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Winter Wonderland At Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest
Saturday 30 Dec 2017  read review

Yay, it's that time of year again dear reader; the annual flock and friends pilgrimage to Center Parcs before Christmas. As a family we've been coming since our Chick really was a Chick of six months old. Now that she's a fledgling



Dinner At Rajinda Pradesh, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest
Saturday 30 Dec 2017  read review

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 total legend all evening. It wasn't long before she was



Dinner At The Newly Opened Cookhouse & Pub, Ripley
Friday 29 Dec 2017  read review

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 I need to do. Do you know what I mean?



Dinner And A Cocktail Masterclass At The Newly Opened Bar Soba
Wednesday 20 Dec 2017  read review

I am a sociable little bird as you all know, so when Bar Soba organised a bloggers evening I knew it was going to be a great event. Good friends, great surroundings, alcohol, and food are the perfect recipe for good times



Sunday Lunch At The Old Bell Hotel, Derby
Saturday 16 Dec 2017  read review

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.



Dinner At PizzaStorm In Nottingham
Wednesday 13 Dec 2017  read review

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 (formerly Inferno Pizza) kindly invited us along



Dinner At The Newly Opened Stein Strasse in Derby
Monday 11 Dec 2017  read review

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 you Germany's finest cuisine and beverages



Dinner At Cafe Rouge, Center Parcs Sherwood Forest
Friday 8 Dec 2017  read review

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 I headed off to Cafe Rouge for our dinner reservation.



Murder Mystery Christmas Party Night at The Kedleston House Hotel
Thursday 7 Dec 2017  read review

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 asked if we'd like to join their "Great British Bump Off" murder mystery



A Personal Chef Experience From La Belle Assiette
Wednesday 6 Dec 2017  read review

What's a bird to do when approached by a company asking if she would like a personal chef to come and cook dinner for her and some friends? Say "heck, yes!!" of course! La Belle Assiette is an online private chef experience



Christmas Caribbean Style at Turtle Bay, Derby
Thursday 23 Nov 2017  read review

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, thanks to the team at Turtle Bay in Derby;



Flavours Of Indian Night At Rowley's Village Pub and Restaurant
Sunday 19 Nov 2017  read review

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 - the Flavours of India night at Rowley's Village Pub and Restaurant



Dinner At The Yard Restaurant, Derby County Football Club
Thursday 16 Nov 2017  read review

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 the food on offer at The Yard, D.C.F.C's new bar



All You Can Eat Oriental Buffet At The Rice Bowl, Belper
Sunday 12 Nov 2017  read review

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 to blame The Man Bird, but no, this was entirely all my own doing.



Tapas Night At Lawries Bistro & Coffee House, Dronfield
Thursday 9 Nov 2017  read review

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 people at one time.



Sampling From The Christmas Gift Selection At Il Gusto
Tuesday 7 Nov 2017  read review

I have finally found the secret to popularity dear reader; do you want to know what it is? Trust me, you'd never have guessed in a million years. Alcohol! Not just any old stuff though; yummy, indulgent tipples that need to be caressed and savoured.



Sunday Lunch At The Red Lion, Alnmouth
Sunday 5 Nov 2017  read review

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) we always take her out for Sunday Lunch as a thank you



Dinner At The Three Cottages, Hasland, Chesterfield
Sunday 5 Nov 2017  read review

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 (no surprises, eh?) that are now one building



Dinner At The Old Boat House, Amble
Wednesday 1 Nov 2017  read review

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 Granny duty as child watcher, so The Man Bird and I



Coffee & Scones At The Crab And Waltzer, Whitley Bay
Sunday 29 Oct 2017  read review

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 kip the Geordie Bird and Chickadee had swanned off



Pizza And Gelato At The Bulls Head In Repton
Thursday 19 Oct 2017  read review

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 out to dinner. We decided to pay The Bulls Head at Repton a visit



Dinner At Sourced Restaurant At The New Bath Hotel
Sunday 15 Oct 2017  read review

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. Last year after a lot of renovation, it once again



Dinner At The Thorn Tree Inn, Woodlinkin near Codnor
Wednesday 11 Oct 2017  read review

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;



Tapas For Two At The Bridge Inn, Calver
Thursday 5 Oct 2017  read review

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, spice them up a bit and then charge me



