RESTAURANT REVIEW: ZING VAA, DERBY

  Popping out for a nice spot of lunch always puts a spring in my step, especially if the restaurant is five minutes down the road. Think about the time that one wastes in traffic and parking, when you can be writing or drinking coffee or chillaxing with The Punisher on Netflix. I have dined at Zing ...

Derby’s Food and Drink Awards 2016 Finalists Announced

Ladies and gents, it’s that time of year again. The Derby Food and Drink Awards are around the corner, and with over 2,200 nominations received from the public, Marketing Derby are pleased to announce the finalists of the eighth annual awards ceremony. The finalists were shortlisted from the quality and content of the public nominations, as ...

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 ...

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 ...

Good news for Le Bistrot Pierre foodie fans: Livingbridge says ‘Bonjour’ to acclaimed independent restaurant group

Hi all, how are you doing? I hope you’re all enjoying the festive season. And foodies certainly have a reason to be jolly (no, it’s not that Cava working its magic). Le Bistrot Pierre, the independent restaurant group which has a restaurant in Derby (see my review here), has received a £9.8 million investment. What exactly ...

Restaurant Launch: Thaikhun, Intu, Nottingham

Hi all, how are you doing? There’s nothing like a good old restaurant launch to blow those mid-week blues away. I was expecting foodie treats galore and the soft launch of Thaikhun didn’t disappoint. I hopped along on the Red Arrow from Derby and was inside the Intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham within 30 minutes. This ...