2014 Food and Drink Awards

 

Ainsley Harriott

Twenty four food and drink businesses have been shortlisted across nine categories in the 2014 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards, organised in association with Chesterfield College – headline sponsor of the awards for the second year running.

The shortlisted establishments were selected from hundreds of nominations received by the competition organisers Destination Chesterfield.

Four of the nominees – Calabria, Stephenson’s Coffee and Tea House, Barca Bar and Tramway Tavern – are hoping to retain their titles in 2014 after winning in their nominated categories at last year’s Food and Drink Awards.

The Restaurant of the Year category proved hugely popular for nominations, with five restaurants being shortlisted for the award this year, including last year’s winner of the prestigious title, Calabria.

Five establishments have also been nominated across two categories, including Calabria, Lombardis, Stephenson’s Coffee and Tea House, St Thomas’ Coffee Bar and Coco Bar Bistro.

This year there are more opportunities for food and drink establishments to win with the introduction of two new categories – International Restaurant of the Year and the Family Friendly Award.

A secret panel of judges is now set to visit the shortlisted businesses in order to decide the winner of each category. TV chef and presenter Ainsley Harriott will be announcing the winners, as well as those of an additional four categories, at the glittering award ceremony being held on Wednesday 29 October at Chesterfield College’s Heart Space Building.

Chair of Destination Chesterfield Peter Swallow said: “The awards are recognition of the contribution Chesterfield’s thriving hospitality industry makes to the local economy. I’m delighted to see how the community has once again got behind the myriad of eating and drinking establishments both locally and further afield and nominated so many of them.

“We have a number of strong contenders in each category, however the proof will be in the eating and our judges will be visiting each and every establishment to check whether they all live up to the claims.”

 

  • Restaurant of the Yearsponsored by Chesterfield Borough Council

Blu Bistro & Coffee House

Calabria

Cocina @ Casa Hotel

Lombardis

The Old Post Restaurant

 

  • Café/Tea Room of the Year

Meringue Bakery & Café

Stephenson’s Coffee and Tea House

St Thomas’ Coffee Bar

 

  • Gastro Pub of the Year

Barca Bar @ Casa Hotel

Coco Bar Bistro

The Market Pub

 

  • Pub / Bar of the Year – Sponsored by Redbrik Estate Agents

Coco Bar Bistro

The Grouse Inn

Tramway Tavern

 

  • Best Newcomersponsored by Barber Harrison and Platt

Little Red Smokehouse

The Galleon Steakhouse

Wingerworth Pub & Kitchen

 

  • Best Customer Servicesponsored by Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce

Calabria

Lombardis Ristorante Italiano

Stephenson’s Coffee and Tea House

 

  • Best Out of Townsponsored by Northern Tea Merchants

Fox & Goose Inn

Kathmandu Gurka

The White Horse at Woolley Moor

 

  • International Restaurant of the Yearsponsored by BRM Solicitors

Dehli 41

O Tokuda

Star of Sall

 

  • Family Friendly Awardsponsored by Jumble Design

The Lock Keeper

The Manor at Brampton

St Thomas’ Coffee Bar

Other supporters of the awards include Natwest, Banner Jones, Franke Sissons and In the Works PR.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities still remain. If any businesses are interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2014 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards they should contact Dominic Stevens on 01246 207207 or email dom.stevens@chesterfield.co.uk.