Restaurant review: Bodega Cantina & Bar, Sadler Gate, Derby

Spring has sprung, and summer seems aaaaaages away. Worry not, as there are quicker (and cheaper) ways to get your tropical fix. Head on over to Derby’s latest kid on the dining block, Bodega Cantina & Bar. Boasting a city centre location and nestled on Sadler Gate (one of my favourite spots in the city), Derby ...

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 ...

UK Sports Champion directs Derby Shakespeare in ‘Allo ‘Allo

A delectable theatrical delight is headed your way in less than two weeks' time. When an international sportsman and UK Champion takes on the role of director in Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company's most unusual production, you know it's a blimming good sign.  Neil Scott has appeared on A Question of Sport and A League of Their Own and ...

Derby Cathedral Quarter Clinches Great British High Street Title

Take a stroll down your high street – can you name five shops without trusty Google? The high street, much like a loyal Labrador is always just there. If you don’t know about one of the latest openings (come on! Dr. Martens opened over eight months ago), then there’s a pretty good chance you’re taking ...

Q&A: Lisa Bridge, Founder of Oliver’s, Friar Gate, Derby

People often ask me, where the best place is to get a coffee in town. I can name five key hotspots and Oliver's has just leapfrogged onto this list. Oliver's is a café, take-away and is also newly accommodating eat-in diners. They have just celebrated their first birthday, and to spread the joy, they're giving the ...

Ballerinas En Pointe with The Nutcracker at Chatsworth

The Nutcracker was joined by Clara, The Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen ballerinas at Chatsworth for the opening of The Nutcracker themed festive season, which opened this weekend and is running until 3 January 2017. Attracting more than 100,000 visitors during the festive season, Christmas at Chatsworth has become one of the must do events ...

Taste of The Kedleston Food and Wine Event (22nd November 2016)

I love food and drink events, especially in lovely surroundings. I’m excited to announce that The Kedleston Country House is hosting their inaugural wine and food event on Tuesday 22nd November. I have dined here before, see my original review here. Developed by the talented new Head Chef Joe Wood, the night will feature a delicious ...

Vegan menu review: Las Iguanas, Friar Gate, Derby

It’s the first week of Vegan Month, how are you all doing? I’ve been checking out more vegan offerings, see my original post here about veganism and why I think it’s a worthwhile movement to contemplate. Veganism may sound extreme, but it really isn’t. It’s all about forward planning and doing your research on where ...

Veganism – what’s the big deal?

What do Thandie Newton, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, Stevie Wonder and Sia have in common? Apart from being a motley crew, they’re all vegan. People “go vegan” for a number of reasons ranging from dietary to ethical beliefs. The actual definition of veganism from The Vegan Society website states that veganism is: “A philosophy and way ...

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 ...