Derby’s Cathedral Quarter is today celebrating the success of its venues in the annual Derby Food and Drink Awards.
Bars, cafés and restaurants in the Cathedral Quarter were finalists in six out of the eight categories announced last night (Monday October 20) and three of the top awards went to Cathedral Quarter venues.
It was a clean sweep for Cathedral Quarter businesses in the Best Café category. Bean Caffe at Friar Gate Studios was declared the winner with Book Café in the Quarter in Corn Market and Coffee House at the Museum and Art Gallery in The Strand as finalists.
Cathedral Quarter businesses also took all three awards in the Best Newcomer category with Iberico in Bold Lane being declared as winners,closely followed by Blacksmith’s Loft in Sadler Gate and The Silk Mill Ale and Cider House in Full Street.
Spice Lounge in Friar Gate won Best International restaurant with Lorentes Tapas also in Friar Gate named as a finalist.
Best Bar finalists were newcomers Blacksmith’s Lounge in Sadler Gate and Bar 16 at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel. And Restaurant of the Year finalists were Restaurant Zest in George Street and Opulence at Cathedral Quarter Hotel.
Finally, Jack Rabbits were named as finalists in the Best Customer Service Award.
Martin Langsdale, chair of the Cathedral Quarter Management Group which drives forward activities under the area’s Business Improvement District (BID) status, said: “Cathedral Quarter businesses continue to be hugely successful in the Derby Food and Drink Awards.
“It shows that this area’s reputation as the city’s destination of choice to eat and drink both during the day and in the evening is well deserved.
“The clean sweep in the Best Newcomer category was particularly welcome as it clearly shows that new independent and national chains continue to recognise the opportunities for expanding into the Cathedral Quarter.
“This ensures that the offer here continues to appeal to a wide age range – contributing to Derby’s status as a Purple Flag city with a diverse, welcoming and safe early evening economy.”
For more information about all the businesses in the Cathedral Quarter,please visit www.derbycathedralquarter.co.uk; like the Facebook page cathedralquarterderby and follow on Twitter @DerbyCQ, trending #CQXmas