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Hambleton Hall

Exton, Rutland, 60-100£
13/02/2017: Spoilt totally with beautiful weather and aperitif served outside in the beautiful gardens/terrace.. followed by meal with immaculate but friendly service. It was exquisite food, beautiful environment although unstuffy despite the luxury and country house feel. A great event...
08/02/2017: Went for lunch for my partners Birthday, from the moment we set foot inside we were treated as 5* guests, amazing service from everyone. My partner even had her own personalised menu -this was a complete surprise. Drinks faultless, Wine superb, Canapes in the lounge overlooking Rutland Water. Lunch was excellent from the delicious Celeriac and apple amuse bouche right through to my Almond and Amaretto Souffle. Attentive but not obtrusive service, Friendly and welcoming staff. Will definitely go back Highly recommended



Norbury, Derbyshire Dales
23/02/2017: What a gem to find! I can't believe we only live 30 minutes away and never knew about this place. We will be back! Service was fabulous, food amazing. My partner is gluten free and this was catered for without hesitation or fuss. Brilliant
17/02/2017: The Lighthouse never fails to disappoint. The staff are wonderful and excellent at dealing with any queries (which at times have admittedly been confusing on my part!), and they handle dietary requirements excellently. The service is suited to fine dining without being overwhelming. The restaurant is beautifully decorated whilst capturing a Derbyshire "warmth" and countryside ambience. The menu is exceptional, adventurous and exquisite. I've visited 3 times now, and I look forward to the next. The range of gin is also good, and expanding, which is certainly not a bad thing!



Melton Egerton, Melton
25/02/2017: Our 4th visit to this amazing restaurant and Amici never, ambience and owners Guiliana and Mark exceed beyond hospitality, it was our wedding anniversary and we arrived to banners and heart confetti on our table...thank you for a special wonderful evening see you in March
20/02/2017: Went for a Birthday meal with my family and Wow!! Service was amazing they really went the extra mile to make sure everything was perfect and ready for us. Food was delicious, service was on point and it's such a cute little place with a great atmosphere and great prices too!! Can't wait to go back already. Thank you Giuliana, you were all awesome! Xx


Stones Restaurant

Matlock All Saints, Derbyshire Dales, 45-60£
23/02/2017: Due to business travel, my wife and I couldn't eat together on Valentine's Day, so instead we booked a table at Stone's two days later for my return to MatlockWe had eated at Stone's before - but they excelled themselves on this occasion. We treated ourselves to the eight course taster menu, accompanied by their selected wine flight - and the whole experience was superb.All eight courses were fabulous - but I would call out for special attention the soup - mushroom soup, which may not sound the most exciting - but this was full of flavour, and just the perfect way to start our evening. And then the first of the two sweet deserts - lemony heaven.All the wines were very well chosed - each complemented the food really well; at first blush I might have raised an eyebrow at a couple of the pairings, but the restaurant knew better than me, and in fact I loved each wine.Since I had been in London the previous few days, I was pleasantly surprised by how reasonable the whole meal proved to be - for the same quality of food, wine, and service in central London you would have paid probably three times the price.All in all - an excellent evening; still by far and away the best eating experience in Matlock
15/02/2017: I have eaten here several times now at lunchtime and it just gets better and better. The food and service is excellent. Thoroughly recommend and I think it is really good value for money. Will definitely be back again soon.


Berkeley Arms

Wymondham, Melton
20/02/2017: First visit with 2 friends for Sunday lunch. We were immediately impressed with the homely gastropub atmosphere and prompt friendly service. We each had different mains with all four offerings receiving accolades. Everything was full of flavour and beautifully cooked. The excellent quality extended to the desserts and coffee. At a little over £25 per head with drinks really splendid value. We will return !
19/02/2017: There are so many positive reviews of this pub it is difficult to say anything else that hasn't been said already. I live in London and am lucky, through work and leisure, to dine in some of the highest reviewed/new/next big thing/"fashionable" restaurants in the U.K. on a fairly regular basis. However, the Berkeley Arms, which I make sure I visit every time I travel up to Rutland, is quite simply, better. Why? Because, with Louise's impeccable management and the faultess cuisine from husband and head chef Neil you are transported to an experience that embodies everything positive about the 'gastropub' genre. From the moment you walk in, it feels as if you are being wrapped up in a comforting blanket from which you never want to leave. Service is excellent and the menu has never (ever) failed to tempt me into three courses. Neil Hitchen is a master of his trade and when combined with the truly unique atmosphere and experience created by Louise, you have a destination worth travelling 120 miles for.


