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 ...

Restaurant review: Okra Restaurant, Friargate, Derby

I’m hooked on the Great British Menu where I’m seeing variations of curry appear on menus from all regions. Curry is now a de facto firm British favourite, ranking high on top favourite cuisines in the UK. According to one survey, over 23 million people eat curry regularly* and I can only envisage this number ...

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 ...

Restaurant review: Pitcher and Piano, Friargate, Derby

Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens may have been a few of Julie Andrews’ favourite things. If she’d been looking for a pub on Friargate. Pitcher and Piano Derby would definitely have made her favourite list. I frequent Pitcher, as it’s fondly known amongst locals, a fair bit. ...

A warm Derby welcome to bb’s coffee shop, Intu Derby

I’m a coffee fiend and was surprised, when walking to a part of the Intu Derby I don’t usually frequent, to see a new coffee shop open. The intriguingly titled bb’s looks like a nice place to hang out. We can never have enough of coffee shops. Of course I have my favourites. I prefer independents over franchises (Vapey ...

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 ...