BMW Square Meal Award

bmw square meal award autumn 2013_social eating houseBMW Square Meal award winner announced

Congratulations to Social Eating House, which has won the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award.

balthazar bmw winner spring 2013Balthazar clinches BMW Best New Restaurant award

Congratulations to Balthazar, who won BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant for spring 2013, beating stiff competition from several other distinguished openings.

bmw award autumn 2012_chrysan teamChrysan wins BMW Square Meal award

Congratulations to Chrysan, which has bagged the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award for autumn 2012, beating off strong competition from all sides.

bmw winner_dabbous 2012Dabbous wins BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award

Congratulations to Dabbous, winner of the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award for spring. The first solo venture of former Texture and Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons chef Ollie Dabbous, the Fitzrovia restaurant has been feted by critics and diners since it opened in January. Square Meal’s editor Ben McCormack, who presented the award, praised the young chef and his passionate team. ‘Dabbous’ creative, forward-looking cuisine and industrial-style dining room are a knockout combination – it’s the sort of place where you’d feel as comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt as you would in a suit and tie,’ he said. Chef-patron Dabbous acknowledged his team, saying the award was ‘a boost’ for them and all their hard work.

Pollen Street Social named BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year 2011

Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social has scooped the 2011 BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year title. The Mayfair restaurant has been hot property since it opened last April. A playful but cool venue with a buzzy bar, edgy menu and metropolitan feel, it was a clear favourite for Restaurant of the Year, despite strong competition from sterling newcomers such as Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Roganic. Head chef and owner Atherton said the accolade was ‘a dream come true’.

roganic bmw award 2011Roganic rakes in the BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant award

Congratulations to Roganic, which has clinched the BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant. Square Meal’s editor, Ben McCormack, praised the restaurant – which saw off strong contenders such as Pollen Street Social, Cut, and The Gilbert Scott – for its ‘endless innovation, impeccable ingredients and brave combinations’, all served in an informal environment. ‘What we like most is that this is a fine-dining restaurant without the trappings of fine dining,’ he said.

BMW kitchinThe Kitchin wins Square Meal BMW award for Best UK restaurant 2011

The Kitchin, in Edinburgh, has been voted the BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant for 2011 – an award that considers all restaurants beyond the confines of the M25. With its subtley chic dining room, professional service, and commitment to seasonality and provenance, the judging panel agreed that The Kitchin stood out as the clear winner. Chef and owner Tom Kitchin was thrilled with the accolade. ‘It’s a great honour to have won such a prestigious award’, he said.

bmw_spring-2011_dinner by hestonDinner by Heston named Square Meal BMW Best New Restaurant

Congratulations to Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, which has won the BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant Spring 2011. The award is presented to a new restaurant that epitomises the qualities of the BMW brand: style, innovation, reliability and value for money. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – which, even before its launch, was the most talked-about opening of the year, both in and outside the capital – was a natural choice for winner.

The Ledbury wins Square Meal’s BMW Restaurant of the Year award 2010

The Ledbury has been named as The BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year 2010, beating off strong competition from a 10-strong shortlist, including the likes of fine-dining aristocrats Hibiscus and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, as well as head-turning newcomers such as Bar Boulud, Polpo and the Dean Street Townhouse.

BMW Square Meal Award - Hall of Fame

The BMW Square Meal awards recognise all-round excellence across the UK’s restaurant scene. The top accolade is Restaurant of the Year, which is given for the finest overall package, while Best New Restaurant is awarded twice yearly to the most outstanding London restaurant launched during the given period. The Best UK Restaurant title goes to the establishment outside London that has most captured the imagination of diners