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It was a night to remember for Derbyshire-based Morley Hayes at the 2017 Food Awards England after its two AA rosette Dovecote Restaurant scooped the titles of Restaurant of the Year - East Midlands and the overall Restaurant of the Year award.



The Dovecote Restaurant went up against a diverse range of restaurants from across the East Midlands to win the regional Restaurant of the Year title, before beating off the challenge from the seven other regional winners to be crowned the national Restaurant of the Year at the award ceremony, which took place at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel.

The Food Awards England celebrate and reward the very best in the English food sector. Based on a public vote, the awards commend the talented individuals and businesses dedicated to constantly delivering high-quality dishes, produce and supplies to ensure impeccable service to their customers.

Now in their fourth year, they seek to distinguish and show appreciation to those establishments and professionals in the food industry that serve the best dishes and help explore new flavours and cuisines from different cultures. They also shine the spotlight on local producers who provide their delicious ingredients.

The Restaurant of the Year award recognises establishments that provide cuisine of a truly exceptional standard, as well as demonstrating innovation, ambience and a high standard of service and hospitality.

Commenting on winning these two prestigious awards, Andrew Allsop, managing director of Morley Hayes, said:

“Winning the regional award is an incredible achievement in itself as we were up against some really fantastic restaurants, but to then go on and scoop the national title is really gratifying and testament to the hard work and dedication of the whole team.

“The Dovecote Restaurant has received many awards and accolades over the years, but to win two awards which are voted for by the public really is the icing on the cake for us.”

Irfan Younis, CEO of organisers Creative Oceanic, said:

“We are honoured and delighted to have such great finalists and winners representing the English food industry and enhancing its reputation nationally and internationally.

“These were the fourth annual Food Awards England. They are a true reflection of the talent in the country and we want to make sure that the hard work and determination of English food professionals don’t go unnoticed.

“We were very happy to welcome the guests and celebrate with them. Congratulations to all finalists and winners!”

Other accolades up for grabs on the night included Cafe/Bistro of the Year, Chef of the Year, Cooking School of the Year, and Meat Supplier of the Year.

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