Restaurant Reviews

Each month we review the best restaurants in the midlands. Click below to read our reports and to add comments yourself.

The Fox & Goose

DO_Fox_Goose_1_Oct13The Elaichi is in the heart of Belper with easy parking across the road.  The restaurant is thoughtfully laid out; downstairs there are sofas so you can sit in comfort and have a drink whilst ordering or waiting…

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The Elaichi @ Belper

DO_Elaichi_3_Oct13The Elaichi is in the heart of Belper with easy parking across the road.  The restaurant is thoughtfully laid out; downstairs there are sofas so you can sit in comfort and have a drink whilst ordering or waiting…

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The Black Cow at Dalbury Lees

main-black-cow-main-gpThe Black Cow was renovated a little while ago returning it to the status of village pub at the heart of Dalbury Lees. It retains many of the features of a village pub, a convivial bar area where locals gather in the evening…

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The Denby Lodge

DO-Denby-Lodge-Starter-Aug13We were invited to eat at The Denby Lodge on Church Street in Denby Village, nr Ripley last month, a Pub People establishment. It was a very warm summer evening when we arrived so we were ready for the air conditioned…

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The Fishermans’s Rest

fishermans-outside-aug-13In its time the Fishermans Rest in Broadholme, Belper has, as many other pubs, seen a few landlords come and go. The days of the 30 year stint landlord seem to have gone. People move on quickly for one reason or another. The Fishermans Rest…

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The Rising Sun, Middleton Top

DO-Rising-Sun-4-Jul13One of the saddest things I noticed on a recent visit to north Wales was the scarcity of the village pub. Twenty years or so ago we were spoilt for choice as to where to go for Sunday lunch or which pub garden to sit and have…

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The Marquis of Ormonde

marquis-4-june-13 The Marquis of Ormonde is a traditional village pub on Codnor Denby Lane, which proudly and rightly, boasts fine ales and quality food. Local businessman John oversaw the restoration of the Marquis…

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The Bulls Head at Wilson

Bulls-Head-Wilson-edit-4At the outset I should say I had never heard of Wilson. Was it in Derbyshire? Yes it was and just a stone’s throw from Melbourne, so after a quick trip down the A38 we arrived in the most idyllic village…

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The Cardamom Club Derby

DO-Cardamom-Club-4-Apr13Last Friday, my friend Judith and I had the very great pleasure of attending a pre-opening night at The Cardamom Club in Derby, situated next to Pentagon Island near to the Cricket Club.  It was clear as soon as we entered…

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Palmers Tea Rooms at Alfreton

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It’s early spring and whether it’s dashing in out of the cold and wet or (hopefully) sauntering along in the early sunshine, there is nothing quite like an afternoon tea to create a relaxed and warm feeling after a long, hard winter.

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Il Forno Restaurant  at Duffield

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We resisted the temptation to call in at our usual Italian restaurant and decided to give the new Italian, Il Forno Ristorante a try. Il Forno is situated off the main A6, on New Zealand Lane in the village of Duffield.

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Viva Restaurant at Matlock

DO-Viva-1-Feb13It took several attempts but we eventually made it one very snowy evening for a meal at Viva, an Italian restaurant on the main road in Matlock…

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The White Horse at Woolley Moor

THE-WHITE-HORSE-EDIT-IMAGE-june-12While we pondered over the wide selection of dishes, we enjoyed warm sundried tomato bread, brought to our table by our waitress.

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The Fox & Goose at Wigley

DO-Fox-and-Goose-Risotto-feb13After navigating the fog and the vagaries of my satnav, which took us on a very varied route through what I am sure is lovely countryside, when one can actually see it, I was glad to see the stone built building on Pudding Pie Hill…

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The Saracens Head at Shirley

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We arrived with friends on one of the coldest evenings so far this year; the lights were twinkling in the windows and as soon as we walked through the door I knew that we were going to enjoy a really relaxing evening…

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