TRIED & TESTED HOLIDAY BOX

Tried & Tested is the brainchild of Andrew Mellon, who is researching exciting new food trends for a British TV show in commissioning stage (see here for original post). I was lucky to receive a Holiday Box from the Tried & Tested Team to review. The box came nicely packaged (see featured image) with a range of goodies. I ...

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 ...

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR FOOD PORN AWARDS 2018

The Food Porn Awards have now released this year's finalists, after extending its shortlist to the general public to vote for the first time.   The public votes have been counted and the finalists of this year's awards for the best-looking dish in the North are revealed. This year has seen a record number of entries, with ...

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS ACROSS THE MILES

Christmas abroad may include mild tee-shirt weather and be missing the alpine scent and snowy, icy slopes but don't let that deter you from visiting foreign fields and sunnier climes this December (it’s still not too late). Just like us, destinations across the globe are steadily preparing for the festive season; from decorating homes and streets ...

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TRYANUARY CELEBRATES BEER IN JANUARY 2018

I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be a champion for Tryanuary, a nation-wide campaign to encourage support for the beer industry throughout January. I'm supporting the Derby and Nottingham regions, so if you're a local brewer and would like a shout-out in January 2018, do let me know. I'm in the middle of looking ...

SOBA DERBY HOSTS COCKTAIL MASTERCLASS

Formerly known as Lola Lo, the old Post Office’s latest avatar is the hip, cosmopolitan Bar Soba. It is the brand’s sixth opening, and I was invited to a Cocktail Masterclass Evening with a sneak peek at the menu last night. Spirits were high (sorry couldn’t resist) as myself and a bunch of cool foodies ...

THE SCHOOL OF ARTISAN FOOD MAKES RURAL OSCAR SHORTLIST

The School of Artisan Food has been shortlisted for a 'Rural Oscar' in the Countryside Alliance awards held to celebrate British food and farming. Now in its 13th year, the 'Rural Oscars' have become the definitive rural business award to win. The awards received more than 11,000 nominations this year from members of the public. The School ...

LAKESIDE TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO LUXURY RESTAURANT AND EVENT VENUE

A group of East Midlands entrepreneurs, led by hospitality and leisure consultant David Waycot, have acquired the Lakeside in Nottingham, with the prime objective of creating a five star luxury venue. The Grade ll listed former Victorian Pumping Station is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment programme, with phase one expected to be completed and ready ...

CAFÉ PATIO 44, MARKET PLACE, BOLTON

I was visiting family up north when I was lamenting the dearth of independent coffee shops in Bolton whilst my mother listened patiently.  "We have a new café in town", she said eagerly. I was expecting another café that costa lotta (star) bucks, but no, imagine my surprise when we went into an actual indie coffee shop. Nestled in the corner ...