A PUB and a visitor attraction are two of the South Derbyshire businesses in with a chance of claiming a top awards title.
In total three establishments from Melbourne, Ticknall and Willington have been named as finalists in this year’s Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards.
The Derbyshire County Council-run awards celebrate the county’s best catering businesses serving locally sourced food on their menus.
Winners will be crowned during a ceremony hosted by TV chef Simon Rimmer at on Monday, January 14 – with 50 local businesses shortlisted across 12 categories.
The potential winners include Mileburne, in Blanch Croft, Melbourne, up for Restaurant of the Year, Calke Abbey, near Tickall, could be named as Best Family Friendly Venue, while Best Newcomer could be The Dragon, in The Green, Willington.
Councillor Kevin Parkinson, the council’s 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 will be very deserving of their awards.”