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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...