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Here are our Dining Out reviews, we only publish good reviews, if we wouldn't recommend a venue then we don't publish a review so have a read and give somewhere different a try next time you dine out. See our other reviews


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Dinner At Carluccios, Derby INTU Dinner At Carluccios, Derby INTU This may well be the last review of 2016, and if so then what a great finale to the year it is! Some of you may well have seen Carluccio's Deli and Restaurant in the Derby Intu Centre as it Read Our Review

Sunday Carvery At The Hilcote Country Club Sunday Carvery At The Hilcote Country Club This weekend has been a total blinder, to put it in a nutshell. First up, the Men Birds went shooting so Mummy Bird and I had a ladies lunch at The Dog Inn, Pentrich; today Daddy Bird was off Read Our Review

Dinner At Turtle Bay Caribbean, Derby Dinner At Turtle Bay Caribbean, Derby These last few weeks have been a mad, but fantastic, whirlwind. Invitations have been coming in left-right-and-centre from venues across the county, and we finally made it into Turtle Bay, the hottest Read Our Review

A Quick Lunch At Louby's, Alfreton A Quick Lunch At Louby's, Alfreton Never let it be said that I'm not a modern, multi-tasking little Birdie. Today, I really needed to go into Alfreton to pay for my Christmas Cheesecake that I have on order from Louby herself Read Our Review

Dinner At The Newly Opened Cock Inn, Mugginton Dinner At The Newly Opened Cock Inn, Mugginton Having known about this project since last year, and seen its progress, it was lovely to get the official invite from owner Howard to go and experience The Cock Inn at Mugginton. From Read Our Review

Dinner At The Tavern At Tansley Dinner At The Tavern At Tansley After having spent a lovely couple of hours as a flock in Bakewell, it was soon time for us to head back to the nest. Our tummies grumbled gently to remind us that they needed some sustenance, so we pulled Read Our Review

Dinner At The Rice Bowl, Belper Dinner At The Rice Bowl, Belper The Boy Wonder and I had a lovely invite a couple of weeks ago from the new owner of Rice Bowl Oriental restaurant in Belper (formerly New Ming Court). It has been a while since we last visited Read Our Review

Dinner At The Newly Refurbished Castle, Castleton Dinner At The Newly Refurbished Castle, Castleton Having spent a hectic few days at Centerparcs it was lovely to be asked along to sample the menu at the Castle Hotel in Castleton, not least because the cupboards chez Read Our Review

The Taste of The Kedleston Dinner & Wine Tasting The Taste of The Kedleston Dinner & Wine Tasting Joe Wood, Kedleston Country Houses new Chef, certainly likes to push things forward and his latest brain child is the wonderfully named "A taste of Kedleston" events, the inaugural Read Our Review

Dinner At The Queens Head In Ockbrook Dinner At The Queens Head In Ockbrook You may recall dear reader that the Boy Wonder and I went to the Queens Head at Ockbrook a couple of weeks ago for their grand opening after an extensive refurbishment. As we walked through Read Our Review

Dinner At The Bulls Head in Denby Dinner At The Bulls Head in Denby Yet again, The Man and I were being abandoned by the Chick who was off to a party at a friend's house, so we decided to go out for a meal. Typically, we couldn't agree on where to go so we Read Our Review

New Menu At The Pitcher & Piano, Derby New Menu At The Pitcher & Piano, Derby The Man and I had been invited to try out the new additions to Pitcher and Pianos menu at their Derby premises, and it was our first visit there since the departure of Handsome Harry. There were Read Our Review

Lunch At Pekoe Cafe, Northern Tea Merchants, Chesterfield Lunch At Pekoe Cafe, Northern Tea Merchants, Chesterfield Everyone has heard of The Northern Tea Merchants on Chatsworth Road in Chesterfield, they've been around since, well, forever really. As well as selling a magnificent selection Read Our Review

Dinner At Yo!Sushi To Celebrate Their 1st Birthday At Derby INTU Dinner At Yo!Sushi To Celebrate Their 1st Birthday At Derby INTU I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again, I can't believe how quickly time flies! When the invite came through for The Man bird and I to go along and celebrate Yo!Sushis Read Our Review

New Menu At The Cosy Club, Derby New Menu At The Cosy Club, Derby It's been a while since the Man Bird and I were last at The Cosy Club in Derby, in fact I don't think we've managed to get back there since their opening night! As we walked through the doors and up Read Our Review

