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 ...

NEW MENU REVIEW: THE FARMHOUSE AT MACKWORTH, DERBY

As a traditional Leo, I am somewhat resistant to change, unless it involves trying out new menus heralding a new season. Plus, I was in the mood for a pizza, and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate National Pizza Day than to partake in cheesy goodness, so off I went to The Farmhouse at ...

EATERY REVIEW: BEAR, DERBY

Have you ever fervently wished for something for aeons, then when said wish comes true, you don't quite know how to express your joy? This was me a few months ago, when I learnt of a new coffee shop that was to open and boasted late evening opening hours. I know of too many good, independent ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: AUSTRALASIA, MANCHESTER

What is the one school subject that you wished you were better at? For me, it was geography (maths should also burn in the inner recesses of hell but more on that fond school memory some other time). I wish I was more ‘with-it’ on the geography front and actually knew what the heck was being ...

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 ...