Harry’s Shack wins Observer Food Monthly Award

Observer restaurant critic Jay Rayner and Claudia Winkleman present the Best newcomer in food and drink award to Harry's Shack at the Observer Food Awards 2015, held at Freemasons Hall in London, 15 October 2015. Photograph Alicia Canter for the Observer
Observer restaurant critic Jay Rayner and Claudia Winkleman present the Best newcomer in food and drink award to Harry's Shack at the Observer Food Awards 2015, held at Freemasons Hall in London, 15 October 2015. Photograph Alicia Canter for the Observer

Portstewart restaurant Harry’s Shack has scooped another top award.

Harry’s Shack was awarded best newcomer in food and drink at the Observer Food Monthly Awards held in London on Thursday night.

Now in its twelfth year, the awards - which are voted for by both Observer readers and a judging panel - champion the best producers, restaurants, retailers and bloggers in the UK.

Claudia Winkleman and Jay Rayner co-hosted this year’s celebrations and were joined by Observer Food Monthly editor Allan Jenkins, who introduced the evening.

The winners in each category are as follows:

Reader-voted categories

Best restaurant - The Palomar, London

Best cheap eats - Max’s Sandwich shop, London

Best Sunday lunch - The Camberwell Arms, London

Best new cookbook - Plenty More, Yotam Ottolenghi

Best ethical restaurant (supported by Visit Sweden) - The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton, London

Best food personality (supported by Grana Padano) - Tom Kerridge

Best place to drink - Dandelyan, London

Best independent retailer (Supported by Västerbottensost) - Beanies Wholefoods, Sheffield

Best food blog - Deliciously Ella

Best local market - Altrincham Market, Cheshire

Judge voted categories

Lifetime achievement - Mary Berry

Best producer (supported by Jarlsberg) - Veggies Galore, Ross-on-Wye

Best newcomer in food and drink - Harry’s Shack, Portstewart

Outstanding achievement - Lucio Polli de Carvalho and Jude Ragan at Queensmill School, London

Young chef of the year (supported by Cuisinart) - George O’Leary

Best reader’s recipe - Selma Jeevanjee

Best food photography - Sarah Freethy