Top 50 Northern restaurants and bars announced

New entrant, House of Tides and Solstice by Kenny Atkinson, awarded with a special achievement trophy.

Newcastle-based Kenny and Abbie Atkinson were presented with a special achievement trophy along with Roxy Leisure Group & Concept Taverns operator at the  Northern Restaurant and Bar (NRB) trade show in Manchester.

The Kuits NRB Top Fifty Hospitality Power List 2024 recognised the couple, who have two Michelin Star restaurants, as trailblazers not only in the North-East, but the whole of the North.

Kenny and Abbie Atkinson picking up their special achievement award at Northern Restaurant and Bar Show
Special Achievement Trophy winners, Kenny and Abbie Atkinson, House of Tides/Solstice.

Brothers Ben and Matthew Jones from the bar group, Roxy Leisure Group & Concept Taverns, were awarded for the growth of their business, having opened more than eight new sites, including the launch of the new King Pins brand.

Judged by a panel of northern hospitality experts, the list highlights the top performing and most influential hospitality operators from across the north who have excelled over the past twelve months.

New entries included The Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, Schofield Brothers, Rockingham Group, Kelham Island Brewery & Leah’s Yard, and Seven Bro7hers, and returning for 2024 is The Star at Harom and Star Inn The City.

Now in its 11th year, the Top Fifty highlights the talent and achievements made from hospitality operators from independent breweries through to Michelin starred establishments.

Northern hospitality has demonstrated growth and resilience over the past year, averaging 7.2% sales growth, according to research conducted by Northern Restaurant & Bar in partnership with CGA by NielsenIQ.

Kenny Atkinson, said: We are  extremely proud and overwhelmed to receive this award. It’s been an immensely challenging period for hospitality but I think the North have demonstrated incredible tenacity, resilience and creativity to showcase and grow their amazing businesses but to showcase the amazing talent within them.

“We are just proud to be part of the North’s amazing journey to keep hospitality and people growing in order to give our customers the best of what the North can offer.”

Siobhan Thompson, NRB24 event manager added:  Now in its eleventh year, the Top Fifty Power List continue to shine a well-deserved spotlight on hospitality operators who excel in the industry and help cement the north as a leading hospitality destination.

Top Fifty Power List:

  • 21 Hospitality Group
  • A Very Inc. (The Firehouse/Ramona)
  • Arc Inspirations
  • Archies
  • Bowland Inns & Hotels
  • Bundobust
  • By The River Brew Co
  • Camerons Brewery
  • Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars
  • Common & Co
  • Dabangg
  • Daniel Thwaites
  • Elite Bistros
  • Fat Hippo
  • Frederic Robinson
  • Gilpin Hotel & Lake House (New entry)
  • GSG Hospitality
  • Gusto Italian
  • Higher Ground
  • House of Tides / Solstice by Kenny Atkinson (New entry & Special Achievement Winner)
  • Inn Collection Group
  • JW Lees
  • Living Ventures
  • Madre
  • Mission Mars
  • Moor Hall Restaurants with Rooms
  • Mowgli Street Food
  • New World Trading Company
  • North
  • Northcote
  • NQ64
  • Ossett Brewery Pub Company
  • Pivovar Ltd
  • QVO Hospitality
  • Revolution Bars Group
  • Rockingham Group, Kelham Island Brewery & Leah’s Yard (New entry)
  • Roxy Leisure Group & Concept Taverns (Special achievement Winner)
  • San Carlo Group
  • Schofield Brothers (New entry)
  • Seven Bro7hers (New entry)
  • Super Friendz
  • The Alchemist
  • The Liars Club Group
  • The Old Stamp House
  • The Star Inn At Harome/ The Star Inn The City/ York Minster Refectory (Returning)
  • The Tommy Banks Group
  • Tokyo Industries
  • Umbel Restaurant Group
  • Vaulkhard Group
  • Zanna Hospitality Group


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