Dinner At Fahrenheit, Genting Riverlights, Derby
Sunday 1 Oct 2017  read review

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 rock up to the premises



Sunday Lunch Carvery At The Marquis Of Ormonde, Codnor
Thursday 28 Sep 2017  read review

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 our radar for ages, but when something is on your doorstep



The Bottomless Brunch At Revolucion De Cuba, Derby
Sunday 24 Sep 2017  read review

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 the time to do whatever I feel



Chocolates From Grandma Peaks Homemade Sweets
Thursday 21 Sep 2017  read review

I have always considered myself to be blessed with the wonderful friends I have, but this has recently become even more evident as they've rallied round whilst I've been recuperating.



Dinner At The Hotel Van Dyk's Southgate Grill
Sunday 17 Sep 2017  read review

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 Worksop and often drove past the Van Dyk Hotel



A Round Up Of Our USA & Canada City Adventures
Saturday 16 Sep 2017  read review

Well what a holiday that was! Our flight was from Heathrow to Washington's Dulles Airport and we then had a few days in Washington D.C to start things off.



Dinner At The Batemans Mill Hotel, Old Tupton
Sunday 10 Sep 2017  read review

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 rate the venue, staff, and variety of food and drink etc.



Brunch At Browns Tea Room, Bar & Bistro, Mansfield
Sunday 3 Sep 2017  read review

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 in Mansfield for ages and never quite got around to it



Dinner At The Littleover Lodge Hotel near Derby
Sunday 27 Aug 2017  read review

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 amazing venues and sampling some delicious meals.



Celebrating Byron Burgers 10th Birthday at Derby Intu Centre
Thursday 24 Aug 2017  read review

It's a well known fact that my Flock love a good burger, so when the team at the Derby INTU branch of Byron Burger invited us to celebrate their 10th Birthday we jumped at the chance. As soon as The Man Bird and I walked through the door



Dinner At The Rectory in Chesterfield
Sunday 20 Aug 2017  read review

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 The Man Bird and I were fed into comatose states.



Dinner At The Palfrey, Blacksmiths Yard, Derby
Friday 18 Aug 2017  read review

At the weekend The Man Bird and I were in Derby reviewing another venue and found ourselves partaking of a Frosé (a slushie of Merlot, Strawberry Gin and Grenadine)



Food Returns To Rowley's Gin Bar & Wine Cellar In Derby
Sunday 13 Aug 2017  read review

The last time we visited Rowley's was to sample their fine dining, tasting menu just before Christmas 2015. A lot has changed since then; the fine dining element was dropped and Rowley's concentrated on being a destination venue only for Gin lovers



Family Lunch At The Wheatsheaf In Bakewell
Friday 11 Aug 2017  read review

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.



Dinner At Stones Restaurant In Matlock
Sunday 6 Aug 2017  read review

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. With being so busy with other commitments



Dinner At Miller and Carter Steakhouse, Wollaton, Nottingham
Thursday 3 Aug 2017  read review

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 and sons fame) decided that this really



Steak Night At The Durham Ox, Ilkeston
Sunday 30 Jul 2017  read review

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 to us in the past by one of the Blogs’ readers



Dinner At Angelo's At The New Inn, Milford
Sunday 23 Jul 2017  read review

It was lovely to finally make it through the doors of Angelo's restaurant at The New Inn, Milford, Belper; we had firmed up a date before we went away to America and Canada so it had been a few weeks to wait.



Our Last Day In Niagara Falls And A Visit To Marineland
Monday 17 Jul 2017  read review

My flock kicked off our last day in Niagara by paying IHOP another visit for breakfast, this time with The Chick in tow. His Nibs had the breakfast sampler again and I had the double blueberry pancakes because I'd really enjoyed them



Second Day in Niagara Falls, time to really explore
Sunday 16 Jul 2017  read review

We all had a fantastic nights sleep thanks to the supreme comfort of the beds in our Radisson Falls View Hotel room and the amazing sound-proofing it has. Chickadee was primping and preening, so The Man and I headed over to IHOP (International



From Toronto Up To Niagara Falls
Saturday 15 Jul 2017  read review

Well Toronto, it's been a blast but we need to do one of my "Bucket List" wishes and visit one of the worlds' wonders, Niagara Falls.



