A SELECTION of Ashbourne businesses have been names as finalists in the Derbyshire Food and Drink awards.
Hartington Creamery in Pikehall has been selected as local producer of the year; Bramhalls Deli Café in Market Place and the St John Street Gallery and Cafe have been chosen for cafe of the year; best family friendly venue could go to the Mainsail Restaurant at Carsington Water and Fairways Garden Centre is up for best healthy eating venue.
The Ashbourne businesses are among 50 finalists over 12 categories in the presitgious awards, which are run by Derbyshire County Council and will be presented by TV chef Simon Rimmer at Chatsworth on Monday.
Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We’re lucky to have some fabulous talent in the food and drink industry in Derbyshire and our awards celebrate the county’s many excellent restaurants, pubs, cafes and bistros.
“Our judges had a very difficult time shortlisting and those named as winners in our ceremony at Chatsworth will be very deserving of their awards.”
Venues are judged on a number of criteria including the quality of food and drink, customer service, and use of county produce and acknowledgement of it on menus.
It is the first time the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards dinner will be held at Chatsworth.
The Duke of Devonshire, who owns Chatsworth, said: “Derbyshire has an excellent culinary heritage, and I wish all the nominees the best of luck.”