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 ...

Pub review: Cock & Hoop, Nottingham

Have you made any new year’s resolutions? If one of them is to eat more good food, then read on. It was on a wintry afternoon that I made my way into Nottingham for my last review of the year – location, Cock & Hoop pub, High Pavement. I’ll be honest. It’s not an area ...

Restaurant review: Turtle Bay, Derby

Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? If you’re nodding in smug satisfaction – well done you. If my question drove an icy finger of dread through your heart as you think of braving the crowds for your last minute Christmas shopping, fear not. I can’t offer you magic potions, lotions, or condiments to have your ...

Restaurant review: Red Dog Saloon, Nottingham

Saloons and the wild wild west have always intrigued me. I’ve often wondered how cool it would be time-travel back to the 19th century to see some real gunslingers do fiddly holster spinning tricks. Luckily, I didn’t have to source a pesky time-machine which might you believe, is difficult to come by. When I heard about ...

Restaurant review: Robata Bar & Grill, Resorts World, Birmingham

*For an indulgent lunchtime treat that won’t break the bank, you can get 25% off on High Tea at Robata Bar & Grill from Sunday to Thursday between 2pm and 4pm. Available between 10th November and 24th December. Be sure to book in advance, quoting Christmas High Tea Offer by calling 0121 273 1027.* What do ...

Restaurant review: Okra Restaurant, Friargate, Derby

I’m hooked on the Great British Menu where I’m seeing variations of curry appear on menus from all regions. Curry is now a de facto firm British favourite, ranking high on top favourite cuisines in the UK. According to one survey, over 23 million people eat curry regularly* and I can only envisage this number ...