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The finalists of 2023 Food Awards Wales are revealed!


The Food Awards Wales have become the annual leading celebration of the country’s food scene.


The Food Awards Wales seek to recognise the hard work and efforts of those committed to always providing the country with the freshest of products and amazing delights. They will also showcase the best restaurants, takeaways, pubs, hotel restaurants, cafes and bistros, as well as those who help us explore new flavours and cuisines from different cultures.

The prestigious event will take place this summer in Cardiff where top professionals will come together to celebrate their achievements. The event will provide a platform to make lasting business connections and boost the best businesses in 2023 and beyond.

Campaign Manager of The Food Awards Wales said: “In a country with so many food establishments and businesses, it can be hard to stand out. However, the 2023 finalists have all been distinguished as the real masters in their field due to their hard work and dedication to customer satisfaction.

“Moreover, their success isn’t just about their dedication to leaving every customer satisfied. It’s also a story that reflects the resilience and creativity of countless chefs, producers, employees and managers who are always ensuring that locals and visitors eat well.

The finalists for the 6th Food Awards Wales are:

Best Mexican Establishment

  • Mexican Wave (Rhôs-on-Sea)

  • Wahaca (Cardiff)

  • Manana Restaurant (Pwllheli)

  • Vivo Amigo (Cardiff)

  • Breatos (Cardiff)

  • Barburrito (Cardiff)

  • Tortilla Cardiff (Cardiff)

  • PONTOON (Pwllheli)

  • Las Iguanas (Newport)

  • Little steak Hut (Newport)

Best Oriental Establishment

  • JRC Global Buffet Cardiff Bay (Cardiff)

  • Lokky’s (Saundersfoot)

  • Summer Palace Restaurant (Cardiff)

  • Yangs (Cardiff)

  • Patt-Thai (Newport)

  • Garden Hotel & Cantonese Restaurant (Bangor)

  • Bahn Mai Thai (Llanelli)

  • The Dragon Palace (Saundersfoot)

  • Lotus Restaurant & Take-Away (Carmarthen)

  • Eatzen Chinese Restaurant (Llanelli)

Best Indian Establishment

  • The Spice Lounge (Guilsfield)

  • Duchess of Delhi (Cardiff)

  • Bombay Grill Indian Restaurant (Cardiff)

  • Red Fort Caerleon (Newport)

  • The Spice Ambassador (Cardiff)

  • Royal Balti (Barry)

  • BABA’S (Cardiff)

  • Zeera Indian & Bangladeshi Restaurant (Llandrindod Wells)

  • Pukka Pure Indian Kitchen (Cardiff)

  • Mirchi Indian Takeaway (Newport)

Best Asian Food Establishment

  • Shampan (Cowbridge)

  • The Dragon Palace (Saundersfoot)

  • Cosy Corner Lounge (Porthcawl)

  • Asia Sensation (Mold)

  • Lotus Restaurant & Take-Away (Carmarthen)

  • Bangkok (Swansea)

  • Nora’s Kitchen (Tenby)

  • Chang Thai & Chinese Cuisine (Brecon)

  • East (Llandudno)

  • Thai & Asian Delish cafe’s (Cardiff)

Best Italian Establishment

  • Giardini di Sorrento (Cardiff)

  • Mamma Lina’s Italian Restaurant (Newport)

  • Volare Italian Restaurant (Caerphilly)

  • Gem42 Restaurant (Newport)

  • Bella Ciao Restaurant (Port Talbot)

  • Rossini’s Italian Restaurant (Rhyl)

  • Casa Bianca (Abergavenny )

  • Elgano Italian Restaurant (Cardiff)

  • Merola’s (Cardiff)

  • Valentino’s (Cardiff)

Best World Cuisine

  • Isabella’s Restaurant (Porthcawl)

  • Poco Poco (Bridgend)

  • Earl’s kitchen (Cardiff)

  • Up A Yard Jamaican Cuisine (Holywell)

  • Deadwood Smokehouse (Mold )

  • Hickory’s – Rhos-on-Sea (Rhos on Sea)

  • Butterflies Bar & Kitchen (Blaenavon )

  • Virgilio’s Pizzeria & Portuguese Grill (Colwyn Bay)

  • Nook (Cardiff)

  • Proper Gander (Tywyn)

Best Vegetarian Establishment

  • Riverside Coffee Shop & Cafe (Newcastle Emlyn)

  • Green Island Bistro (Rhuddlan)

  • Vegetarian Food Studio (Cardiff)

