Food and drink finalists unveiled

NDET 26-5-12 MC 9'Simon Rimmer is the celebrity chef at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fayre 2012 held at Hardwick Hall
NDET 26-5-12 MC 9'Simon Rimmer is the celebrity chef at the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fayre 2012 held at Hardwick Hall

Fifty of the county’s finest eateries have been named as finalists in the prestigious Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards.

The Derbyshire County Council-run awards celebrate the county’s best catering businesses serving locally sourced food on their menus.

Winners will be crowned during a ceremony hosted by TV chef Simon Rimmer at Chatsworth on Monday, January 14 – with 50 local businesses shortlisted across 12 categories.

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

Shortlisted entries are:

Local producer of the Year: Hartington Creamery, Pikehall; Moss Valley Fine Meats, Norton; Robin Maycock Family Butchers and Bakers, Holloway; New Close Farm, Bakewell.

Local Food Hero 2012: John Jaquest, Jaquest Food Specialists, Bolsover; Steve Croots, Croots Farm Shop, Duffield; Damian Dugdale, Peak Edge Hotel, Stonedge; Chris Norfolk, Elm Tree, Elmton.

Restaurant of the Year: The George Hotel, Hathersage; Dovecote Restaurant, Morley Hayes, Morley; Horsley Lodge, Horsley; Mileburne, Melbourne.

Gastro Pub of the Year: Rowley’s Restaurant and Bar, Baslow; The Chequers Inn, Froggatt; The Devonshire Arms, Beeley; Red Lion Bar and Bistro, Peak Edge Hotel, Stonedge.

Traditional Pub of the Year: Packhorse Inn, Little Longstone; The Spotted Cow, Holbrook; The Elm Tree, Elmton; The Lathkil Hotel, Over Haddon; Royal Oak, Hurdlow.

Best International Restaurant: Zayka, Whaley Bridge; Anoki Indian, Derby; Thaiboran, Derby.

Tea Room/Coffee House of the Year: The Chocolate Shop, Tansley; Village Green, Eyam; Aisseford Tea Room, Ashford-in-the-Water; Woodlands Tea Room, Charlesworth.

Café of the Year: Koo Coffee and Deli, Chesterfield; Fresh Ground, Belper; Bramhalls Deli Café, Ashbourne; Blue Apple Gallery, Hope; St John Street Gallery and Café, Ashbourne.

Best Derbyshire Breakfast:The Yonderman Café, Wardlow; Blue Bistro and Coffee House, Chesterfield; The Old Smithy Tea Rooms, Monyash; Fresh Basil, Belper; Naughty But Nice, Bakewell.

Best Family Friendly Venue: Va Bene, Glossop; Foresters Bar and Restaurant, Two Dales ; Mainsail Restaurant, Carsington Water; Calke Abbey, Calke.

Best Healthy Eating Venue: Zizzi Restaurant, Derby; Thyme to Eat, Chesterfield; Fairways Garden Centre, Ashbourne; CUBE Café, Derby.

Best Newcomer: Three Roofs Café, Castleton; Edensor Tea Cottage, Edensor; Hackwood Farm, Radbourne; The Dragon, Willington.