Eat Saigon

Castle, Northampton, 20-30£
21/02/2017: What a lovely surprise! We were visiting just for one night so we decided to go for the first on the list. We had a really nice meal, food was delicious and the staff really helpful and extremely friendly. Thank you for the lovely experience!
19/02/2017: Been here couple of time and it has always been really good.Never disappointed. Service was excellent. Will be visiting soon again.


White's of Ashbourne

Ashbourne North, Derbyshire Dales
21/02/2017: We stayed at Whites as a last minute stop off, and received a really attentive service from the owners immediately (they actually called to offer a table reservation for dinner given it was late notice, and to offer a choice of rooms to meet our preferences).Parking is a bit of a downside, as it's a steep path to walk along to get to the roadside parking given no onside parking option.The rooms were pleasant and clean, and despite being quite near a number of pubs on a Saturday night, it was really quiet and peaceful.The real win though was dinner. The food was inventive, with a number of great options - difficult to choose between, and most importantly everything was delicious! The service was equally strong, and we would not hesitate to return for dinner again.
19/02/2017: I found this place through trip advisor wanting to treat my partner. The owners very politely sent me the current menu which unfortunately due to neither of liking fish left us with not much choice. We had bread for starters and with the various butters and arancini which was delicious. The steak was cooked in a water bath and we missed the charring you get from a pan, it doesn't take away the fact it was beautifully cooked though. We requested the steak as myself no blood but pink and my partner rare. They both came pink with no difference between either which was a little disappointing but wouldn't be enough to stop us enjoying a lovely meal. Quirky and for us the show stopper star of the show was the shin beef Croquet which was utterly delightful.


Restaurant Sat Bains

Dunkirk and Lenton, Nottingham, >100£
24/02/2017: Sat Bains is one of our favourite restaurants and over the years we have now visited more than 10 times. The food and wine paring are exceptional. The accommodation is in the same league as any boutique 5 Star hotel. We love it. However I don't get why people sit on their mobile phones texting through the duration of a meal when they are being served such exciting and delicious food. Do I need to learn to embrace technology or are they just bad mannered?
22/02/2017: Booked a taster meal in the nucleus kitchen where you get a chef cooking for you and explaining the whole experience.Today I was the only customer and had personal service from a delightful and interesting Canadian chef (sorry I forgot your name, testament to your cooking)The experience was undoubtably the best meal I have eaten including another two Michelin starred and a three Michelin starred restaurant.The menu was in total 9 coursesStarted with a five flavour experience salt sweet sour bitter and Umami fascinating flavour.Moved onto a delicious scallop with a tapioca cracker and squid ink, not going to try to explain every course as too complex.Next was artichoke cured meat and tartareThen aged beef with mushroomA plate of lambThe crossover to clean the palateChocolate and on top yoghurt panacottaThen rhubarb buttermilk ice creamThai green curry ice cream covered in candy flossThen a coffee with five shards of different flavoured chocolate. The making of the coffee was an experience in itself done by weight and paper filtersFollowed by a tour around all of the restaurant and meeting all the chefsMy descriptions do not do any of the courses the credit they deserveIt was a quite exceptional experience food absolutely delicious chef was a great personality and everything was frankly perfect.Vital to book but well worth the 316 miles round trip.


The Folly Inn

Towcester Brook, South Northamptonshire, 30-45£
21/02/2017: This is my second visit, and was a business lunch this time. As before, we were made very welcome by the Proprietor; food was excellent, service faultless, and ambiance just right. The menu is varied, and this time I had the 'fish n chips' and really I was so fresh, it fell apart. Great service from you guys, and well done. We shall return, have no doubt.
14/02/2017: My husband and I had to go to Essex yesterday to help an aged auntie who was in hospital in Romford. So after a long journey down, a fairly grimm day, then a long journey back we really wanted a nice dinner before it got too late. So we diverted off the motorway to see if the Folly could fit us in. Completely forgetting it was Valentines day.Of course they were fully booked. But instead of just turning us away, the owner took the time to have a chat with us, and when we told him we just wanted dinner and to go, not a big romantic night out, he squeezed us in as he had a table not due in for an hour and 20 mins. So they gave us two lovely courses and a glass of wine, and made us feel welcome and not a nuisance. Thats what you call hospitality. The food was great, the atmosphere lovely. Great to see somebody doing it right, and the good people of Towcester obviously appreciate it as the place was packed.


