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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 Rajinda Pradesh, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest Dinner At Rajinda Pradesh, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest The Boy Wonder and I made our way over to Rajinda Pradesh, very much looking forward to our evening meal. Our server was the very seasonally named Holly, and she was a Read Our Review

Dinner At The Newly Opened Cookhouse & Pub, Ripley Dinner At The Newly Opened Cookhouse & Pub, Ripley Don't get me wrong dear reader, I absolutely love the run-up to Christmas but I seriously could do with about another 6 hours in the day to catch up with everyone and do everything Read Our Review

Sunday Lunch At The Old Bell Hotel, Derby Sunday Lunch At The Old Bell Hotel, Derby December has got off to a flying ('scuse the pun) start for The Man Bird and I; after Friday's private chef experience we were making our way down to Derby for Sunday Lunch at The Old Bell Hotel. Read Our Review

Dinner At PizzaStorm In Nottingham Dinner At PizzaStorm In Nottingham It's been a busy old week for The Man Bird and I, 'cos Christmas is a-coming and there's still so much to do! Luckily, one thing we didn't have to do is cook as Pizza Storm in Nottingham Read Our Review

Dinner At The Newly Opened Stein Strasse in Derby Dinner At The Newly Opened Stein Strasse in Derby Although we live in rural Derbyshire, The Man Bird and I love nothing more than visiting the bright lights of Derby City. The new kid on the block is German venue Stein Strasse, bringing Read Our Review

Dinner At Cafe Rouge, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest Dinner At Cafe Rouge, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest After arriving at Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest and getting checked into our lodge we left Chickadee to go and have a twilight swim and sort a takeaway from Dining In whilst The Man and Read Our Review

Murder Mystery Christmas Party Night at The Kedleston House Hotel Murder Mystery Christmas Party Night at The Kedleston House Hotel I love the chance to dress up and unleash my inner Jane Marple (not sure how His Nibs feels about being compared to Poirot!), so when the Kedleston Country House team Read Our Review

Christmas Caribbean Style at Turtle Bay, Derby Christmas Caribbean Style at Turtle Bay, Derby We've all wished we were somewhere nice and warm, when our own weather is anything but, haven't we ? Luckily The Man Bird and I were allowed to imagine we were in the Caribbean, Read Our Review

Flavours Of Indian Night At Rowley's Village Pub and Restaurant Flavours Of Indian Night At Rowley's Village Pub and Restaurant Well dear reader, it can never be said that The Man Bird and I lead dull lives; it's been a busy few weeks for us at SBHQ :) Last night was another stonkingly great occasion Read Our Review

Dinner At The Yard Restaurant, Derby County Football Club Dinner At The Yard Restaurant, Derby County Football Club There could be a hint of a rift between myself and my Daddy Bird, who is a life-long follower of 'The Rams' a.k.a Derby County Football Club. The Man Bird and I were invited along to sample Read Our Review

All You Can Eat Oriental Buffet At The Rice Bowl, Belper All You Can Eat Oriental Buffet At The Rice Bowl, Belper Ok, I'm just going to say it. I'm a complete gutso, piggy wiggy, walking dustbin, and all the other gluttony related descriptions you can think of. I would also like to be able Read Our Review

Tapas Night At Lawries Bistro & Coffee House, Dronfield Tapas Night At Lawries Bistro & Coffee House, Dronfield They always say that good things come in small packages, and nowhere is this truer than at Lawries Bistro and Coffee House in Dronfield; the premises themselves seat about 20 Read Our Review

Sunday Lunch At The Red Lion, Alnmouth Sunday Lunch At The Red Lion, Alnmouth For those of you who haven't visited Alnmouth before, it's one of those chocolate-box perfect towns that are quite common in Northumberland. When the Flock visit Geordie Bird (mum-in-law) Read Our Review

Dinner At The Three Cottages, Hasland, Chesterfield Dinner At The Three Cottages, Hasland, Chesterfield The Man Bird and I were out on Halloween; not tricking, but enjoying a treat from the team at The Three Cottages in Hasland. In former days the premises were three cottages Read Our Review

Dinner At The Old Boat House, Amble Dinner At The Old Boat House, Amble The novelty of going out for dinner sans child never wears off, even when your Chick is on the point of fledging in the near future. Geordie Bird had stepped up to the plate and did her Read Our Review

