The North’s Top 50 most Powerful Hospitality Operators Revealed

The annual NRB Top Fifty ‘power list’ is chosen by judges at the annual Northern Restaurant & Bar Show (NRB) trade exhibition and outlines the biggest players in the north’s restaurant industry

THE list is chosen by a panel of northern hospitality experts and was announced on 16 March 2016 at the Northern Restaurant & Bar Show (NRB) exhibition, held at Manchester Central.

Independent restaurateurs, Peter and Elaine Kinsella, of award-winning Deansgate restaurant Lunya and Michael O’Hare of Man Behind the Curtain are among nine new entries in this year’s annual NRB Top Fifty ‘power list’.

Thom Hetherington, CEO of organisers Holden Media, says “We received a record number of entrants to the NRB Top Fifty this year, making the judging an arduous but ultimately very rewarding process.

“There has been an influx of national brands to the North in the last year but if anything that seems to have spurred the region’s operators onto ever higher levels.

“Restaurants and bars created right here in the North are redefining what can be achieved in the local food and drink scene, both creatively and commercially, it is quite simply the best time ever to be a Northern foodie.”

Special Achievement Awards

Three special achievement awards were presented to Michael O’Hare of The Man Behind The Curtain, Mohammed Aslam MBE of Aagrah Restaurants, and the Mission Mars team made up of Roy Ellis, Neil Macleod, Joel Wilkinson, Adelaide Winter and Dan Mullen.

Michael O’Hare was chosen after a sensational year during which he won a Michelin star having only opened Man Behind The Curtain in June 2014, and for pushing the boundaries of Northern dining

Mohammed Aslam was picked not only for building a group of fourteen successful restaurants across the region but also for his commitment to the cities in which his restaurants are based and founding the South Asian Chef Competition

The Mission Mars team (Roy Ellis, Neil Macleod, Joel Wilkinson, Adelaide Winter and Dan Mullen) were selected after combining their extensive experiences in running successful bar businesses to form a new company whose first site, Albert’s Schloss, has smashed records for its financial performance.

NRB Top Fifty 2016 (listed alphabetically by surname and grouped by company):

  • Martin Ainscough, Owner, Ainscoughs
  • Mark Andrew, Managing Director, Mark Andrew Developments
  • Sax, Arshad, Director, Mughli
  • Haz Arshad, Director, Mughli
  • Paul Askew, Chef Patron, The Art School
  • Mohammed Aslam MBE, Owner, Aagrah Group
  • Tim Bacon, Chairman, Living Ventures
  • Paul Moran, Managing Director, Living Ventures
  • Jeremy Roberts, CEO, Living Ventures
  • Craig Bancroft, Managing Director, Northcote
  • Nigel Haworth, Chef Patron, Northcote
  • Ken Buckley, Managing Director, Bravo Inns
  • Marie Carter, Director, Beautiful Drinks
  • Beau Myers, Director, Beautiful Drinks
  • Sue Crimes, MD, Gusto
  • Morgan Davies, Founder / CEO, Barburrito
  • Jimmy del Giudice, Operations Director, Revolution Bars Group
  • Mark McQuater, CEO, Revolution Bars Group plc
  • Carlo Distefano, Chairman, San Carlo Group
  • Marcello Distefano, Managing Director, San Carlo Group
  • James Douglas, Co-Owner / Director, Reds True BBQ
  • Scott Munro, Co-Owner / Director, Reds True BBQ
  • Roy Ellis, Director, Mission Mars
  • Neil Macleod, Director, Mission Mars
  • Dan Mullen, Director, Mission Mars
  • Joel Wilkinson, Director, Mission Mars
  • Adelaide Winter, Director, Mission Mars
  • John, Ennis, Owner, Graffiti Spirit
  • Matthew, Farrell, Owner, Graffiti Spirit
  • Nick, Thomas, Owner, Graffiti Spirit
  • Ged Feltham, CEO, Leelex
  • Paul Lane, Managing Director, Leelex
  • Jobe Ferguson, Director, Blackdog Ballroom
  • Lyndon Higginson, Director, Blackdog Ballroom
  • Ross Mackenzie, Director, Blackdog Ballroom
  • Duncan Fisher, Owner, Apartment Group
  • Kit Graves, Director, Lake District Hotels
  • Charles Graves, Director, Lake District Hotels
  • Dan, Hope, Sales & Marketing Director, Lake District Hotels
  • Chri, Hill, Managing Director, New World Trading Company
  • Chris Hopkins, MD, Hydes Brewery
  • Matthew Jones, Managing Director, Jones Bar Group
  • Ben Jones, Operations & Finance Director, Jones Bar Group
  • Kim Kaewkraikhot, Chairwoman, Thai Leisure Group
  • Martin Stead, Owner, Thai Leisure Group
  • Peter Kinsella, Founder, Lunya
  • Elaine Kinsella, Founder, Lunya
  • Terry Laybourne, Owner, 21 Hospitality Group
  • William Lees Jones, Managing Director, JW Lees
  • James MacKenzie, Chief Proprietor, Pipe and Glass
  • Mike Magrane, General Manager, The Midland Hotel
  • Colin Manning, Managing Partner, 60 Hope St
  • Gary Manning, Chef Patron, 60 Hope St
  • Tomas, Maunier, Director, Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill
  • Robert Melman, Director, Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill
  • Stephen, Miles, General Manager, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester
  • Dave Mooney, Co-Owner & Chef Patron, New Moon Co
  • Paul Newman, Managing Director, New Moon Co
  • Lucy Nelson, Sales & Marketing Director, Nelson Hotels
  • Andrew Nelson, Operations Director, Nelson Hotels
  • Joycelyn Neve, Managing Director, Seafood Pub Company
  • Michael O’Hare, Chef-Patron, The Man Behind the Curtain
  • Eamonn O’Loughlin, Owner, Eclectic Hotels
  • Si Ord, Owner, Sandinista
  • Andrew Pern, Owner / Executive Chef, The Star at Harome/Star Inn The City
  • Steve Pilling, Co-Owner, Damson Group
  • Simon Stanley, Co-Owner, Damson Group
  • Jonathan Poole, Director, Red and Blue
  • Paddy Smith, Director, Red and Blue
  • Oliver, Robinson, Managing Director, Frederic Robinson
  • Simon Rogan, Co-Owner, Umbel Restaurant Group
  • Richard Smith, Chef Patron, Relax, Eat & Drink/ Brewkitchen
  • Franco Sotgiu, Co-Owner, Solita
  • Chris Ure, Owner, Arc Inspirations
  • Martin Wolstencroft, Managing Director / Owner, Arc Inspirations
  • Gary Usher, Owner, Sticky Walnut
  • Steven Walker, CEO, Individual Restaurants
  • Roger Ward, Owner, The Victorian Chophouse Company
  • Marc Wilkinson, Chef Patron, Restaurant Fraiche


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