Bodega Cantina brings a carnival of South American flavours to Derby

A taste of South America is coming to Derby very soon when independent restaurant and bar operator, Bitters n' Twisted Venues, opens its fourth Bodega Cantina in Sadler Gate following a £150,000 investment. Bodega Cantina, set to open in March, is a South American themed bar and restaurant serving a range of dishes from street food favourites such ...

The Tim Bacon Foundation Launches

A new charitable foundation has been established in the name of the late Tim Bacon, restaurateur and founder of Living Ventures.  It is to recognise his achievements and continue his legacy, echoing his legendary generosity of spirit. The Tim Bacon Foundation will support charities in the fight against cancer in all its painful and hurtful guises. ...

Q&A: Chris Zaremba, Fitness Guru, Fitness over Fifty – part 5 finale

Here is the final part in the series of a Q&A with Chris Zaremba, founder of Fitness over Fifty. He is a top fitness professional who first took up fitness when he was obese and under doctor’s orders at age 50. Now, ten years on, now he has lost a third of his bodyweight in ...

Bundobust delights Mancunians with Michelin recommended Indian street food

Don't you just love catchy names? The latest cool cat on the Manchester restaurant scene is Bundobust at 61 Piccadilly. Building on the success of their first Leeds branch which opened in 2014, the unique, fast-casual restaurant opened its doors to excited foodies on 14 December. Bundobust is a place which ticks many boxes. Specialising in Indian street food? ...

Pub review: Cock & Hoop, Nottingham

Have you made any new year’s resolutions? If one of them is to eat more good food, then read on. It was on a wintry afternoon that I made my way into Nottingham for my last review of the year – location, Cock & Hoop pub, High Pavement. I’ll be honest. It’s not an area ...

Q&A: Chris Zaremba, Fitness Guru, Fitness over Fifty – part 4

Here is the fourth part in the series of a Q&A with Chris Zaremba, founder of Fitness over Fifty. He is a top fitness professional who first took up fitness when he was obese and under doctor’s orders at age 50. Now, ten years on, now he has lost a third of his bodyweight in ...

The Rum Festival brings Caribbean sunshine to Nottingham in February 2017

If you’re anything like me, you’ll already be filling up your diary with exciting events in 2017. If you love rum (I use it in cooking and in cocktails), then this will be music to your ears. The UK’s first travelling Rum Festival kicks off its 2017 tour in Nottingham, bringing you rum, cocktails, food, ...

Nottingham Winter Wonderland 2016 – photo diary

Hey there, happy Boxing Day! As the year winds down to a close, it's still OK to revel in festivities and stay in the Christmas spirit. I visited Nottingham's Winter Wonderland last week and loved it, have you been? The crowds were chocca in the evenings, when twinkly lights were at their dazzling best. This post is a departure ...

Q&A: Head Chef Josh Donachie, Lake Country House Hotel, Powys

If you’re bored of the banal  Boxing Day TV offerings, read on. I love chatting to people who have a real passion for food, which is why interviewing Josh Donachie was a dream. I spoke to him earlier this year (see original interview here), but a lot can happen in seven months, which is why ...

Christmas menu review: Masquerade Ball, Derby Museums, Silk Mill

Have you ever been to a masquerade ball? There’s something about getting glammed up, slipping into a posh frock and clutching a mask that feels just so darn festive. I was cordially invited by Derby Museums to attend their Masquerade Ball held at The Silk Mill last night. The meal was cooked by Chef Ralph ...