What’s it like winning a BRAVO Award?

It’s a privilege to talk with several BRAVO-winning businesses from last year’s awards, gaining insights into their experiences and discovering what it’s like to achieve such a prestigious accolade.

The feedback from winners provide valuable perspectives on the significance of winning a BRAVO Award and offer a glimpse into the impact it has on the public voted establishments.

The recognition from the awards, not only acknowledges their excellence but also brings a sense of pride and accomplishment to the teams behind these outstanding businesses.

Crabshack in Worthing – Winner of Sussex Finest

We are all overjoyed to have received the Sussex Finest award. It’s great for us eight years in, to be recognised in this way by our customers – especially at the start of what will hopefully be a busy summer season for all of us. Worthing has been getting more and more press recently as a great place to move to on the south coast and all the independent restaurants, bars and other businesses have been instrumental in that happening. Sarah Tinker-Taylor, Owner at Crabshack, Worthing.

Oeuf Cafe – Winner of Best Cafe

It was a huge accolade to have won this award after being open for such a short period of time, especially opening mid pandemic, being recognised for all of the hard work that the team has put in since opening, made us feel like the hard work was really worthwhile! It has put us even stronger on the map than before. – Amber Sterck

Read Ambers interview here.

Amber Sterck and team at Oeuf Cafe celebrating the BRAVO win for best cafe in 2023.

Nostos – Winner of Most Family Friendly Restaurant

Winning the BRAVO Best For The Family category in 2023 was a proud moment for us at Nostos, affirming our commitment to a family-friendly dining experience. This accolade has significantly expanded our reach and reputation, not only as a family hub but also as a prime location for business meetings and events. Building on this success, we’re now aiming for the Best International category in the next year, showcasing our authentic Greek cuisine and international appeal.Kyriakos

Read our interview with Kyriakos here.

Nostos team celebrating the 2023 BRAVO win for best family restaurant.

Bonsai Plant Kitchen – Winner of Plant Champions Category

The BRAVO awards has massively helped put Bonsai Plant Kitchen on the map, and without these independent awards it is very hard for small businesses to stand out in such a competitive market. It’s also great that the BRAVOs are voted for by the people, meaning it is a very true representation of how the public feel. We are very grateful to be included in the BRAVOs and hope to be a part of it every year. – Dominic Sherriff

Read Dominics interview here.

Dominic Sherriff, Bonsai Plant Kitchen, Brighton Interview. Dominic receiving the BRAVO trophy

Kitgum Kitchen – Winner of Best International Cuisine.

We were filled with joy! We felt really thankful that people voted for us, it was all a bit surreal to be honest! – Fayaz

Fourth and Church – Winner of Best Wine List

A wonderful recognition for the business and especially the team’s hard work! It’s always lovely to be well-received and for people to like what you do.

Awards and achievements lead to more people coming through our door, which in turn, enables us to carry on moving forward, engaging with exciting producers and raising our game with what we offer…..A win-win! – Paul Morgan

The Plotting Parlour – Winner of Best Cocktail

The whole team at The Plotting Parlour were delighted to be awarded the Best Cocktails in Brighton at the 2023 BRAVOs. It’s reward for all the hard work the team put in to curating our signature menu and perfecting the classics. Being voted by the public means so much and without our loyal customers we wouldn’t have a business. – Ed Cootes

Read our interview with Ed from the Plotting Parlour.

The Salt Room – Winner of Best Team

It was a great feeling and reward to receive the BRAVO Best Team award. We had a busy year and it means a lot to be given an award that really makes all of us at The Salt Room feel appreciated. Working in a place that serves great quality food and provides great service is very rewarding but more importantly its very apparent that the great atmosphere created by the team brings people in and they come back for more. – Oliver Weston, General Manager

Burnt Orange – Winner of Best Restaurant

It’s a pleasure to win the BRAVO award with Burnt Orange, it fills me with so much pride and happiness to not only win best restaurant once, but twice. As a whole it gives us confidence and motivation to try to retain this award. Everyone in the restaurant, front and back of house, work so hard to deliver exceptional service and have a genuine passion for what they do, winning this award gave us so much team morale.- Reece Brookes, Junior Sous Chef

The Eddy – Winner of Best Local

We were utterly delighted to have won this award for best local. It felt wonderful to be recognised for all the work we had put in. We really have embraced the neighbourhood. The impact it had on business was positive; it’s always nice to feel proud of an achievement and an award gives you credibility, which is great for generating new business. It creates a sense of trust for newcomers as we were voted for by our customers directly from their experience with us.Hatt Eaton

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