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Dinner At Carluccios, Derby INTU
Thursday 22 Dec 2016  read review

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

Sunday Carvery At The Hilcote Country Club
Tuesday 20 Dec 2016  read review

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

Dinner At Turtle Bay Caribbean, Derby
Monday 19 Dec 2016  read review

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

A Quick Lunch At Louby's, Alfreton
Friday 16 Dec 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Newly Opened Cock Inn, Mugginton
Wednesday 14 Dec 2016  read review

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 pulling into

Dinner At The Tavern At Tansley
Sunday 11 Dec 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Rice Bowl, Belper
Monday 5 Dec 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Newly Refurbished Castle, Castleton
Friday 2 Dec 2016  read review

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

The Taste of The Kedleston Dinner & Wine Tasting
Wednesday 30 Nov 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Queens Head In Ockbrook
Wednesday 23 Nov 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Bulls Head in Denby
Sunday 20 Nov 2016  read review

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

New Menu At The Pitcher & Piano, Derby
Saturday 19 Nov 2016  read review

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

Lunch At Pekoe Cafe, Northern Tea Merchants, Chesterfield
Wednesday 16 Nov 2016  read review

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

Dinner At Yo!Sushi To Celebrate Their 1st Birthday At Derby INTU
Monday 14 Nov 2016  read review

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

New Menu At The Cosy Club, Derby
Thursday 10 Nov 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Mansion Restaurant & Wine Bar, Derby
Sunday 6 Nov 2016  read review

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 were making

Holiday At Letoonia Club & Hotel, Fethiye, Turkey.
Sunday 6 Nov 2016  read review

Never more have I ever wanted to be somewhere else in the world than I do right now. Don't get me wrong, I love my home, it is my sanctuary, but looking out of the office window now all I can see is a dreary grey sky.

Turkish Night At The Letoonia Hotel, Likya Restaurant
Saturday 5 Nov 2016  read review

We had eaten plenty of meals in the Main Marina restaurant as a flock, and really enjoyed them all; no matter what the time of day there was an excellent choice to choose from.

Holiday Excursions In And Around Fethiye, Turkey
Friday 4 Nov 2016  read review

Even when we plan a "sunshine week" holiday to just relax, my flock can't sit still for long. Don't get me wrong, we love nothing more than lounging in the sun, swimming in the sea and exploring our resort but we love to get

Kebab A-La-Carte At The Letoonia Hotel, Dolphin Restaurant
Thursday 3 Nov 2016  read review

When our flock goes on holiday we do try to immerse ourselves in the local culture as much as possible, so on our recent visit to Fethiye we booked ourselves onto the a la carte evening at one of our Hotels restaurants.

Sushi A-La-Carte At The Letoonia Hotel, Dolphin Restaurant
Wednesday 2 Nov 2016  read review

We were settling in at our beautiful hotel nicely, and had already tried the Kebab a la carte menu, and given the standard of the food generally at the resort we booked onto the Japanese evening.

The Jet2 Experience During My Holiday To Fethiye, Turkey
Tuesday 1 Nov 2016  read review

I know I usually write about food, but this year's holiday to Turkey was so great that I branched out into writing about the Hotel itself, and felt that I also needed to write about our tour operator, Jet2 Holidays.

A Steak Sharer At The Devonshire Arms, Beeley
Sunday 16 Oct 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Elaichi Indian Restaurant in Belper
Wednesday 12 Oct 2016  read review

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 provided us with

Funky Friday At Marco's New York Italian, Kegworth
Tuesday 11 Oct 2016  read review

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

An Alternative Christmas Menu At Cosmo, Derby
Saturday 1 Oct 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton
Monday 26 Sep 2016  read review

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

New Menu At The Kedleston Country House Hotel
Friday 23 Sep 2016  read review

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. Joe has recently

Anniversary Dinner At The Blacksmiths Loft, Derby
Tuesday 20 Sep 2016  read review