Dinner At The Mansion Restaurant & Wine Bar, Derby Dinner At The Mansion Restaurant & Wine Bar, Derby My little feet haven't touched the ground since we got back from our Flock holiday, and I must admit, I do like to keep busy at our Counties great establishments. This time we Read Our Review

A Steak Sharer At The Devonshire Arms, Beeley A Steak Sharer At The Devonshire Arms, Beeley Nothing lifts the spirits on a chilly Autumn evening than the sight, sound and feel of a wood burning stove going at full tilt and this is what greeted The Man Bird and I as we walked through the door Read Our Review

Dinner At The Elaichi Indian Restaurant in Belper Dinner At The Elaichi Indian Restaurant in Belper Sometimes, just sometimes, children actually come in handy; on this occasion it was Chick and her friends having a night out and the subsequent need to be fetched from Belper that Read Our Review

Funky Friday At Marco's New York Italian, Kegworth Funky Friday At Marco's New York Italian, Kegworth You can't beat a kick start to the weekend, and the team at Marcos New York Italian at Kegworth have got a real feel good one for you all. Funky Friday is its name, and great offers on food and Read Our Review

An Alternative Christmas Menu At Cosmo, Derby An Alternative Christmas Menu At Cosmo, Derby It's been a fair while since The Man Bird and I last visited Cosmo in Derby, not because we haven't wanted to but because we've been a busy pair of birdies. Our Chick however has managed to go on Read Our Review

Dinner At The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton Dinner At The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton The Boy Wonder and I do like Buxton, and have had the pleasure of paying visits to several places there over the years. This time was the turn of The Old Hall Hotel and its restaurant to play host Read Our Review

New Menu At The Kedleston Country House Hotel New Menu At The Kedleston Country House Hotel The Boy Wonder and I were off out again, abandoning The Chick as she so dramatically puts it, this time to revisit The Kedleston Country House and meet new Chef, Joseph Wood. Read Our Review

Lunch In The Great Barn Restaurant at Hardwick Hall Lunch In The Great Barn Restaurant at Hardwick Hall It's been a busy start to autumn for The Boy Wonder and I, and today was the turn of the impressive Hardwick Hall to be under our beady eyes gaze. Hardwick Hall, whilst not being as Read Our Review

Afternoon Tea At The Flying Childers, Chatsworth House Afternoon Tea At The Flying Childers, Chatsworth House The Man Bird and I were invited to have Afternoon Tea at Chatsworth House - The Flying Childers tearoom a while back, and last weekend we tootled along to take them up on their Read Our Review

Dinner At The Wonky Table In Derby Dinner At The Wonky Table In Derby The Boy Wonder and I were playing our favourite roles last night; secret squirrels. Our mission, and obviously we'd chosen to accept it, was to sample the food and service at The Wonky Read Our Review

Lunch At Pizza Express, Dalton Park, Co Durham Lunch At Pizza Express, Dalton Park, Co Durham As you know dear reader, my little flock have just returned from our brief annual migration up to The Geordie Birds nest in Northumberland. We normally try to break up our flight home with a stop Read Our Review

Geordie Comfort Food At Hinnies, Whitley Bay Geordie Comfort Food At Hinnies, Whitley Bay I know that you all know what a nosy birdie I am, I just can't help it, so imagine how excited I was when The Man Bird told me there was a new eaterie in Whitley Bay! Hinnies only opened in Read Our Review

Sunday Lunch At The Wellwood Amble Sunday Lunch At The Wellwood Amble Day two of the Northumberland tour began in not so magnificent style with a downpour of biblical proportions #getthearkoutofthegarage, but luckily our plans for the day consisted of nothing more Read Our Review

Lunch Served By Pirates at Endeavour, Newbiggin Lunch Served By Pirates at Endeavour, Newbiggin We'd all had an early start up to Northumberland to see the Geordie Bird (Mum in Law) and after a hearty home cooked Fry up the Chick was whisked off to see her Great Aunt Read Our Review

Lunch At Las Iguanas, Meadowhall Lunch At Las Iguanas, Meadowhall Not wishing to blow my own trumpet, but I am a bird of many talents; the most notable two being eating and shopping, ask The Man Bird, he'll tell how his biceps are worked by carrying numerous bags! Read Our Review

