RESTAURANT REVIEW: GUSTO, WEST BRIDGFORD NOTTINGHAM

*Review by invite, food and drink complimentary*  Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, yet summer’s lease hath all too short a date. I have never started off a review quoting Shakespeare – I guess there is a first time ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: BARESCA, NOTTINGHAM

Weekends are for writing, indulging in good food, reading and chilling out with loved ones. The sun was out in a cloudless sky, and the weather was set for a tapas review, and so it was, that I found myself heading to Baresca Nottingham to check out the food a year on. Nestled on Byard Lane ...

EATERY REVIEW: LAS IGUANAS, DERBY

With temperatures set to soar over the coming week just in time for the nice long bank holiday weekend, you’re probably on the lookout for a good eatery. You know, the sort of place where you can lounge at leisure whilst tucking into an al fresco supper. Look no further than Las Iguanas Derby, whose new ...

REVIEW: BRUNCH, GUSTO, WEST BRIDGFORD, NOTTINGHAM

*Review by invite, food and drink complimentary*  I first became aware of the term 'brunch' around a decade ago. It has in reality been in existence since the late 19th century when a British writer dude called Guy Beringer first alluded to the word 'brunch' in his 1895 essay. A portmanteau of 'lunch' and 'brunch' might ...

REVIEW: AFTERNOON TEA, SWATCH BAR AND LOUNGE, CROWNE PLAZA, NOTTINGHAM

*Review by invite, food and drink complimentary* What do you do when you fancy a treat? When I’m in the depths of despair (a pronounced feeling of late as I plot my third novel – why aren’t my characters behaving?), I take myself off to afternoon tea. There is something so thoroughly comforting and special about the ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: GUSTO, WEST BRIDGFORD, NOTTINGHAM

*Review by invite, food and drink complimentary* When was the last time you leapt for joy? It could be a physical, or metaphorical uptick in emotion. The last time my heart did a little skippity-do-dah was when I discovered that Gusto was opening a new restaurant in Nottingham. Having dined at all eight of their eateries in ...

REVIEW : NICO’S RESTAURANT, DERBY

How do you feel when you visit old haunts from when you were a student? I always feel a wave of nostalgia wash over me when I think of those halcyon university days. My first halls of residence was at Nunnery Court, and I hadn’t realised it at the time, but a few doors down ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: SLUG & LETTUCE, DERBY 

*Review by invite* With a mini Beast of the East expected this weekend, you’ll want to know about hearty fare including a really, really good pie in Derby. It just happened to be at the recently relaunched Slug & Lettuce Derby, which has undergone a £320K refurbishment courtesy of parent company Stonegate Pubs. From a change in ...

EATERY REVIEW: THE YARD, DERBY 

*Review by invite* Are you a person who likes surprises? I'm not a fan. I'm a Leo and it takes me a while to adapt, but if it's a nice, albeit unexpected occurence, I guess that would be OK. According to a study*, the brain's pleasure centres are more "turned on" when we experience unpredictable pleasant things, ...

EATERY REVIEW: LITTLEOVER LODGE BAR & DINING, DERBY

*Review by invite* As The Beast from the East curls its icy fingers around the country, you may be craving special food as a treat that you made it into work without ignominiously slipping on the frosty ground, or calling in sick. With temperatures dipping to -8°C, now is the time to give yourself a pat on ...