A Triumphant Trio

Three Brindleyplace venues successfully scooped awards at the seventh annual Best of Broad Street Awards last week.

The popular awards better known as the BOBS celebrate the achievements of the venues, staff, management and personalities that make Broad Street and the surrounding area the entertainment hub of the West Midlands.

Hosted by Foxy and Giuliano, from brmb’s breakfast show and Broad Street BID manager Mike Olley, the awards were celebrated at a glamorous ceremony at The International Convention Centre where guests were entertained by vintage cabaret group The Pin Ups.

Winners from Brindleyplace included family favourite The National SEA LIFE Centre for Best Themed Venue, second time winner Nuvo for Best Entertainment Performance and long standing independent Number Nine the Gallery for the Birmingham Post readers’ Best Art and Entertainment Venue.

Lee Benson, director and owner of Number Nine the Gallery commented: “What can I say? It came as a real shock. I was just sitting there after a nice meal, expecting to go home right at the end of the ceremony and we were announced as winners.

“I’ve always supported artists from Birmingham and the wider West Midlands area and flown the flag for Birmingham for over 12 years here at Brindleyplace. It was such a great feeling to be honoured and recognised by readers of the Birmingham Post. I’m absolutely delighted to receive this award and thank all my supporters over the past and coming years.”

Kate Fittall, Marketing and PR Manager at Brindleyplace commented: “It’s fantastic to see that both smaller independent venues such as Number Nine the Gallery and Nuvo are recognised alongside national attractions such as The Sea Life Centre. Congratulations to our winners and all those who won awards on the night.”

Best of Broad Street Awards Winners

  • Birmingham Post readers’ best arts and entertainment venue – Number Nine The Gallery
  • Birmingham Mail readers’ best overall venue – Symphony Hall and ICC
  • Bid manager Mike Olley’s award for outstanding contribution to Broad Street – West Midlands Police CCTV camera operator James Moreton
  • Richie Award for outstanding contribution and excellence to Broad Street – former Ronnie Scott’s front of house staffer Carmine Sannio
  • Best door crew – Walkabout
  • Best door supervisor – Rafal Brzenski, of Rococo Lounge.
  • Best neighbourhood police officer – Pc Steve Malborn
  • Best police officer – Pc Abdul Rohoman
  • Safe night out award – Rococo Lounge
  • Best re-entry (business repositioning) – Bliss
  • Best independent bar – Oh Velvet
  • Best entertainment performance – Nuvo
  • Best restaurant – Pushkars
  • Best manager – David Cox, of G Casino
  • Best chef – Simon Bishop, of Branded Bull
  • Exceeding customer expectation award – Mark Dovaston, of G Casino
  • Best front of house – Rai Singh, of Pushkars
  • Best themed venue – The Sea Life Centre
  • Best local in the city – O’Neill’s
  • Best house team – Figure of Eight
  • Bid marketing, communications and events manager Nichole Samuels’ award for favourite bar and club – Bar Risa and Highlight
  • BRMB best casual dining – O Bar
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