Coffee & Scones At The Crab And Waltzer, Whitley Bay Coffee & Scones At The Crab And Waltzer, Whitley Bay The Flock had gone to see Geordie Bird (Man Birds Mummy) and somehow survived the joy-sucking journey of Friday on the M1 and A1 car parks. After a good nights Read Our Review

Pizza And Gelato At The Bulls Head In Repton Pizza And Gelato At The Bulls Head In Repton The Man Bird is a very lucky chap, and every so often I like to remind him of this fact. Our nest is very modern; we share house-work and bank accounts, so I take my turn to take us Read Our Review

Dinner At Sourced Restaurant At The New Bath Hotel Dinner At Sourced Restaurant At The New Bath Hotel Matlock Bath holds a lot of good memories for me, as I'm sure it does for a lot of you all too. One of the most historic buildings in the town is The Bath Hotel and its spring water-fed pools. Read Our Review

Dinner At The Thorn Tree Inn, Woodlinkin near Codnor Dinner At The Thorn Tree Inn, Woodlinkin near Codnor Being totally honest and I doubt I'm alone in this; sometimes, I really cannot be faffed to cook. It was one of those days where Chick had gone off to the Tribal Elders for tea; Read Our Review

Tapas For Two At The Bridge Inn, Calver Tapas For Two At The Bridge Inn, Calver I love Tapas. It hasn't always been this way though. There was a time when I thought that Tapas wouldn't fill me up; that it was a convenient way for venues to chuck out their leftovers Read Our Review

Dinner At Fahrenheit, Genting Riverlights, Derby Dinner At Fahrenheit, Genting Riverlights, Derby Okey dokey folks, before I get started on the food there's something that really does need re-iterating. You DON'T need to be a member of the Casino to access the restaurant; you can literally Read Our Review

Sunday Lunch Carvery At The Marquis Of Ormonde, Codnor Sunday Lunch Carvery At The Marquis Of Ormonde, Codnor Ahead of what was going to be (and is proving to be) a heavy few weeks, The Boy Wonder decided that he would take me out for a Sunday Carvery. The Marquis of Ormonde has been on Read Our Review

The Bottomless Brunch At Revolucion De Cuba, Derby The Bottomless Brunch At Revolucion De Cuba, Derby I was born for weekends. It isn't a mere love affair with this leisurely paced 48 hour window; it is more of a total immersement in its unashamed languidity. I absolutely relish Read Our Review

Dinner At The Hotel Van Dyk's Southgate Grill Dinner At The Hotel Van Dyk's Southgate Grill One of the things I love about this Blog is the opportunities it's given The Man and me to gad about Derbyshire and eat in many different locations. In our early days of "courting" we lived in Read Our Review

Dinner At The Batemans Mill Hotel, Old Tupton Dinner At The Batemans Mill Hotel, Old Tupton I like to think of myself as a multi-tasker, so when the chance to do 2 reviews in one visit came up, I took it. Part of my secret squirrel task was to have three courses and a drink and Read Our Review

Brunch At Browns Tea Room, Bar & Bistro, Mansfield Brunch At Browns Tea Room, Bar & Bistro, Mansfield Yet again The Man Bird and I were abandoned by The Chick as she and The Boyf Bird (BB) gadded off around town. We have been wanting to visit Browns Tearoom, Bar and Bistro Read Our Review

Dinner At The Littleover Lodge Hotel near Derby Dinner At The Littleover Lodge Hotel near Derby It's been a busy old week for The Man Bird and I, but what a fabulous one too! The Sticky Beak Blog is 4 years old, and we still pinch ourselves at our good fortune in getting invited to Read Our Review

Dinner At The Rectory in Chesterfield Dinner At The Rectory in Chesterfield Brace yourselves dear readers, what I am about to tell you will shock you to your core. Last night, the white flag of surrender made its first appearance this year; yep, that's right Read Our Review

Dinner At The Palfrey, Blacksmiths Yard, Derby Dinner At The Palfrey, Blacksmiths Yard, Derby At the weekend The Man Bird and I were in Derby reviewing another venue and found ourselves partaking of a Frose (a slushie of Merlot, Strawberry Gin and Grenadine) in Blacksmiths Lounge Read Our Review