  • Anna-Loka (Cardiff)

  • Green Olive (Menai Bridge)

  • The Eating Gorilla (Penrhyndeudraeth)

  • Luna’s Vegan Corner (Cardiff)

  • The Warren (Carmarthen)

  • Food For Thought (Cardigan)

  • Tŷ Medi (Machynlleth)

Best Seafood Establishment

  • Fish Kitchen 1854 (Maesycwmmer)

  • Plassey Fish bar (Penarth)

  • Samphire Brasserie Cae Mor Hotel (Llandudno)

  • O My Cod (Bridgend)

  • Madtom Seafood Cafe Bar (Pembrokeshire)

  • Rib and Oyster (Kilgetty)

  • Fish Shack at Vin Sullivan (Cardiff)

  • The Stonecrab (Saundersfoot)

  • Seabreeze Restaurant With Rooms (Aberdovey)

  • Caesars (Cardif )

Best Mediterranean Establishment

  • The Midland Tapas and Wine Bar (Beaumaris)

  • Deli Fuego (Cardiff)

  • Tafarn y Gader Tapas, Bistro & Bar (Dolgellau)

  • Ty Castell (Caernarfon)

  • The Mediterranean Restaurant Llandudno (Llandudno)

  • New Olé (Newport)

  • The Serving Hatch (Bridgend)

  • The Hellenic Eatery (Cardiff)

  • Yamas Restaurant Cardiff (Cardiff)

  • Medina (Swansea)

Caterer of the Year

  • Cleverchefs (Cardiff)

  • Green peas & love pop up shop (Connahs Quay)

  • Pickled Pumpkin Catering Ltd (Cardiff)

  • The Crêpe Escape (Penarth)

  • Sugarloaf Catering (Blaenavon)

  • Leyli Joon & Co (Cardiff)

  • Lunch At Twelve Catering (Barry)

  • The Abermule (Montgomery)

  • Hungry Cow (Holywell)

  • Indulge Restaurant (Llandudno)

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

  • The Stubborn Duckling Ltd (Aberaeron)

  • Y Selar (Aberaeron)

  • The Black Rabbit Laleston (Bridgend)

  • The Thackeray (Cardiff)

  • The Star Inn (Treoes)

  • Cosy Corner Lounge (Porthcawl)

  • Seren Diemwnt (Cardiff)

  • Leicester’s Restaurant (Bridgend)

  • The Castle Inn (Ebbw Vale)

  • The Manor (Conwy)

Traditional Welsh Restaurant of the Year

  • The Toad (Colwyn Bay)

  • Cobbles Kitchen & Deli (Ogmore)

  • The Moody Cow Farm Shop & Welsh Bistro (Aberaeron)

  • Whistlestop on the Pier (Bangor)

  • The King’s Head (Guilsfield )

  • The Castle Inn (Ebbw Vale)

  • The Steak and Stamp (Pencoed Bridgend)

  • Grannell Hotel (Llanwnnen)

  • Nantyffin Cider Mill Inn (Crickhowell)

  • The Potted Pig (Cardiff)

Best Street Food

  • The Green Goat Cafe (Machynlleth)

  • Anglesey Hog Roasts (Anglesey)

  • Little Steak Hut (Newport)

  • Tafell A Tân (Cardigan)

  • Meg’s Grill and Chill (Bridgend)

  • The Bears Grill (Brynmawr)

  • Asaga (Newport)

  • Welsh Cake Hut (Cwmbran)

  • Gourmet Grazing Limited (Newport)

  • Doughnutology (Wrexham)

Best Street Food of Cardiff

  • The Keralan Karavan (Cardiff)

  • Puckin Poutine (Cardiff)

  • Pregos street food (Cardiff)

  • Mowgli Street Food (Cardiff)

  • Chai Street Indian Restaurant (Cardiff)

  • Sticky Fingers Street Food (Cardiff)

  • Neighbourhood Kitchen & Cocktails (Cardiff)

  • Pho (Cardiff)

  • The Coconut Tree Cardiff (Cardiff)

  • Sunnys Street Food – Mexican & Italian Restaurant Cardiff (Cardiff)

Welsh Produce of the Year

  • Chantler Teas (Fishguard)

  • Coland Rise Farm Meats (Haverfordwest)

  • Dewi James a’i Gwmni (Cardigan)

  • Gwenyn Gruff Ltd (Carmarthen)

  • The pick of the crop (Newport)

  • Little Grandma’s Kitchen (St Clears)

  • Farmers Food at Home / The Paddock Farm Shop (Haverfordwest )

