Yorkshire meatball specialists win New Restaurant prize

A new restaurant in Harrogate that specialises in serving meatballs has won a prize for Restaurant of the Year.
 
Recognising new business across the country, The Startups Awards 2014 named The Yorkshire Meatball Company as its top restaurant at an awards ceremony held at Kensington Roof Gardens earlier this week.
 
The restaurant’s menu contains balls of all descriptions – from paprika balls, haddock balls and chickpeas balls – that can be paired with the likes of Yorkshire puddings, creamed mushrooms and truffle mash, or Yorkshire onion soup with croutons and Wensleydale.
 
To win the award, the company had to beat finalists The Sugar Super Club, a French restaurant in Newry, Belfast and Sosban & The Old Butchers in Anglesey which changes its menu every day based on the availability of local ingredients.
 
Taking the award for Business of the Year was Edinburgh’s craft beer club Beer52, which topped the list from 35 other new companies.
 
Its Founder, 24 year-old James Brown, also got his hands on the award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year after seeing his business reach revenue of £1 million after only a year of existence.
 
Speaking about the calibre of the finalists, David Lester, Founder of Startups.co.uk, which organised the event, said: “We have undoubtedly seen some of the brands of the future today and some of the most talented entrepreneurs in the country.
 
“Congratulations to all the winners and especially to Beer52, winners of the Simply Business Startups Business of the Year. The judges were hugely impressed by Beer52’s entry which showed evidence of enviable growth and a tremendous entrepreneurial zeal from young Founder James Brown.”
 
Also celebrating in the hospitality and catering industry are the team behind The Obsession event which is set to hold its 15th anniversary at the Northcote hotel in Blackburn early next year.
 
The event will see 25 Head Chefs, including Michelin-starred Phil Howard, Glynn Purnell, Angela Hartnett and Nigel Haworth, taking charge of the kitchen for a night between 23rd January and 7th February.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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