RESTAURANT REVIEW: DOLCE SALATO, DERBY

I had Christmas dinner a few weeks’ ago and feel compelled to hop on and write about it. (I’ve just enough time before Jurassic Park starts, so that’ll be an hour constructively spent.) It was the annual Christmas outing for Derby Book & Cake Club, and the destination was Dolce Salato, Queen Street, Derby. It’s a ...

REVIEW: SQUASHED TOMATO, DERBY

Coffee is an elixir which should be celebrated. Whenever I stumble across a good coffee place, I see it as a public duty to grab my virtual tannoy and shout out about it from the rooftops. When I discovered a café was open on the former site of one of my coffee hangout spots (Baked), ...

CHRISTMAS MENU REVIEW: SLUG & LETTUCE, DERBY

*Invite to review* I love anything to do with Christmas. From twinkly fairy lights (they should be a perennial staple and not just Christmas, oh the things I’d enshrine into law if I were prime minister) to spiced baked goods, it is easy to fall in love with the festive season and make like Will Ferrell’s Elf. If ...

AFTERNOON TEA REVIEW: MANCHESTER HOUSE, MANCHESTER

With less than 14 days to go to the big day (1,209,600 seconds to be precise), you may have done all your Christmas shopping and feel like you deserve a treat. Even if you haven’t even glanced at your Christmas shopping list *guilty cough*, you need a pat on the back for showing up and ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: LOCH FYNE, NOTTINGHAM

Elf, roasted chestnuts, mince pies, mulled wine, turkey. If you’re not a fan of the aforementioned Christmas turkey staple, then stay glued. I love seafood and wish there were more specialist seafood eateries around. As I want to eat less meat and switch over to fish instead, I’m actively looking at more fish recipes and restaurants ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: ZING VAA, DERBY

Popping out for a nice spot of lunch always puts a spring in my step, especially if the restaurant is five minutes down the road. Think about the time that one wastes in traffic and parking, when you can be writing or drinking coffee or chillaxing with The Punisher on Netflix. I have dined at Zing ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: THE WALTON, NOTTINGHAM

I was invited by The Walton to attend its Press Night to toast the arrival of the festive season. It was a select gathering where we had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the newly styled restaurant and rooms. Many thanks to Front of House George and Operations Manager Paul Stafford for the ...

BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH REVIEW: REVOLUCIÓN DE CUBA, DERBY

*Complimentary brunch - thank you Rev de Cuba Derby for the invite* It’s Sunday. You fancy a change from your usual cereal, which is yawn-inducingly boring. And you can’t be bothered to cook. As you stare languidly from that cereal box to your reflection in the mirror, questioning when Sundays became ‘meh’, you have an idea. Brunch. Not just ...

CHRISTMAS MENU REVIEW: TURTLE BAY, DERBY

Oh, the weather outside is frightful… And thus begins the (delightful) onslaught for all things festive. With less than 25 sleeps to go to the big day, and considerably less if you still haven’t decided on your work’s / family Christmas do, then you may want to pay attention now. Turtle Bay have come over all ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: THE BOTANIST, WEST BRIDGFORD, NOTTINGHAM

What makes you choose where to eat out? It might be a new place that you heard about on the radio, or perhaps there was a launch party that you couldn’t get around to. For me, it has a little to do with the branding, background and if I get “the feels” for it. Enter The ...