Restaurant & Bar Design Awards winners unveiled

10 September 2012 by
Restaurant & Bar Design Awards winners unveiled

Wolfgang Puck's restaurant CUT 45 Park Lane restaurant and restaurant chain PizzaExpress were among the winners in the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, held at the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).

The awards, which were attended by more than 400 of the UK and world's most influential designers and hospitality operators, saw overall winner A Cantina by Estudio Nomada, Spain, pick up an award for Best Restaurant, while the award for Best Bar went to Graffiti by Mode, in Bulgaria.

The awards were hosted by Leslie Brissett and Peter Boizot (founder of PizzaExpress), with winners announced by Ceri Richmond of Core and Tim French MBE of The French Group.

RIBA Venues catering team Ampersand served a selection of 1930s-inspired canapés to guests during the course of the evening. These included "Black velvet, beef and oyster" - a lightly pickled Colchester oyster wrapped in Hereford beef carpaccio, oyster jelly, and samphire and for dessert mini "Floating islands" - glazed meringue, caramel sauce, pink almond praline, spun sugar.

Shaker provided art-deco cocktails and ritual serves, merging modern molecular mixology techniques with the simplicity of the 1920s.

The results in full:

Best restaurant

  • A Cantina (Spain) by Estudio Nomada

    Best bar

  • Graffiti (Bulgaria) by Studio Mode

Other Category Winners include:


  • Standalone restaurant/ Viet Hoa Mess, London, UK/Vonsung

  • Standalone bar or club/ The Drift, London, UK/Fusion Design and Architecture

  • Restaurant or bar in a retail space/ Zizzi, Leeds, UK/D Raw

  • Restaurant or bar in another space/ Holburne Garden Café, Holbourne Museum, Bath, UK/Softroom

  • Restaurant or bar in a hotel/ Cut, London, UK/Thierry Despont

  • Pub/ The Plough, Clapham, UK/Harrison

  • Multiple restaurant/ Pizza Express, Plymouth, UK/Baynes & Co

  • Multiple Bar or Club/ Dirty Martini, London, UK/Grapes Design

  • Café or fast food/ The Coach House, Hatfield House, Hatfield, UK)/SHH


  • Europe/ Graffiti (Bulgaria)/Mode

  • North America & Canada/ Pump Room (USA)/Yabu Pushelberg

  • Australia & Pacific/Baker D Chirico (Australia)/March Studio

  • Asia/ Café Kureon (Japan)/Kengo Kuma & Associates

  • South & Central America/Fasano Las Piedras (Uruguay)/Isay Weinfeld

  • Middle East & Africa/ Cocteau (Lebanon)/Gatserelia Design

    UK & International

  • Identity/Nopi (UK)/Here Design

  • Pop Up/Les Grandes Tables de L'ile Seguin (France)/1024 Architecture

  • Canteen/A Cantina (Spain)/Estudio Nomada

  • Lighting/W Lounge & Bar (UK)/MBLD

    Judges Judges included Alberto Alessi (Principal - Alessi), Julius Wiedemann (Editor - Taschen) and Matthew Clark (Founder - United Visual Artists) and many others. See all Judges.

By Katherine Alano

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