Birthday Tea At Rachael's Secret Tea Room Birthday Tea At Rachael's Secret Tea Room We are a very sociable little flock, so when it was time to plan Mummy Birds Birthday treat it had to be something that Chickadee as well as the Tribal Elders would enjoy. Everyone likes sandwiches Read Our Review

Dinner At Wagamama At Derby INTU Dinner At Wagamama At Derby INTU Sometimes a venue still manages to surprise me, and Wagamama at Intu, Derby was one of those places. From the outside it looks quite austere and clinical, but when we stepped inside the atmosphere Read Our Review

Dinner At Fahrenheit, Genting Riverlights, Derby Dinner At Fahrenheit, Genting Riverlights, Derby It's been a fair old while since The Man Bird and I paid a visit to Fahrenheit Bar and Grill, so we were delighted when Josh, the manager, asked us to come and sample the summer menu. Read Our Review

Lunch At Made @ No 18, Alfreton Lunch At Made @ No 18, Alfreton The Man Bird was out of the nest on business with his day job, the weather wasn't particularly inspiring, so there was only one thing for it; go out for lunch with My Chick. As you know from previous Read Our Review

The All You Can Eat Buffet At O-Tokuda, Chesterfield The All You Can Eat Buffet At O-Tokuda, Chesterfield It's confession time for me dear reader; after having a busy day at the fantastic Bakewell Show the previous day my enthusiasm for cooking had not returned, so I cheekily suggested that Read Our Review

Dinner At The Black Boy Inn, Heage Dinner At The Black Boy Inn, Heage Abandoned yet again by The Chick, The Man Bird and I decided to make the most of it and put feelers out amongst our lovely readers for ideas as to where to go for a quick bite to eat. The Read Our Review

Kitchen Table Experience At The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow Kitchen Table Experience At The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow You may recall the review I did on The Devonshire Arms at Beeley last year dear reader, and its Chef Patron, Mr Alan Hill. Well Alan decided to roll up his sleeves again full time Read Our Review

An Early Lunch At The Perfect Cuppa, Belper An Early Lunch At The Perfect Cuppa, Belper The Boy Wonder and I were busy little birdies at this year's Belper Food Festival, and our Chickadee had been a star helping to take photos and carry bags so we decided to refresh and refuel Read Our Review

High Tea For High Heels At Lisa Jean's High Tea For High Heels At Lisa Jean's The Boy Wonder and I can (on the odd occasion) be quite civilised and so we were delighted when Lisa Jean and Lee invited us along to sample their "High Tea for High Heels" menu which is located Read Our Review

Dinner At The Alton Towers Rollercoaster Restaurant Dinner At The Alton Towers Rollercoaster Restaurant Food on its own is great, and Fun by its self is also pretty awesome, but when you combine the two its fantastic. The team at Alton Towers have done just that at their Rollercoaster Read Our Review

Breakfast At Made @ No 18, Alfreton Breakfast At Made @ No 18, Alfreton We love weekends at our nest, as you know, but things have been a bit subdued lately due to The Boy Wonder having a bad back. We have carried on as normally as we could but, bless him, he Read Our Review

Dinner At The Kedleston Country House Hotel Dinner At The Kedleston Country House Hotel Normally when we get invited to dine out The Man Bird plays the part of Parker the Chauffeur, but due to his current ailment and the medication he has been prescribed he is unable to fulfil this Read Our Review

Dinner At The Tempus Restaurant, Eastwood Hall Dinner At The Tempus Restaurant, Eastwood Hall I recently stayed at The Eastwood Hall Hotel and dined in The Tempus Restaurant at the hotel, The Dining room, as you would expect, is a very large space, but due to the clever use Read Our Review

Brunch At The Nutbrook Coffee Shop, Mapperley Brunch At The Nutbrook Coffee Shop, Mapperley There's nothing finer than a bit of fresh air, especially when enjoyed as a flock. For a half term holiday the weather hasn't actually been too bad, so we geared up and took the pooch for Read Our Review

Pre-Cinema Dinner At Zizzi, INTU, Derby Pre-Cinema Dinner At Zizzi, INTU, Derby It was one of those rare occasions in the half term break where The Man Bird and I weren't abandoned by The Chick, so we grabbed the opportunity for a family evening together. We agreed Read Our Review

