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 ...

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, ...