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Food & Drink Awards 2019 - the winners!

On Monday 7th October, Derby's iconic Roundhouse played host to the eleventh annual Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards.

Hosted by Nick Britten, the Awards brought together 300 delegates and customers from establishments across Derby's thriving food and drink scene.

John Forkin, managing director of Marketing Derby, said: "We would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists and thank all who were involved in the 2019 Derby Food and Drink Awards."

With over 3,000 nominations received, the nominees were then whittled down to the lucky finalists who were visited by the mystery judges. Judges also had the memorable task of announcing the winner and handing over the award at the event.

There was a guest appearance from local street food vendor The Toastie Club, whose founders spoke about starting up a street food business in Derby.

The event also saw the launch of Bondholder Love Marketing's Bake Off video produced by fellow Bondholder AV IT Media.

Click here to see the official photographs from the evening, courtesy of Bondholder Cactus Images!

Here is the full list of last nights winners:

Restaurant of the Year - Sponsored by Denby Pottery

The Palfrey

Best Pub - Sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau

The Blessington Carriage

Best Out of Town - Sponsored by the University of Derby

Amalfi White

Best Cafe - Sponsored by Derby College

The Squashed Tomato

Best International - Sponsored by KRCS

Annie's Burger Shack

Best Newcomer - Sponsored by Hot House Music

The Creaky Floorboard

Best Bar - Sponsored by Irongate Group

The Palfrey

Most Family Friendly - Sponsored by Cattermole Electrical

The Cafe at Derby Museums

Excellence in Customer Service - Sponsored by Derbyshire Live and chosen by YOU

KAVA Coffee Bar

Outstanding Achievement - Sponsored by Royal Crown Derby


Marketing Derby would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists and thank all who were involved in the 2019 Derby Food and Drink Awards.

Thanks also to Bondholder Cactus Images for capturing the awards!

2019 Sponsors

A big thank you to this year's Food & Drink Awards sponsors, who now have the difficult (and fun) task of picking a winner from their sponsored category!

See below for our full list of 2019 category sponsors and what they say about the awards.

Restaurant of the Year sponsored by Denby Pottery
"Denby is delighted to sponsor the Food & Drink Awards again this year as this region has many impressive venues for dining and socialising. Denby is offering a prize of £1,000 RRP of its locally made tableware for the winner of the ‘Restaurant of the Year’. As restaurants want their food to look as good as it tastes, this seemed like the perfect partnership for Denby!"

Outstanding achievement award sponsored by Royal Crown Derby
“It gives us great pleasure to be sponsoring this year’s Outstanding Achievement award. At Royal Crown Derby we have been manufacturing fine bone china tableware for over 265 years, meaning the Food and Drink industry is right at our heart. Being founded in Derby and being based in the city for over 2 and a half decades, it is an honour to be sponsoring such an important award in an industry and a city that means so much to us.”

Best Café sponsored by Derby College
"Derby Food and Drink Awards celebrate the best of creativity, high quality customer service and entrepreneurial endeavour which are all attributes that we engender into our student body as part of their study programmes."

Excellence in Customer Service sponsored by The Derby Telegraph
"Good customer service can mean the difference between an average dining-out experience and a truly memorable one; it can be the deciding factor which compels people to make a return visit.”

Remember this award is voted for by YOU. You can vote here for Excellence in Customer Service.

Best bar sponsored by Irongate Group
“Irongate is delighted to continue its support of the awards for another year, helping showcase the innovative and vibrate food and drink culture we have in Derby”.

Best pub sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
"We’re proud to once again sponsor the Marketing Derby food and drink awards. Derbyshire is dubbed the real ale capital of the UK and we have a thriving food and drink scene so we’re extremely excited to see this year’s competition."

Most family friendly sponsored by Cattermole Electrical
"As a small award-winning family business and having a young family of my own it made sense for us to sponsor the Most family friendly award."

Best newcomer sponsored by Hot House Music School
"Derby has a tradition of being both innovative and inspirational. We believe that Derby has an exceptional level of talent in every aspect of its culture and business which is why we are delighted to sponsor the Best newcomer award"

Best international sponsored by KRCS
"As a local business, KRCS is proud to support restaurants in Derby and the surrounding areas. We’re excited to sponsor the Best international award 2019, as we celebrate diversity in the city and the eclectic mix of flavours and cultures that make Derby great."

Best out of town sponsored by the University of Derby
"We are delighted to be supporting the Food and Drink Awards 2019. Our Culinary and Hospitality courses are preparing the next generation of talent to support this highly valuable sector."

The Market Place sponsored by Gem Radio


Class of 2018

With over 4,000 nominations received from the public and some intense judging, Marketing Derby was pleased to announce the winners of the tenth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards in 2018.

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony, held at The Roundhouse on Monday 8th October 2018.

On the night, Marketing Derby presented the Royal Crown Derby Outstanding Achievement award to The Palfrey who made a significant contribution to Derby's food and drink scene.

