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2018 Winners

The results of the 2018 Milton Keynes Food and Leisure Awards were announced at a glitzy ceremony at The Holiday Inn in Central Milton Keynes on Sunday 13th May.

Awards Part 1 (Leisure)

Hotel of the Year (under 50 rooms)


  • The Bull Hotel (Stony Stratford)
  • The Cock Inn (Stony Stratford)
  • Menzies Flitwick Manor Hotel
  • M Gallery by Sofitel Woughton House
  • Premier Inn (MK Central)
  • Premier Inn (MK South)
  • Swan Revived Hotel
  • Villiers Hotel (Last year’s winner)

And the winner is: M Gallery by Sofitel Woughton House

MKFLA2018 woughton house

Hotel of the Year (over 50 rooms)


  • Doubletree by Hilton
  • Hilton Kent’s Hill
  • Holiday Inn J14
  • Jurys Inn
  • Mercure Abbey Hill – Last year’s winners
  • Moore Place Hotel
  • Harben House
  • Whittlebury Hall

And the winner is: Doubletree by Hilton 

MKFLA2018 doubletree

Best Destination or Attraction


  • Bletchley Park
  • Big Rock
  • Formula Fast
  • The Milton Keynes Theatre
  • The Casino MK
  • Simply Race – Last year’s winners
  • The Stables
  • Woburn Safari Park

And the winner is: Milton Keynes Theatre

MKFLA2018 theatre

Best Café or Coffee House


  • Bar Bar Black Sheep
  • Bogota Coffee Shop (The Hub)
  • Coffee Boutique (Oxley Park)
  • Fourth and Fifth
  • Frosts (Woburn Sands)
  • Howe Park Wood Cafe
  • Nonna's (Woburn Sands) – Last year’s winners
  • Out of Office

And the winner is: Nonna's

MKFLA2018 nonnas

Pub of the Year


  • The Anchor (Aspley Guise)
  • The Bell & Bear (Emberton)
  • The Betsey Wynne (Swanbourne)
  • The Black Horse (Woburn)
  • The Crooked Billet (Newton Longville)
  • The Cross Keys (Woolstone) – Last year’s winners
  • The Swan Inn (Milton Keynes Village)
  • The Swan (Salford)
  • The White Horse (Husborne Crawley)

And the winner is: The Bell and Bear (Emberton)

MKFLA2018 bell and bear

Bar of the Year


  • All Bar One
  • Be At One
  • Biergarten
  • Craufurd Arms (Wolverton)
  • MK11 Live Music Venue and Sports Bar
  • Missoula
  • Q Academy
  • Revolucion De Cuba

And the winner is: The Craufurd Arms

MKFLA2018 craufurd

Awards Part 2 (Food)

Best Local Product (Food)


  • Friars Farm - Traditional Picalilli
  • The Fruity Farmer - The Fruity Farmer Rapeseed Oil
  • Belistore - Chocolate brownie
  • Marriett's (by Swanbourne Dairy) - Dairy Ice Cream
  • Jam Moo Kow - Raspberry Curd
  • Atelier The Brigadeiro - Chocolate Brigadeiros
  • Indian Orchard - Sweet Chilli and Lemon Pickle
  • Reasons to Season - Jamaican Jerk Dry Marinade

Highly recommended: Friars Farm - Traditional Picalilli

And the winner is: Atelier The Brigadeiro - Chocolate Brigadeiros

MKFLA2018 brigaderio

Best Local Product (Drink)

  • The Fruity Farmer - Seville Orange Gin
  • Belistore - Home-made Hot Chocolate (topped with toasted marshmallows)
  • Jam Moo Kow - Sloe Lemon Cordial
  • Wharf Distillary - Single Malt
  • Hornes Ryestone Ruby Rye Ale 4.0% 330ml can
  • Black Pit Brewery - Cloud Nine Blonde Summer Ale
  • Ampthill Brewhouse - Fireside Stout
  • Saxby's - Blackcurrent Cider

Highly recommended: Cloud Nine - Blonde Summer Ale

And the winner is: The Fruity Farmer - Seville Orange Gin

MKFLA2018 fruity farmer

Best Use of Local Produce

And the winner is: The Bell and Bear – Emberton

MKFLA2018 bell and bear produce

Family Restaurant of the Year


  • Beefeater (CMK)
  • Caldecotte Arms – Last year’s winners
  • Frankie and Benny's
  • Hungry Horse (Broughton)
  • MK Buffet Village
  • Prince George (Tattenhoe)
  • Red House (Newport Pagnell)
  • TGI Fridays

And the winner is: MK Buffet Village

MKFLA2018 buffet village

Asian Restaurant of the Year


  • Akasaka
  • Calcutta Brasserie
  • The Don – Last year’s winners
  • The Grange
  • Kakori
  • Maaya
  • Naidni
  • Spice Village

And the winner is: Calcutta Brasserie 

MKFLA2018 calcutta

Branded Restaurant of the Year


  • Aqua
  • Giraffe
  • Las Iguanas
  • Loch Fyne
  • Pizza Express
  • Prezzo
  • Turtle Bay
  • Wagamama – Last year’s winners

And the winner is: Turtle Bay

MKFLA2018 turtle bay

Judge's comments: "This category was SUCH a closely run race, but the clear winner simply HAD to be Turtle Bay! For sheer excellence in the face of peak time adversity - being short staffed, a full house and picky eaters, they knocked it out of the park with a perma smile and going above and beyond. special mention tot the servers and bar staff for making their customers feel right at home with a Caribbean twist."

Best Newcomer

Shortlisted Nominees:

  • Anatolia
  • Black Pepper
  • Pacha
  • The Greedy Italian
  • Fratellis
  • The Wheatsheaf
  • Miller & Carter Steakhouse
  • The Olive Tree
  • Zouk Lounge

And the winner is: Fratellis in Woburn

MKFLA2018 fratellis

Restaurant of the Year

Shortlisted Nominees:

  • The Betsey Wynne (Swanbourne)
  • Brasserie Blanc
  • Galloways (Woburn)
  • Loch Fyne (The Hub)
  • Nonnas (Woburn Sands) – Last year’s winners
  • Oliviers (Woburn)
  • The Brasserie (Milton Keynes College)
  • The Bell & Bear (Emberton)
  • The Garage (Buckingham)

And the winner is: The Brasserie (Milton Keynes College)

MKFLA2018 college

Part 3 - People

Waiter of the Year

And the winner is: Aaron Gates – Cross Keys (Woolstone)


Waitress of the Year

And the winner is: Amanda Hennelly – Loch Fyne (The Hub)

Street Food of the Year

Shortlisted Nominees:

  • Baja Cantina
  • Bandit
  • Banh Mi MK
  • Belistore
  • Good Times Café
  • Saf’s Kitchen – Last year’s Winner
  • Taco Shack
  • The Rub

And the winner is: Bandit

MKFLA2018 bandit

Chef of the Year

Chef of the Year 3rd Place: Laura Fedoriw (MK College)

MKFLA2018 laura fedoriw

Chef of the Year 2nd Place: William Bowman-Smith (Formerly of Nonnas)

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Chef of the Year: Shane Clarke (The Swan, MK Village)

MKFLA2018 shane clark

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