County’s best food and drink firms honoured

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The county’s finest food and drink businesses have been crowned.

Celebrity chef Valentine Warner presented winners in ten categories of the prestigious Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards with their accolades at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium last Thursday night.

The winners were:

Derbyshire Restaurant of the Year – Darleys Restaurant, Darley Abbey

Best International Restaurant – Calabria Cucina, Chesterfield

Derbyshire Gastro Pub of the Year – Red Lion Bar and Bistro, Stonedge

Derbyshire Traditional Pub of the Year – The Dragon, Willington

Derbyshire Tea Room/Coffee House of the Year – No. 6 The Square Tearooms, Buxton

Derbyshire Cafe of the Year – Naughty and Nice, Bakewell

Best Derbyshire Breakfast – Fresh Basil, Belper

Best Family Friendly Venue (joint winners) – Scrumdiddlyumptious, Wirksworth, and Foresters Bar and Restaurant, Darley Moor

Best Newcomer – Samuel Fox Country Inn, Bradwell

Local Food Hero – Steve Croot, of Croots Farm Shop, Duffield

Councillor Joan Dixon, cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport at Derbyshire County Council, which organised the awards, said: “Derbyshire has so many fantastic food and drink businesses that it is getting harder each year to pick a winner.

“They all play an important role in the Derbyshire’s economy and we are delighted that our awards give them all much deserved recognition.”

Entries were 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.

Each shortlisted venue had a mystery shopper visit.