The event also saw the launch of a new recipe book called Ten: A recipe for success, produced in collaboration with AVIT' Media and Once Upon a Fork.

The Winner of the 'Restaurant of the Year', Terroir Bistro, won £1,000 worth of Denby tableware.

The 2018 winners & finalists were:

Restaurant of the Year – sponsored by Denby Pottery
Terroir Bistro (winner)
The Dovecote

Best café – sponsored by Derby College
Bear (winner)
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Milk & Honey Deli

Excellence in customer service – sponsored by the Derby Telegraph
Portobello (winner)
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
POINTSIX Coffee House
Milk & Honey

Best bar – sponsored by Irongate Group
Suds & Soda (winner)
Slug & Lettuce

Best pub - sponsored by Mortgage Advice Bureau
The Exeter Arms (winner)
The Dog & Moon
The Last Post

Most family friendly – sponsored by Derby Days Out
Buttermilk (winner)
POINTSIX Coffee House

Best newcomer – sponsored by the University of Derby
The Squashed Tomato (winner)
POINTSIX Coffee House
The Yard

Best international – sponsored by Riverlights Derby
Anoki (winner)

Best Out of Town – sponsored by Smooth Radio
Hackwood Farm (winner)
Fishermans Rest, Belper
The Shed at Hilton


Food & Drink Last Chance to Vote!

Nominations close this Friday (26th) for the 2019 Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards; vote now for your favourite establishment, 2000 already have!


Now in its eleventh year, the Awards recognise and celebrate the city's vibrant and growing food and drink sector.

Managing Director of Marketing Derby, John Forkin says: "Food and drink is an important sector but a tough one too. We want to celebrate the best locally and promote customer growth, so I encourage everyone to vote to give support to their favourites."

Here is the list of the categories available for nomination:

The Excellence in Customer Service award (Sponsored by Bondholder Derby Telegraph) is voted for by readers of the Derby Telegraph, from a shortlist of six establishments.

Nominations are judged on quality, not quantity, so make sure you consider your nominations carefully.

When the nomination period ends, judges from each category will sample each finalist to select a winner.

The finalists for each category will be announced on Friday 16th August, with the much anticipated awards ceremony taking place on Monday 7th October at Bondholder venue The Roundhouse.

For more information on the awards please contact Katie Wells


Bondholders in Pottery partnership

Bondholder Blue Arrow has announced its sole-supply contract for staffing services with fellow Bondholder Denby Pottery.

Sean Clare, Associate Director for Blue Arrow commented about the contract which will provide services for a minium of 12 months "Last year we were delighted to start working with Denby Pottery when they needed some additional support for temporary staffing. Over the last 9 months, the relationship has evolved and we are very proud to call this a true a partnership between two Bondholders."

"Denby Pottery is such a historic company with the right values and culture that align with our own, and we pride ourselves in working with some of the best companies in Derbyshire."


Chris Williams, Warehouse Manager for Denby Pottery said , "Denby warehouse has been using Blue Arrow's services for almost a year. During that time they have provided us with a number of temporary workers to support our picking and packing operation."

"The support provided by Blue Arrow is always consistently excellent; the team are quick to respond and help with any query we may have. Most importantly they have never failed to provide us with the people we require. I am more than happy to continue working with Blue Arrow and look forward to developing our working relationship further."

Denby Plates it up at Morley

Clay taken from a site within Bondholder Morley Hayes’ Derbyshire Farms has made it back home, after being used by fellow Bondholder Denby Pottery to craft a selection of tableware which is now in use in Morley Hayes’ two AA rosette Dovecote restaurant. 

Some of the clay used to produce Morley Hayes’ new ‘Halo’ crockery originated from an open cast mine on Holly Mount Farm, Smalley, which is located close to the Morley Hayes complex and owned by Andrew and Robert Allsop.

Denby Pottery purchased 50,000 tonnes of clay from the open cast mine, which was the last mine of its kind in the UK. Some of this clay has gone into creating Morley Hayes’ new plates, bowls and mugs from Denby’s popular ‘Halo’ collection, which are now being used in the award-winning Dovecote restaurant.

The stoneware clay, named after its stone-like appearance and hardness after firing, will also be mixed with quartz, feldspar and recycled clay and used in Denby products for at least another two decades.

Denby is in fact the only pottery that acquired any of the Holly Mount Farm clay, with none of the remaining clay being sold to any other potteries.

Commenting on the creation of Pottery from the Smalley clay Dean Barlow, head of manufacturing at Denby Pottery, said: "We’ve previously supplied Morley Hayes with crockery that has been used across the complex, but this collaboration has been particularly satisfying as we’ve taken materials from Morley Hayes’ own land and transformed it into beautiful pieces of tableware that will be used daily in the restaurant.

“Denby have generations of experience of using clay locally sourced in Derbyshire and the stoneware clay that was uncovered in the Smalley mine was a perfect fit and met all the specifications required to make Denby pottery.

