NEW MENU REVIEW: THE FARMHOUSE AT MACKWORTH, DERBY

As a traditional Leo, I am somewhat resistant to change, unless it involves trying out new menus heralding a new season. Plus, I was in the mood for a pizza, and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate National Pizza Day than to partake in cheesy goodness, so off I went to The Farmhouse at ...

EATERY REVIEW: BEAR, DERBY

Have you ever fervently wished for something for aeons, then when said wish comes true, you don't quite know how to express your joy? This was me a few months ago, when I learnt of a new coffee shop that was to open and boasted late evening opening hours. I know of too many good, independent ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: AUSTRALASIA, MANCHESTER

What is the one school subject that you wished you were better at? For me, it was geography (maths should also burn in the inner recesses of hell but more on that fond school memory some other time). I wish I was more ‘with-it’ on the geography front and actually knew what the heck was being ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: DOLCE SALATO, DERBY

I had Christmas dinner a few weeks’ ago and feel compelled to hop on and write about it. (I’ve just enough time before Jurassic Park starts, so that’ll be an hour constructively spent.) It was the annual Christmas outing for Derby Book & Cake Club, and the destination was Dolce Salato, Queen Street, Derby. It’s a ...

REVIEW: SQUASHED TOMATO, DERBY

Coffee is an elixir which should be celebrated. Whenever I stumble across a good coffee place, I see it as a public duty to grab my virtual tannoy and shout out about it from the rooftops. When I discovered a café was open on the former site of one of my coffee hangout spots (Baked), ...

CHRISTMAS MENU REVIEW: SLUG & LETTUCE, DERBY

*Invite to review* I love anything to do with Christmas. From twinkly fairy lights (they should be a perennial staple and not just Christmas, oh the things I’d enshrine into law if I were prime minister) to spiced baked goods, it is easy to fall in love with the festive season and make like Will Ferrell’s Elf. If ...

AFTERNOON TEA REVIEW: MANCHESTER HOUSE, MANCHESTER

With less than 14 days to go to the big day (1,209,600 seconds to be precise), you may have done all your Christmas shopping and feel like you deserve a treat. Even if you haven’t even glanced at your Christmas shopping list *guilty cough*, you need a pat on the back for showing up and ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: LOCH FYNE, NOTTINGHAM

Elf, roasted chestnuts, mince pies, mulled wine, turkey. If you’re not a fan of the aforementioned Christmas turkey staple, then stay glued. I love seafood and wish there were more specialist seafood eateries around. As I want to eat less meat and switch over to fish instead, I’m actively looking at more fish recipes and restaurants ...

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 ...

RESTAURANT REVIEW: THE WALTON, NOTTINGHAM

I was invited by The Walton to attend its Press Night to toast the arrival of the festive season. It was a select gathering where we had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the newly styled restaurant and rooms. Many thanks to Front of House George and Operations Manager Paul Stafford for the ...