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A commitment to sourcing high quality local produce and providing first class service has paid off for the team at a leading Derbyshire hotel and restaurant with a first place in the county’s food awards.

The Peacock at Rowsley was awarded the Restaurant of the Year Award in the Derbyshire Food and Drink Awards which are run each year by Derbyshire County Council.

Designed to spotlight the high quality and broad range of local produce available in the county, the awards also act as a showcase for the high standards in the industry across the county.

The Peacock was given pride of place in the restaurant stakes after receiving visits from mystery shoppers who assessed the restaurant and hotel on its quality of food and drink, customer service, the use of local produce and highlighting such produce on the menu.

This title came just months after the hotel received its second rosette from the AA. Ian Mackenzie who manages the hotel with his wife Jenni said: “We have moved from having no rosettes to two in just 15 months which is quite an achievement. We have made a real commitment to source as much local produce as possible and we do believe it is important to highlight this on our menu.”

“Our experience of the hotel and restaurant world combined with the culinary skill of our young chef Matthew Rushton who joined us in August 2003 helped us to achieve the AA rating and now this county award,” Ian added.

The hotel is owned by Lord Edward Manners and his estate, the nearby Haddon Hall, is instrumental in supplying game and venison to the restaurant.

Lord Edward is delighted with this latest success for the hotel as he explains: “Ian and Jenni MacKenzie have worked hard to put The Peacock back on the map since the estate took it back into family ownership from Jarvis Hotels two years ago. The hotel accommodation has gained very favourable reviews since it was restyled by international designer, India Mahdavi. Matthew’s work with other restaurants, including time with Gordon Ramsay, has helped to create an exciting menu and made The Peacock a sought-after restaurant with its two AA rosettes and the county Restaurant of the Year title.”

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27 January 2005

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