EIGHTEEN pubs and restaurants in and around Ashbourne have been internationally recognised for outstanding food and service.
Market Place Fish and Chips, Café Impromptu and Bramhall's deli and café are among the winners of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which is awarded to outlets that consistently achieve four or five-star reviews from customers on the online review website.
Now in its fourth year, winners must have maintained an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five over the year.
Alex Eleftheriou, of Market Place Fish and Chips, said his family was proud to receive the certificate.
He said: "This means a lot to us. In fact that's probably one of the secrets to our success, because we are all family we really care about the job we do.
"My dad, Perry, still comes in every morning to do the preparation and he is in his 70s now."
Alex hopes the high number of awards earned in Ashbourne would encourage more tourists to come.
He said: "It's a great boost for the town and shows how committed everyone is to making it a great place to live or visit."
Café Impromptu, in Church Street, first opened its doors in 2012. The owners, David and Jane Snell are delighted that their commitment to using fresh, local produce has paid off to earn the accolade.
Jane said: "We wanted to open a café that was friendly and welcoming, but also one that offered consistency and excellent quality with reasonable prices."
The couple change the menu daily to reflect seasonal availability and customers' demands.
Jane said: "It means we have a different menu whenever customers return, so they can always try something new."
The couple credit their staff for the huge contribution they have made to the café's success. Jane said: "We are so lucky, we have really hardworking staff who are a real asset to the company."
Bramhall's Deli and Café, in Market Place, has won awards before.
In 2012 it was praised in the Ashbourne High Street Hero celebrations for having the town's "best eating experience".
Tracey Bramhall and her husband Tim have been running the café since 2010, and also believe in using locally- bought ingredients.
Tracey said: "We are both absolutely delighted, it makes all our hard work worthwhile.
"We bake all our own cakes, and use the same produce that we sell in our deli, so we can be absolutely certain of its freshness and quality."
The chairman of Ashbourne Partnership, Jeffrey Phillips, believes the awards will strengthen the town's position as a great destination for tourists.
Mr Phillips said: "There are so many hidden gems in town and this is another example of how many wonderful places we have."
The results were announ-ced at the end of May and the winning establishments have now received their certificates by post.
Marc Charron, president of TripAdvisor for business, said: "We are pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence.
"The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers."