With over 5,200 nominations received from the public, the finalists of the ninth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards have been announced!

In August, we at IN were delighted to announce our sponsorship of the Derby Food & Drink Awards ‘Best Bar’ award, and now we know the nominees we’ve got to choose from.

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 9th 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 5,200 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.”

THE FINALISTS

Best International

Sponsored by Riverlights Derby

Finalist – Lorentes

Finalist – Anoki

Finalist– Masala

Best Café

Sponsored by Derby College

Finalist – Derby Cathedral Cafe

Finalist – Grand Café Caruso

Finalist – Katherine’s Gift and Coffee Bar

Best Bar

Sponsor IN Magazine

Finalist – Suds and Soda

Finalist – The Orange Tree

Finalist–  The Palfrey

Best Pub

Sponsor The Irongate Group

Finalist – The Last Post

Finalist – The Bell and Castle

Finalist – The Silk Mill Ale and Cider House

Best Newcomer

Sponsored by Burnthebook

Finalist – The Posthouse

Finalist – The Belfrey Steakhouse

Finalist – Bustler Market

Best Out of Town

Sponsored by the University of Derby

Finalist – Amalfi White, Melbourne

Finalist – Angelo’s The New Inn, Milford

Finalist – The Saracens Head, Shirley

Best Customer Service

Sponsored by Derby Telegraph

Finalist – Grand Café Caruso

Finalist – Katherine’s Gift and Coffee Bar

Finalist – The Potting Shed

Finalist – Anoki

Finalist – Derby Cathedral Cafe

Finalist– The Orange Tree

Restaurant of the Year

Sponsored by Denby Pottery

Finalist – Iberico

Finalist – Terroir Bistro

Finalist – Masa