Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2010-2011, Aspire, Leeds

PUBLISHED: 11:37 22 October 2010 | UPDATED: 18:03 20 February 2013

Yorkshire Life Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year - Le Langhe, York - Heidi Wilson and and Helen Hayes-Wynne

Yorkshire Life Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year - Le Langhe, York - Heidi Wilson and and Helen Hayes-Wynne

We raise our glass to the best of the best in the Yorkshire food, drink and hospitality industry. Jo Haywood reports Photographs by Andy Bulmer and Graham Lindley

It was a double whammy celebration for The Devonshire Arms at our Food & Drink Awards 2010-2011 as the luxury North Yorkshire country hotel picked up not one but two prestigious titles.

It scooped Hotel of the Year and Restaurant of the Year for the Burlington, one of its two highly acclaimed dining spaces.

And it was in good company, with 11 further awards winging their way around the county to the likes of the Orchid in Harrogate (International Restaurant of the Year); James Mackenzie at the Pipe & Glass in South Dalton (Chef of the Year); the Black Swan at Oldstead (Dining Pub of the Year); and Le Langhe in York (Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year).

Photographs by Andy Bulmer and Graham Lindley

The judging panel

Annie Stirk, our food and drink consultant, once again led the judges for the 2010-2011 Food & Drink Awards. She was joined this year by:

Stephanie Moon, an award-winning chef, former executive chef at Rudding Park, Harrogate, and an avid supported of the use of local produce.

John Moorhouse, a director of Hallgarten Druitt wine merchants, who has a great passion for Yorkshire food.

Jill Turton, food writer, reviewer and successful author.

Richard Smith, a successful restaurateur and previous winner of our Special Award for his outstanding contribution to the Yorkshire food scene.

Robert Ramsden, a passionate chef and promoter of local produce with Delifresh in Bradford.

Adrian Cooling, one of South Yorkshires leading restaurateurs and a great supporter of the county as a food and hospitality destination.

David Brooks, a long time member of the hospitality industry and general manager of the Dean Court Hotel in York.

Menu and wine notes

Our nominees joined us for a champagne reception and a four-course dinner at Aspire in Leeds. Housed in an imposing and opulent 19th century building, honoured with a blue heritage plaque, it is now one of the citys premier events venues.


Smoked haddock and saffron potato terrine with baby watercress and horseradish cream

Salad of caramelised fennel, fig and goats curd with pomegranate vinaigrette

Roast rump of local lamb with pea and mint puree and a fondant potato

Yorkshire blue and field mushroom Wellington with tomato fondue

Toffee apple steamed pudding with an apple crisp mille feuille and mascarpone

Cheese board of Bluemin White, Wensleydale Jervaulx Blue and Swaledale Old Peculiar

With thanks to True Foods, Yorkshire Dales Meat, Just Puds, Waitrose and Coopers Coffee and Hallgarten Druitt for Moutard magnums of champagne given to all our winners. All our winners and highly commended contenders take home a Villeroy & Boch commorative plate.

Prosecco di Conegliano DOC Carpene Malvolti, Veneto, Italy: a very fine and fruity bouquet.
Costa di Nugola Nuvilla Vermentino IGT Toscana, Italy: a rich, lingering bouquet with a hint of apple, pear, peach, apricot and Mediterranean scrub.

Remole Toscana IGT Sangiovese, Frescobaldi, Italy: cherries and strawberries with a hint of spice, black pepper and aromatic herbs.

All wines supplied by Hallgarten Druitt.

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