Family Lunch At The Wheatsheaf In Bakewell Family Lunch At The Wheatsheaf In Bakewell As you know dear reader I'm a glass half full type of person, so when the weather and Bakewell Show dealt us lemons we booked ourselves and the Tribal Elders in at The Wheatsheaf pub for lunch. Read Our Review

Dinner At Stones Restaurant In Matlock Dinner At Stones Restaurant In Matlock As the saying goes "Good things come to those who wait". We have been trying to arrange a visit to multi-award winning, and locally acclaimed, Stones restaurant in picturesque Matlock for some time. Read Our Review

Dinner At Miller and Carter Steakhouse, Wollaton, Nottingham Dinner At Miller and Carter Steakhouse, Wollaton, Nottingham The Man Bird reached his half century last month but with us planning our America/Canada odyssey we didn't really do much to celebrate. Our dear friends Susan and Drew (he of Treehugger Read Our Review

Steak Night At The Durham Ox, Ilkeston Steak Night At The Durham Ox, Ilkeston The Man Bird and I are fledgling-free for a long weekend (thanks Y Not festival!), so we decided we were going on a foray for dinner. The Durham Ox at Ilkeston has been recommended Read Our Review

Dinner At The Bell Public House in Smalley Dinner At The Bell Public House in Smalley Finally, The Chick has finished her exams! I bet you can guess what I'm about to say next; yep, that's right, she promptly vamoosed to a mates house, leaving us poor rents to our own devices. Read Our Review

Mediterranean Breakfast At Cafe G In Belper Mediterranean Breakfast At Cafe G In Belper The Man Bird and I had (yet again) been abandoned by The Chick, so we decided to have a mooch down to Belper and have a spot of breakfast-a-deux. Cafe G on King Street was already open, nice and Read Our Review

Taking Advantage Of The Wednesday Special At The Curry Lounge Taking Advantage Of The Wednesday Special At The Curry Lounge We are big fans of The Curry Lounge in Somercotes, here at Chez Beak. It came to our attention a couple of weeks ago that Ukil has introduced a new offer Read Our Review

The Taste of Kedleston Menu At Kedleston County House The Taste of Kedleston Menu At Kedleston County House Kedleston Country House has a new Manager, Samantha Ascroft, who along with Head Chef Joe Wood and his amazing kitchen team, has devised a superb summer menu using the best Read Our Review

Dinner At The Tickled Trout in Barlow Dinner At The Tickled Trout in Barlow The Man Bird and I have finally made it to The Tickled Trout at Barlow. Its been on our radar for quite some time but as you know dear reader, time often races away with us and plans don't always work out. Read Our Review

Time For Tapas At The Black Swan, Belper Time For Tapas At The Black Swan, Belper The evening saw us in Belper for an alteration appointment for The Chicks Prom Dress so we decided to check out a venue that we have been meaning to visit since before Christmas, The Black Swan. Read Our Review

Dinner At The Greyhound Hotel In Cromford Dinner At The Greyhound Hotel In Cromford You may recall that after an extensive refurbishment, The Grey Hound at Cromford had its official opening under new owners Tina and Paul in November 2016; The Man Bird and I were there Read Our Review

Dinner At 1650 Restaurant, Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor Dinner At 1650 Restaurant, Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor The Man Bird and I have occasionally flown over the county border as you know, and last night saw us in the lovely county of Nottinghamshire in the rather delightful sounding Read Our Review

Dinner at the Opulence Restaurant in Derby Dinner at the Opulence Restaurant in Derby Opulence restaurant in Derbys Cathedral Quarter Hotel really does live up to its name. As you step inside your gaze goes skyward, taking in the ridiculously high, ornate ceiling and Read Our Review

Dinner At The School House Restaurant in South Normanton Dinner At The School House Restaurant in South Normanton It's been such a pleasure to finally be able to write about the School House restaurant in South Normanton. As you know, I don't write negative reviews; if I wouldn't recommend Read Our Review

New Menu At Turtle Bay, Derby New Menu At Turtle Bay, Derby Not to put too fine a point on it but this week has been an absolute swine, so my spirits were in need of a boost. The universe was obviously listening and sent a savior in the guise of Turtle Bay in Derby Read Our Review

Dinner At The Orangery Restaurant, Darley Dale Dinner At The Orangery Restaurant, Darley Dale I've said it before, but the variety of places that The Man Bird and I get invited to never fail to surprise me. I'm no longer in the first flushes of youth, but neither am I anywhere near Read Our Review