I simply cannot believe how quickly this year is passing dear reader, it caught me a little unaware and I realised last week that my wedding anniversary was fast approaching, with nothing planned

Lunch In The Great Barn Restaurant at Hardwick Hall
Sunday 18 Sep 2016  read review

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

Afternoon Tea At The Flying Childers, Chatsworth House
Monday 12 Sep 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Wonky Table In Derby
Friday 9 Sep 2016  read review

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

Lunch At Pizza Express, Dalton Park, Co Durham
Wednesday 31 Aug 2016  read review

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

Geordie Comfort Food At Hinnies, Whitley Bay
Tuesday 30 Aug 2016  read review

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

Sunday Lunch At The Wellwood Amble
Sunday 28 Aug 2016  read review

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

Lunch Served By Pirates at Endeavour, Newbiggin
Saturday 27 Aug 2016  read review

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 for a walk out with the dogs

Lunch At Las Iguanas, Meadowhall
Friday 26 Aug 2016  read review

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!

Birthday Tea At Rachael's Secret Tea Room
Monday 22 Aug 2016  read review

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

Dinner At Wagamama At Derby INTU
Sunday 21 Aug 2016  read review

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

Dinner At Fahrenheit, Genting Riverlights, Derby
Sunday 14 Aug 2016  read review

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.

Lunch At Made @ No 18, Alfreton
Friday 12 Aug 2016  read review

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

The All You Can Eat Buffet At O-Tokuda, Chesterfield
Sunday 7 Aug 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Black Boy Inn, Heage
Saturday 6 Aug 2016  read review

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

Kitchen Table Experience At The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow
Wednesday 20 Jul 2016  read review

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 and throw

An Early Lunch At The Perfect Cuppa, Belper
Thursday 14 Jul 2016  read review

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

The Belper Food Festival 2016
Wednesday 13 Jul 2016  read review

Visiting Belper Food Festival is becoming a little bit of a tradition for my little flock, which we always enjoy. In previous years we haven't done too badly, but this year was getting off to a dismal start with some heavy downpours;

Pizza Night At The Loaf, Crich
Sunday 10 Jul 2016  read review

I really cannot believe how quickly time has flown by; it doesn't seem that long since we visited The Loaf at Crich as a flock with The Tribal Elders, but it is at least 18 months if not longer. Even my Mummy

High Tea For High Heels At Lisa Jean's
Wednesday 6 Jul 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Alton Towers Rollercoaster Restaurant
Saturday 2 Jul 2016  read review

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 restaurant

Breakfast At Made @ No 18, Alfreton
Saturday 25 Jun 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Kedleston Country House Hotel
Saturday 18 Jun 2016  read review

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

Overnight Stay At The Eastwood Hall Hotel
Thursday 16 Jun 2016  read review

Nothing motivates The Man Bird quite like finding somewhere to stay for his birthday celebrations, so he was off to check his beloved Groupon site for inspiration and (jammy monkey that he is)

Dinner At The Tempus Restaurant, Eastwood Hall
Thursday 16 Jun 2016  read review

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 of booths

New Chef, New Menu At The Blacksmiths Loft, Derby
Thursday 9 Jun 2016  read review

I'm not sure what it is about being asked to do a "Secret Squirrel" visit that gets me clapping with delight, although I suspect it's to do with not really growing up totally. Anyhow, when Victoria

Brunch At The Nutbrook Coffee Shop, Mapperley
Tuesday 7 Jun 2016  read review

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

A Visit To The Ilkeston Food Fair
Monday 6 Jun 2016  read review

The weather was unusually good for a Bank Holiday weekend day so we were hoping that there would be a good turnout for organiser Carol and her team. We left our nest early doors so that we would get a decent parking space,

Pre-Cinema Dinner At Zizzi, INTU, Derby
Sunday 5 Jun 2016  read review

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

Breakfast At The Cool River Cafe, Matlock
Friday 3 Jun 2016  read review

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

Fish & Fizz, Dinner At The Fox & Goose, Wigley
Wednesday 1 Jun 2016  read review

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).