Breakfast At The Cool River Cafe, Matlock Breakfast At The Cool River Cafe, Matlock Saturday morning went a bit Pete Tong (wrong) as they say, but never ones to sit and twiddle with our feathers the Boy Wonder and I flew off for a leisurely Breakfast at Cool River Cafe as Read Our Review

Fish & Fizz, Dinner At The Fox & Goose, Wigley Fish & Fizz, Dinner At The Fox & Goose, Wigley It was a lovely balmy evening and a wedding and evening reception was just getting underway in the function room so there were some very prettily dressed people around (the bride looked a-ma-zing). Read Our Review

Trying The Summer Menu at Revolucion de Cuba, Derby Trying The Summer Menu at Revolucion de Cuba, Derby As you know dear reader, The Man Bird and I love Revolucion de Cuba for its tasty morsels and also for the chilled, friendly vibe it exudes. New sales manager, Olivia, is a super person Read Our Review

Refurbished Restaurant At The Talbot In Dronfield Woodhouse Refurbished Restaurant At The Talbot In Dronfield Woodhouse You may recall our previous visit to The Talbot pub in Dronfield late last year, as we all thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Very recently the Landlord, Landlady Read Our Review

More Tapas At Yardleys Wine Bar, Belper More Tapas At Yardleys Wine Bar, Belper Last time my little flock went to Yardleys we had a great time and promised our Chick that we would return in the not too distant future. After getting a fantastic school report it seemed Read Our Review

Dinner At The Handmade Burger Co, Nottingham Dinner At The Handmade Burger Co, Nottingham Yet again we were playing taxi service for The Chick and a couple of her fellow fledglings that were going to Planet Bounce for a birthday bash, and we thought that we would get in on the fun Read Our Review

Dinner At The Carnarvon Country Pub, Teversal Dinner At The Carnarvon Country Pub, Teversal Having spent the entire Bank Holiday Weekend being busy little birds we decided that the Holiday Monday would be the perfect time to be lazy and let someone else do the cooking. One of our lovely Read Our Review

New Menu At Revolution, Derby New Menu At Revolution, Derby Last time The Boy Wonder and I ate at Revolution we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves so when we were asked back to try the new menu we jumped at the chance. It was a Friday evening when we visited this Read Our Review

Breakfast At The Family Tree, Whatstandwell Breakfast At The Family Tree, Whatstandwell The Man Bird and I like a leisurely breakfast at the weekend as you know dear reader, and this week saw us poddle over to Whatstandwell to visit The Family Tree cafe. Read Our Review

Sunday Carvery At The Hilcote Country Club Sunday Carvery At The Hilcote Country Club My Daddy Bird had gone from The Elders Nest for a boy's day out, so we used the opportunity to give my Mummy Bird a break from making Sunday Roast for us all. It's been a good while since we Read Our Review

New Menu At The Pitcher & Piano, Derby New Menu At The Pitcher & Piano, Derby One of the hazards/joys of Twitter is that I am constantly tempted by photos of extremely yummy food, and as you know dear reader will power is not my strong point. The talented team at Pitcher Read Our Review

Bistro Night At The Cool River Cafe, Matlock Bistro Night At The Cool River Cafe, Matlock This Saturday evening saw His Nibs and I at the Cool River Cafe in Matlock, and some of the locals may already know that the cafe is housed underneath some modern apartments, in an Read Our Review

Dinner At Chandlers Bar in Chesterfield Dinner At Chandlers Bar in Chesterfield As a lot of you will know, Chandlers is one of Chesterfields original venues that's always kind of just been there and you can't imagine a time when it wasn't; a bit like the Rolling Stones of the Bar world if you will. Read Our Review

Dinner At The Devonshire Dome in Buxton Dinner At The Devonshire Dome in Buxton It goes without saying what a nosey little Bird I am, so when the invite from Buxton and Leek College and the University of Derby's Dome restaurant came it was a no-brainer that a date would swiftly be arranged. Read Our Review

Pie Night At The Tiger Inn, Turnditch Pie Night At The Tiger Inn, Turnditch Nothing beats a good pie when it's done properly, and with 100 varieties under their belts, the team at The Tiger Inn have probably got a fair idea how to make them. The Man Bird and I were going over Read Our Review

Dinner At The Lotus Lounge, Alfreton Dinner At The Lotus Lounge, Alfreton It's been an age since we last visited the Lotus Lounge Chinese Restaurant in Alfreton, and The Chick decided that she would like to have her pre-holiday / birthday family meal there. Read Our Review

