Derby’s Food and Drink Awards 2016 Finalists Announced

Ladies and gents, it’s that time of year again. The Derby Food and Drink Awards are around the corner, and with over 2,200 nominations received from the public, Marketing Derby are pleased to announce the finalists of the eighth annual awards ceremony.

The finalists were shortlisted from the quality and content of the public nominations, as well as the establishment’s hygiene ratings and TripAdvisor scores. Each establishment will be visited by mystery judges, who will critique them on food, drinks, overall atmosphere and customer service. The winners will be announced at a ceremony, to be held at The Roundhouse on Monday 10th October.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “Every year the number of nominations increases, and this year was our most difficult task, in whittling down from over 2,200 nominations into a shortlist. This year’s finalists reflect the diversity and quality of Derby’s food and drink scene.

“The judges will have a difficult, albeit enjoyable, time picking a winner. We have asked them to take a rounded view, looking for excellence in customer service, with knowledgeable staff who seem to care, appropriate ambience, as well as, of course, an excellent food and drink offer.”

Here are details of the finalists, did your favourite eatery make the list?

Best International – Sponsored by Riverlights Derby

Finalist – Lorentes

Finalist – Shalimar Gold

Finalist– The Spice Lounge

Best Café – Sponsored by Zest Produce

Finalist – The Coffee House at Derby Museums

Finalist – Grand Café Caruso

Finalist – Heavenly Desserts

Best Bar – Sponsor tbc

Finalist – Pitcher and Piano

Finalist – Mansion

Finalist– Hopgate

Best Pub – Sponsor tbc

Finalist – The Greyhound

Finalist – New Zealand Arms

Finalist – The Exeter Arms

Best Newcomer – Sponsored by University of Derby Business School

Finalist – The Cosy Club

Finalist – Oliver’s

Finalist – Lisa Jean at Bennetts Brasserie

Best Out of Town – Sponsored by Xcel Energy

Finalist – Dovecote at Morley Hayes

Finalist – Anoki Burton

Finalist – Fox and Hounds, Coxbench

Restaurant of the Year – Sponsored by Marketing Derby Bondholders

Finalist – Iberico

Finalist – Hide

Finalist – Masa

Finalist – Restaurant Zest

Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Derby Telegraph

Finalist – Anoki (Derby)

Finalist – Dovecote Restaurant, Morley Hayes

Finalist – Grand Café Caruso

Finalist – Mansion

Finalist – Hide

Finalist– The Spice Lounge

Restaurant of the Year – Sponsored by Marketing Derby Bondholders

Finalist – Iberico

Finalist – Hide

Finalist – Masa

Finalist – Restaurant Zest

I wish good luck to all, may you continue to serve most excellent food and delight diners from Derbyshire and beyond.

Love RAxx

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