Alliance of Independent Restaurants
AIR aims to truly unite the vast number of Independent restaurants and hospitality outlets in the UK, giving them the support and – crucially – the purchasing advantages from which our bigger competitors benefit each and every day … often at the expense of the hardworking Independent. We call ourselves an ‘alliance’ because we see ourselves as allies, not competitors. Every one of AIR’s Members is connected in one way or another to an Independent restaurant or hospitality outlet: you either own one, operate one, supply one or offer professional services to one. Together, we are very powerful. Our dream is for AIR to become the go-to organisation for every Independent hospitality business in the country, for support and benefits alike.
Family Friendly Restaurant of the Year
Direct Colour have sponsored the awards since the beginning and are our trusted print partner again this year. Printers to all types and sizes of businesses they were established in 1947. These days they offer first class service with a modern print solution creating, managing and distributing quality print throughout Surrey and the UK.
Best Food/Drink Retailer
Gardenia of London
Beautiful, seasonal, fresh flowers selected with knowledge, passion and creativity – Gardenia of London has been our awards florist for 5 years. As well as much-loved flower shops at the heart of the local high streets of Wimbledon Village, Wandsworth Common and Teddington, its team also works with many events and local businesses.
Brewing a fine range of beers for the discerning palate, Wimbledon Brewery has been proud partners of our awards since being established in 2014, 125 years after the original brewery burnt down. Founder Mark Gordon was quick to secure Master Brewer Derek Prentices services and the brewery never looked back since, having become a leading light in the UK’s growing ale market.
Best Eating Experience: Wimbledon Town Centre
Love Wimbledon BID is a not-for-profit, limited company, owned and led by local businesses aimed at helping Wimbledon to maximise its full potential. It does so through events, promotion, partnerships and investing in Wimbledon’s future making it a vibrant and attractive place to visit, work and live in.
Best Eating Experience: Epsom Town Centre
An Epsom and Ewell Borough Council venue, the theatre opened in 1984 and has a wide and varied programme of events featuring both professional and community productions. The main auditorium seats 450 and plays host to major leading theatrical companies, in the categories of opera, dance, drama, comedy, light entertainment, variety, popular children’s shows and more.
Lucie White & Co
Lucie has worked in lettings and property management for almost 20 years. A long-term supporter of our awards Lucie sponsors the Best Service Category, an area she is passionate about and a cornerstone of her own business. Lucie and her team can help with letting, managing, selling and investing in property, always with the best service.