At 5:00pm on 19th August voting closed for the 8th annual Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards.
This year saw a record number of nominations received, with over 2,200 votes cast. These votes have now been whittled down to a shortlist and I am pleased to share with you the 2016 finalists!
Finalists – The Cosy Club, Oliver’s, Lisa Jean at Bennetts Brasserie
Finalists – The Geryhound, New Zealand Arms, The Exeter Arms
Finalists – Pitcher & Piano, Mansion, Hop Gate
Best Out of Town
Finalists – The Dovecote at Morley Hayes, Anoki (Burton), Fox & Hounds Coxbench
Derby Telegraph Excellence in Customer Service
Finalists – Anoki (Derby), The Dovecote at Morley Hayes, Grand Cafe Caruso, Mansion, Hide, The Spice Lounge
Finalists – The Coffee House at Derby Museums, Grand Cafe Caruso, Heavenly Desserts
Finalists – Lorentes, Shalimar Gold, The Spice Lounge
Restaurant of the Year
Finalists – Iberico, Hide, Masa, Restaurant Zest
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 the 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 seems to care, appropriate ambience, as well as, of course, an excellent food and drink offer.”
Good luck to all the finalists!