Chesterfield Food & Drink Awards Winners 2019

The Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2019 winners were announced at a glittering awards ceremony at The Winding Wheel Theatre in October.

Lombardis - Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2019

Restaurant of the YearRestaurant of the Year – sponsored by Chesterfield Borough Council

Bottle & Thyme – Finalist

Ciuri Ciuri Restaurant – Finalist

Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant – Winner

Christina and Daniel Power, owners of Lombardis said: “It feels incredible to win this award after being in this business for 18 years. It’s amazing to be acknowledged for what we do – bringing the real taste of Italy to Chesterfield since 2002.

“We are regarded as an institution in the town, but we’re not standing still. We have just expanded the business to create more seating and will create an outdoor seating area next year to meet demand from our customers.”

Lilypad Cafe - Chesterfield Food and Drink AwardsChesterfield Cafe/Tea Room of the Year

Café and Tea Room of the Year – sponsored by Kier

H&F Vintage Tearooms – Finalist

The Lilypad Cafe & Restaurant – Winner

Qoozies – Finalist


Ryan Purrington, Head Chef and Manager at The Lilypad Café & Restaurant, said: “It feels incredible to win. We have worked hard all year for this. We are innovative and make a point of doing our own thing to stand out from the crowd. At the minute we are undergoing a huge refurb and re-opening on 3 November with some exciting things to come.”

The Rectory - Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2019

Chesterfield Gastro Pub of the YearGastro Pub of the Year – sponsored by Banner Jones Solicitors

The Market Pub – Finalist

The Rectory – Winner

The Red Lion at Peak Edge Hotel – Finalist


Rebecca Walker, General Manager of The Rectory, said: “This is the third time we’ve been nominated for the award but the first year we have won, and it feels absolutely amazing. Over the last year we have really pushed the boundaries with our menu and worked hard to find out what Chesterfield wants and it’s paid off.”

Pump & Grind - Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards

Chesterfield Pub Bar of the YearPub/Bar of the Year – sponsored by University of Derby

Pump + Grind – Winner

The Rose and Crown, Brampton – Finalist

The Three Horseshoes – Finalist


Oliver Perez, Operations Director of Pump + Grind said: “It feels fantastic to win the award. We’ve put a lot of hard work in over the last two years and it’s great to be recognised for this. People like Pump + Grind because we try to do things differently. We take our inspiration from the big towns and cities and bring it to Chesterfield. It’s a great town to go out in and has a brilliant food and drink scene which we love being part of and are looking to do more as we develop our food menu further.”

Sorbo Lounge

Chesterfield Pub Bar of the YearChesterfield’s Best Newcomer – sponsored by BHP Chartered Accountants

Afat’s Grill – Finalist

Pig & Pump – Finalist

Sorbo Lounge – Winner



Caleb Wilkes, Assistant Manager at Sorbo Lounge said: “A massive thank you to everyone in Chesterfield who helped us win this award. We’ve worked hard to make Sorbo Lounge a place where everyone feels welcome and this award tell us that we have achieved that. And we want to do even more. Next year we have lots of things planned to fundraise for the charity we’re supporting – The Tom Henson Charity and Defib Map. It’s going to be very exciting for all the team and our customers.”

Bottle and Thyme - Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2019

Chesterfield Best Customer ServiceBest Customer Service – sponsored by East Midlands Chamber

Bottle & Thyme – Winner

Junction Bar – Finalist

The Lilypad Cafe & Restaurant – Finalist


Third time winners at the award, owners of Bottle & Thyme Hannah and Gavin Grainger, said: “It feels brilliant to win an award for customer service as we work so hard with the team to get it right. We have lovely customers so it’s a real pleasure so delivering great service feels really instinctive as it’s a pleasure to have a chat ad catch up with them.”

“Moving forward, as a business we’re going to continue to push to be more environmentally friendly. That has been a big focus for us in 2019 and will be in 2020.”

Chesterfield Best Out of TownBest Out of Town – sponsored by Shorts Chartered Accountants

The Horse & Jockey, Wessington – Finalists

Orangery Restaurant, Darley Dale – Finalists

Southgate Brasserie at Van Dyk by Wildes – Winner



Nick Wilson, Executive Chef at Southgate Brasserie said: “It’s amazing to win and the culmination of a year’s hard work – it’s the cherry on the cake. People like us because we’re accessible and cater for all tastes from a simple roast dinner through to Rosette-winning cuisine.”

