This month we are eating out in Derbyshire courtesy of Monet who is a food lover from a small town in Derbyshire. Monet blogs at Munching With Monet.
Monet began blogging back in 2015 as a way to share her dining experiences with others after getting requests from friends and family on the best or newest joints in town and hasn’t looked back since.
Over to Monet…
Nourish @ No. 44
Nourish at No. 44 is located in the heart of the picturesque town of Belper and offers a laid back cafe environment during the day where customers can enjoy a delicious breakfast (their 44’s Full English is a personal favourite of mine) or deli lunch before transforming into a classy bistro at night with an a la carte menu to match. Husband and wife duo Perry & Ali have made this place into a real gem which is constantly growing in popularity. So much so, they have just opened their upstairs dining area to cope with demand. Looking forward to seeing what the future has in store!
The Butchers Bar & Steakhouse
Having only opened their doors earlier this year, The Butchers Bar & Steakhouse is still rather new to the Derbyshire food and drink scene. The name kind of gives it away but yes, here it is very much all about the meat! When you step into the building, the interior really blows you away with the likes of wall art and Butchers themed props. The menu is jam packed full of different cuts of locally sourced meat to choose from, all of which are then cooked fresh on their very own Josper Grill. If you’ve got room for dessert, try the Slutty Brownie. You won’t be disappointed.
The Brooklyn Social
It’s always great when something different comes along. That’s why when Derby’s Sadler Gate was graced with American style bar and eaterie, The Brooklyn Social, it was an instant hit with the public. This humble little bar serves up an array of quirky cocktails such as The Cherry Chapstick, Dip Me Baby One More Time & Stewed, Screwed and Tattooed alongside a predominantly burger themed menu with a variety of mouth watering toppings. Some just as crazy as the cocktails.
If you’re a lover of the finer things in life. Family run Stones in Matlock is an absolute must for major foodies. Perched alongside the Cromford Canal, diners can enjoy the view from the riverside terrace whilst enjoying their stunning British menu which changes with the seasons. As someone who can sometimes be rather fussy, I’ve never had any problem choosing a dish from Stones’ menu and thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful.
Maybe try the taster menu? It’s a very popular choice as this way, you’re able to sample a little of everything and make the most of what produce is on offer.
When you think of Derbyshire, what springs to mind? The Peak District. The Peacock is perched nicely on the border just a stonesthrow away from the likes of Chatsworth House in a beautiful grade II listed dower house, still lined with many original features.
The Peacock’s three AA rosettes are reflected in their exquisite fine dining menu and their Derbyshire Beef Fillet being the best I’ve ever had.
It’s clear that head chef of eight years Dan Smith knows his stuff and is able to create dishes in which ingredients blend together in harmony.
Made @ No. 18
If you’re looking for an adorable little cafe-bistro to try, then MADE @ No. 18 in Alfreton is the place to visit, especially if you’re a fan of all things theatre and crafty as they showcase the work of local artists throughout.
MADE @ No. 18 is the perfect place to relax in an informal atmosphere with friends whether its for a coffee and a catch up or to enjoy one of their themed food nights. Their recent Greek night went down a storm!
The Apple Tree
An Afternoon Tea can make you feel like royalty for a short while with the quintessential silver plated tiered cake stands, finger sandwiches and all the freshly brewed tea you can possibly hope for.
The Apple Tree in Ockbrook, just a few miles outside of Derby serve up an array of homemade goodies in the heart of a gift shop selling beautiful jewellery and homewares.
All cakes, bread and other treats are baked in house, always look delicious and taste as fresh as can be.
Top tip: Be sure to book this cosy tea room can fill up fast.
Angelos at The New Inn
A cuisine loved by many is definitely Italian. Blink and you’ll miss it, ‘best out of town’ restaurant Angelo’s is tucked away along the A6 in Milford, not too far from Belper/ Duffield and run by Angelo himself plus wife Carly who have wisely spent their time putting their own stamp on the place since the beginning of their venture ten years ago. It’s not all Bruschetta and Pasta at Angelo’s mind you, they also serve up an assortment of other European dishes including English classics, French delights and fresh daily specials to make the mouth water.
Housed in a gorgeous 200 year old chapel on the edge of Derby’s city centre is two AA rosette restaurant, Masa is well known in the area for their fine dining menu which attracts diners from all over the region.
For the quality and standard of the food produced by talented head chef Matt Gabbitas, their set menus are excellent value for money. Each dish really does look like a work of art without having to compromise on taste. Who says fine dining has to be out of everyone’s price range? So, why not pull up a pew and enjoy what Masa has to offer? This certainly isn’t one to be missed.
The Farmhouse at Mackworth
If you’re after a cosy setting on on the outskirts of Derby with a roaring fire, a relaxing atmosphere and possibly the quirkiest interior in town, be sure to make a stop at The Farmhouse.
Their varied menu ensures something for everyone and for every price range including my personal favourite, the open Wood Fired Pizza kitchen where you can even watch them being made right in front of you whilst you wait. It really is fascinating to watch.
Don’t worry if you’re too full to move after your meal, The Farmhouse also has 10 boutique hotel rooms.
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