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Finalists announced in 2016 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards

Cocina at Casa Hotel is hoping to retain its prestigious restaurant of the year title for a second year running in the 2016 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards.

The two rosette, four-star restaurant is joined by 27 other eateries, food producers, pubs and bars who have all been shortlisted across 12 categories in the annual awards.

As well as Cocina, three winners from last year’s awards - H&F Tearooms, The Proact Stadium and the Red Lion Bar and Bistro, are hoping to retain their titles for a second year running.

Two other restaurants - The Manor at Brampton and Delhi 41 - are also hoping to retain their Family Friendly and Best International Restaurant titles respectively for a third year running.

Now in its fourth year, the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards are more popular than ever before.

This year, six new establishments have been shortlisted in the competition, including Einstein’s, The Craft Burger Company and The Lilypad, who will fight it out for the Best Newcomer of the Year title.

The Rose & Crown at Brampton, Chandlers and Harry Ramsdens at the Wingerworth are also first time finalists this year.

Organisers Destination Chesterfield, in association with Chesterfield College, had hundreds of nominations from the general public who put forward their favourites across the 12 categories in the popular awards.

The nominated restaurants, cafes and bars will be mystery shopped and taste-tested by a panel of judges over the summer and the winner of each category will be revealed later this year.

The winners will be announced by celebrity chef and couture cake maker to royalty and the stars, Mich Turner at a glittering award ceremony which is being held at Chesterfield College’s Heart Space Building on Wednesday 26 October 2016.

Dom Stevens, Destination Chesterfield Manager said: “This year we’ve had more nominations than previous years and also more businesses put forward for the awards, which is testament to Chesterfield’s food and drink scene.

“Every shortlisted business can count themselves as one of the best in Chesterfield. Everyone has their own favourites, however there can be only one winner. Unfortunately, we can’t reveal that until the award ceremony. It’s going to be a tense few months for the people and businesses that have all been shortlisted.”

The finalists in each category are:

Restaurant of the year –sponsored by Chesterfield Borough Council

  • Blu Bistro and Coffee House
  • Calabria
  • Cocina at Casa Hotel

Café and tea room of the year – sponsored by Kier

  • Stephenson’s Coffee Shop
  • H&F Tearooms
  • Northern Tea Merchants

Gastro pub of the year – sponsored by Arvato

  • The Tickled Trout
  • Red Lion Bar and Bistro
  • Chandlers

Pub/bar of the year – sponsored by Custom Solar

  • Barca Bar
  • The Market Pub
  • Rose and Crown – Brampton

Chesterfield’s best newcomer – sponsored by Barber Harrison Platt

  • Einstein’s
  • The Craft Burger Company
  • The Lilypad

Best customer service – sponsored by East Midlands Chamber

  • Chandlers
  • H&F Tearooms
  • Cocina at Casa Hotel

Best out of town – presented by Chesterfield College

  • The Tickled Trout
  • The Red Lion Bar and Bistro
  • Stones

Chesterfield food producer of the year – sponsored by Casa Hotel

  • Lambs Cupcakes
  • Liza Bakes
  • Teresa Lambarelli

Young chef of the year – sponsored by The Parish Church of St. Mary and All Saints

  • Jordan Elliott
  • Josh Clark
  • Sophie Warren

International restaurant of the year – sponsored by MSE Hiller

  • Delhi 41
  • O-Tokuda
  • Indian Blues

Family friendly – sponsored by Jumble Design

  • Chesters
  • Harry Ramsdens at The Wingerworth
  • The Manor at Brampton

Conference and banqueting – sponsored by Mitchells Chartered Accountants and

  • Business Advisers
  • Casa Hotel
  • Peak Edge Hotel
  • Proact Stadium

A further award food hero, which is sponsored by Banner Jones Solicitors, will also be announced at the awards ceremony. The food hero award is presented to a local business or individual who has made an impact on the local food scene.

Other supporters of the awards include the Derbyshire Times, Peak FM, Holdsworth Foods, Central Technology Ltd, ra Information Systems, Black Eyed Susan and Reflections.

For more information about the 2016 Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards visit

First published on 18 July 2016 Last updated on 07 July 2017