Tag: East Midlands dining

EATERY REVIEW: THE YARD, DERBY 

EATERY REVIEW: THE YARD, DERBY 

*Review by invite* Are you a person who likes surprises? I’m not a fan. I’m a Leo and it takes me a while to adapt, but if it’s a nice, albeit unexpected occurence, I guess that would be OK. According to a study*, the brain’s pleasure centres are more “turned on” when we experience unpredictable pleasant things, compared to expected…

RESTAURANT REVIEW: ZING VAA, DERBY

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 Vaa numerous times, and…

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

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 us about a typical…

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

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 does this mean? It…

Restaurant Launch: Thaikhun, Intu, Nottingham

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 was in rush hour traffic,…