Nominations are open from October 17th - 18th November 2019. 
We welcome entries from customers and directly from businesses.

Best Family Friendly

No longer is it a case of having to sit in a cordoned off playpen with chips and chicken nuggets. The food and drink industry is encouraging families to make an evening out together and introduce youngsters to different types of dining so this is your chance to flag up the best family friendly places.

Best Local Produce

You get out what you put in and so the saying goes. So this category is a big shout out to those cooking up a feast fit for a king with ingredients they have sourced from Leeds market, the local butcher or foraged from a field or were. If it’s local and your customers love it, we want to know.

Best Brunch

Taking the city’s dining scene by storm and fast becoming the favourite meal for Leeds foodies - brunch is better than breakfast. This new category looks for eateries serving up a feast from classic eggs benedict to bao buns or a staple full English - washed down with some fizz.

Best Speciality

Leeds is leading the way with specialist cuisine. Whether that is saying loud and clear - vegan and vegetarian food is not boring or making cooking with seafood a fine art. Are you serving up meat free meals with a tasty twist, flair and imagination? Then shout about it in this newly added category for the Oliver Awards 2020.


Never before has carbon footprint, protecting the earth and a sustainable way of life been more relevant. Here we are looking for establishments that are conscious of waste, sourcing ingredients and being eco, as well as, tastebud friendly.

Best Cafe/Deli

Another new award and one focussed entirely on cafes and what they offer. Judges will be looking for places which do their own thing but do it well, often offering bespoke dishes, with a slick, well-drilled operation. Scrumptiousness rules the roost here.

Best Gastro Pub & Brewery

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There are now more than 220 breweries in Yorkshire, and many are now inviting customers to visit for a drinking and dining experience with a difference. We're looking for a brewery which is serving great food which can be washed down by a fabulous variety of interesting beers from the brewhouse.

Best Bar

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The Olivers have for a long time acknowledged the role bars play, not just in terms of providing liquid refreshments but also the occasional snack to go alongside. This is a new award and we want to highlight all those places which are going above and beyond to cater for a discerning, often diverse clientele. Judges will consider food, drink, atmosphere, service and value for money.

Best World

This category takes in food from across the globe, including the Middle East, the Far East, South America and beyond. As such, the overall dining experience has to be able to stand out. Judges will be looking for flair and imagination and restaurants which bring something different and even unique to the table.

Best Fine Dining Experience

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The Leeds dining scene has changed in many ways over the years but perhaps one of the indicators of confidence in the market is the growth of fine dining establishments, which offer something special or unexpected to diners looking for a memorable night.

Best Newcomer

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This is always a busy category and one of the hardest to judge. Winners of this award usually go on to greater things. We aim to use it to celebrate all those restaurants which are trying to make a name for themselves by recognising the hard work and passion that goes into making their dreams a reality.

Best Customer Service

Quite often, service can make or break a restaurant and we know how much effort those in the industry put into making sure people not only enjoy their experience but want to return time after time. Judges will be looking for polished, assured performances from those front of house.

The People’s Choice

A new award aimed squarely at promoting restaurants, nominated by readers for their unwavering commitment to making sure every member of a group, no matter what their age, is catered for when they come to eat. Here, we will be guided by you but judges will be looking for the personal touch, for restaurants which in some way mark themselves out for applause and for sheer passion and dedication to the task in hand.

Chef of the Year

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This award will be judged solely by our industry experts, who are already immersed in the dining scene, intimate with the ways in which it operates and the people whose ingenuity helps mark a restaurant out as inescapably important.

Outstanding Contribution

A chance for us to single out someone special for praise, whether they have overcome some personal difficulty or achieved something out of the ordinary. Anyone can nominate but the results are kept secret and only revealed on the night of the awards.

Overall Restaurant of the Year

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The ultimate accolade, all of the restaurants awarded at the ceremony will be eligible for winning the Overall Restaurant of the Year title. Selected by our panel of independent judges.


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