  • Fresh and Tasty Microgreens (Abergele)

  • Y Berllan Rare Breeds (Mynachlogddu)

  • Lilos Handmade (Pencoed)

Dessert Outlet of the Year

  • Fablas Ice Cream Parlour (Cowbridge)

  • Doughnutology (Summerhill)

  • Cravin’ (Mold)

  • Blooming Baked (Shotton )

  • Angelato (Aberaeron)

  • Crepe Escape (Penarth)

  • Mon ar Lwy (Bodorgan )

  • Basil & Rusty’s Ice Cream Parlour (Machen)

  • Octopus Lounge (Newport)

  • Kaspa’s Bridgend (Bridgend)

Retail Bakery of the Year

  • Brod – The Danish Bakery (Cardiff)

  • Beth’s Bakes (Newport)

  • Hancox’s Pies (Bargoed)

  • Hare & Hounds Bakery (Cowbridge)

  • Kath’s Kitchen (Bridgend)

  • Orchard Pigs (Wrexham)

  • The Cookes Bake (Cwmbran)

  • Windy Wick Bakery (Llantwit Major)

  • The Sandwich Co (Pencoed)

  • Swansea Cake Box (Swansea)

Family Restaurant of the Year

  • Walnut Tree Bistro (Crickhowell)

  • The Carpenters Arms (Carmarthen)

  • Lolfa (Carmarthen)

  • Hatti Indian Restaurant (Newport)

  • Dockside Bar & Grill (Porthcawl)

  • The Greek Kitchen (Cardiff)

  • Villa Dino Restaurant (Newport)

  • Brecon Tap (Brecon)

  • The Mountain Air (Tredegar)

  • Angels Kitchen @ The Pontardawe Club (Swansea)

Outstanding Restaurant Supplier of the Year

  • Popty Bakery Ltd (Bangor)

  • Dewi James a’i Gwmni (Cardigan)

  • Forage Farm Shop and Kitchen (Cowbridge)

  • Wright’s Food Emporium (Carmarthen)

  • Micro Acres Wales (Pontypridd)

  • The Gourmet Butcher Cardiff (Cardiff)

  • Fresh and Tasty Microgreens (Abergele)

  • Authentic Curry (Aberdare)

  • Bidfood Chepstow (Chepstow)

  • Toppers Wales Ltd (Llanelli)

Cookery School of the Year

  • Scholars Restaurant (Ystrad Mynach)

  • Colliery19 (Rhondda)

  • The Pumpkin Patch Kitchen & Garden (Carmarthen)

  • Abergavenny Baker (Abergavenny)

  • Harts Barn (Longhope)

  • The Deli delights kitchen (Aberporth )

  • Nant Restaurant – Coleg y Cymoedd, Nantgarw (Cardiff)

  • Coleg y Cymoedd Aberdare Campus (Aberdare)

  • Alex’s Supper Club (Pontypridd)

  • Orsola Muscia The Tailor Made Chef (Narberth)

Takeaway of the Year

  • Joe’s Fish Bar (Aberdare)

  • Swshi (Lampeter)

  • Wiwo Noodle bar Cathays (Cardiff)

  • China Village (Pontypridd)

  • BABA’S Indian Takeaway (Cardiff)

  • Gateway Of India (Cardiff)

  • Tiffin Rasoi (Barry)

  • Toasty café (Pontypridd)

  • Lilo’s Pasta (Pencoed)

  • Prince Balti (Bridgend)

Best Fish N’ Chips Establishment

  • Elgam Fish Bar (Blaenavon)

  • Hiks Fish Bar (Swansea)

  • D. Fecci & Sons (Tenby)

  • Jones Fish Bar (Newport)

  • West end fish and chips (Carmarthen)

  • Heritage Plaice (Blaenavon)

  • Vallas Fish & Chip Shop (Bangor)

  • Younger’s Traditional Fish and Chips (Cardiff)

  • Beale’s Park Fish Restaurant (Porthcawl)

  • Monnow Bridge Fish Bar (Monmouth)

Best Pizza Establishment

  • Popty Pizza (Llangefni)

  • Pizzatipi (Cardigan)

  • Hangin’ Pizzeria (Betws-y-Coed)

  • Pizzeria Vesuvio (Swansea)

  • Ffwrnes Pizza (Cardiff)

  • Stone Rock Pizza (Chepstow)

  • The Canteen (Newport)

  • Pizza Express (Cardiff)

  • Crust Pizzeria (Pwllheli)

