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DERBYSHIRE: County’s finest food and drink venues get awards

Derbyshire Restaurant of the Year: (left-right) Derbyshire County Council Chairman Councillor George Wharmby with Simon Charles and Nigel Stuart of the Dovecote Restaurant, Morley Hayes, and TV chef Simon Rimmer, host of the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards.

Derbyshire Restaurant of the Year: (left-right) Derbyshire County Council Chairman Councillor George Wharmby with Simon Charles and Nigel Stuart of the Dovecote Restaurant, Morley Hayes, and TV chef Simon Rimmer, host of the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards.

The county’s finest food and drink businesses have been crowned at the prestigious Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards.

TV chef Simon Rimmer presented winners in 12 categories of the Derbyshire County Council-run awards with their accolades during a glitzy Chatsworth House dinner last night (Jan 14).

Winners are:

Derbyshire Restaurant of the Year

- Dovecote Restaurant at Morley Hayes

Derbyshire Gastro Pub of the year (joint winners)

- Red Lion Pub and Bistro, Peak Edge Hotel, Stonedge

- The Devonshire Arms at Beeley

Derbyshire Traditional Pub of the Year

- The Royal Oak, Hurdlow

Derbyshire Cafe of the Year

- Koo Coffee, Chesterfield

Best Derbyshire Breakfast

- Fresh Basil, Belper

Best International Restaurant

- Anoki, Derby (sister restaurant of Matlock Bath Balti)

Best Healthy Eating Venue

- Fairways Garden Centre Restaurant, Ashbourne

Best Family Friendly Venue

- Foresters Bar and Restaurant, Two Dales

Derbyshire Tea Room of the Year

- Woodlands Tea Room, Charlesworth

Best Newcomer

- Three Roofs Cafe, Castleton

Local Producer of the Year

- Robin Maycock Family Butchers and Bakers, Holloway

Local Food Hero

- Chris Norfolk, Elm Tree, Elmton

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Yet again the standard of entries for our annual Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards was of a very high quality and Chatsworth was a fantastic venue to host our celebration.

“We’re blessed with some fantastic restaurants, bistros, pubs and cafes which make the most of excellent food produced locally to serve delicious food and drink.

“The food and drink sector plays an important role in the Derbyshire economy and our awards give much deserved recognition to some very talented people.”

For the third year the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards were sponsored by HSKS Greenhalgh Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors.

Entries are judged on a number of criteria including the quality of food and drink served, customer service, use of county produce and acknowledgement of it on menus.

They are then judged by an independent panel of food specialists and each short-listed venue has a mystery shopper visit.

 

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