The Palfrey

Finalists revealed for Food & Drink Awards

The finalists for the 11th Marketing Derby Food & Drink Awards have been revealed! Let's take a look at who's lucky enough to be in the running to be crowned the city's finest...

Restaurant of the Year
The Palfrey
Lotus Indian Kitchen
The Wonky Table

Best café
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
The Squashed Tomato
Derby QUAD Café

Excellence in Customer Service
Remember this award is voted for by YOU, via the Derby Telegraph
Milk & Honey Deli
Katherine's Gift & Coffee Bar
Elements Tea & Coffee House
The Exeter Arms
Lisa Jean at Bennetts
Kava Coffee Bar

Best bar
The Orange Tree
The Palfrey
Suds and Soda

Best pub
The Bell & Castle
The Blessington Carriage
The Dog & Moon

Most family friendly
The Coffee House at Derby Museums
Bluebell Dairy cafe

Best newcomer
Annie's Burger Shack
The Creaky Floorboard
Elements Tea & Coffee House

Best international
La Pizza
Annie's Burger Shack

Best out of town - the competition was so high, we have four finalists in this category!
Cock Inn at Mugginton
Vegan Revelation
Amalfi White
The Shed at Hilton

Congratulations to this year's finalists!

The winners will be announced at the Roundhouse on the 7th October at an exciting ceremony with guest speakers, food and drink stalls (The Market Place) and more!

Everyone is invited to the awards ceremony, so if you would like to attend simply register here


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


Outstanding achievement award for The Palfrey


Bondholder The Palfrey won the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ Award at Marketing Derby’s Food and Drink Awards a day after re-opening its doors to the public since a fire devastated the award-winning bar.

Only weeks after winning Best Bar at last year’s Food and Drink Awards, a fire ripped through the building of The Palfrey causing extensive damage resulting in them having to close the premises.

This was a devastating time for the mother and daughter owners Sharon and Amie Marlow, but despite the tragedy they have worked tirelessly to re-build the bar and keep the business going in alternative venues.

It first opened an outlet at The Post House on Victoria Street - which hosts several restaurants and bars in one building - and more recently it has set up serving food at the Queenies Tea Room near Quarndon.

After nearly a year of refurbishment our winner re-opened its doors to the public on Sunday 7th October and will be hosting a party weekend on 12th and 13th October to celebrate its re-opening.

John Forkin, Managing Director of Marketing Derby, said: “The resilience shown by the duo has been amazing. They have overcome so much and this award recognises how hard they have worked to keep the name of their business alive.”

Talking about the award Sharon and Amie said: “It is an honour to receive this amazing award, we are overwhelmed and delighted.

“Opening The Palfrey was our dream and it was shattered when the fire occurred. Giving up was never an option as we didn’t want to let go of our dream. We want to thank our great staff and loyal customers who have stuck with us through these difficult times. We look forward to celebrating with them next weekend!”

New Home for The Palfrey

Bondholder, and winner of Best Bar at the Marketing Derby Food and Drink Awards 2017, The Palfrey has reopened in a temporary new home at The Post House, in the Cathedral Quarter.

This comes weeks after its premises in Blacksmith’s Yard suffered extensive damage following a fire.

 Amie Marlow, Co-Owner of The Palfrey, said: We are feeling really excited about coming back. While we refurb the Palfrey, we want to keep the name alive for our customers so they know we have something in the pipeline.

“It was funny how it all started out. The Post House recently put on Facebook that they had filled the one vacant unit available and we were saying at the time that would have been perfect for us.

“But a couple of days afterwards The Post House put on Facebook that the place that filled the vacant unit had pulled out so it was like fate for us. We then got in touch with The Post House and it all stemmed from there. It’s a six-month agreement we have with them."

Virtual Derby

Bondholder Mixed Realities is recreating Derby in virtual reality, including Bondholders The Roundhouse and The Palfrey

Mixed Realities' cutting-edge technology allows people to explore Derby's landmarks without leaving the comfort of their home. 

Joe Clark, Creative Director, said: "Our ambition for the project is to promote the amazing venues and spaces within Derby in a new and exciting way."

Bondholder Derby College, which occupies the Roundhouse, commissioned Mixed Realities to produce the 3D environment to help promote it as a modern leisure and business tourism destination.

Laura Wilkinson, event planner at the college's Roundhouse Events arm, said: "The work was done overnight when the Roundhouse is at its quietest and most atmospheric. The results are stunning and we were delighted that this iconic building has taken centre stage in such an innovative project."

Scott Straughan, Technical Director, said: "There were many challenges associated with creating a 3D Virtual scan of such a large space, everything from its complex structure, the lighting required, to the intense level of detail in the floor itself all presented their own technological difficulties.

"Despite being a young company we have been able to overcome these challenges and hopefully have given Derby College and the city of Derby a new and innovative way to explore the building."

The Roundhouse was renovated by Bondholder Bowmer and Kirkland as part of a major restoration programme designed by fellow Bondholder Maber Architects.

Bowmer and Kirkland chairman John Kirkland said it was fitting the Roundhouse should be the first building in Derby to be recorded as part of the 3D Derby Project.

He said: "It is a landmark building and a piece of history which we had the honour to restore and renovate. To see it in 3D gives it a whole new perspective and reveals it in all its glory."

Maber Associate Director Steve Basran added: "We have been absolutely delighted with Mixed Realities' 'nothing is too much trouble' approach to creating a VR simulation of The Roundhouse.

"The Roundhouse scheme is one of Maber's most prestigious accomplishments in Derby and the practice has worked hard to find the right partner to collaborate with to unearth the deep history that lies behind the scenes.

"The VR package will help us gain a better understanding of the structure and become a vital tool for any future work at the Roundhouse."

Richard Shaw, Business Development Director at Mixed Realities, said the virtual reality tours can be accessed via the company's website.

He said: "Derby has an enviable cultural heritage, a large influence during the Industrial Revolution, and is home to some of the brightest companies in the world."

"The 3D Derby Project further demonstrates the desire and passion to showcase what is truly great about Derby."