  • Mawddach Pizza (Dolgellau)

Best Burger Restaurant

  • Honest Burgers Cardiff (Cardiff)

  • Good Guys Food (Cwmbran)

  • Meg’s Grill and Chill (Bridgend)

  • Got Beef (Cardiff)

  • Ceridwen Centre (Llandysul)

  • Castle Burger (Llangollen)

  • The Smoke House (Cardiff)

  • Giants Burger Bar (Abertillery)

  • Hills (Brecon)

  • Wild Puppy’s Snack Shack (Ammanford)

Best Hotel Restaurant

  • Plas yn dre (Bala)

  • Begelly Arms Hotel (Pembrokeshire )

  • Patagonia Welsh Roots (Prestatyn)

  • The Welcome Country Pub and Kitchen (Swansea)

  • On The Rocks ‘Pink Floyd Bar’ (Penarth)

  • The Priory Hotel and Restaurant (Caerleon)

  • Glendale Hotel, Villa Napoli Restaurant (Penarth)

  • Signatures Restaurant (Conwy)

  • Vanilla Spice (Newport)

  • The Queen Inn (Cwmbran)

Outstanding Restaurant of the Year

  • Dockside Bar and Grill (Porthcawl)

  • 1891 Restaurant and Bar (Rhyl)

  • The Vine Tree Llangattock (Crickhowell)

  • Freckled Angel (Menai Bridge)

  • Indulge Restaurant (Llandudno)

  • JT Abergwaun Hotel (Fishguard)

  • The Blue Lion Inn Cwm (Rhyl)

  • Gem 42 (Newport)

  • The Whitebrook (Monmouth)

  • The Walnut Tree (Abergavenny)

Best of Cardiff

  • Pasture Restaurant

  • The Dough Thrower

  • North Star

  • Thomas by Tom Simmons

  • Asador 44 Spanish Grill & Wine House

  • Heaneys Restaurant

  • The Botanist Bar & Restaurant

  • Tŷ Madeira Restaurant

  • Maasi’s

  • Cafe Citta

Chef of the Year

  • The Warren (Carmarthen)

  • Ynyshir (Powys)

  • The Walnut Tree Inn (Abergavenny)

  • Porth Eirias (Colwyn Bay)

  • Tyddyn Llan (Corwen)

  • Sosban (Menai Bridge)

  • The Whitebrook (Monmouth)

  • Restaurant Sat Bains with Room (Nottingham)

  • Beach House Restaurant (Swansea)

  • The Hardwick (Abergavenny)

Café / Bistro of the Year

North

  • Green Island Bistro (Rhuddlan)

  • Conwy Falls Cafe (Betws-y-Coed)

  • Seaview Cafe Bistro & Coffee Lounge (Porthmadog)

  • Ponderosa Cafe (Llangollen)

  • The Bridge Cafe (Blaenau Ffestiniog)

  • Pantri Bach cafe (Abergele )

  • Rachel’s Cafe (Old Colwyn)

  • Bikers Cafe (Corwen)

  • Tollgate Cafe (Corwen)

  • Penguin Cafe (Colwyn Bay)

Mid Wales

  • Dyffryn Cafe & Restaurant (Welshpool)

  • Cletwr (Machynlleth)

  • Two Hoots Tea Room (Aberystwyth)

  • The Cwtch Cafe (Builth Wells )

  • Scrumptious Monmouth (Monmouth)

  • The Old Swan Tea Rooms (Rhayader)

  • The Lost ARC (Rhayader)

  • Cwpan Pinc (Welshpool)

  • Riverside Cafe (Llanidloes)

  • Cafe Glitz @ brisco (Newtown)

South West

  • Mermaid Cafe, Bar & Restaurant (Mumbles)

  • Crwst (Cardigan)

  • Pethau Da (Carmarthen)

  • Cafe Môr – The Pembrokeshire Beachfood Company (Pembroke)

  • Willow Cafe (Llanelli)

  • The Coffee Pot (Llanelli)

  • West End Cafe (Llandovery)

  • Morgan’s Bistro (Bridgend)

  • MamGu Welshcakes (Pembrokeshire)

  • Diod (Llandeilo)

South East

  • Toasty Café (Pontypridd)

  • Vamos at The Courtyard (Crickhowell)

  • Barry Sidings Cafe (Pontypridd)

  • Ambers Cafe (Beddau)

  • The Secret Garden Cafe (Newport)

  • Cabin Cwtch (Newport)

  • Coffi Fach Kitchen (Bridgend)