Easter Sunday Lunch at The Three Horseshoes, Long Lane Village Easter Sunday Lunch at The Three Horseshoes, Long Lane Village The Man and I first visited The Three Horseshoes in October 2015, not long after it opened and absolutely loved it, in fact at the time I said that the Tribal Elders would love it too Read Our Review

Lunch At Roosters Bar, Morley Hayes Lunch At Roosters Bar, Morley Hayes I love The Boy Wonder, he always knows just how to cheer me up and make me smile. This morning (well, 3.45am to be precise, which is the middle of the night to me) Him Indoors and I bade our Chick Read Our Review

Trying Out The New Menu At YO! Sushi, Derby INTU Trying Out The New Menu At YO! Sushi, Derby INTU The team at Yo!Sushi know how much we enjoyed their food on our last visits (both as a couple and as part of the Healthy Eating evening for Bloggers in January), so when they invited us Read Our Review

Breakfast At Loubys, Alfreton Breakfast At Loubys, Alfreton The Man Bird and I were feeling a little despondent after visiting a cafe in a nearby town for breakfast and coming away having had to send the food back and asking for a refund, which then left us with still rumbling tummies Read Our Review

Dinner At Pizza Express in Buxton Dinner At Pizza Express in Buxton No family day out is complete without a good feast at the end, so when Pizza Express invited us to try out their refurbished venue in Buxton we jumped at the chance to do a bit of touristy stuff and finish Read Our Review

A Pre-Tour Lunch At Pooles Cavern Cafe A Pre-Tour Lunch At Pooles Cavern Cafe The weather this half term has been "iffy" to say the least and we hadn't done much to be perfectly honest, so the Man booked a day off work and suggested we have a run up to Buxton. Read Our Review

Family Dinner At Papaya Thai in Derby Family Dinner At Papaya Thai in Derby My Daddy Bird had gone to visit friends for the weekend and we were all at a bit of a loose end, so we decided to take my Mummy Bird into the bright lights of the city for a change. All we said was Read Our Review

Dinner At Marco's New York Italian, Kegworth Dinner At Marco's New York Italian, Kegworth Sometimes you come back from somewhere and the awesomeness just overwhelms you doesn't it? Well, if truth be told, I feel a bit shell-shocked after the utterly amazing night away The Boy Read Our Review

Dinner At Oscars, Calverton, Nottingham Dinner At Oscars, Calverton, Nottingham There's nothing quite having a jaunt over the county border into Nottinghamshire to lift you out of the "hump day" doldrums, and when we walked into the bar/lounge area of Oscars our mood lifted even higher. Read Our Review

Dinner At Mewar Haveli Indian near Nottingham Dinner At Mewar Haveli Indian near Nottingham The Man Bird and I flew a little further afield for our latest review dear reader, but it was well worth it. The description of "Indian Fine Dining" had piqued our curiosity and we wanted Read Our Review

Birthday Afternoon Tea At Beauvale Priory Tea Rooms Birthday Afternoon Tea At Beauvale Priory Tea Rooms I am a very lucky bird to have a wonderful circle of girlfriends in my life. Earlier in the week, I was told that a table had been reserved for 2 chicklets and I to go to Beauvale Priory as a Read Our Review

Rock & Roll Burgers At The Rutland In Chesterfield Rock & Roll Burgers At The Rutland In Chesterfield Man Flu has a lot going for it really; a) the drama of The Boy Wonder convinced that the end is nigh, b) realising that actually he isn't going to fly off this mortal plane and needs to eat, c) not Read Our Review

Breakfast At Basilia in Langley Mill Breakfast At Basilia in Langley Mill Ah, weekend, how I love your arrival; well, I do once the grocery shopping is done and out of the way. Mundane essentials duly done, The Man and I winged it over to Langley Mill. Read Our Review

Dinner At The Talbot In Dronfield Woodhouse Dinner At The Talbot In Dronfield Woodhouse I love how sometimes the best laid plans change, and actually you end up with a good result and a great experience. This was exactly what happened last night when my little flock went to Read Our Review

Breakfast At Marsh Green Farm, Ramblers Rest Cafe Breakfast At Marsh Green Farm, Ramblers Rest Cafe New Year, new venue; has a nice ring to it doesn't it? Saturday mornings are meant for breakfast indulgences and so The Boy Wonder was tasked with finding somewhere nice to munch Read Our Review