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 ...

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 ...

Q&A: Founders of Le Bistrot Pierre, Rob Beacham and John Whitehead

Whenever anyone asks me about my favourite restaurant, I try not to look too horrified. How can I name just the one? It’s like asking a parent to choose their favourite child. One of the restaurants however, to make my top ten is Le Bistrot Pierre on Friargate, Derby. I have been there before (check out ...

Catching some rays on Wonky Sun Terrace, The Wonky Table, Derby

With a “blink and you’ll miss it” summer, it’s important to seize the day whenever you spot a ray of sunshine. I was privileged to check out The Wonky Sun Terrace, on a particularly clement Sunday evening. This cutesy quaint courtyard can be found towards the back of the restaurant. One of the standout features of ...

Chef Q&A: Elizabeth Hunt

Hi all, in my quest to find more behind the scenes information in the food industry, I caught up with Chef Elizabeth Hunt. She can be found creating dishes guaranteed to make your mouth water (no joke) and her Bavette steak sandwich is one of the best you’ll ever eat. Here is a selection of ...

MEXIco storms into Derby as destination restaurant in East Midlands

What’s the recipe for a great launch party? How about tantalising, authentic Mexican food, delicious cocktails, dash of music, over 100 eager guests, vibrant décor and a buzzing atmosphere! I was thrilled to attend the launch at Intu Derby, on Thursday 30th June, for the official opening of MEXIco, the new restaurant that offers diners a ...

Restaurant Review: Ibérico World Tapas Derby

You know when you find a restaurant review from last year, which you wrote up, but somehow forgot to publish? That. Ladies and gentlemen, please find as follows a lovely restaurant review that I discovered during house-keeping. Please note, this was from last year. I will be reviewing Ibérico World Tapas Derby again imminently, so expect ...

Deliveroo £10 minimum spend has hungry foodies in mind

Hi all, I hope Hump Day isn’t leaving you too much under the weather. The weather’s been erratic these past few weeks, and when it gets like that, all I want to do is just hibernate indoors. You, know that zen state where you don’t want to move from the couch, let alone venture outdoors? ...

GastroPub Review: The Joiners Arms, Quarndon Derby

What are bank holidays for, but to loll around watching a plethora of vacuous daytime TV interspersed with a trip to your local gastro-pub? I had to satisfy my foodie need to check out a place that has been on my radar since last year, and so it was on Good Friday that I eventually ...

Restaurant Review: Cucina, Derby

I have a love for all things Mediterranean, from the cuddly Antonio Carluccio to itsy bitsy Spanish tapas. Which is why I was really looking forward to dining at Cucina, a quaint Italian restaurant on Green Lane, Derby. Based in the heart of St. Peter’s Quarter, Cucina has been on the Derby eating scene since 2010. ...