TWO tasty Belper businesses have clearly got the right recipe as they savoured success at the prestigious Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards.
Fresh Basil and Fresh Ground scooped accolades at the ceremony on Wednesday to honour the finest food and drink venues in the county.
The awards, organised by Derbyshire County Council, were hosted by TV chef Simon Rimmer, while Cllr George Wharmby presented the gongs.
Popular deli Fresh Basil, on Strutt Street, won in the Breakfast of the Year category.
Its wide and varied breakfast menu included the full Derbyshire breakfast, a vegetarian alternative, salmon and eggs, porridge and oat cakes, among many other options.
Andy Forsyth, who is head chef and manager at Fresh Basil, said: “We are all excited and chuffed to bits with the award. It’s a big achievement for the shop.
“We will be having a big banner outside the shop telling people we have the best breakfast in Derbyshire!”
Fresh Ground, a cafe based on King Street, was highly commended in the Cafe of the Year section.
Owner Caroline Mellor said: “We were delighted even to be shortlisted in this competitive category and it is lovely to be highly commended by the judges.
“It is 18 months since I took over Fresh Ground and I’m grateful to the staff for their hard work, and especially to all of our loyal customers.
“Belper performed strongly in the awards and I was delighted to see Fresh Basil scoop the top prize in the Breakfast of the Year category. Congratulations to them – I think this is good news for Belper!”
Entries are 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.
Cllr Kevin Parkinson, from the county council, said: “Derbyshire is fortunate to have some fantastic culinary establishments which make the most of excellent food produced locally. Our awards give much deserved recognition and it was wonderful to recognise so many talented people.”
Horsley Lodge, in Horsley, and Bournes Restaurant at Denby Pottery visitor centre were also shortlisted at the awards.