Derby’s food and drink industry descended on The Roundhouse yesterday to celebrate the Ninth Annual Derby Food and Drink Awards. The evening highlighted Derby’s finest restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes, in categories including Best Newcomer, Best Out of Town, and the highly prestigious Restaurant of the Year. The award ceremony, organised by Marketing Derby in conjunction with the Derby Telegraph, Roundhouse Events and Cactus Images, was hosted by Nick Britten.
With over 5,200 nominations received from the public, tonight’s winners reflected the public’s wishes.
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.
John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “The judges had a difficult, albeit enjoyable, time picking a winner. We asked them to take a rounded view, looking for excellence in customer service, with knowledgeable staff who seems to care, appropriate ambience, as well as, of course, an excellent food and drink offer.”
Liv and Sarah Pritchard from Bean Caffe were presented with the Royal Crown Derby Outstanding Achievement Award. Other partners for the event include Royal Crown Derby, Roundhouse Events and Cactus Images.
I would like to wish all who entered congratulations. Continue cooking and creating delicious dishes and sippable drinks.