Local food hero shortlist announced for county’s food and drink awards

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Four local business people have been shortlisted for the Local Food Hero category of the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards which takes place on Thursday.

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

Winners will be crowned during a ceremony hosted by celebrity chef Valentine Warner with 42 local businesses shortlisted across 10 categories.

And among those to be announced during a ceremony at Chesterfield Football Club’s Proact Stadium will be the Derbyshire Local Food Hero 2014.

The four-strong shortlist is:

• Steve Croot – Croots Farm Shop, Duffield

• Damian Dugdale – Red Lion Bistro, Stonedge

• Kieron Atkinson – English Wine Project, Renishaw Hall

• Stephen Thompson – Moss Valley Fine Meats, Norton.

Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “Derbyshire is lucky to have some outstanding food and drink outlets and our awards give them the recognition they deserve.

“All those shortlisted for the Local Food Hero would be deserving winners and passionate about promoting Derbyshire produce.”

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

They are assessed by an independent panel of food specialists and each short-listed venue has a mystery shopper visit before final decisions are made.

Shortlisted entries in four categories – Restaurant of the Year, Gastro Pub of the Year, Best International Restaurant, and Best Newcomer – have been visited by experts from the Taste Derbyshire scheme in association with Quality in Tourism which is backed by VisitEngland and will be awarded bronze, silver or gold status.

Winners will be announced on Twitter live from the awards ceremony – follow @DbshireAwards.

The shortlist

Restaurant of the Year

The George Hotel, Hathersage

The Lighthouse Restaurant, Boylestone

Darleys Restaurant, Darley Abbey

Morley Hayes, Morley

Best International Restaurant

Café Nonno’s, Belper

Simply Thai Restaurant, Buxton

The Balti, Matlock Bath

Calabria Cucina, Chesterfield

Gastro Pub of the Year

Red Lion Bar and Bistro, Stonedge

The Devonshire Arms, Beeley

Harpur’s of Melbourne, Melbourne

Devonshire Arms, Middle Handley

Traditional Pub of the Year

The Dragon, Willington

Royal Oak, Hurdlow

Packhorse Inn, Little Longstone

The Elm Tree, Elmton

Tea Room/Coffee House of the Year

Woodlands Tea Room, Charlesworth

The Old Smithy, Beeley

6 The Square Tearooms, Buxton

Three Roofs Café, Castleton

Blu Bistro and Coffee House, Chesterfield

Café of the Year

Naughty and Nice, Bakewell

Koo Coffee and Deli, Chesterfield

Fresh Ground, Belper

Village Green, Eyam

St John Street Gallery and Café, Ashbourne

Best Derbyshire Breakfast

Fresh Basil, Belper

Marsh Green Farm Shop, Kelstedge

Croots Farm Shop, Duffield

Calke Abbey (National Trust)

Best Family Friendly Venue

The Greyhound Inn, Belper

The Knockerdown Inn and Restaurant, Carsington

Scrumdiddlyumptious, Wirksworth

Foresters Bar and Restaurant, Darley Moor

Best Newcomer

The Cross Keys, Belper

Samuel Fox Country Inn, Bradwell

Nourish at No44, Belper

Cool River Café Ltd, Matlock