Out And About In Toronto With The CN Tower & Eva's Chimneys
Friday 14 Jul 2017  read review

Other than the hiccups at our New York Hotel, The Manhattan on Times Square and the drenching on our Night Bus tour of Washington D.C we have dropped pretty lucky with our family holiday. Us Brits are known for our pragmatism, so when



Tasting Tour Of Toronto's Distillery District With Go Tours Canada
Thursday 13 Jul 2017  read review

Having done a food tour around St Lawrence Market in the morning, it was over to the Distillery District in the afternoon for a food and drink tour with the dapper Aaron from Go Tours Canada. We hopped on a City sightseeing bus



Tour Of St Lawrence Market With The Culinary Adventure Co
Thursday 13 Jul 2017  read review

We all woke up nice and refreshed this morning after a whopping 10 hours sleep! The beds in Toronto's Chelsea Hotel are wonderfully comfortable and the sound-proofing is so much better than in The Manhattan on Times Square Hotel New York's rooms.



Heading From New York To Toronto And The Chelsea Hotel
Wednesday 12 Jul 2017  read review

Well what a day it's been. Originally our transfer from our New York Hotel to the city's Newark airport was going to be at 7am (which is doable), but when we called to confirm the time had changed to 5.25am.



Dinner At Black Barn Restaurant In New York
Tuesday 11 Jul 2017  read review

Every once in a while something wonderful happens, and 11th July 2017 was one of those great moments. All credit is due to Chef Johnny Hernandez for it is he who recommended Black Barn to me when I picked his brains for great dining in New York.



Doing all things Tourist in the Big Apple
Sunday 9 Jul 2017  read review

When you plan a trip into the Big Apple there is a certain list of sites that are must-see's; The Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, and The One World Observatory.



Dinner With A View Of The Empire State Building At One Dine
Saturday 8 Jul 2017  read review

Where does a food blogger go to dine when the world's #1 restaurant is shut for a refurb? The highest restaurant in the Western Hemisphere, that's where! The Man Birds' wallet wasn't exactly heartbroken to learn that



A Visit To The One World Observatory
Saturday 8 Jul 2017  read review

I have to confess that the main focus for my gluttonous side was the highest restaurant in the Western Hemisphere, One Dine. However, before I could indulge that side I had to work off some of the calories that I would later be putting in!



Horse Drawn Carriage Ride around Central Park
Saturday 8 Jul 2017  read review

We woke on our first full day in The Big Apple and immediately went on the hunt for food. Just a short walk from the Hotel there was a cafe that did a hot breakfast selection; Chickadee had the Choc Chip Pancakes, the Man Bird and I



Washington DC Is Over, Time To Move Onto NYC!
Friday 7 Jul 2017  read review

All I can say is it's a good job we had a hearty breakfast at Nerds and Nibblers!! So much for thinking that it would be quicker to get from D.C to N.Y.C by train than have the faff of security etc if we flew.



A Cruise Along The Potomac On The Spirit Of Washington
Thursday 6 Jul 2017  read review

It's always nice to dress up for dinner and indulge in all the pampering that goes along with it such as doing your hair and make-up, spritzing on your favourite perfume, and donning your high heels.



Time For Shopping At The Pentagon City Mall
Thursday 6 Jul 2017  read review

As we were all in the throes of showering and dressing we had the T.V on and the weather forecast for the day was not looking good; already there were reports of localised flooding on the capitals roads.



The Big Bus Tour Of Washington DC
Wednesday 5 Jul 2017  read review

Well folks it was another hot humid day in the Capital, with rain forecast later in the day, so we scooted ourselves down to the Big Bus Tour stop to grab a yellow route bus. After a couple of stops we switched onto the Blue route



A Visit To The Spy Museum With Lunch At Proper 21
Tuesday 4 Jul 2017  read review

It's Independence Day here in the States, and what a contrast the streets were from yesterdays hustle and bustle; it was like a scene from one of those Apocalypse films, no cars in sight! Granted, we were up bright and early, but even so



Dinner At Founding Farmers, Foggy Bottom, Washington DC
Tuesday 4 Jul 2017  read review

Before we headed off to watch the Fourth of July fireworks at The National Mall we knew we'd need some food to keep us going. We'd booked a table a while ago, and blimey it's a good job we did; as we approached the restaurant



Check In At The Loews Madison Hotel & Dinner At Joes Seafood
Monday 3 Jul 2017  read review

After a very efficient journey through passport control at Dulles Airport we had a short transfer with Super shuttle.com to our hotel, Loews Madison on 15th Street NW. A very smartly attired doorman took our luggage through to reception



Flying To Washington DC With United Airlines
Monday 3 Jul 2017  read review

I can thoroughly vouch for the comfort of the beds at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at Heathrow Airport; we all slept like babies and woke up ready for the long day ahead.



