Competition – tickle those tastebuds with a festive foodie treat

With Christmas around the corner and to celebrate the launch of my new blog (check out the Facebook page here), I have a few special treats in store. I am running a competition perfect for foodies and those who appreciate a good tipple. Prizes up for grabs include a three course meal at Turtle Bay ...

Derby Food and Drink Awards 2016 celebration at Roundhouse

Derby’s food and drink industry descended on The Roundhouse yesterday to celebrate the Eighth Annual Derby Food and Drink Awards. The evening highlighted Derby’s finest restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes, in categories including Best Newcomer, Best Out of Town, and the highly prestigious Restaurant of the Year. The award ceremony, organised by Marketing Derby in ...

Recipe: Butter chicken (murgh makhani)

Hi all, I hope you’re enjoying the positively autumnal weather. As the nights draw in, I find myself craving hearty wholesome fayre. Curries usually feature in my top ten dishes of all time, but the rankings are higher for thick, creamy curries during the cooler months. A book which I’m finding chock-full of simple, delicious recipes ...

Cosmo’s alternative Christmas menu impresses

It may feel a little jarring thinking about Christmas when it feels positively tropical outside. Christmas Day is actually less than 86 days away (sorry to freak you out), which is why I have zero qualms of bringing up the C word on a balmy Friday afternoon. I was lucky to check out the alternative Christmas ...

Recipe: John West Creations – tuna with wild rice, Indian style lentils

Last week, Immediate Insiders sent me a John West Creations product to review. What’s great about this trial (run in association with the Immediate Insiders Panel across Good Food, delicious and Olive) is that opinion at grassroots level is canvassed, to raise brand awareness and gauge popularity of the product. I received a pack of ...

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 ...

Fresh, new Perkins Bar & Bistro opens doors

Nottingham is one of my favourite places in the UK. I am always excited to see its dining scene expand, which is why I am so very pleased to hear about Perkins. One of Nottingham’s most established eating destinations has joined the Perkins Family’s other eateries in reflecting ‘a new, fresh outlook’ after Perkins Bar & ...

Q&A: Asad Moghal, organiser of Derby Food and Drink Awards

Writing about food and this great industry is one of my passions, which is why I'm in the middle of compiling a feature on food award ceremonies. In the meantime, and sticking with this theme, I bring you an exciting Q&A with Asad Moghal, the Inward Investment and PR Officer for Marketing Derby. Asad has been ...

Restaurant Review: MEXIco Restaurant, Intu Derby

From Frida Kahlo to Guillermo del Toro, I have an innate appreciation for all things Mexican. The opening of MEXIco Restaurant, a new Mexican restaurant in Derby simply added fuel to el fuego (sorry I’ve come over all Mexican). The launch party last month was a massive success (see my original article here), which is why I ...

Restaurant Review: The Kedleston Country House, Derby

The sun was shining and I was in high spirits when I popped in to review The Kedleston Country House in Derby. Set in an impressive estate, the boutique hotel and restaurant replete with stunning Georgian architecture is a short drive from the city centre. Understated elegance is the order of the day, as you take ...