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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


Royal Crown Derby reveal collection for Royal Wedding

Bondholder Royal Crown Derby continues its celebration of the upcoming marriage of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle by revealing the designs for its highly anticipated Royal Wedding collection.

The latest Royal Wedding collection marks a new generation of the monarchy. Featuring an Octagonal Plate, Heart Tray, Loving Cup and an Old Imari Solid Gold Band Melbourne Tray, the collection represents the special union with an interconnecting design.

2018 Royal Wedding Collection

Created as a limited-edition range excluding the Heart Tray which is general range only, the Octagonal Plate has a limited-edition size of 1,500, the Loving Cup will feature 1,000 pieces with only 500 pieces of the Old Imari Solid Gold Band Melbourne Tray being created.

In line with tradition and adapted from the design created for the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, the collection will feature the couple’s initials and will be inscribed with a dedicatory message stating “To celebrate the marriage of H.R.H Prince Henry of Wales to Meghan Markle 19th May 2018”.

Incorporating a gold coronet to denote Harry’s Royal status as Prince and gold acorns symbolic of longevity and the House of Windsor, alongside England’s emblematic Tudor Rose, this collection, designed by June Branscombe and adapted by Lisa Law, is a fitting tribute to the grandeur of the occasion.

The pieces represent the unifying of two great nations in marriage with a special backstamp, overlaid in 22-carat gold marking the momentous nature of the wedding with an inscription reading “To celebrate the marriage of H.R.H. Prince Henry of Wales to Ms Meghan Markle 19th May 2018 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor”. 

Royal Crown Derby’s Sales and Marketing Director, Steve Rowley, said: "This is an incredibly exciting time for Prince Harry and Meghan as well as Royal Crown Derby itself. We’re honoured to commemorate this landmark occasion and celebrate with the Royal Family and Royal enthusiasts on both sides of the Atlantic."

Bondholders Pair Up

Bondholder Franklands Insurance and Risk Management is delighted to be working with Bondholder and renowned fine bone china manufacturer Royal Crown Derby to provide their insurance and risk solutions. Royal Crown Derby beautifully handcrafts using the highest quality materials and distributes luxury tableware and giftware throughout the world.
Franklands’ Director Paul Brown said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with an iconic brand that is so connected to Derby and promotes the name of our great city throughout the world.  We are proud that such a historic and legendary company has recognised our capabilities and has returned to sourcing its insurance and risk management requirements from the local market”.

Royal Crown Derby’s Head of Finance, Guy Bishop said: “When we acquired the business from a larger group we were looking for an Insurance Broker that could advise us on rebasing our insurance programme to meet our changing requirements.

The team at Franklands listened to our needs, tailored our cover and reduced our premium spend. In Franklands we have a partner that understands our risk exposures and can help to protect the business whilst we drive it forward. We are very pleased to be working with them”.

Derby Remembers

As part of the Derby Remembers programme, run in conjunction with the Weeping Window display at Derby Silk Mill, Bondholder QUAD has developed a digital trail. 

The free to download Derby Remembers Digital Trail is an app for smartphones and tablets designed to give a walking tour of the city centre, featuring eleven monuments and stories of Derby and its resident during the First World War. 

The Trail covers significant historical and cultural sites in Derby – including The Silk Mill, and Bondholders Déda, Derby CathedralDerby Museum & Art Gallery, QUAD and Royal Crown Derby.

To get the app for iOS devices on the App Store, click here.
To get the app for Android phones, click here.

University Launch Publishing House

Bondholder the University of Derby has launched a brand-new publishing house, Peregrine Publishing.

Peregrine’s first book is being supported by University funding and is intended to mark the 40th anniversary of Derby achieving city status. 

The Derby Yearbook is a collection of 40 authors, covering 40 topics on the city, such as industrial heritage, varied religious make-up, leading educational institutions, pioneering festivals, art collectives, decorated sports teams and bustling commerce of past and present, all compiled to celebrate Derby’s 40 years as a city.

Bondholders Rolls-Royce, Royal Crown Derby and Bombardier are among some of the businesses featured in the book alongside Professor Kathryn Mitchell, the Vice-Chancellor at the University, and notable Derby citizens.

Crown Derby bought in US deal

One of the city’s most iconic companies was today bought as part of a major US Private Equity deal. 

Steelite, the parent company of Bondholder Royal Crown Derby, has been bought by Pittsburgh-based PNC Riverarch and Chief Executive Kevin Oakes has bought Royal Crown Derby, becoming its sole owner and Chairman.

Commenting on the deal Kevin says: "I’m delighted to have acquired one of the UK’s most iconic brands and ceramic manufacturers, Royal Crown Derby.  I passionately believe that the business can succeed on the global stage and I plan to invest my efforts in ensuring our vision is realised.”

The company which employs 200 people traces its roots to 1750 and its Visitor Centre is one of Derby’s main tourist attractions, attracting thousands from across the world every year. 

John Forkin Managing Director of Marketing Derby welcomed the deal by saying: "Royal Crown Derby design quality products which are known across the world and new owner, Kevin Oakes, brings decades of international experience to the role. It’s important that he knows he has the backing of the city and, as a Marketing Derby Bondholder company, we will be reaching out to offer our support"

Food and Drink Awards 2014 Winners Celebrate

Derby’s food and drink industry descended on The Roundhouse tonight to celebrate the sixth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards. The evening highlighted Derby’s finest restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes, in categories including Best Newcomer, Best Out of Town, and the highly prestigious Restaurant of the Year. The award ceremony, organised by Marketing Derby in conjunction with the Derby Telegraph and Roundhouse Events, was hosted by Nick Britten, Managing Director of Another Voice.

Over 1,400 nominations were received, showcasing the strength of the city’s food and drink industry. Marketing Derby’s John Forkin praised the variety in the finalists and winners.

“Each year, the standard gets better. To be a finalist is a tremendous achievement.

“The food and drink sector in Derby goes from strength to strength, reflected in the fact that, of the 21 finalists, excluding the Best Customer Service Award, only three were trading when we launched the Derby Food and Drink Awards five years ago.”

The awards included ‘Best Customer Service’, as voted by the readers of the Derby Telegraph, as well as the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award, which was awarded to Tim Williams of CAMRA for his contribution to the Real Ale industry in Derby.

Photographs courtesy of our valued Bondholder, Cactus Images.