Deliveroo names Oowee Vegan as its ‘Restaurant of the Year’

The Oowee Vegan restaurant in Bristol has been named as Deliveroo’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’, at its inaugural Restaurant Awards in London last night.

The restaurant started off as a ‘virtual brand’ of burger joint Oowee Diner in a Deliveroo Editions site, with the aim of recreating its menu but with entirely vegan ingredients.

However, the brand said its success on Deliveroo meant that it soon earned its own bricks-and-mortar site providing vegan burgers to Bristolians. Oowee Diner has now decided to only open vegan sites moving forward, with a new site in the pipeline in Brixton for the start of 2020.

The award was decided by a panel of judges, including restaurant critic Giles Coren; celebrity chef Isaac Carew; restaurateur, TV presenter and cook Jasmine Hemsley; and Deliveroo CEO and founder Will Shu.

Deliveroo said its awards ceremony was a “celebration” of British culinary talent, showcasing the quality and diversity of cuisine restaurants have to offer.

It said the range of award categories, from Best Italian and Best Family Restaurant to Most Innovative Dish and Best Vegan Offering, reflected both traditional tastes and the latest trends in the UK restaurant industry.

Over 70,000 votes were cast over the course of the competition, as the public showed their support for family-run independents and high street favourites alike.

Shu said: “I’m really proud that Deliveroo works with over 20,000 of the UK’s best local restaurants, bringing amazing meals straight to people’s front doors.

“We understand the hard work, dedication, incredible skill and creativity that goes into making a restaurant successful and so it is an honour for us to be celebrating Britain’s best loved restaurants.”

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