Catering businesses to go head to head

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DERBYSHIRE businesses will go head to head in a prestigious competition next week.

The Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards, run by Derbyshire County Council (DCC), celebrate the county’s best catering businesses serving locally sourced food. Winners will be crowned during a ceremony hosted by TV chef Simon Rimmer at Chatsworth on Monday.

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, DCC Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We’re lucky to have some fabulous talent in the food and drink industry in Derbyshire and our awards celebrate the county’s many excellent restaurants, pubs, cafes and bistros. 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.”

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: Local producer of the Year - Hartington Creamery, Pikehall; New Close Farm, Bakewell.

Traditional Pub of the Year: Packhorse Inn, Little Longstone; The Lathkil Hotel, Over Haddon; Royal Oak, Hurdlow.

Best International Restaurant: Zayka, Whaley Bridge.

Tea Room/Coffee House of the Year - Village Green, Eyam

Café of the Year - Blue Apple Gallery, Hope

Best Derbyshire Breakfast - The Yonderman Café, Wardlow; The Old Smithy Tea Rooms, Monyash; Naughty But Nice, Bakewell.

Best Newcomer - Three Roofs Café, Castleton.