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 ...

Food industry insider Q&A: Rebecca Johnson, BD Manager, Masa Restaurant & Wine Bar, Derby

In my quest to find out more about the UK's fantastic food industry I interview people front of house and behind the scenes. The latest lady to get grilled (pardon the pun) is Rebecca (or Beck) Johnson. She is the business development manager at Masa Restaurant & Wine Bar, where she helps out with events and wedding meetings. Tell ...

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 ...

Launch Party: Carnero Lounge, Derby

Derby is one very exciting place to be right now. Carnero Lounge is the latest eatery to throw open its pretty doors to the public. Nestled on Peter Street slap bang in Derby city centre, the concept bar and restaurant is already wowing diners and drinkers looking for a place with that something special. The launch ...

Restaurant Review: The Flying Childers Restaurant, Chatsworth House, Bakewell

I love quirky names. I have always been fascinated by Heathcliff, Bathsheba, Joe Gargery and more recently, Pokémon. I just had to find out the reason behind the name of The Flying Childers Restaurant in Chatsworth, the latest eatery to be reviewed on my birthday. Now, this is a story for equine enthusiasts – not quite ...

Restaurant Review: Amalfi White Restaurant, Melbourne, Derbyshire

A special occasion (my birthday) calls for a visit to “some place nice”. I had the family visiting all the way from a far flung isle (well, Bolton actually), and as a self-respecting foodie, the pressure was on to find a lovely place. Being in an experimental, somewhat cavalier mood of late, I was curious ...

Afternoon Tea (High Tea) Review: Lisa Jean, Bennetts Brasserie, Derby

When was the last time you looked forward to something? Last weekend, I popped in to review Lisa Jean’s Brasserie and I was there faster than Farage en route to trigger Article 50. Lisa Jean at Bennetts Brasserie is located on the first floor of Bennetts department store. Much like that magical Narnian wardrobe, the eatery ...

Afternoon Tea Review: Cathedral Quarter Derby

There is a first time for everything. I have never reviewed a restaurant and given it zero on all counts. Until now. I’m passionate about good food. If I find a place that serves delicious food, has great service and makes me feel special, I will most certainly be back for more. I will also shout ...