Chatsworth Road’s Blu Bistro & Coffee House has been named as Chesterfield’s Restaurant of the Year at the town’s 2017 Food and Drink Awards.
Judges described Blu as a ‘hidden gem’ which far exceeded their expectations. “From the minute we were greeted to the end of the evening the whole experience was a sheer delight. A truly exciting, gastronomic journey. The cooking techniques were outstanding, as were the combinations of flavours.”
It was a successful night for many of Chatsworth Road’s businesses and S40 Local advertisers. Bottle & Thyme, who opened their doors in December last year, celebrated its first year in business with a double award win on the night, scooping the titles of Best Newcomer and Best Customer Service.
Celebrity baker and couture cake maker to royalty and the A List, Mich Turner MBE hosted the awards ceremony, held earlier in the year in October at Chesterfield College’s Heart Space Building.
Organiser of the awards Dominic Stevens, Destination Chesterfield Manager, said: “Once again the Food and Drink Awards were a runaway success with more new names appearing in the winners roll alongside established names. This is a reflection of how the town’s food and drink scene is both growing and evolving, catering for everyone’s tastes, and mirroring the development of Chesterfield as a whole.”
All the winners and awards are listed as shown.
Blu Bistro & Coffee House
Sponsors Chesterfield Borough Council
Adam Warwick, Head Chef at Blu Bistro & Coffee House (below): “We’ve been nominated four years running so to finally win is incredible. Teamwork is the key. Everything we do, all 15 of us, we do toge
ther. We work as a team and it’s paid off… finally.”
The Lilypad Café and Restaurant
Café and Tea Room
by Custom Solar
Emily Chapman, owner of The Lilypad Café and Restaurant, said: “It’s amazing to win. It feels incredible – especially after winning Best Newcomer of the Year in 2016. Never being boring and keeping ahead is the key to success.”
The Market Pub
Sponsors Banner Jones Solicitors
Michael Walker, Owner of Junction Bar (mid right), said: “It’s an amazing achievement ahead of our first birthday in November. Chatsworth Road is on the up and we wanted to introduce a premium bar alongside the real ale offering in the area and it is working well.”
Bottle & Thyme
Chesterfield’s Best Newcomer
Sponsors BHP Chartered Accountants
Best Customer Service
Sponsors East Midlands Chamber
Gavin Grainger (top left), joint owner of Bottle & Thyme, said: “It’s a small, family run business; even our parents are involved. Our focus is on creating a positive, happy environment. We hope we’ve brought something different to Chesterfield’s nightlife. We want to appeal to to a range of ages with our cocktails and live music.”
Stones Restaurant, Matlock
Best Out of Town
Sponsors Shorts Chartered Accountants
Chesterfield Food Producer
Presented by The Chesterfield College Group
Teresa Lambarelli (mid left), owner said: “It’s fantastic to have a hat trick of wins. Started by my father more than 40 years ago, we were the first pizzeria in Chesterfield. We make and supply pasta sauces throughout the UK and have just opened a pasta and prosecco bar on Chatsworth Road. I have loyal customers and a great team – I wouldn’t be here without them all.”
Sponsors The Parish Church of St. Mary and All Saints
Sponsors MSE Hiller
Chesters Restaurant and Takeaway
Sponsors Jumble Creative Design
Conference and Banqueting
Sponsors Mitchells Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
Adam Yeomans, Casa (top right) said: “I am delighted to win the award. Most of the success comes from behind the scenes and being attentive to the guests.”
College Chesterfield College
Sponsors Casa Hotel
Other supporters include the Derbyshire Times, Peak FM, Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, City Taxis, Owen Taylor & Sons, ra Information Systems, Franklin and Sons Ltd, Addooco, Steve Faulkner and Reflections.
Words: Paul Chapman
Photography: Destination Chesterfield