SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, is delighted to have won three major international accolades at the Moodie Davitt Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) awards. SSP also took home five regional awards and two highly-commended awards at the prestigious industry event in Toronto.
Lift Bar & Grill, Vancouver International Airport, was named airport upscale dining restaurant of the year. Centrally located in the international terminal, the restaurant is wrapped around the airport’s iconic aquarium and serves a selection of seasonal cuisine with a focus on local seafood offerings.
Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant at London Euston Station was given the title individual food and beverage offer of the year in a railway station. The 150-cover restaurant and vibrant cocktail bar, which overlooks the main concourse, offers travellers and locals alike the chance for a ‘proper taste of Italy’ in a modern, stylish setting away from the hubbub of the main station.
The FAB dining transformation award for rail stations went to Travel Food Services for Raildhaba at Visakhapatnam (Vizag) railway station.
Aamanns at Copenhagen Airport was regional winner in the airport upscale dining restaurant of the year award. Le Grand Comptoir at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport received a highly-commended accolade in the airport wine bar of the year category.
“These awards recognise the very best in airport and rail food and beverage,” said Kate Swann, CEO of SSP Group. “It is an honour that these outlets have been named the finest in their class, and the wins are testimony to SSP’s high standards across the globe.”
“We are thrilled that Lift Bar & Grill, operated by our partners SSP America, was recognised as the best upscale dining restaurant of the year at the FAB Awards – very well deserved!” said Scott Norris, Vice President, Commercial Development, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Lift opened at YVR in December 2016 and features chef-inspired plates that highlight unique West Coast flavours. We continue to receive great feedback from our passengers and it is in large thanks to SSP America’s commitment to delivering exceptional customer experiences which is a top objective at YVR. Congratulations to the whole team!”
Hamish Kiernan, Commercial Director of Retail at Network Rail Property, said: “Network Rail stations are no longer places where people only come to travel; they are destinations in their own right and our excellent retail offer means more people are coming to our stations to shop, meet and eat. This prestigious award reinforces the quality of our food and beverage offer and we are exceptionally proud that fantastic dining experiences, such as that found at Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant, have found their home in our stations.”
Gino D’Acampo said; “Bringing My Restaurant to a rail station was an exciting new departure for me, and I’m delighted that this lovely venue has been recognised by experts who really know all about food and beverage in stations and airports.”