REVIEW: ALCHEMIST MEDIACITY, MANCHESTER

Storm Brian was due to make an appearance in all his hail and thunderstorm glory. It was a questionable time to leave the cosy confines of my 23°C flat and I therefore had to have a gooood reason to be venturing outdoors. Imperative reasons to leave said flat include fleeing from lost arachnid / lost bee ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: RED CHILLI DERBY

Have you ever experienced something regrettable, but for some reason (convenience? Self-doubt – it wasn’t that bad, was it?), return and do the exact same thing… again? That has been the story of me dining at Red Chilli, Littleover, Derby. I’m a hopeful soul, meaning I tell myself that this time, it has to be better ...

REVIEW: HOFMEISTER HELLES LAGER

*I was sent a case of Hofmeister Helles lager to review – thank you HQ* If you’re a beer lover, then Hofmeister is probably on your radar. Or was on your radar before the beloved 80s brand ceased trading due to declining sales. The beer with the cuddly bear (whose questionable fashion sense endeared him as a ...

WINNERS OF DERBY’S FOOD & DRINK AWARDS 2017

Derby’s food and drink industry descended on The Roundhouse yesterday to celebrate the Ninth Annual Derby Food and Drink Awards. The evening highlighted Derby’s finest restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes, in categories including Best Newcomer, Best Out of Town, and the highly prestigious Restaurant of the Year. The award ceremony, organised by Marketing Derby in ...

REVIEW: FILTHY RICH VEGAN MUFFINS

What is your idea of heaven? Writing, reading, eating cake and sipping coffee is probably my idea of a perfect day. That includes chillaxing with the boyf, but we'll stop right there (efficiently circumventing vomtastic behaviour). I was lucky to review muffins by Filthy Rich Vegan. As the name suggests, they're muffins that just happen to be vegan. I ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: FOX HALE BARNS

You know when you finally get around to trying something and you love it, making you wonder why the heck you didn’t just try it months earlier? It’s like the time I watched The Shining. I’m not a horror film aficionado. I bypassed it for years, then caved, because it’s Stephen King, and he is king ...

SWARKESTONE FOOD & DRINK FAIR (7-8 OCTOBER 2017)

What are you doing this weekend? If you fancy a good-food fix, hop on over to Swarkestone Nursery, where you can explore foodie treats galore. Set in the wonderful family-run garden centre and grounds, Swarkestone Nursery is due to open its doors for their second annual food and drink fair this weekend (Saturday 7 and Sunday ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: THE ROYAL BALTI HOUSE, BOLTON

How do you feel when visiting your home-town? I always feel a swell of affection for Bolton, which is where I was born and raised (gosh I sound like a Warburtons advert). And I am always pleased whenever I discover another reason to visit home. Now, I had heard plenty of positive things about The Royal Balti House, Farnworth, ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: THE PALFREY RESTAURANT, DERBY

As I try to be more flexitarian (yes the term does exist, no I didn’t make it up), I am actively looking at incorporating more vegetables into my diet. What better way to boost my veggie intake, than to dine from a full on vegetarian menu? And so it was that I found myself at The ...