Woah! We've just returned from an amazing weekend away at VegFest London 2016 in Kensington, where we were honoured and overjoyed to be named 'Best Vegan Restaurant' in the UK at their annual awards ceremony!
Now in its ninth year, VegFest London is the UK's biggest vegan festival with over 12,000 guests, 250 stalls and notable speakers and activists from around the world filling a busy programme of talks, workshops and other activities. In the months running up to the event, online voting for its prestigious awards was available to the public with 16 categories celebrating the best in vegan business, innovation and personalities, from 'Best Vegan 'Meat'', to 'Best Vegan Athlete'.
In the category of 'Best Vegan Restaurant', there was stiff competition amongst ten nominees from across the UK, but the North pulled through with us coming in first place representing Manchester, followed by the brilliant El Piano in York and Glasgow's famous vegan gig venue Stereo Cafe Bar.
We're so humbled and grateful for the way vegans, veggies and omnivores alike from Manchester and across the UK (and now even the world) have taken V Rev into their hearts, and went out of their way to share this with VegFest by voting for us.
We want to take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who's reached out to offer their congratulations and support. We owe so much not only to those who ticked the box by our name on the online voting form, but to all our customers - particularly those who've told their friends and families about us, because that's what got us to this level of recognition!
Most of all, we owe so much to our amazing team: Beth, Claire, Derrick, Ebony, Helena, Marwa, Sam, and Felicity (who kindly helps us out on odd shifts). Special mention also goes to team members we've loved and lost this year: Hannah who's now with Club Mexicana in London, Sophie who's in Ibiza and Ailsa and Desirée who are only round the corner but slaying the tattoo game as Shop Manager of Redwood Tattoo Studio and Tattoo Artist at Vanilla Ink respectively.
We're so excited to take V Rev to a whole new level with our move to Edge Street in the next couple of weeks, and to repay your love and support with a level of service quite unlike anything we - and hopefully the UK vegan scene at large - has been able to offer before. What a time to be alive!
Photo: (Left to Right) Tim Barford (VegFest Organiser), Karin Ridgers (VeggieVision Presenter), Faridah Newman (Head Baker, V Rev), Dom Moss (Owner, V Rev), Peter Egan (Actor)