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The restaurants, bars and cultural institutions shortlisted in the This is Manchester Awards 2023

What a line-up!

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 26th September 2023

The shortlist for 2023’s This is Manchester Awards has been announced, celebrating incredible talent across Greater Manchester.

Hundreds of businesses and individuals submitted detailed nominations across 15 categories, with the awards championing industries including arts and culture, hospitality, fashion, and the night-time economy.

A judging panel of experts have narrowed down all the entries to come up with the shortlist that’s been announced this morning.

The winners of the This is Manchester Awards will be announced in a ceremony on 9 November 2023, at Emirates Old Trafford.

Awards categories include Leading Restaurant Awards (split into casual and formal), Leading Hotel of the Year, and Leading Live Event Award.


New for this year is the Dianne Oxberry Special Impact Award, created in partnership with the late presenter’s family and close friends. The award will recognise an individual who has faced adversity and won and, by doing so, has left a lasting legacy across the region.

10 worthy recipients have been shortlisted in this category, the winner of which has been chosen in partnership with Dianne’s husband Ian Hindle and the trust.


This is Manchester Awards founder and organiser Ziara Siddique, said: “We’ve literally received hundreds of real entries for the this years awards – we’ve been totally bowled over by the sheer standard and numbers are bigger and stronger each year. 

“It’s amazing to be able to showcase all the incredible talent from across the region.

“I’m also incredibly humbled to have the support of Dianne Oxberry’s family for this years very special award that we know will do her legacy proud.”


Winners will be announced at an awards evening hosted by Jenny Powell and Scott Thomas in front of 600 guests in November.

The This is Manchester Awards 2023 shortlist

The This is Manchester Awards 2023 shortlist has been announced
The This is Manchester Awards 2023 shortlist has been announced

Leading Restaurant Award (Formal)

  • 20 Stories
  • Australasia
  • Eagle & Child
  • Fazenda
  • Hawksmoor
  • The Ivy Asia, Manchester
  • WOOD Restaurant
  • El Gato Negro Manchester

Leading Restaurant Award (Casual)

  • Colleens
  • Codi’s Kitchen
  • Hampton & Voúis
  • The Ivy Spinningfields Brasserie
  • Holcombe Tap
  • Maray Manchester
  • Purezza
  • The Refuge
  • TNQ Restaurant & Bar
  • Canto

Leading Chef Of The Year Award

  • Scott Munro – Ducie Street Warehouse
  • Anthony Fielden – TNQ Restaurant & Bar
  • Thomas Ince – The Refuge
  • Simon Wood – Wood Restaurants
  • Will Taplin – Ramona, Firehouse, Diecast
  • Daniel Scott – 20 Stories
  • Matthew Downes – Edwardian Hotels
  • Simon Shaw – Mills Hills Development Limited

Leading Bar / Club Of The Year Award

  • Albert’s Schloss, Manchester
  • The Liquor Store
  • The Refuge
  • Leno Ex Machina
  • 20 Stories
  • Project Halcyon

Leading Hotel Of The Year Award

  • Kimpton Clocktower Hotel
  • INNSiDE Manchester
  • LEVEN Manchester
  • Dakota Manchester
  • King Street Townhouse
  • Hilton Garden Inn, Emirates Old Trafford
  • The Jacksonheim Boutique
  • The Lowry Hotel
  • Hotel Football
  • Hyatt Manchester

Leading Newcomer

  • Madre
  • The Padel Club Ltd
  • Sophie Gwilliam
  • Love Factory
  • Bask
  • Leno Ex Machina
  • Ciaooo Loaded Garlic Bread
  • New Century

Leading Live Event Award

  • Men’s Ashes Test Match at Emirates Old Trafford
  • Dream The Impossible, The Sequel – Tim Bacon Foundation
  • Paintvine
  • Opal’s Comet – Mr Wilson’s
  • Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity DJ Battle
  • Health Careers Live 2023 – Produced by Imagine X Global
  • Raise The Roof by Rain Dance Colour Festival – An Imagine X Global Brand
  • Bolton Food & Drink Festival
  • La Discothèque

Leading Live Event Venue Award

  • Manchester Central
  • Love Factory
  • Victoria Warehouse
  • Lancashire Cricket, Emirates Old Trafford
  • Albert Hall

Leading Arts & Culture Venue

  • The Portico Library
  • Octagon Theatre Bolton
  • Hope Mill Theatre
  • Underfound
  • GFF Damian Dance Studio

Force for Fashion Awards

  • Sculpt Activewear
  • Underfound
  • H-E-R
  • NKD Apparel
  • Mars The Label
  • Joanie
  • Castore
  • Zeynep Kartal

Leading Technology / Digital Innovator

  • Health Careers Live Workforce Platform Produced by Imagine X Global
  • Electricity North West
  • HACE: Data Changing Child Labour
  • GigPig
  • Lydia Jones- Housemates / The Mates Group
  • Tapdonate
  • Versori
  • G6 Motion Control
  • BRSK
  • Godel Technologies
  • CarFinance 247

Individuals and/or Organisations Promoting Well-Being

  • The Medika Clinic
  • Health Careers Live – Produced by Imagine X Global
  • Foundation 92
  • Lee Chambers
  • Samaritans, Manchester
  • Ringway Dental
  • GINKGO Herbs & Health
  • Dancing with Dementia
  • The Padel Club Ltd

Organisation Making A Difference In The Community

  • Change The Youth NW
  • University Academy 92 (UA92)
  • Manchester Originals
  • Manchester Cares
  • Together Money
  • Tim Bacon Foundation
  • Lancashire Cricket Foundation
  • Foundation 92
  • The Joshua Tree
  • Tandem Bank
  • NQ Legacy
  • Hits Radio Manchester Cash for Kids
  • CarFinance 247

Individual Making A Difference in The Community

  • Judith Vickers – Lifeshare
  • Jane Kenyon – Girls Out Loud
  • Ed Wellard – Withington Walls
  • Qaisra Shahraz MBE JP FRSA – Macfest
  • Ryan Hughes – Mr Investa
  • Justin Eagleton – Maggie’s Manchester
  • Matt Peacock – 3 Peaks 1 Peacock
  • Lee Jeffrey – Northern User Experience (NUX)
  • Loveartpix
  • Latisha Monique Pemberton – NQ Legacy
  • Saladin Private Security
  • Georgia Fitzgerald – The Juice Academy
  • Jeremy Roberts – Tim Bacon Foundation

The Diane Oxberry – Special Impact Award

  • Michael Adex
  • Loveartpix
  • Hannah Cheetham
  • Jo Taylor
  • Khatra Paterson
  • Judith Vickers
  • Chereece Bateson
  • Figen Murray
  • Katie Geland
  • Steve Hill MBE

For limited ticket and table availability please email [email protected] or telephone 0161 6670898 – please note priority will be given to representatives from award nominees.

You can see the full shortlist on the This is Manchester Awards website here.

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