Award Categories

Best Indian

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A hard fought category, given it’s long association with British diners. We’re looking for restaurants which excel by creating aromatic, evocative dishes that set our imaginations on fire.

Best British

We’re looking for restaurants which deliver authentic home-grown dishes just aching to be ordered, whether it’s taking our national cuisine to new levels, with a flourish, or presenting classic ...

Best Italian

Style and elegance go hand in hand with quality Italian dining and these should shine through in this category. Judges will be searching for restaurants which go the extra mile to create a ...

Best World

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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 ...

Best City Centre

Quite simply, the best restaurant in the city centre. Entrants will excel in service, providing just the right atmosphere to keep customers coming back, while the food will be second to none.

Best Suburban

The fringes of our city are often overlooked but they provide a breeding ground for some of the best loved (and hardest working) restaurants, creating dining destinations people are happy to ...

Best Rural

Several years ago, the Oliver Awards responded to demand and extended its reach into the rural climes of our county. This award recognises all those places where people love to go because they ...

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 ...

Best Service

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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 ...

Best Fine Dining

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The Leeds dining scene has changed in many ways over the years but perhaps one of the indicators of the confidence in the market is the growth of fine dining establishments, which offer something ...

Best Chef

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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 ...

Best Lunch

This award was created to recognise all those places which manage to create great food for people in hurry. It’s the cafes and restaurants which manage to put out outstanding cuisine to people on ...

Best Bar

Oliver has 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 ...

Best Cafe

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, ...

Best Brewery

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The Oliver Awards can no longer afford to ignore the presence and impact of small and micro brewers, of which there are hundreds in Leeds. This new award aims to shine a light on all those ...

The People’s Oliver

A new award aimed squarely at promoting family restaurants, nominated by readers for their unwavering commitment to making sure every member of a group, no matter what their age, is catered for ...

Outstanding Contribution

The final award of the night and a chance for us to single out someone special for praise, whether because they have overcome some personal difficulty or achieved something out of the ordinary. ...