Top Tenbury Tapas Bar Wins Award

Food & Drink

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Unwined Tapas and Wine Bar in Tenbury Wells has won LUXlife Magazine Award – Most Vibrant Tapas Bar 2023 and are finalists in the Midlands Start Up of the Year Award 2023.

The Mediterranean Bistro & Wine Bar serving brunch, tapas & charcuterie, opened it’s doors in 2021 in Tenbury town and offers a relaxed atmosphere to have a glass of wine and sample some of their wide selection of tapas. Larger dishes like steak and paella are also on offer topped off with a delicious range of Mediterranean deserts. They are all about providing a comfortable atmosphere to escape the stresses of everyday life and relax with a glass of wine, freshly made food and good company. The setting is informal, casual, and luxurious with plush soft furnishings and warm mood lighting aiming to bring you from relaxed morning service through to sophisticated tapas bistro in the evening.

Their hard work has now been recognised by LUXlife magazine, a premium lifestyle publication with a global circulation of 94,000.

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As further testament to Unwined’s success they are also finalists in the Start Up Awards in the hospitality and events category. The national programme receives over 5,000 applications annually and it’s the only national award currently celebrating new businesses in the UK.

The StartUp Awards has been launched to recognise the booming startup scene across the UK which has accelerated since the 2019 pandemic. Over 800,000 new businesses were founded in the UK since 2021, a 4.3% increase from the year before.

A record number of businesses applied to this year’s StartUp Awards, with 1,100 firms shortlisted across ten UK nations and regions. The contribution of these firms – all of which were started in the last three years – is significant, having created over 5,000 new jobs since they were established and generating annual sales of £584 million.

Unwined Bar & Bistro is a Mediterranean Bistro & Bar serving authentic tapas, founded by Bridie Jackson in 2021. The business has been nominated for the Hospitality & Events StartUp of the Year.

Bridie Jackson, founder of Unwined Bar & Bistro, said: “We are absolutely delighted and proud to be finalists in the Hospitality & Events category for the Midlands Startup of the Year Awards! Starting a business has at times, been an extremely challenging and incredibly difficult process, however it has also been so rewarding in many ways. From receiving such positive comments from our customers to bringing a whole new exciting dining experience to Tenbury Wells.  Now, gaining this recognition from the Start Up Awards just adds to the buzz of running our family business. Special thanks must be shared to our amazing team, as without each and every one of them, none of this would have been possible.”

Supported nationally by Starling Bank, British Business Bank, BT, Creative Ideaz, GS1 UK, Jeeves, Join Talent, ScoreApp and The Purposeful Project, the programme will celebrate the achievements of the amazing individuals who have turned an idea into an opportunity and taken the risk to launch a new product or service.

The cohort of finalists will be considered for the regional prizes by a panel of seasoned judges with experience founding or supporting entrepreneurial ventures.

Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE, the creator of the StartUp Awards, said:  “​​Start-up businesses are the lifeblood of any economy, being responsible for new jobs, innovation and in supporting communities in every nation and region across the UK. All of the finalists this year represent the best of those entrepreneurs who have spotted an opportunity and through their sheer hard work, talent and perseverance, have created an amazing new business that is creating real impact in its sector.”

Unwined joins many other foodie businesses in Tenbury Wells making the historic market town somewhat of a hotspot for artisan and local food and drink. Find out more about the best food shops in Tenbury Wells on our blog.