Dinner At The Red Lion Inn, Birchover Dinner At The Red Lion Inn, Birchover I admit to not being the most techno savvy bird on the planet and my map reading leaves a bit to be desired, but you assume that SatNav knows its job, right? Let's just say that last night when Read Our Review

New Menu At Yo! Sushi, INTU Centre, Derby New Menu At Yo! Sushi, INTU Centre, Derby The Man Bird and I just love Yo!Sushi at Derbys' Intu Centre, so when we got the invite to go and sample their new menu we were more than happy to fly over. One of the things I love is seeing Read Our Review

Pizza And Gelato At The Joiners Arms, Quarndon Pizza And Gelato At The Joiners Arms, Quarndon Speaking off the record, I must confess to rather liking this school holiday; The Boy Wonder and I have done quite a bit of gallivanting. This time it was the Joiners Arms pub in Quarndon where Read Our Review

Dinner At The Fox & Hounds, Coxbench Dinner At The Fox & Hounds, Coxbench In typical Fledgling style our Chick allowed us to pay for, and carry, all her clothes from Meadowhall but declined to have dinner with "the 'rents"; her preferred evening was parading her new Read Our Review

The Opening Of Cocos Dessert Factory in Derby The Opening Of Cocos Dessert Factory in Derby The Man Bird and I are always happy to hear of a new business opening its doors, and even happier when we get asked along to share their official opening celebrations. Normanton is the latest Read Our Review

Dinner At The Recently Opened Curry Lounge, Somercotes Dinner At The Recently Opened Curry Lounge, Somercotes Just recently time has absolutely passed us by so quickly that we haven't visited half the places we've wanted to. This weekend we finally made it up to the Newest Kid Read Our Review

New Menu At The Queens Head In Ockbrook New Menu At The Queens Head In Ockbrook It doesnt seem five minutes since The Man Bird and I were attending the opening night of The Queens Head at Ockbrook. David and Julia have given the menu a seasonal overhaul and invited us back Read Our Review

Birthday Burgers At Hide Burger Bar, Derby Birthday Burgers At Hide Burger Bar, Derby The Chickadee had her birthday during the week so, amazing parents that we are, we booked a table for us all plus the Boyfriend Bird at Hide Burger Bar in Derby. This venue leads a double life; during the week Read Our Review

Back At The Devonshire Arms, Pilsley for Dinner Back At The Devonshire Arms, Pilsley for Dinner It's been almost two years since The Man Bird and I were last at the Devonshire Arms in Pilsley, one of the gorgeous villages on the Chatsworth Estate. There have been a couple of changes; Read Our Review

Dinner At The Newly Opened Belfry Steakhouse In Derby Dinner At The Newly Opened Belfry Steakhouse In Derby The Boy Wonder and I were very kindly invited to go along and sample the food at the newly opened Belfry Steakhouse in The Old Bell Hotel, located on Sadler Gate in the heart of Derby city centre. Read Our Review

Dinner At The Greyhound Pub in Derby Dinner At The Greyhound Pub in Derby Although I haven't visited The Greyhound before, I knew I'd heard the name and spent ages racking my little brain as to where I'd heard of it before. Eventually it came to me; they were Read Our Review

Comedy and Curry night at Genting Casino, Derby Comedy and Curry night at Genting Casino, Derby It's been a while since The Boy Wonder and I were at Genting Riverlights Casino in Derby; we always enjoy our food at the Fahrenheit Bar and Grill. On this occasion however we weren't going to be Read Our Review

Lunch At The Denby Lodge, Denby Lunch At The Denby Lodge, Denby Geordie Bird decided to grace us with her presence, so it was all hands on deck to get the nest de-fluffed and up to her standard. This meant we didn't have time to get any shopping in for the Read Our Review

Dinner At The Refurbished Hollybrook, Littleover, Derby Dinner At The Refurbished Hollybrook, Littleover, Derby No doubt many of you will know that The Hollybrook at Littleover had a massive refurbishment and opened again in January 2017, and perhaps some of you will already have been; for those who Read Our Review

Dinner At The Matlock Gurkha Inn, Tansley Dinner At The Matlock Gurkha Inn, Tansley Sometimes you think of a place to visit and never quite get round to actually going there. The Man Bird and I have had the Matlock Ghurkha Inn at Tansley on our radar for ages, so after a busy day Read Our Review