“We’ve visited the Dovecote Restaurant at Morley Hayes several times since it started using our ‘Halo’ crockery, and it is holding up fantastically. The unique design of the items is incredibly striking, and the pieces look fantastic within the Dovecote’s setting.”

Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, added: “We’ve developed a close relationship with Denby Pottery over the years as we are both committed to supporting our local community.

“When we heard that Denby Pottery were acquiring some of the clay taken from the mine on our Farm, we spoke to the development team about producing some bespoke crockery for us. It’s quite fitting that materials that have been taken from our land, are back with us, being utilised throughout the Morley Hayes complex.

“We’ve received many compliments from customers commenting on our new crockery, and I really enjoy telling people that the pieces were made from clay taken from our own land!”


Glamping Success for Geoff Cox

Bondholder firm Geoff Cox has seen sales increase by a third in a year, selling motorhomes worth £2.5m in the last six months.

This included taking orders for 15 motorhomes at the Caravan and Motorhome Show motorhome at the NEC, Birmingham.

In addition to the orders taken at the show, the company attributes its success to its new outdoor showroom at nearby Denby Pottery Visitor Centre which accommodates 40 new and secondhand motorhomes and caravans.

Now Geoff Cox is hoping to fuel further success with a new product to the market - a 'glamping' (glamorous camping) tent.

This Adria product is a mobile, modular tent that comes in a large box weighing two tonnes and is delivered on a low loader to a mobile home site or even a field.

Neil Cox, Managing Director of Geoff Cox, said: “We are the only Adria distributor in the UK to have one of these luxurious tents on display.

“It's for people who want all the glamour of a top hotel while being close to nature and without having to compromise on creature comforts.”

Birthday Celebration at Denby Village

The Walter Smith Farm Shop at Bondholder Denby Pottery Village is celebrating its first birthday from 10th-12th March 2017 and is inviting their customers to join in the celebrations.

Over the three days there will be a barbeque, sausage making and pie making demonstrations, together with tastings from the farm shop’s most popular suppliers including delicious cheeses, chutneys, jams, wines, beers and much more.  

During this celebration which coincides with British Pie Week (6th-12th March), Walter Smith will be launching their ‘Wyton Wonder Pie’, created at their Huntingdon shop, which boasts a number of celebrity fans.  The Wyton Wonder Pie was awarded Best Hot Pie at the Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards 2017 by Food Writer and Critic Tom Parker-Bowles, with Walter Smith also Winning ‘Best English Pork Product’.

Gary Capell, Retail Director at Denby Pottery, said:  “The addition of Walter Smith Farm Shop at Denby Pottery Village has given a real buzz to the site.  

"Denby Pottery has food at its heart when designing its tableware and it seems a natural step to include a quality farm shop at Denby Pottery Village putting food on Denby plates.”

Knights hails Derby office as sales hit £21m

Bondholder professional services firm Knights has hailed its Derby office, launched a year ago, as an "integral" part of the business as it eyes revenues of £40million.

The firm's £40million turnover ambitions come after revenues of £21million were reported for its 2016 financial year.

We’re supporting more businesses in the East Midlands and nationwide, thanks to our full service offering.
— David Beech, Chief Executive of Knights

David Beech, Chief Executive of Knights, explained: "We're supporting more businesses in the East Midlands and nationwide, thanks to our full service offering which includes non-law specialist services, alongside our legal expertise."

He continued: "Denby Pottery, Mortgage Advice Bureau, Greenthumb, Servicemaster and Snappy Snaps, part of the Timpson Group, are just some of the businesses we are now working with. The Derby office is establishing itself well both in the city and across the wider East Midlands."

Andrew Pilkington, Office Leader at the Pride Park brand, said: "It's been a fantastic year for everyone based here. We have significantly grown our specialist services to include experts in franchising, data protection, banking and tax and estates, as well as strengthening our existing real estate, corporate and commercial, employment and private client teams."

Two new ventures at Denby

Two new ventures are opening shop at Bondholder Denby's Pottery Village - a brand new farm shop and an outdoor showroom from fellow Bondholder Geoff Cox Car Sales.

The new Farm Shop will stock high quality produce including artisan bread, fresh cream cakes, charcuterie, olives, wine, cheeses and the best cuts of British meats prepared by Walter Smith's skilled team of butchers.

There will also be regular seasonal recipes from the farm shop team and home economists plus daily cooking demonstrations for those looking to try something new.

In other news, fellow Bondholder Geoff Cox Car Sales has rented space at Denby's Outlet Shop carpark and has opened an outdoor showroom which showcases 40 vehicles ranging from £10,000 to £100,000 top-of-the-range motorhomes.

Neil Cox, Managing Director of the firm, said: "We are taking the motorhomes and caravans to the shoppers. The venue is a busy retail centre, particularly at weekends and holidays."

Sales staff are on hand to show off different vehicles and their various features - some of which are considered luxury or state-of-the-art items.