Bodega Cantina brings a carnival of South American flavours to Derby

A taste of South America is coming to Derby very soon when independent restaurant and bar operator, Bitters n' Twisted Venues, opens its fourth Bodega Cantina in Sadler Gate following a £150,000 investment. Bodega Cantina, set to open in March, is a South American themed bar and restaurant serving a range of dishes from street food favourites such ...

Restaurant review: Turtle Bay, Derby

Have you done your Christmas shopping yet? If you’re nodding in smug satisfaction – well done you. If my question drove an icy finger of dread through your heart as you think of braving the crowds for your last minute Christmas shopping, fear not. I can’t offer you magic potions, lotions, or condiments to have your ...

Derby Cathedral Quarter Clinches Great British High Street Title

Take a stroll down your high street – can you name five shops without trusty Google? The high street, much like a loyal Labrador is always just there. If you don’t know about one of the latest openings (come on! Dr. Martens opened over eight months ago), then there’s a pretty good chance you’re taking ...

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Countdown to magical merriment with Chase advent calendar

What is the best advent calendar you've ever had? I bet you can't beat this one, where you can pop open a box each day to partake a tasty tipple. As if you needed an excuse to get out of bed (Christmas is only 36 days away, squeeeee!), Chase Distillery, have launched their advent calendar for December ...

Q&A: Founders of Le Bistrot Pierre, Rob Beacham and John Whitehead

Whenever anyone asks me about my favourite restaurant, I try not to look too horrified. How can I name just the one? It’s like asking a parent to choose their favourite child. One of the restaurants however, to make my top ten is Le Bistrot Pierre on Friargate, Derby. I have been there before (check out ...

Cool craft beer Suds & Soda launches in Friargate, Derby

The renaissance of craft beer has seen a plethora of mainstream pubs and bars extending their offerings to artisan and specialist beers. I love a good beer (I am quite partial to Sharp’s Doom Bar), but I’ll be honest – my knowledge of craft beer sucks. I had to Google “what is the difference between beer ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...