Littlefair

Restaurant or Bar in another space

Crouch End Picturehouse (London) / Panter Hudspith Architects

Marmalade (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham) / Faber

Parade Ring (Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire) / SHH

Picturehouse Central (West End, London) / Panter Hudspith Architects & Martin Brudnizki

Design Studio

Wildwood Kitchen (Liverpool) / Design Command

Restaurant or Bar in a retail space

Archive Homestore & Kitchen (Ramsgate, Kent) / Haptic Architects

Harvey Nichols Restaurant (Birmingham) / Virgile and Partners

Levi’s Caribbean Smokehouse (London) / B3 Designers

Thaikhun (Victoria Shopping Centre, Nottingham) / Jonathon Morgan Design Associates

The Bridge (Excel, London) / SHH

Restaurant or Bar in a transport space

Halo (Stansted Airport) / Grapes Design

Handmade Burger Co (Grand Central, Birmingham) / Brown Studio

The Windmill (Stansted Airport) / Architect CT

Wetherspoon (Birmingham Airport) / Architect CT

Wildwood (Port Solent, Hampshire) / Design Command

Standalone Bar or Club

Copper Blossom (Edinburgh) / Tibbatts Abel

Oriole (Smithfield Market, London) / Daytrip

The Bike Shed Motorcycle Club (Old Street, Shoreditch) / In-House Design

The Botanist (Broadgate Circle, London) / Russell Sage Studio

The Refinery (Regent Place, London) / Fusion DNA

Standalone Restaurant

Bandol (Chelsea, London) / Kinnersley Kent Design

Baresca (Nottingham) / Concorde BGW

Percy & Founders (Pearson Square, London) / Open House London

Tattu (Spinningfields, Manchester) / Edwin Pickett

The Duck & Rice (Soho, London) / Autoban (Istanbul)

The Vincent (Exchange Flags, Liverpool) / DesignLSM

Zizzi (King Street, Manchester) / Dover Design

To see the UK & International categories shortlist click here.