Stay At The Sheraton Skyline, Heathrow En-Route To The USA
Sunday 2 Jul 2017  read review

As you know dear reader, my little Flock are off on an American and Canadian adventure; the first stop on this journey is a night at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at Heathrow airport. We set off after filling our tummies with My Mummy Birds



Dinner At The Bell Public House in Smalley
Saturday 1 Jul 2017  read review

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. It has been a stressful few weeks



Mediterranean Breakfast At Cafe G In Belper
Sunday 25 Jun 2017  read review

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 early, so that’s where we went.



Taking Advantage Of The Wednesday Special At The Curry Lounge
Friday 23 Jun 2017  read review

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 for Wednesdays; a four course meal for the incredible price offer



The Taste of Kedleston Menu At Kedleston County House
Sunday 18 Jun 2017  read review

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 seasonal produce. The showcase evening for this menu was



Dinner At The Tickled Trout in Barlow
Sunday 11 Jun 2017  read review

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.



Time For Tapas At The Black Swan, Belper
Sunday 4 Jun 2017  read review

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.



Dinner At The Greyhound Hotel In Cromford
Thursday 1 Jun 2017  read review

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 on that evening and loved the place.



A Visit To The Bustler Street Food Market At Derby Riverlights
Sunday 28 May 2017  read review

You can't have Hustle without Bustle, especially in a vibrant city like Derby. The brains behind Love Derby, Stuart Costen, and some like-minded friends (Liv Pritchard from Hide, Ben Edmonds from Blok and Tom Erskine) have come up



Dinner At 1650 Restaurant, Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor
Tuesday 23 May 2017  read review

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 Ye Olde Bell at Barnby Moor near Retford.



Dinner at the Opulence Restaurant in Derby
Sunday 21 May 2017  read review

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 huge statement lights suspended from the heavens.



Dinner At The School House Restaurant in South Normanton
Friday 19 May 2017  read review

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 your venue to friends and family



New Menu At Turtle Bay, Derby
Sunday 14 May 2017  read review

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, as they kindly invited The Man Bird and me



Dinner At The Orangery Restaurant, Darley Dale
Thursday 11 May 2017  read review

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 retirement age, so I was a bit surprised to be invited



Dinner At The Red Lion Inn, Birchover
Friday 5 May 2017  read review

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 The Man Bird and I were making our way to Birchover



The Great British Food Festival 2017
Saturday 29 Apr 2017  read review

Well what a brilliant time we've all had at The Great British Food Festival at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire! We (Man Bird, Mummy Bird, The Chick and I) got there nice and early officially to get publicity shots of the stall holders;



New Menu At Yo! Sushi, INTU Centre, Derby
Friday 28 Apr 2017  read review

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.



Sampling Prosecco From Premier Estates Wines
Tuesday 25 Apr 2017  read review

The lovely peeps at Premier Estate Wines got in touch a couple of weeks ago to ask if I would like to review a couple of their Prosecco wines. After a lot of persuasion (ok, none at all!) I said that I would do it



Pizza And Gelato At The Joiners Arms, Quarndon
Sunday 23 Apr 2017  read review

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 we chose to perch our little bottoms.



Dinner At The Fox & Hounds, Coxbench
Thursday 20 Apr 2017  read review

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 finery to her boyfriend. Finding ourselves



The Opening Of Cocos Dessert Factory in Derby
Sunday 16 Apr 2017  read review

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 suburb of Derby to be serving up



Dinner At The Recently Opened Curry Lounge, Somercotes
Tuesday 11 Apr 2017  read review

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 on the (Somercotes) Block, namely Curry Lounge



New Menu At The Queens Head In Ockbrook
Sunday 9 Apr 2017  read review

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 to try some of the yummy dishes, so off we flew



Birthday Burgers At Hide Burger Bar, Derby
Sunday 2 Apr 2017  read review

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



The Chilli Jam Man's New Marinades & Sauces For Huckleberry's Diners
Saturday 1 Apr 2017  read review

You may recall that The Man Bird and I had a little foray up to the Northern Restaurant and Bar exhibition a couple of weeks ago. Whilst we were there we met loads of great people absolutely passionate about what they do and their produce;



Back At The Devonshire Arms, Pilsley for Dinner
Monday 27 Mar 2017  read review

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; several dishes on the menu have altered.



