Casual Dining launches major new industry awards

​Casual Dining, the award winning trade show, which ran its second edition at the Business Design Centre in London last week, has today announced the launch of The Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards, in response to industry feedback.

The awards will take place on the evening of 24 February 2016. Not only will they form an important highlight of next year’s event, but aim to become the leading celebration of the growing £7 billion casual dining sector.

The launch of this prestigious industry awards dinner follows the launch of the highly successful Casual Dining Design Awards last year – which recognises and celebrates the importance of great design as a part of the eating and drinking out experience. The awards attracted nearly 100 entries including most of the leading operators and design agencies, many of which have commented that the awards need a ‘proper’ home.

Design will only form part of the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards, with other awards to include Best New Restaurant Concept, Best Pub Group, Best Bar, Best Rebranding, Best Drinks Offering, Most Innovative Menu and The Innovation Award. There will also be a Gold Medal award to recognise outstanding achievement. The evening will culminate with a Lifetime Achievement Award, with the winner being interviewed exclusively at Casual Dining on 25 February 2016.

A full list of categories is being finalised with the Advisory Committee at the end of May. The venue for the Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2016 will be announced at the same time.

Commenting on the announcement, Chris Brazier, Casual Dining’s group event director, says: “We’re delighted that Casual Dining is already seen as the place where decision makers from the restaurant and pub sector do business. Following great feedback, we’re delighted to be launching a major evening awards event where these key players, along with our innovative exhibitors, can let their hair down, network, and celebrate the best that this sector has to offer.”

For further information, please contact Chris Brazier, on 01273 645123 or email at

Media enquiries to:
Emma-Louise Jones, Head of PR
t: 44 (0)1273 645134  

Exhibitor enquiries to:
Chris Brazier, Group Event Director
t: 44 (0)1273 645123 



Casual Dining was the first launch show (UK and international) in over five years to win ‘Best Tradeshow Exhibition under 2,000sq.m’ at the Association of Event Organisers’ Excellence Awards 2014.

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