Dinner At Lorentes Tapas Bar in Derby Dinner At Lorentes Tapas Bar in Derby My Daddy Bird has gone off for a weekend jolly to see friends "dahn sarf" so Mummy Bird, Chickadee, The Man Bird and I thought we'd go for a jaunt into the big city lights. Lorentes won the Best Read Our Review

Dinner At Viva Italian Restaurant in Matlock Dinner At Viva Italian Restaurant in Matlock Located in the bustling town of Matlock is a gem of an Italian restaurant called Viva that never fails to have a great write up whichever site you use. The Man bird and I were very kindly invited Read Our Review

Trying The New Menu At Revolucion de Cuba, Derby Trying The New Menu At Revolucion de Cuba, Derby It's been a while since The Man Bird and I were over at Revolucion de Cuba in Derby and it was really good to be invited back to sample their new menu items. Sarah the Manager showed us over to Read Our Review

Dinner At Harpur's of Melbourne Dinner At Harpur's of Melbourne The Man Bird and I love gadding about our wonderful county to see what culinary delights the talented chefs are cooking up, and this time it was the two rosette winning Harpur's of Melbourne that we Read Our Review

Dinner At Blu Bistro & Coffee House, Chesterfield Dinner At Blu Bistro & Coffee House, Chesterfield Yet again, The Man Bird and I were facing an evening a deux seeing as The Chick had other plans. Luckily an invite came through from the team at Blu Bistro and Coffee House in Chesterfield asking Read Our Review

Dinner At The Manners Hotel, Bakewell Dinner At The Manners Hotel, Bakewell The Man Bird, Chickadee and I had dropped the Tribal Elders off at The Cavendish Hotel in Baslow to enjoy their Chefs Kitchen Table experience, which was their surprise present at Christmas. Obviously Read Our Review

Dinner At The Junction Bar & Restaurant, Sutton-In-Ashfield Dinner At The Junction Bar & Restaurant, Sutton-In-Ashfield Daddy Bird was away, Chickadee was out with the fella; so Mummy Bird, The Boy Wonder and me thought "diddle this for a game of soldiers, we're going out too!". The weather was dismal to Read Our Review

Dinner At The Refurbished Blue Peter, Alvaston, Derby Dinner At The Refurbished Blue Peter, Alvaston, Derby We were contacted to say that the Blue Peter in Alvaston, Derby had recently undergone a huge refurbishment and asking if we would like to go along and sample the food. Having never visited Read Our Review

Breakfast At Hackwood Farm, Radbourne Breakfast At Hackwood Farm, Radbourne Here at the nest it is shaping up to be an interesting weekend. The Man Bird has unleashed his inner Neanderthal and is determined to do all the D.I.Y jobs over the weekend, but don't worry; I've got Read Our Review

Dinner At The Queens Head in Belton, Leicestershire Dinner At The Queens Head in Belton, Leicestershire It always amazes me how vast Derbyshire is, and nothing emphasizes this more than an invitation into "foreign" territory that is a lot less miles than some towns in our Read Our Review

Dinner At La Pizza, Derby Dinner At La Pizza, Derby After having missed the opening night of La pizza in Derby due to being on holiday, it was lovely to finally make it on my birthday! The Boy Wonder and I got there nice and early as we had a family film night Read Our Review

Dinner At The Mill Street Pub & Kitchens, Oakham Dinner At The Mill Street Pub & Kitchens, Oakham The boy wonder and I were invited down to Mill Street Pub and Kitchen to stay with them in one of their boutique guest rooms and have dinner that evening and breakfast the following morning. Read Our Review

Lunch At The Noel at Whitwell nr Rutland Water Lunch At The Noel at Whitwell nr Rutland Water Our first blog adventure of the New Year took us to the UKs smallest county, Rutland. As we were staying close to Rutland water so we decided to go there for a stroll around on our way down. Read Our Review

Bank Holiday Lunch At The Gate At Tansley Bank Holiday Lunch At The Gate At Tansley Having indulged in a wonderful Christmas and New Year filled with delicious food thanks mainly to Percy Dawes butchers and Loubys, both based in Alfreton, we have finally left the nest and ventured out Read Our Review