Thames Valley Hospitality Awards


The highly anticipated inaugural Thames Valley Hospitality Awards were a huge success with winners celebrating long into the night after receiving their gongs.


The Miller of Mansfield Goring wins Restaurant of the YearThe awards were handed out at the Hilton Reading on Sunday 18th March, with more than 200 people in attendance, watching the presenting team of Michelin-starred chef Daniel Galmiche, former Reading FC captain Ady Williams and comedienne Anna Jennings.


The Miller of Mansfield from Goring walked away with a hefty haul, winning Restaurant of the Year, coming second in Independent Hotel of the Year and their housekeeper Nadia Bozikova winning Back-of-House Star.


Bel & The Dragon from Reading also found themselves in among the winners, winning Warm Welcome, as well as a high commendation and two bronze awards in Front-of-House Star, Restaurant of the Year and Apprentice of the Year respectively.


L’Ortolan – Reading’s Michelin starred restaurant - didn’t go home empty handed, with chef Tom Clarke bestowed the Robin Campbell of Bel The Dragon wins bronze in Apprentice of Yearcoveted Chef of the Year award, which is personally chosen by Daniel Galmiche. Richard Robbins of the Hilton Reading also took home the Front-of-House Star award.


For all the evening's celebrations, the loudest standing ovation of the night was for the posthumous Lifetime Achievement award which went to Nino Bartolomei of Nino’s Trattoria in Pangbourne who sadly passed away earlier this month.


His family – including his son Nino Jnr – went on stage to collect the award from Sir John Madejski, prompting the audience to spontaneously break out chanting Nino’s name in an emotional tribute to the popular restaurateur. Mr Bartolomei had been presented with the certificate before his passing so knew of his well-deserved award for his amazing achievements.


Presenters Daniel Galmiche and Ady WilliamsHilary Scott, the event co-organiser said: “We’d like to thank our sponsors Vicar’s Game, H&D Food Solutions, Hilton Reading, Cream Design, Cherubs Floral Design, Matthew Clark, BaxterStorey and Newsquest Berkshire.”


Organiser Marc Allridge of Cherubs Floral Design said:  “We were delighted that so many establishments joined us on Saturday to celebrate the very talented hospitality industry. The industry contributes massively to the economy of the Thames Valley area and creates a huge number of jobs. That’s why it is important to celebrate success.”


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