The Casual Dining Interior Design Awards has named its inaugural finalists for 2014. The awards have been set up to recognise groundbreaking interior design across the casual dining sector, and will enjoy a prominent position at the new Casual Dining trade event – which launches later this month on 26-27th February at the Business Design Centre, London.

Selected interior design projects from 40 finalists (listed below) will compete for the top spot in one of the following three award categories – Best Designed Independent Restaurant, Best Designed Multiple Restaurant and Best Designed Casual Dining Pub.

The event is being organised by Diversified Communications UK, which claims that the awards offer a platform from which to celebrate the continuing success of the UK’s £6.7bn casual dining market.

Other announcements include confirmation of the full judging panel line-up, with leading design commentator David Worthington – chairman at Designersblock and H&M Group – at its helm. David will be joined by Afroditi Krassa, founder at Afroditi Krassa Design; Theo Williams, creative director at Designed and Sourced; and Simon Kincaid, associate director at Conran and Partners.

Simon Kincaid comments: “Restaurant design today is increasingly about understanding the customer as an individual, and creating a comfortable dining experience. So we are very excited about this year’s Casual Dining trade show.”

The Casual Dining Design Awards 2014 finalists are as follows:

Best Designed Independent Restaurant

  • Apero at The Ampersand Hotel, London (Dexter Moren Associates)
  • Aqua, Milton Keynes Hub (Simple Simon Design)
  • The Breakfast Club, Battersea Rise, London (Finch Interiors)
  • Camino Bar & Restaurant, Blackfriars, London (The Formation Creative Consultants)
  • The Club Room, Fredericks Restaurant, Islington, London (Mackenzie Wheeler)
  • FerahFeza, Karaköy, Istanbul (I-Am Associates)
  • Graze Bar, Brewery & Chophouse, Bath (Simple Simon Design)
  • Grillstock Smokehouse, Bristol (Simple Simon Design)
  • Hoxley & Porter, Islington, London (KAI Design)
  • Hutong at the Shard, The Shard, London (Say Architects & David Yeo)
  • Le Secret des Rôtisseurs, Canary Wharf, London (design LSM)
  • Ludlow Kitchen, Ludlow, Shropshire (Catering Design Group)
  • Pizza Union, Spitalfields, London (I-AM Associates)
  • Poppies of Camden, Camden, London (Avocado Sweets Interior Design Studio)
  • River Cottage Canteen, Bristol (Simple Simon Design)
  • Rosa Thai Cafe, Ganton Street, London (Gundry And Ducker)
  • Whyte & Brown, Carnaby Stret, London (Blacksheep)

Best Designed Multiple Restaurant

  • ASK Italian, Birmingham (Turner Bates Design & Architecture)
  • Burger & Lobster, Knightsbridge, London (design LSM)
  • Cabana, Islington, London (Michaelis Boyd Associates)
  • Chilango, Leather Lane, London (I-AM Associates)
  • Côte Brasserie, Windsor (Robert Angell Design International)
  • GBK, Norwich (Fusion Design and Architecture)
  • The Happenstance, City of London (Fusion Design & Architecture)
  • Hare & Tortoise Restaurant, Kensington, London (Say Architects)
  • Jamie’s Trattoria, Richmond, London (Blacksheep)
  • Las Iguanas, Wembley, London (B3 Designers)
  • Nando’s, St Andrews, Fife (Fusion Design and Architecture)
  • Pizza Hut, St Andrews, Fife (Harrison Design)
  • Pizzeria at Everyman Leeds, Leeds (Fusion Design and Architecture)
  • Turtle Bay, Bristol (Fusion Design and Architecture)
  • Vapiano, Vienna 4 and 5, Austria & Vapiano Belefield and Koblenz, Germany (Mattheo Thun. Milano)
  • Wahaca, Waterloo, London (Soft Room)

Best Designed Casual Dining Pub

  • Hall & Woodhouse, Portishead, Somerset (Mackenzie Wheeler)
  • No. 11 Pimlico Road, London (BuroCreative/Fusion DNA)
  • The Red Hen, Limerick, Ireland (Pub Design Doctor)
  • The Wheatsheaf, Farnham, Hampshire (Catering Design Group)
  • The White Hart, Somerton, Somerset (Mackenzie Wheeler)
  • Revolution Parsonage Gardens, Manchester (Julian Taylor Design Associates)
  • Revolution Reading, Reading (Julian Taylor Design Associates)

Winning entries will be announced during a dedicated design panel session in the Casual Dining Keynote Theatre on 26th February at 2.45pm. The hour-long session – featuring the award judges – promises lively debate on emerging trends and best practice in modern casual dining restaurant and pub design.

“Each one of these finalists could be a worthy winner,” says Casual Dining’s event manager, Chris Brazier. “And with such a high quality of entries, it’s going to be tough one our judges. I for one can’t wait to see who’ll take home the awards.”

Finalist entries will be available to view in the Finalists Awards Gallery at the Casual Dining event.