Dinner At The Newly Opened Belfry Steakhouse In Derby
Wednesday 22 Mar 2017  read review

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. For those of you who don't know



Dinner At The Greyhound Pub in Derby
Sunday 19 Mar 2017  read review

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 winners of the Best Pub category



Comedy and Curry night at Genting Casino, Derby
Sunday 12 Mar 2017  read review

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 taking in the beautiful ambience of Fahrenheit,



Lunch At The Denby Lodge, Denby
Wednesday 8 Mar 2017  read review

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 weekend, so being the *ahem* brilliant



Dinner At The Refurbished Hollybrook, Littleover, Derby
Sunday 5 Mar 2017  read review

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 haven't been before



Dinner At The Matlock Gurkha Inn, Tansley
Friday 3 Mar 2017  read review

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 shopping for Prom Shoes and Bag, Mummy Bird and my li



Dinner At Lorentes Tapas Bar in Derby
Sunday 26 Feb 2017  read review

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 International category award



Dinner At Viva Italian Restaurant in Matlock
Saturday 25 Feb 2017  read review

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 along to see for ourselves what all the fuss is about.



Trying The New Menu At Revolucion de Cuba, Derby
Tuesday 21 Feb 2017  read review

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 our table and left us in the very capable hands



Dinner At Harpur's of Melbourne
Saturday 18 Feb 2017  read review

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 were visiting. Rosettes are awarded



Dinner At Blu Bistro & Coffee House, Chesterfield
Sunday 12 Feb 2017  read review

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 if we would like to sample their food.



Dinner At The Manners Hotel, Bakewell
Tuesday 7 Feb 2017  read review

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, we wanted to go.



Dinner At The Junction Bar & Restaurant, Sutton-In-Ashfield
Saturday 28 Jan 2017  read review

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 say the least, so we didn't want to go too far



Dinner At The Refurbished Blue Peter, Alvaston, Derby
Thursday 26 Jan 2017  read review

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 this part of Derby before we jumped at the chance



Tea Blending & Coffee Roasting At Northern Tea Merchants
Wednesday 25 Jan 2017  read review

I absolutely love the diversity and opportunities my blog affords me; I get to do some incredible things I wouldn't otherwise do. As you may recall, The Boy Wonder and I visited the Pekoe Cafe at the Northern Tea Merchants Shop in Chesterfield



Breakfast At Hackwood Farm, Radbourne
Sunday 22 Jan 2017  read review

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 D.I.Y SOS on speed dial!



Dinner At The Queens Head in Belton, Leicestershire
Saturday 21 Jan 2017  read review

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 wonderful county. We were very kindly invited along to sample the food



Dinner At La Pizza, Derby
Sunday 15 Jan 2017  read review

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 planned back at the nest



Rum Cocktail Masterclass At Turtle Bay, Derby
Thursday 12 Jan 2017  read review

The Boy Wonder and I went to Turtle Bay in Derby just before Christmas 2016 to try out their food, and had a brilliant night there, so when they invited us along to a Rum Cocktail making master class we were only too happy to accept.



Dinner At The Mill Street Pub & Kitchens, Oakham
Tuesday 10 Jan 2017  read review

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.



Overnight Stay At The Mill Street Pub & Kitchens, Oakham
Monday 9 Jan 2017  read review

So the Boy Wonder and I are kicking off the first blog adventure of the New Year in the UKs smallest county, Rutland. We were invited down to Mill Street Pub and Kitchen to stay with them in one of their boutique guest rooms and have dinner that even



Lunch At The Noel at Whitwell nr Rutland Water
Sunday 8 Jan 2017  read review

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.



Bank Holiday Lunch At The Gate At Tansley
Monday 2 Jan 2017  read review

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 for our first meal of the New Year.