Finalists raise bar for eateries

Top eateries in and around Belper 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 House on January 14 – with 50 local firms shortlisted across 12 categories. Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member, said: “We’re lucky to have some fabulous talent in the food and drink industry in Derbyshire. Our judges had a very difficult time shortlisting and those named as winners in our ceremony at Chatsworth will be very deserving of their awards.”

It is the first time the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards dinner will be at Chatsworth.

The Duke of Devonshire, who owns Chatsworth, said: “We are delighted the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards will be held at Chatsworth. Derbyshire has an excellent culinary heritage, and I wish all the nominees the best of luck.”

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 include Steve Croots, Croots Farm Shop, Duffield (Local producer of the Year), Horsley Lodge (Restaurant of the Year ) The Spotted Cow, Holbrook (Traditional Pub of the Year), Fresh Ground, Belper (Café of the Year) and Fresh Basil (Best Derbyshire Breakfast).