On the 7th September during a press event at The Roundhouse in Derby, the finalists for the Derby Food and Drink Awards 2012 were announced. Though the winner of each category won’t be announced until the 22nd of October, this is your chance to see whether your favourite has made the cut and to weigh up the competition. We’re running through all of the restaurants in Derby (and pubs and cafes too) nominated for the awards this year…
In the running for the ‘Best International’ is Italian restaurant Stresa, quirky Japanese bar and restaurant Moonsha, and multi award winning Indian restaurant The Shalimar.
The nominees for the ‘Best Lunch’ category which is sponsored by Geldards LLP are French restaurant Le Bistro Pierre, Jack Rabbits – The Peoples Grocer, and Michael Frith at Bennetts.
Bean Caffe at Friargate Studios, Cube at Deda, QUAD and Sadlergates are the finalists competing for the title of ‘Best Café’.
The venues battling for the ‘Best Bar’ award are Number5, Vie Piano Bar and Red Zebra.
Fighting for glory in the ‘Best Pub’ category are The Exeter Arms, a traditional real ale pub in the centre of Derby, The Furnace Inn, a beautiful riverside venue on Duke Street, and The Greyhound, a historic grade II listed pub dating back to 1734.
The ‘Best Newcomer’ category which is sponsored by Taste the Seasons Magazine sees Baked, Fahrenheit at Genting Casino and Black Rock Grill at Sadlergates go head to head.
Representing the best rural restaurants and pubs in the ‘Best Out of Town’ category are The Bull’s Head at Repton, Dragon at Willington and The Queen’s Head at Little Eaton.
We all know that it doesn’t matter whether the food is the best you’ve ever had – service is just as much a part of the dining experience as what’s on the plate. In the running for ‘Best Customer Service’ are Restaurant Zest, Caruso Café Boutique and Cube at Deda.
The most highly anticipated award of the competition is the ‘Restaurant of the Year’ which is being fought for by Restaurant Zest (also nominated for ‘Best Customer Service’), Fahrenheit at Genting Casino (also nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’) and Darley’s on the waterfront.
What do you think of this year’s finalists? Do any of the nominations come as a surprise to you or do you think your favourite restaurant has been overlooked? Let us know by leaving a comment. Keep your eyes peeled as we’ll be announcing the winners after the 22nd October!