Tim Bacon and Jeremy Roberts, chief executive and commercial director respectively of Living Room, have been recognised with a special achievement award at the Northern Restaurant & Bar event.

Other recipients of the award this year are Paul Askew, chef patron of the London Carriageworks & the Art School and chairman of the Tourism Business Network, and Marc Wilkinson, chef patron of Restaurant Fraiche in Birkenhead.

The event organisers have compiled this year’s list of the top 50 most important and influential individuals within the northern hospitality industry. New entrants this year include James Douglas and Scott Munro, co-owners of Reds True Barbecue, and Kevin Georgel, who was recently promoted from managing director to chief executive of Admiral Taverns.


The complete Top 50 (in alphabetical order) 

Paul Askew, chef patron, The London Carriageworks

Mohammed Aslam MBE, owner, Aagrah Group

Tim Bacon, managing director and Jeremy Roberts, commercial directors and co-founders, Living Ventures

Craig Bancroft, joint managing director and Nigel Haworth, chef patron, Northcote Manor

John Benson-Smith, consultant chef, Manchester City Football Club (new entry)

Tim Bilton, chef patron, The Spiced Pear (new entry)

Ken Buckley, managing director, Bravo Inns

Mark Cain, owner, Velvet (new entry)

Marie Carter and Beau Myers, owners, Beautiful Drinks

Morgan Davies, founder / joint CEO, Barburrito; Carlo Distefano, chairman and Marcello Distefano, managing director, San Carlo Group

James Douglas and Scott Munro, co-owner / director, Reds (new entry)

Mal Evans, director, MOJO Bar

Cleo Farman, owner, Odd Group

Ged Feltham, owner, Leelex; Jobe Ferguson and Ross Mckenzie, directors, Blackdog

Duncan Fisher, owner, Apartment Group

David Fox and Nick Jeffrey, owners, Tampopo

Kevin Georgel, managing director, Admiral Taverns (new entry)

Alex Hannah, director, Lucha Libre; Jonny Heyes, owner, Port Street Beer House (new entry)

James and Karina Hitchen, managing director, Neighbourhood/Southern 11 (new entry)

Terry Laybourne, chef patron, 21 Hospitality Group

William Lees Jones, managing director, JW Lees

 Mike Magrane, general manager, Q Hotels (new entry)

Colin Manning, managing partner and Gary Manning, chef patron, 60 Hope St

Gary McClarnan, co-owner / managing director, Teacup Kitchen & Teacup Bakery (new entry)

James Mackenzie, chef patron, Pipe and Glass (new entry)

Stephen Miles, general manager, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Dave Mooney and  Paul Newman, owners, New Moon Pub Company

Joyceln Neve, managing director, Seafood Pub Company (new entry)

Andrew Nutter, chef patron, Nutters (new entry)

Eamonn O’Loughlin, owner, Eclectic Hotels

Si Ord, owner, Sandinista

Andrew Pern, chef patron, The Star at Harome

Steve Pilling, director & Simon Stanley, Director, Damson Group (new entry)

Simon Rimmer, chef patron, Greens/Flying Pig and Lobster (new entry)

Oliver Robinson, managing director and Peter Robinson, chairman, Frederic Robinson

Simon Rogan, chef patron, L’Enclume & Roganic

Jonathan Slater, general manager, Chester Grosvenor

Richard Smith, chef patron, Relax, Eat & Drink

Nick Taplin, managing director, Sanguine Hospitality

Steven Walker, CEO, Individual Restaurant Company

Jonathan Ward, director, Company Value; Roger Ward, owner, The Victorian Chop House Company (new entry)

Marc Wilkinson, chef Patron, Restaurant Fraiche (new entry)

Joel Wilkinson, owner, Trof; Martin Wolstencraft, managing director, Arc Inspirations

James Wrigley, managing director, Fluid Bars (new entry)

Stewart Yip, Owner, Red Chilli.