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 ...

Food Review: Pitcher & Piano, Friargate, Derby

I’m generally a chirpy soul and have the energy levels to rival a bouncy Tigger. On the odd occasion when I can’t make sense of the world (Donald Trump, terrorism, black pudding, bad manners) a pick-me-up in the form of good food goes down really well. I found myself at Pitcher and Piano earlier this week ...

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 & ...

Coffee + Cruffin @Muffin Break, Derby (Intu) = heaven

Hi all,  I hope you're enjoying the positively scrumptious weather. OK you know what I'm like about good coffee, right? (Elixir, it's ELIXIR I tell you!). I have the innate desire to shout out about good coffee, which is why I just had to hop on to tell y0u about a good coffee place in town. It's no secret that I prefer independent coffee shops and ...

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 ...

Restaurant Review: Ibérico World Tapas Derby

You know when you find a restaurant review from last year, which you wrote up, but somehow forgot to publish? That. Ladies and gentlemen, please find as follows a lovely restaurant review that I discovered during house-keeping. Please note, this was from last year. I will be reviewing Ibérico World Tapas Derby again imminently, so expect ...

Restaurant Review: Stones Restaurant, Matlock, Derbyshire

What do Jason Statham, Timothy Dalton and Stones Restaurant have in common? They all have connections to Derbyshire. Whilst the likelihood was slim of seeing our Jay or Tim mooching around Derbyshire, I was looking forward to visiting Stones Restaurant nestled slap bang in the centre of the sleepy market town of Matlock. The restaurant is ...

Launch Night: Cosy Club, Derby

Derby is a cool city whose food scene is expanding at a steady rate. The Cosy Club is the newest kid on the foodie block to serve tasty dishes to discerning diners in Derby and beyond. The launch on Friday evening saw local businesses, members of the press and Cosy Club enthusiasts patronise the stunning ...