Harpers Awards 2014 winners announced at London's Hurlingham Club

Morrisons, Naked Wines, Bibendum, Corks Out, Vinoteca and the Chiltern Fire House were some of the big name winners announced tonight at the Harpers Awards at London’s Hurlingham Club.

Over 250 leading figures from across the UK drinks industry including bars, restaurants, sommeliers, multiple grocers, specialist drinks websites, independent wine merchants, suppliers and brand owners all come together for what was the third Harpers Awards.

The night saw Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association, honoured with the Harpers Special Achievement Award for the leadership he showed in driving the Call Time on Duty campaign which succeeded in the duty escalator being scrapped in the 2014 Budget.

Morrisons was the big supermarket winner on the night winning both the prestigious Best Multiple Drinks Retailer of the Year award and a new category, Best Online Multiple Drinks Retailer of the Year.

The Whisky Shop was named Best Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year.

Naked Wines picked up the award for Best Standalone Online Drinks Retailer of the Year.

In the Industry awards Bibendum picked up the Best Overall Agent/Distributor of the Year award.

Leading independent merchants battled it out in the Top Merchants awards which saw Ruth Yates and Corks Out win the Best Top Merchant of the Year for three stores and over. Vignoble won the same awards for Best Top Merchant of the Year for up to three stores.

The Oxford Wine Company once again won the Best Top Merchant Wholesaler of the Year.

The cream of the UK restaurant and bar industry was present at tonight’s awards dinner which saw Eddie Hart of Quo Vadis win the Best Sommelier/ Front of House award and Scott Collins, co-founder of MEATLiquor won Best On-trade Personality of the Year.

Vinoteca was named Best Drinks Offer in a Group/Chain,

The Chiltern Firehouse won Best Launch of the Year.

The Harpers Awards are unique in the industry in that they bring all channels of the trade together to celebrate success right across the wine and spirits, retailer, supplier and hospitality sectors.

 

HARPERS AWARDS 2014 WINNERS

Best Drinks Offer of the Year - Bar        

WINNER  

-          The Blind Pig, Social Eating House

HIGHLY COMMENDED

-          The Remedy Wine Bar

 

-          Oskar’s Bar, Dabbous

 

 

Best Drinks Offer of the Year - Restaurant   

WINNER   

-          28°:50°  Wine Workshop & Kitchen

HIGHLY COMMMENDED

-          Grain Store

 

-          10 Greek Street

 

Best Drinks Offer of the Year – Pub

WINNER        

-          Harwood Arms

HIGHLY COMMENDED

-          The Craft Beer Co

 

-          The Oast House (The New World Trading Co)

 

 

Best Drinks Offer of the Year – Hotel

WINNER

-          The Connaught

 

-          ME London

-          The Boundary

 

Best Drinks Offer of the Year - Group/Chain

WINNER  

-          Vinoteca

HIGHLY COMMENDED

-          Byron

 

-          Burger & Lobster

 

Best Launch of the Year

WINNER               

-          Chiltern Firehouse

 

-          Merchants Tavern

-          The Remedy Wine Bar

 

Best Sommelier/Front of House of the Year    

WINNER  

-          Eddie Hart, Quo Vadis

 

-          Jon Cannon, Restaurant Story

-          Leah Kirkland, Trinity

 

Best On-trade Personality of the Year  

WINNER

-          Scott Collins, Meat Liquor

 

-          Charlie Young/Brett Woonton, Vinoteca

-          Richard Bigg, Camino

 

Best Distributor/Supplier to Independents 

WINNER       

-          Bodegas y Viñedos Codorníu Raventos

 

-          Bancroft Wines

-          Hatch Mansfield

-           PLB Group

-          World Wine Agencies (Hayward Brothers)

 

Best Top Merchant Online Retailer of the Year

WINNER

-          Roberson Wine

 

-          Corks Out

-          Vini Italiani

 

Best Top Merchant Wholesaler of the Year

WINNER

-          The Oxford Wine Company

HIGHLY COMMENDED

-          Roberson Wine

 

-          Fine Wines Direct UK

 

Best Top Merchant of the Year (Up to three stores)       

WINNER

-          Le Vignoble

HIGHLY COMMENDED

-          Bottle Apostle

 

-          Loki Wine

-          Taurus Wines

 

Best Top Merchant of the Year (Over three stores)     

WINNER  

-          Corks Out

  HIGHLY COMMENDED

-          Cambridge Wine Merchants Ltd

 

-          Vino Wines

 

 INDUSTRY AWARDS SPONSORED BY BROADLAND WINERIES 

Engaging the Consumer Award

WINNER

-          Concha y Toro UK with Casillero del Diablo

HIGHLY COMMENDED

-          I heart wines (Copestick Murray)

 

-          “Call Time on Duty Campaign”,  Wine & Spirit Trade Association

-          Virgin Wines

 

Best Standalone Online Drinks Retailer of the Year     

WINNER   

-          Naked Wines

 

-          Virgin Wines

 

Best Multiple/Specialist Online Drinks Retailer of the Year       

WINNER

-          Morrisons

 

-          Tesco Wine By The Case

 

Best Multiple/Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year    

WINNER  

-          Morrisons          

 

-          Aldi

-          Waitrose

 

Best Specialist Drinks Retailer of the Year    

WINNER  

The Whisky Shop

 

 

Best Overall Agent/Distributor of the Year   (sponsored by TRADETEAM)

WINNER

-          Bibendum

HIGHLY COMMENDED

-          Matthew Clark

 

-          Liberty Wines

-          Off-Piste Wines

 

 

Harpers Special Achievement Award

Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine & Spirits Trade Association

 

 

 

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