The winners

Best Bar

Sponsored by St. Germain


An innovative bar and restaurant from bartender Mr Lyan and chef Douglas McMaster, which serves cocktails and sharing plates with an emphasis on cutting out food waste at every turn.

153 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ;

Best Café

Sponsored by Heath & Heather

Social Pantry Cafe

A café in Battersea run by catering company Social Pantry, which works with charity Key4Life to help get ex-offenders back in work, as well as sourcing with producers including Bad Boys Bakery in HMP Brixton.

170A Lavender Hill, SW11 5TG;

Best Casual Restaurant

Sponsored by Oxley Gin

Smoking Goat

Ben Chapman’s Thai-influenced bar and restaurant, using a traceable supply line with progressive British farmers, a nose-to-tail ethos and a focus on offal in its cooking.

64 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ;

Best Fine-Dining Restaurant

Sponsored by Santa Teresa 1796


The acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant in Shoreditch helmed by James Lowe, with a progressive attitude towards truly sustainable sourcing of produce and the relationships with its suppliers.

Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ;

Best Food Market

Sponsored by Pic's Peanut Butter

Borough Market

London's oldest food market, with a range of historic and recent food traders and businesses, and a rich tradition of community and charitable initiatives.

8 Southwark Street, SE1 1TL;

Best Pop-Up or Initiative

Sponsored by Belazu Ingredient Company


A fundraising initiative curated by SUITCASE Magazine's Serena Guen, Clerkenwell Boy and Gemma Bell in partnership with Unicef NEXTGeneration London, featuring two cookbooks, supper clubs, restaurant takeovers and other events in London and worldwide, raising money for Unicef’s Children of Syria Fund.

Best Pub or Taproom

Sponsored by Foodism Beer Club

Ignition Brewery Taproom

A Lewisham brewery and taproom, which employs and trains people with learning disabilities to brew and serve quality beer and is vocal in paying the London Living Wage to all of its trainee brewers.

44A Sydenham Rd, SE26 5QX;

Best Social Enterprise

Sponsored by The Sustainable Restaurant Association

Luminary Bakery

A social enterprise providing a safe and professional working environment for women from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Luminary Bakery uses baking as a tool to empower women and equip them with transferable skills for the working world through courses, work experience, and paid employment within the bakery.

Best Street-Food Trader

Sponsored by iZettle

Brixton People's Kitchen

A social enterprises that uses an innovative bicycle-powered mobile kitchen, which uses food from local shops, markets and businesses that would otherwise be thrown away to bring together the local community for cooking lessons.

Various locations;

Positive Change Hero

Sponsored by Karma Cola

Ryan Riley

After losing his mother Krista to small-cell lung cancer four years ago, Ryan Riley was inspired to set up Life Kitchen, a charity offering free UK-wide cookery classes and food events for people living with cancer. In the space of a year, Riley has already worked with more than 400 people, with plans for a permanent Life Kitchen cookery school and dedicated cookbook on the cards, too.


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The judges

To crown the category winners, we recruited an esteemed panel of judges. They totalled 45 people across the media and food industries as well as Square Up Media staff. Check out the full list below.


  • Tom Hunt (Foodism columnist, food writer, cookbook author and campaigner)
  • Melissa Hemsley (chef and cookbook author)
  • Hugh Richard Wright (hospitality consultant)
  • Jules Pearson (founder, London on the Inside)
  • Alexandra Dudley (chef and cookbook author)
  • Emily Ezekiel (chef and food stylist)
  • Ed Smith (food writer and cookbook author)
  • Imran Hussein (founder, THC/Endeavour)
  • John Gregory Smith (food writer and cookbook author)
  • Douglas Blyde (food and drink writer and consultant)
  • Jade Brennan-Siegert (head of marketing, The Sustainable Restaurant Association)
  • Ethan Boroian (UK champagne ambassador, Moet Hennessy)
  • Rose Petherick (partnerships campaign manager, Action Against Hunger)
  • Zawadi Phillimore (food campaigns coordinator, Action Against Hunger)


  • Lizzie Rivera (founder, BICBIM)
  • Rebecca Milford (editor, BarChick)
  • Lauren Bravo (food and lifestyle writer and author)
  • Felicity Spector (food and drink writer)
  • Stefan Chomka (editor, Restaurant Magazine)
  • Emma Henderson (editor, IndyEats)
  • Joel Porter (food and drink writer)
  • Nick Savage (editor, Innerplace)
  • Johanna Derry (food and drink writer)
  • Mark Sansom (editor, Food & Travel)
  • Ed Cumming (food and drink writer)
  • Danny Kingston (food and drink writer)
  • Clare Finney (food and drink writer)
  • Rachel Fellows (assistant commissioning editor, Esquire)
  • Hugh Thomas (food and beer writer)
  • Josh Barrie (staff writer, The i)
  • Benjamin Parker (assistant content editor, The Telegraph)
  • Gareth May (food and drink writer)
  • Neil Davey (food and drink writer)
  • Abbie Moulton (food and drink writer and consultant)

Square Up Media

  • Mike Gibson (editor, Foodism)
  • Jordan Kelly-Linden (staff writer, Foodism)
  • Lucas Oakeley (editorial assistant, Foodism)
  • Tom Powell (beer editor, Foodism)
  • Lydia Winter (travel editor, Foodism)
  • Jon Hawkins (editor-in-chief, Foodism)
  • Annie Brooks (designer, Square Up Media)
  • Tim Slee (founder and CEO, Square Up Media)
  • Mark Hedley (editorial director, Square Up Media and editor, Square Mile)
  • Ben Winstanley (deputy editor, Square Mile)
  • Melissa van der Haak (marketing and communications manager, Square Up Media)