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
Winner: Calabria, Chesterfield
Highly commended: Le Mistral, Wirksworth
Local Food Hero
Winner: Steve Lathaen, Calke Abbey
Highly commended: Ben Hickson, The Maynard, Grindleford