Koinonia Restaurant

Castle, Newark and Sherwood, >100£
21/02/2017: Staff and food are great. They cater for my partner who is Vegan/Vegetarian and advise accordingly, very knowledgable. The vegetable dosa's are amazing and the different Keralian food is tasty and different to normal Indian food - a refreshing change. The staff are attentive and helpful with choice. Good for lunch or dinner. Often has special eating events including Diwali and celebration meals.
18/02/2017: As this restaurant has been number one on tripadvisor for a while we thought to give it a try. I was really looking forward to this meal but ended up being really disappointed! The service was slow, the poppadoms were to laugh at..seriously the pickle tray was so tiny it was absolutely ridiculous! The chicken was dry (which we mentioned to the staff) and the portions were small. Really not impressed at all! Such a shame, im afraid we won't be coming back...


White Horse

Kings Sutton, South Northamptonshire, 20-30£
24/02/2017: I filled in one of those survey cards after fish and chips here on Friday; I added a box above 'excellent' for 'off-the-scale'. The fish was so fresh it floated just above the fork. The chips are legendary. And the pureed peas are certainly the best I've ever tasted. I should be toning this down because over-expectation can lead to disappointment, but the queues to park and the wait for a table tell you just what a gem this place has become. [Cautionary note: my opinion has been coloured by a very drinkable white Rioja].
24/02/2017: We went for lunch for a leaving do. The lunch menu is tremendous value and there is a good selection on the main menu too. The restaurant is lovely and has a very relaxed atmosphere. The staff are very helpful and their recommendations are spot on. The food is just so very delicious and beautifully presented. If you love food then you must go!


The Apiary Cafe Bar

Castle Donington, North West Leicestershire
22/02/2017: Visited for breakfast on a Saturday morning. It was not busy.The menu was varied and included smoked salmon and scrambled egg and eggs benedict as well as the usual full English.The food was very good quality and the service pleasant and brisk.A great place to relax with the newspapers with breakfast.
19/02/2017: We popped in on the way to the airport on a Sunday afternoon we stopped and had Sunday lunch the food was fabulous very tasty and plenty of choice of vegetables the staff were friendly and attentive just a shame we live so far away to go there regularly.


Ascough's Bistro

Market Harborough-Little Bowden, Harborough, <20£
24/02/2017: Wonderful food great atmosphere and a special thanks to Josh for looking after us so well, very attentive xx ps we will be back
21/02/2017: Visited this restaurant for a romantic dinner with my wife. We both had nice evening and the food was very good quality and well presented.The only issue was a little lack of atmosphere and character.Im sure most other guests were happy but we normally like a little something that sets the place out from the rest and were hoping to find it here.we will come again I have no doubt but the x factor just wasnt there


Himalayan Gurkha

Arboretum, Derby, <20£
22/02/2017: Took a long time to come (about an hour on a Wednesday) but was delicious.
22/02/2017: Here on a business trip. I'm sad to admit we eat a lot of curry all over the uk. Several times a week. Sometime they're Hit Miss or maybe. This is an absolute HIT! Give it a go. Such tasty Dhaal, superb service and tasty food. When visiting Derby we used to love Viceroy but not this is my favourite!


The Shalimar

Stanton, Derbyshire Dales, 20-30£
25/02/2017: This is my favorite dining spot in the Peak District! Ajmil Ali is the consummate host and all of the staff are very attentive. If you like Indian/Asian food, you will absolutely love this place. It is one of the best places to eat in all of England!!! I am from the U.S. When I go back to England again, I will be sure to go back to Shalimar, too!!!
23/02/2017: Had a takeaway from here with my friend on a visit to Derbyshire. Food was excellent and the staff very helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend.

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