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Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards winners 2010
Restaurant Zest
Restaurant Zest picked up two awards for its eateries on George Street and inside Bennett's

Food experts have named their favourite restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs in Derbyshire at a prestigious awards ceremony.

The second annual Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards took place at the Roundhouse on Monday, 11 October.

Presented by BBC Radio Derby's Ross Fletcher, awards were handed out in a number of categories.

Here are the winners - along with quotes from managers and owners who were there to take the glory.

DERBY RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Darley's, on Haslam's Lane in Darley Abbey won for the second year running.

Owner Kathryn Hobson: "It's from the local people and it says we must be doing something right. It makes it all worthwhile."

EUROPEAN RESTAURANT/BEST LUNCH

Restaurant Zest took both awards - the first for its restaurant off Friar Gate, the second for its brasserie on Iron Gate.

Owner Hayley Baddiley: "It's been a tough year for restaurants so we've been working hard to pull people in over the summer to get them enjoying eating out."

BEST PUB/BAR

Number Five on George Street
Number Five on George Street

Number 5 on George Street, off Friar Gate in Derby, took this award.

Manager Stephen Rouse: "We do a lot of different things here and it's a nice environment.

"Our staff are brilliant. We work as a team and they've been absolutely fantastic."

BEST OUT OF TOWN

This award went to the Bull's Head, on High Street in Repton.

Licensee Richard Pope: "I think the judges were impressed by our large wood fire.

"We've been using it to make authentic wood fire pizzas downstairs as well as having the restaurant upstairs.

"I think the diversity is good for business."

BEST INDIAN

The Spice Lounge, which has only been open for four months, took this award.

Owner Mahmood Hussain: "We're absolutely gobsmacked to be honest.

"We were happy to be nominated, especially with established places like Anoki and Shalimar in there.

"It's taken a lot of hard work but the people of Derby have been great."

BEST ORIENTAL

This award went to Moonsha on Friary Street.

Manager Kenny Siew: "We try to create unique and freshly prepared food in front of the customer's eyes.

"When we first opened people were pretty conservative but in a few months we were able to educate them all about Japanese food.

"It's all about using fresh ingredients."

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE

Jack Rabbits, on Iron Gate
Jack Rabbits, on Iron Gate

Jack Rabbits, on Iron Gate, won this one.

Owner Amelia Horne: "We were anxious before it was announced because customer service is the backbone of our business and we hold it dear.

"It's instilled in all of us - a passion and love for the customer. We love seeing their faces when they walk through the door!

OTHER WINNERS

Also taking home awards were Strand, which got 'Best Cafe' and Caribbean restaurant Mango Tang which was handed 'Best Newcomer'.

There was also an award for Daniel Rees-Jones, a student at Derby College's Hospitality and Catering Academy, who was named 'Young Chef of the Year'.




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