The Skinny Food & Drink Survey 2017 North winners

The full list of winners from this year's Food and Drink Survey, and where to find them...

Feature by The Skinny North | 04 Jan 2017

The results are in, and in mulling them over we’ve been busy picking out our favourite dishes at your favourite cafes, asking some of the winning breweries to pair their finest tipples with food, discovering the preferred Leeds hotspots of a certain excellent bottle shop and even gathering pizza-making tips from one of your favourite restaurants. But first, some broader observations. 

With some surprising winners in the Best Pub category, it's apparently open to debate what actually constitutes a pub these days – and, more importantly, what makes a good one. Does it need sticky, psychedelic carpet and a telly screening live sports on a loop, or can it have American-style ribs and cocktails? Or might it just be all about the nuts?

Meanwhile, it seems vegetarian and vegan food is finally having its moment, thanks to multiple votes for animal-friendly veggie/vegan gaffs at both ends of the spectrum – from a street food vendor all the way through to a fine-dining restaurant. 

And while there are plenty of old favourites still receiving the love, there are some seriously strong newcomers among this year's results, too – not least a slick, polished cafe that’s made us rethink our interminable love for Scandi culture. Turns out it's not all about hygge, thank fuck. [Jess Hardiman]

Best Pub or Bar

The Smithfield Tavern
37 Swan St, Manchester

The Castle Hotel
66 Oldham St, Manchester

Cane & Grain 
49-51 Thomas St, Manchester

Kellys Dispensary
154-158 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool

Ship & Mitre
133 Dale St, Liverpool

Belgrave Music Hall
1-1a Cross Belgrave St, Leeds

Best Breweries

Marble Brewery
The Marble Arch, 73 Rochdale Rd & 57 Thomas St, Manchester

Mad Hatter Brewing

Northern Monk Brew Co
The Old Flax Store, Marshalls Mill, Leeds

Runaway Brewery
Millgate, Dantzic St, Manchester

Blackjack Brewery
36 Gould St, Manchester

Best Cafes

Federal Cafe & Bar
9 Nicholas Croft, Manchester

Koffee Pot 
84-86 Oldham St, Manchester

Old Haymarket, Liverpool

Bold Street Coffee 
89 Bold St, Liverpool

Naked Lunch 
431 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool

Laynes Espresso 
16 New Station St, Leeds

Best Food & Drink Shops

89 Albany Rd, Manchester

70 Tib St, Manchester

51 Bold St, Liverpool

18-20 College Ln, Liverpool

Purple Carrot
286 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool

Tall Boys Beer Market 
17 Thorntons Arcade, Leeds

Best Food On-the-Go

Blue Caribou Canteen

B.Eat Street 
Deansgate Mews, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester

Pancho's Burritos
Arndale Market, 49 High St, Manchester

Evil Eye Beer & Burrito Shack
208 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool

61 Jordan St, Liverpool

6 Mill Hill, Leeds

Best Newcomers

The Allotment 
6 Vernon St, Stockport

B.Eat Street 
Deansgate Mews, Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester

Blue Caribou Canteen

Old Haymarket, Liverpool

Naked Lunch
431 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool

454 Roundhay Rd, Leeds

Best Restaurants

The Allotment 
6 Vernon St, Stockport

Rudy's Pizza 
9 Cotton St, Manchester

NoLita Cantina 
81a Bold St, Liverpool

91 Bold St, Liverpool

69 Bold St, Liverpool

Ox Club 
19a The Headrow, Leeds