Trying The Summer Menu at Revolucion de Cuba, Derby
Monday 30 May 2016  read review

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

Refurbished Restaurant At The Talbot In Dronfield Woodhouse
Saturday 28 May 2016  read review

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 and their wonderful

A Night In Brighton At Marina By The Sea
Sunday 22 May 2016  read review

Who says you can't mix Business and Pleasure? The Man Bird was down in Brighton for a business meeting, so I went and indulged in the pleasure of Brighton's many shops and bars

More Tapas At Yardleys Wine Bar, Belper
Monday 16 May 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Handmade Burger Co, Nottingham
Monday 9 May 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Carnarvon Country Pub, Teversal
Thursday 5 May 2016  read review

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

New Menu At Revolution, Derby
Tuesday 3 May 2016  read review

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

Breakfast At The Family Tree, Whatstandwell
Sunday 1 May 2016  read review

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.

The Great British Food Festival 2016
Saturday 30 Apr 2016  read review

Well, we've just got back to the nest after having a fantastic morning at The Great British Food Festival held at Hardwick Hall. I finally got to meet my lovely fellow blogger Becky Explorer

Sunday Carvery At The Hilcote Country Club
Wednesday 27 Apr 2016  read review

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

New Menu At The Pitcher & Piano, Derby
Monday 25 Apr 2016  read review

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

Bistro Night At The Cool River Cafe, Matlock
Tuesday 19 Apr 2016  read review

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

Dinner At Chandlers Bar in Chesterfield
Wednesday 13 Apr 2016  read review

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.

Dinner At The Devonshire Dome in Buxton
Monday 11 Apr 2016  read review

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.

Pie Night At The Tiger Inn, Turnditch
Monday 4 Apr 2016  read review

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

Dinner At The Lotus Lounge, Alfreton
Sunday 3 Apr 2016  read review

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.

Easter Sunday Lunch at The Three Horseshoes, Long Lane Village
Monday 28 Mar 2016  read review

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 and that

Lunch At Roosters Bar, Morley Hayes
Sunday 27 Mar 2016  read review

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

Trying Out The New Menu At YO! Sushi, Derby INTU
Thursday 17 Mar 2016  read review

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

Breakfast At Loubys, Alfreton
Sunday 28 Feb 2016  read review

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

Dinner At Pizza Express in Buxton
Sunday 21 Feb 2016  read review

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 it off with them.

A Pre-Tour Lunch At Pooles Cavern Cafe
Saturday 20 Feb 2016  read review

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.

Family Dinner At Papaya Thai in Derby
Sunday 14 Feb 2016  read review

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

Overnight Stay At The Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth
Tuesday 9 Feb 2016  read review

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 Wonder and I have just had.

Dinner At Marco's New York Italian, Kegworth
Tuesday 9 Feb 2016  read review

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

Dinner At Oscars, Calverton, Nottingham
Thursday 4 Feb 2016  read review

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.

A Tour And Tasting At Derventio Brewery, Derby
Sunday 31 Jan 2016  read review

Before I start this blog, I just want to say that have never been a beer drinker. In fact the only time I drink lager even is on a hot day in summer, so I think it fair to say I'm more of a wine girl.

Dinner At Mewar Haveli Indian near Nottingham
Sunday 24 Jan 2016  read review

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

Birthday Afternoon Tea At Beauvale Priory Tea Rooms
Saturday 23 Jan 2016  read review

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

Rock & Roll Burgers At The Rutland In Chesterfield
Tuesday 19 Jan 2016  read review

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

Breakfast At Basilia in Langley Mill
Thursday 14 Jan 2016  read review

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.

Dinner At The Talbot In Dronfield Woodhouse
Sunday 10 Jan 2016  read review

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

Breakfast At Marsh Green Farm, Ramblers Rest Cafe
Saturday 2 Jan 2016  read review

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