2016 Finalists Announced

With over 2,200 nominations received from the public, Marketing Derby is pleased to announce the finalists of the 8th annual Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards. 

The finalists were shortlisted based the quality and content of the nominations, as well as the establishment’s hygiene ratings and TripAdvisor reviews. Each establishment will be visited by mystery judges, who will assess 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, 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.” 

The judges will have a difficult, albeit enjoyable, time picking a winner.
— John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby

Best International

Finalists sponsored by Derby Riverlights:

  • Lorentes
  • Shalimar Gold
  • The Spice Lounge

Best Pub

Finalists sponsored by Koobr:

  • New Zealand Arms
  • The Exeter Arms
  • The Greyhound

Best Customer Service

Finalists sponsored by Derby Telegraph:

  • Anoki Derby
  • Dovecate Restaurant at Morley Hayes
  • Grand Café Caruso
  • HIDE Burger Bar
  • Mansion
  • The Spice Lounge

Best Café

Finalists sponsored by Zest Produce:

  • Grand Café Caruso
  • Heavenly Desserts
  • The Coffee House at Derby Museums

Best Out of Town

Finalists sponsored by Xcel Energy:

  • Anoki Burton (A38)
  • Dovecote at Morley Hayes
  • Fox and Hounds, Coxbench

Restaurant of the Year

Finalists sponsored by Marketing Derby Bondholders:

  • HIDE Burger Bar
  • Iberico
  • Masa
  • Restaurant Zest

Best Bar

Finalists sponsored by Swindell & Pearson:

  • Hopgate
  • Mansion
  • Pitcher & Piano

Best Newcomer

Finalists sponsored by University of Derby Business School:

  • Cosy Club
  • Lisa Jean at Bennetts Brasserie
  • Oliver's
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