Q&A: Lisa Bridge, Founder of Oliver’s, Friar Gate, Derby

People often ask me, where the best place is to get a coffee in town. I can name five key hotspots and Oliver's has just leapfrogged onto this list. Oliver's is a café, take-away and is also newly accommodating eat-in diners. They have just celebrated their first birthday, and to spread the joy, they're giving the ...

Q&A: Emma Humphreys, General Manager, Carluccio’s, Intu, Derby

Carluccio’s is the latest name to enthral diners in Derby. Having been open just over a month, the restaurant is a gorgeous space serving up delicious treats and authentic Italian food with a contemporary twist. I dined at Carluccio’s Derby earlier this week (see original review here). What struck me is the diverse menu selection, including ...

Ballerinas En Pointe with The Nutcracker at Chatsworth

The Nutcracker was joined by Clara, The Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen ballerinas at Chatsworth for the opening of The Nutcracker themed festive season, which opened this weekend and is running until 3 January 2017. Attracting more than 100,000 visitors during the festive season, Christmas at Chatsworth has become one of the must do events ...

Restaurant review: Robata Bar & Grill, Resorts World, Birmingham

*For an indulgent lunchtime treat that won’t break the bank, you can get 25% off on High Tea at Robata Bar & Grill from Sunday to Thursday between 2pm and 4pm. Available between 10th November and 24th December. Be sure to book in advance, quoting Christmas High Tea Offer by calling 0121 273 1027.* What do ...

Taste of The Kedleston Food and Wine Event (22nd November 2016)

I love food and drink events, especially in lovely surroundings. I’m excited to announce that The Kedleston Country House is hosting their inaugural wine and food event on Tuesday 22nd November. I have dined here before, see my original review here. Developed by the talented new Head Chef Joe Wood, the night will feature a delicious ...

Vegan menu review: Las Iguanas, Friar Gate, Derby

It’s the first week of Vegan Month, how are you all doing? I’ve been checking out more vegan offerings, see my original post here about veganism and why I think it’s a worthwhile movement to contemplate. Veganism may sound extreme, but it really isn’t. It’s all about forward planning and doing your research on where ...

Veganism – what’s the big deal?

What do Thandie Newton, Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, Stevie Wonder and Sia have in common? Apart from being a motley crew, they’re all vegan. People “go vegan” for a number of reasons ranging from dietary to ethical beliefs. The actual definition of veganism from The Vegan Society website states that veganism is: “A philosophy and way ...

Aldo Zilli jets into San Carlo Birmingham with world’s most expensive food

Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli brought a taste of the world’s most expensive food to diners at San Carlo on Temple Street, Birmingham last week. Italian born Zilli remains one of my favourite chef interviewees (check out the original post here). Zilli, Executive Consultant Chef for San Carlo’s group of eighteen award winning UK restaurants, jetted in to ...

Artisan to see the return of Market-Fest in time for Halloween

Artisan Restaurant & Bar will see the return of its monthly Market-Fest just in time for Halloween.  Market-Fest, which runs from 12 - 5pm on Sunday 30th October, highlights the versatility of Artisan, bringing the atmosphere of a bohemian market to the stylish venue which is located in a vast loft style space in the ...

Q&A: Andy Darlington, Editor at Taste the Seasons, Derbyshire Food and Drink Magazine

Do you ever pick up a magazine and wonder about how it came to be? I often think about the copious amount of work needed to produce an informative foodie publication such as Taste the Seasons, Derbyshire’s leading food and drink magazine. In my mission to find out more about this engaging magazine, I caught up ...