VOTE - Chef's Favourite Restaurant Brand

Chefs' Favourite Branded Restaurant Award

The Craft Guild of Chefs has revealed the shortlist for the Chefs' Favourite Branded Restaurant Award and we need your votes to help decide the winner in 2020.

The shortlist has now been decided and is based on:

  • Food quality and consistency
  • Menu variety and originality
  • Wine list suitability to menu
  • Restaurant design, ambience and consistency
  • Service quality and consistency

Each group nominated must also have:

  • A minimum of 20 sites under the same brand
  • Sites covering at least 5 towns or cities in the UK
  • A menu that is at least 75% the same in all locations

 The shortlist is as follows, please take a look through all seven shortlisted restaurant brands and cast your vote:

Bill's is a British restaurant chain founded by Bill Collison. The first restaurant was founded in Lewes, East Sussex in 2000, starting as greengrocers; after a flood, a cafe was added to the shop. It has been followed by an expansion of restaurants around the UK featuring locally sourced produce and menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea time -  there are now 21 restaurants in London and 81 around the UK.

Café Rouge is the UK’s premier French café brand with a broad all-day offering of classic French dishes and wines. The first restaurant opened in south-west London in 1989 and, over the last 25 years, Café Rouge has become the most successful, and best recognised, French restaurant group in the country. There are over 60 Café Rouge restaurants throughout the UK including an airport concessions in Heathrow and four restaurants in Center Parcs.

The Côte Brasserie brand was born from a genuine passion for French cuisine and the desire to bring true hospitality to the forefront of service. The first brasserie opened in Wimbledon in 2007 – a modern take on all day Parisian-style dining committed to serving authentic French classics, made from great quality, fresh ingredients. The team create a variety of seasonal menus that offer great value for money providing an excellent dining experience. There are now over 90 restaurants across the UK. 

Known for its authentic and fresh South American dishes and range of premium cocktails, the vibrant restaurant brand started small in Bristol in 1990 and has become something of a national icon, with sites located from Aberdeen to Plymouth.Carefully developed over 25 years, Las Iguanas has 57 Latin American restaurants, which are popular with young professionals and the perfect place for friends or families to meet, celebrate and enjoy a taste of Latin life.

Founded in 2004 by John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby to prove that it was possible to serve food that both tastes good and does you good. The Leon menu is inspired by the flavours, variety and natural healthiness of Mediterranean cooking making it easy for people to eat well on the high street.  Leon now has over 50 restaurants across the UK and now have their first overseas opening in Amsterdam.

Stephen and Juliette Wall opened Pho in June 2005 after they travelled to Vietnam and fell in love with the food. They made the decision to start a restaurant serving phở while sat on high stools, slurping pho bo, in Ho Chi Minh City. 13 years later, Pho is still a family-run business serving great value, healthy Vietnamese street food that is cooked fresh daily.

Wagamama (meaning self-indulgent) is a British restaurant chain, serving Asian food based on Japanese cuisine. Founded by Alan Yau, the first Wagamama was opened in 1992 in London inspired by fast-paced, Japanese ramen bars and a celebration of Asian food. The chain now has over 190 restaurants with 130 in the UK.