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Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards 2018: entries now open

Press Release   •   Jan 30, 2018 16:35 GMT

The Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards, organised by Diversified Communications UK, is now accepting entries for 2018.

The awards recognise and celebrate the standout restaurant and pub operators of the year across the growing multi-billion pound casual dining sector. Previous winners include wagamama, Las Iguanas, ASK Italian, The Breakfast Club, Peach Pub Company, JD Wetherspoon, Côte Restaurants, Zizzi, and Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

There are 17 categories for 2018, encompassing everything from new concepts and new openings, to menu innovation, employee engagement, marketing and design, as well as recognising the outstanding brands of the year. They’ll be judged by some of the biggest names in the business, including Bob Ivell, chairman of Mitchells & Butlers; Karen Forrester, CEO of TGI Friday’s UK; Mark Fox, CEO of Bill’s; Keith Bird, COO at GBK; and Kate Nicholls, chief executive of The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers.

Casual dining operators have until 30 October to submit their entries online at

The 2018 award categories are:

  • Trailblazer of the Year (nominated by the judging panel)
  • New Casual Dining Concept of the Year
  • Best New Pub / Bar Site
  • Best New Restaurant Site
  • Small Employer of the Year (under 20 sites)
  • Large Employer of the Year (20+ sites)
  • Menu Innovation Award
  • Marketing Campaign of The Year
  • Best Designed Pub / Bar of the Year
  • Best Designed Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year
  • Independent Pub of the Year (under 5 sites)
  • Independent Restaurant of the Year (under 5 sites)
  • Small Multi-Site Pub Brand of the Year (5–19 sites)
  • Small Multi-Site Restaurant of the Year (5–19 sites)
  • Large Multi-Site Pub Brand of the Year (20+ sites)
  • Large Multi-Site Restaurant of the Year (20+ sites)
  • Casual Dining Group of the Year

The awards ceremony will take place on the evening of 21 February 2018 at the London Marriott Hotel, in Grosvenor Square, following the first day of the Casual Dining trade show. Confirmed sponsors already include Budweiser Budvar UK, Carlsberg, Coca-Cola European Partners, Essential Cuisine, Fentimans, Lamb Weston, McCain Foodservice, and Reynolds.

“It's vital that we reward and recognise the leaders of our industry, and showcase the talent and innovation within the casual dining sector,” says Jane Holbrook, CEO of wagamama.

For further information, to enter or to book tables, please visit

Save the date for Casual Dining 2018

Visitor registration for Casual Dining 2018 will open later this month. The UK’s only dedicated trade event for casual dining operators returns to the Business Design Centre in London next year, on 21-22 February. Over 5,000 attendees are expected.

“We don’t have to fly across the Atlantic to find the latest industry innovations under one roof any more – Casual Dining has brought all that and more to the UK," says Karen Forrester, CEO of TGI Friday’s UK.

“If you’re in casual dining then you should be at Casual really is that simple!” says Mark Fox, CEO of Bill’s.

For more information, please visit


Media enquiries to:

Emma-Louise Jones, Head of PR
t: +44 (0)1273 645134

Katrina Randall, Senior Marketing Executive

t: +44 (0)1273 645139

Exhibitor & sponsorship enquiries to:

Eva Ellis, Sales Manager
t: +44 (0)1273 645167

Chris Brazier, Group Event Director
t: +44 (0)1273 645123


Casual Dining won ‘Best Tradeshow Exhibition under 2,000sq.m’ at the Association of Event Organisers’ Excellence Awards in 2014 (the year it launched) and 2015. It was a finalist for the same award in 2016 and 2017.

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Awards 2017:
Casual Dining 2017:
Casual Dining

Diversified Communications UK (Diversified UK) is a fast growing trade event organiser and publisher based in Brighton, Peterborough and Nailsworth. Diversified UK’s food portfolio includes Casual Dining; Casual Dining Restaurant & Pub Awards; lunch!; Commercial Kitchen; Natural Food Show at Natural & Organic Products Europe; Nordic Organic Food Fair in Malmö, Sweden (co–located with Natural Products Scandinavia); and Natural and Organic Awards. For more information, visit:

Diversified UK is part of Diversified Communications, a leading international media company providing market access, education and information through global, national and regional face–to–face events, digital and print publications and television stations. Diversified serves a number of industries including: seafood, food service, natural and organic, healthcare, commercial marine, and business management. Based in Portland, Maine, USA, Diversified employs over 850 staff, across eight divisions in seven countries. For more information, visit:

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