Brighton Restaurants Triumph At Deliveroo’s Restaurant Awards

Brighton Restaurants Triumph At Deliveroo’s Restaurant Awards

MyWok crowned the UKs Best Chinese at Deliveroo’s inaugural Restaurant Awards
The Athenian wins Restaurant of the Year award, judged by a celebrity panel including Maya Jama, Vogue Williams and Riyadh Khalaf along with Best Editions
Over 400,00 votes cast by Brits to select winners across 18 categories

Tuesday 8th December. MyWok was last night crowned the Best Chinese in the UK at Deliveroo’s Restaurant Awards, after residents from Brighton voted in their droves for their favourite local establishment. The restaurant – situated on Queens Road – received the most votes amongst the British public to see off five other shortlisted restaurants. See below for Brightons winners:

Best Chinese: MyWok (Queens Road)
Restaurant of the Year: The Athenian ( Bristol /London / Brighton / Manchester / Leeds / Nottingham/ Reading/ Cambridge/ Birmingham)
Best Editions Restaurant: The Athenian (Saxon Works, Edition)

The awards took on a special significance this year, focussing on the hard work and talent of the amazing restaurant partners who have endured an extremely tough time due to the pandemic. Due to COVID, this year’s award ceremony took place as a live event on Twitter.

The range of award categories, from Best Indian and Best Family Restaurant to Best Eco-friendly and Best Vegan Offering, reflected both traditional tastes and the latest trends in the restaurant industry. Over 400,00 votes were cast over the course of the competition, as the British and Irish public showed their support for family-run independents, high street favourites and even grocery stores offering on-demand essentials.

The final and most coveted award of the night – Restaurant of the Year – was won by The Athenian. Founded by two Londoners born and raised in Athens and Cyprus, The Athenian started off as a small street food venture serving freshly made souvlaki. With a 40% plant-based menu, The Athenian quickly gained a cult following for its authentic, fresh and nutritious food, and expanded to seven locations in London along with locations in Bristol, Birmingham, Brighton, Cambridge, Leeds, Nottingham, Manchester and Reading.

During Covid, the Athenian supported Deliveroo’s NHS initiative to donate over 2,500 meals to NHS heroes and on top of this, made a 50% discount available to all NHS staff. They also launched a weekly parcel for their employees to ensure they had all the necessities during the pandemic and launched a ‘Walk to Work scheme’, paying their employees to walk to work rather than getting the tube. From showing an amazing commitment to delivery throughout the pandemic, keeping all staff employed throughout the peak of lockdown, running virtual cook-a-long’s on Instagram during lockdown and investing in delivery-only, they’ve gone over and above this year to support the community.

This award was decided by a celebrity panel of judges, including TV presenter and DJ Maya Jama, broadcaster and DJ Vogue Williams, reigning Celebrity MasterChef champ Riyadh Khalaf and Deliveroo’s CEO Will Shu. The other deserved nominees for the top spot were Pizza Pilgrims, Atis, Oro, Rosa’s Thai Cafe and Dishoom.

Each of the award winners will receive support from Deliveroo to help them grow their business and give back to their customers.

Efthymios and Neofytos, Founders of The Athenian said: “We are so humbled to have won Deliveroo’s Restaurant of the Year award, after what has been an especially challenging but rewarding year. There were some incredible restaurants nominated this year who we want to thank for doing their bit too, along with our amazing staff and loyal customers.”

Deliveroo founder and CEO Will Shu said: “This year has undoubtedly been one of the most challenging years the restaurant sector has ever faced. Yet in the face of huge uncertainty, we have been inspired by the way restaurants across the UK and Ireland have stepped up and gone the extra mile to support their local communities, while working tirelessly to keep their own businesses going.

“From providing free meals to hospital staff working on the frontline, to delivering meals to vulnerable people, and going above and beyond to protect their staff – we want to recognise and say thank you to our amazing small and independent restaurant partners.”