Today the Yorkshire Evening Post reveals the restaurant’s that have made it onto the shortlist for our prestigious Oliver awards.
The awards reward the best of the restaurants, cafe/bars and gastro pubs which add much to the vibrancy and success of the city.
They are now in their sixth year and have grown to become one of the most important dates on the food and drink calendar.
This year, the entries included both new names and high-quality, established candidates.
Hundreds of businesses entered hoping to take home one of our sought-after accolades in categories ranging from best cafe/bar to the cream of our fine dining restaurants.
Among those shortlisted are city centre favourites old and new including: Kendells, Arts cafe and Angelica.
Judges were particularly pleased with the calibre of entries, which they felt reflected the high standards of the dining venues that are thriving in Leeds and surrounding areas.
They judged the entries on food, value, atmosphere and service - and you can see the shortlisted venues in each category in our special Oliver pullout.
The awards night will be held at the Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road, Leeds, on March 10.
The winner of the Outstanding Contribution category and the Overall Winner will be announced on the night. These will be the judges’ choices and no nominations are being published for these two categories.
As well as rewarding the best of our dining scene, the awards also provide an opportunity to recognise all those people who have shown tremendous vision, tenacity and imagination in setting up and maintaining businesses.
YEP editorial director Jeremy Clifford said: “The Oliver awards play an ever-increasing role in recognising the many outstanding restaurants and cafes we have in and around Leeds.
“Everyone who has been shortlisted should feel proud of this achievement because the standard of entries this year was very high.
“Running a successful restaurant is a tough business requiring a huge range of skills.” The host for the awards will be popular presenter Jon Hammond.
* Pick up a copy of today’s YEP for your Oliver Awards supplement.