  • Quarters Coffee (Newport)

  • The Café at Beechwood (Newport)

  • The Cafe At Ridgeway (Newport)

Cardiff

  • 200 Degrees Coffee Shop & Barista School

  • The Brook Bistro

  • Cafe Bistro 73

  • Corner Coffee

  • Cafe Citta

  • Little Man Coffee

  • Coffee Barker

  • Joes Cafe

  • Metchy’s Cafe & Bar

  • Coffee#1 The Friary

Gastro Pub of the Year

North

  • The Grouse inn (Corwen)

  • The White Lion Inn (Llanelian)

  • Whitehall (Pwllheli)

  • Ffordd Derwen (Rhyl)

  • The Crown Inn (Pantymwyn)

  • The White Eagle (Holyhead)

  • The Cottage Loaf (Llandudno)

  • The Berwyn Arms (Corwen )

  • The Kinmel Arms (Abergele)

  • Pen-y-Bryn (Colwyn Bay)

Mid Wales

  • Y Ffarmers (Aberystwyth)

  • Three Horseshoes Inn (Brecon)

  • The Pentre Arms (Llangrannog)

  • Tafarn y Maes (Aberystwyth)

  • The Nags Head Inn (Montgomery)

  • Plas yn Dinas (Llanfechain)

  • Black lion inn derwenlas (Machynlleth)

  • Skinners Arms (Machynlleth)

  • The Green Inn (Oswestry)

  • The Harp Inn (Presteigne)

South West

  • The Nags Head (Boncath)

  • The West Cross Inn (Swansea)

  • Welcome to town (Llanrhidian Gower)

  • Kings Head Inn (Swansea)

  • The Rake and Riddle (Swansea)

  • The Pilot of Mumbles (Swansea)

  • Half Moon (Llanelli)

  • Vale Of Aeron Inn / Tafarn Dyffryn Aeron (Lampeter)

  • Tafarn Sinc. (Clynderwen)

  • The Boars Head (Narberth)

South East

  • Castle Inn (Usk)

  • Drago Lounge (Newport)

  • Ruperra Arms (Bassaleg)

  • Dragon Fly Newport (Newport)

  • The Golden Mile (Corntown, Bridgend)

  • Penycae Inn Ltd (Brecon)

  • Hare & Hounds (Cowbridge)

  • The Old Swan Inn (Llantwit Major)

  • Lamb & Flag (Cowbridge)

  • The Star Inn (Bridgend)

Restaurant of the Year

North

  • The Leyland Arms (Ruthin)

  • Country Cooks (Corwen)

  • Dragonfly Tea Rooms and Fishery (Corwen)

  • Just Steak (Mold)

  • The White Horse Restaurant (Denbigh)

  • Deadwood Smokehouse (Mold)

  • LAVA Hot Stone Kitchen (Conwy)

  • The Gunroom Restaurant (Caernarfon)

  • Peak Restaurant (Caernarfon)

  • Sheeps and Leeks (Caernarfon)

Mid Wales

  • The Cellar (Aberaeron)

  • Rossini (New Quay)

  • New Quay Yachtf Club (New Quay)

  • Waggon and Horses (Newtown)

  • Fabian’s Kitchen (Llandrindod Wells)

  • Dyffryn Cafe & Restaurant (Welshpool)

  • The Pepper Pot Bar and Grill (New Quay)

  • Cambrian Coast Bar & Grill (Borth)

  • Y Sospan (Dolgellau)

  • Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms (Machynlleth)

South West

  • The Angel Narberth (Narberth)

  • The Brewery Inn (Pembroke)

  • The Sporting Chance (Whitland)

  • Annwn (Kilgetty)

  • The Stradey Arms (Llanelli)

  • Hanson at the Chelsea Restaurant (Swansea)

  • Darios (Swansea)

  • Chillies (Swansea)

  • Y Polyn (Carmarthen)

  • The Rising Sun Inn (Haverfordwest)

South East

  • Scholars restaurant Coleg y Cymoedd (Caerphilly)

  • Red Fort Caerleon (Newport)

  • Pickford’s Galley & Bar with Rooms (Penarth)

  • Penarth Yacht Club (Penarth)

  • Frolics (Bridgend)

  • The Gaff abergavenny (Abergavenny)

  • The Top House (Trefil)

  • The Cwtch Restaurant (Llantwit Major)

  • Home (Penarth)

  • The Steak and Stamp (Pencoed Bridgend)

Congratulations and the very best of luck to all of the nominees!



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