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This is taken from the Derby Evening Telegraph on Friday 26th September –

“RATHER than dishing up fine cuisine, celebrity chef Brian Turner was last night dishing out at the county’s top food awards.
Chefs and owners of the finest eateries gathered at Thornbridge Hall, in Ashford-in-the-Water, for the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards”.

Organised by Derbyshire County Council, the evening was hosted by East Midlands Today TV presenter Dominic Heale and county council chairwoman Joyce Sanders helped present the gongs. Judges visited each shortlisted establishment anonymously to try the food, and also marked entrants on their use of local produce and the quality of service. Winner of Restaurant of the Year last night was Fischer’s of Baslow Hall.

Earlier this year, it became one of only two restaurants in the county to feature in the national Good Food Guide 2008 – reaching 25th place. There to collect the award last night were general manager John Cooper and head chef Rupert Rowley”

We are delighted to have won this prestigious award and thank everyone involved for a wonderful evening.  The organisation  of these awards was second to none and the evening a fine culmination on what must have been many months of planning and hard work.