County’s finest crowned at food awards - full winners list

Simon Rimmer and council chairman Cllr George Wharmby with international restaurant winners Martin Clayton and Jessica Palmer-Clayton of Calabria.

Simon Rimmer and council chairman Cllr George Wharmby with international restaurant winners Martin Clayton and Jessica Palmer-Clayton of Calabria.

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EATERIES that celebrate Derbyshire produce have been crowned the finest in the county.

Using locally sourced food - and acknowledging it on menus - was a key judging criteria in the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards 2011 last week.

The winning pubs, restaurants, cafes and more were revealed at a glittering ceremony in Ashford-in-the-Water and also ranked on their quality of food and drink plus customer service in independent judging.

TV chef Simon Rimmer, star of Something for the Weekend, hosted the evening and spoke to the Derbyshire Times after the ‘excellent’ night.

He said: “I said at the awards one of the best things about Britain is the fact we have fantastic produce.

“All of a sudden there is nothing wrong with saying ‘Do you know what? It’s great to be from Derbyshire’.

“We’ve got great lamb, great beef, we make amazing cheeses, we’ve got great local ales and everyone has that love and pride about it.”

The prestigious awards were organised by Derbyshire County Council and chairman Cllr George Wharmby presented accolades.

For the full story and more pictures see next week’s Derbyshire Times.

And the winners are...

Derbyshire Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Mileburne, Melbourne

Highly commended: Mansion, Derby

Derbyshire Breakfast of the Year

Winner: Fresh Basil, Belper

Highly commended: Yondermann Café, Wardlow

Derbyshire Café of the Year

Winner: Gallery Café, Ashbourne

Highly commended:Fresh Ground, Belper

Derbyshire Coffee House/Tea Room of the Year

Winner: Woodlands Tea Rooms, Charlesworth

Highly commended: Koo Coffee, Chesterfield

Derbyshire Restaurant with an Attraction

Winner: Mainsail, Carsington Water

Highly commended: Cavendish Rooms, Chatsworth

Derbyshire Traditional Pub of the Year

Winner: Elm Tree, Elmton

Highly commended : Royal Oak, Hurdlow and Lathkil Hotel, Bakewell

Derbyshire Gastro Pub of the Year

Winner: Devonshire Arms, Beeley and Red Lion, Stonedge

Highly commended: White Bear, Stretton

International Restaurant

Winner: Calabria, Chesterfield

Highly commended: Le Mistral, Wirksworth

Local Food Hero

Winner: Steve Lathaen, Calke Abbey

Highly commended: Ben Hickson, The Maynard, Grindleford