EATERY REVIEW: THE LODGE BAR & DINING, LITTLEOVER, DERBY

*Review by invite* I have dined at Littleover Lodge Bar & Dining plenty of times before. I have reviewed it, and written about the Head Chef (see original Q&A feature here). This time felt different. And I’ll tell you why in a minute. Firstly, more about Littleover. It’s a village under three miles away from Derby city centre. ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY, MANCHESTER

Does a name ever intrigue you, to hasten you into action? When BlackHouse popped up on my radar (doesn’t it sound positively Dickensian?), I knew I just had to hop along to discover more about the brand’s range of eateries. And so it was that I found myself ambling down an alleyway, wondering if I had taken ...

REVIEW: AFTERNOON TEA, GRAND PACIFIC, MANCHESTER

When afternoon tea is described as “the deliciously delectable favourite done the Grand Pacific Way, served with a side of chitchat,” it’s a foregone inevitability that I wouldn’t be able to resist. Now, I adore afternoon tea. The ritual of sipping Darjeeling, nibbling on luscious pastries whilst holding intelligent conversation (was Proust really ahead of his ...

FOOD REVIEW: NEIGHBOURHOOD PIZZERIA & DELICATTESEN, NOTTINGHAM

Raucous laughter, rowdy environ, ordinary food. I consider these the holy trinity of Bring-Your-Own-Bottle (BYOB) establishments. Precious little surprises me these days – May is still PM after that wheat-runner gaffe and drubbing in the elections, and Trump seriously thought Kushner could solve the Middle Eastern crisis. Back to my surprise – I couldn’t wait to check out ...

NEW MENU LAUNCH: YO! SUSHI, DERBY

As spring has finally sprung, we’re officially into the second warmest season of the year. Although it may not particularly feel clement or warm (come on, it’s freezing and veritable gloves and scarf weather), there’s nothing like a new menu launch to reaffirm the soul. YO! Sushi launched a new menu earlier this week, which I ...

Restaurant review: Bodega Cantina & Bar, Sadler Gate, Derby

Spring has sprung, and summer seems aaaaaages away. Worry not, as there are quicker (and cheaper) ways to get your tropical fix. Head on over to Derby’s latest kid on the dining block, Bodega Cantina & Bar. Boasting a city centre location and nestled on Sadler Gate (one of my favourite spots in the city), Derby ...

Restaurant review: Hispi, Didsbury

Hispi is the third opening from the team behind raved about eateries Sticky Walnut and Burnt Truffle. I won't get into the soap opera saga of the Didsbury-Chorlton-crowd-funder-thing, suffice to say that Hispi has found a pleasant home in Didsbury. Now, I’m always intrigued when a restaurant is named after a particular ingredient. What’s so great about Hispi… ...

Review: Purecraft Bar & Kitchen, Nottingham

Nottingham is now loud and proud as one of the UK’s leading cities on the craft beer scene. Unabashed in its approach – I can name five bars off the top of my head which specialise in craft beer – there is even a week dedicated to craft beer (more on that later). I remain keen to ...

Gastropub review: The Herbert Kilpin, Nottingham (Hop PopUp Week)

What draws you to an eatery? For me, it’s like choosing a book. If I like the look and sound of a place, chances are I’ll probably make a booking sharpish. The Herbert Kilpin, Nottingham boasts a quaint name, which is why within seconds, I had decided I wanted to write about it. I love educating ...

Restaurant review: The Farmhouse at Mackworth, Derby

There is something so very quaint about the word ‘farmhouse’. It evokes country living, and hearty, wholesome fayre. Which is why I was really looking forward to reviewing The Farmhouse at Mackworth. A 15 minute drive from the city centre makes it an excellent, central location with ample parking too. If a building could give you ...