Derbyshire Distillery - Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2019

Chesterfield Food ProducerChesterfield Food Producer of the Year – sponsored by Edge Events Management Ltd

Crooked Pickle Co – Finalist

Derbyshire Distillery – Winner

Moss Valley Fine Meats – Finalist



David Hemstock, Co-founder and Head Distiller of Derbyshire Distillery said: “This award means everything to us. It’s far beyond what we thought we could achieve when we established the business only 14 months ago. We’ve now got purpose-built premises at Markham Vale which has given the business space to grow and develop even further.  Despite the growth in production, our focus will remain on quality; from the ingredients in our products to the fact that the entire gin making process is all done under one roof and by us – that’s what really sets us apart.”

Young Chef - Chesterfield food and Drink Awards 2019

Chesterfield Young Chef of the YearYoung Chef of the Year – sponsored by Owen Taylor & Sons

Callum Fitzpatrick – Finalist

Jake Parkin – Winner

Sophia Johnson – Finalist



Jake Parkin said: “When I heard my name called out, I was absolutely thrilled. I was confident I’d done well in the cooking element of competition but to actually win the award means the world to me. The Young Chef of the Year Award is the start of my career to eventually become a head chef. The whole experience has been exciting but nerve wracking.”

Casa Hotel - Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2019

Chesterfield International Restaurant of the YearInternational Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by MSE Hiller

Cocina at Casa Hotel – Winner

Delhi 41 – Finalist

O-Tokuda – Finalist



Luke Gregory, Resident Manager at Casa Hotel said: “It feels absolutely amazing to win the award. We’re overjoyed. We pride ourselves on our service and locally sourced food to deliver an excellent experience for customer and this comes through in our customer feedback – they tell us they love Cocina’s relaxed atmosphere and quality food.”

Family Friendly - Chesterfield- Food and Drink Awards 2019

Chesterfield Family Friendly AwardFamily Friendly Award – sponsored by Jumble Creative Design

The Bulls Head, Holymoorside – Finalist

Chesters – Winner

The Six Halts, Clay Cross – Finalist


Chris Ioannides, Owner of Chesters said: “To win this award for the fourth time in a row feels brilliant. The whole team is so proud as we all work hard to ensure we have the best environment for families who dine with us as we know that keeping the kids entertained is the key to the whole family enjoying their meal.

“We’re hoping to give even more families a taste of Chesters soon as we’re expanding the business into Markham Vale next year with the opening of a new restaurant and drive through. Exciting times are ahead.”

Apprentice of the Year Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2019

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Apprentice Town (led by Chesterfield Borough Council)

Denny Pearson – The Bulls Head, Holymoorside – Finalist

Donna McMahon – Van Dyk by Wildes – Winner

Stuart Mcardle – The Tickled Trout – Finalist


Donna McMahon said: “I am astonished to have won Apprentice of the year as. I am an older apprentice and people just assume that apprenticeships are for younger people. I decided to do a Business Administration apprenticeship because my employer wanted to invest in me and it was an opportunity to develop myself. Everything I have learnt in the apprenticeship so far is really helping me in my job role. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone, regardless of their age, who wants to develop themselves and build their knowledge.”

Apprentice Employer - Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2019

Apprentice Employer of the Year – sponsored by Learning Unlimited (The Chesterfield College Group)

Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa – Winner

Stephenson’s Tea & Coffee House – Finalist

The Tickled Trout – Finalist


Michael Nash, Operations Director at Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa, said: “The apprentices work really hard in the business and this award also recognises their contribution. Apprenticeships bring immeasurable value to the business and are  a double-edged sword for both us and the apprentices. Everyone benefits.”

Conference Venue - Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2019

Conference Venue of the Year Conference venue of the year

Casa Hotel – Winner

Chatsworth House – Finalist

Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa – Finalist


Maroslava Hanatova, Conference Manager at Casa Hotel said: “We’re delighted to win the award. It is well deserved by all the team – from sales to operations. We offer the whole package – from food, passionate staff and accommodation – and I believe it is this which really sets us apart from other venues in the area.”

Chesterfield Food Hero - Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards 2019

Chesterfield Food HeroChesterfield Food Hero – sponsored by Casa Hotel

Chris Mapp – The Tickled Trout



Chris Mapp, Head Chef and Owner of The Tickled Trout said: “I am over the moon, surprised and humbled to receive this recognition. I am passionate about the industry and also Chesterfield because it’s home and also because we have such fantastic produce on the doorstep in the Peak District and South Yorkshire. Youngsters beginning their career need to understand how food works – taste over presentation using locally sourced food is an excellent starting point. It’s an amazing industry to work in.”

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