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Good Food

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Zest: Relaxed Fine Dining in Derby

We’re always on the lookout for new and interesting places to eat, purely, you understand, so that we can share our experiences with you all, our guests and friends. We happened to find ourselves in Derby earlier this week , with several hours to kill while our car was being serviced. Lunch time loomed, and [...]

The Latest Updates from Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns

…MacMillan Lunch, Mothering Sunday, Photographic Exhibitions…The last week has scampered fast, busily and enjoyably but leaving very little time for quiet reflection or blog posts (let alone mundane chores like ironing… Starting backwards, Mothering Sunday today was a very happy day for this mother but possibly more about that tomorrow. Ruthie and Nick, our two [...]

Black Treacle & Stem Ginger Cake

For many of our guests this cake is in the running for their very favouriteEvery changeover day I make something for our Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns guests arriving that afternoon, and in the interlude, John, Janet and Carol or whoever’s helping us that day will also all enjoy a slice or two before our guests [...]

Tamarind Date Comfort Food

Another cake in the running for favouriteDan Lepard’s Tamarind Date Cake from the Guardian. Dan Lepard, whose recipe from the Guardian this is, unashamedly calls it ‘The best date cake in the world ever’, and equally unashamedly, as someone who bakes and eats it quite frequently, I would agree wholeheartedly. It is extremely delicious and [...]

A Great Local Walk in the Sunday Times

From Hartington to The George at Alstonefield where you’ll find the ‘best pub food in the Peak District”Two local pubs hit the headlines today. The Sycamore, our Parwich pub, has been declared winner of the rural pub of the year category by The Ashbourne sub-branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). While the Sycamore [...]

Dining Secretly in Sudbury Open Prison

…A Great Value Bargain Lunch Tip…Having written recently about the fantastic food at Fischer’s I though perhaps I would redress the balance slightly and let you know about a very nice lunch we had recently at the Secret Diner, in Sudbury (Derbyshire) Open Prison. Just for your interest, Sudbury is a Category D open prison [...]

Fantastic Food at Fischer’s

…Two course Lunch for £20.13This summer, to celebrate the 2012 “proud to be British’ campaign many local businesses offered real bargains of some sort; one of the most generous and most enticing offers we cam across was the £20.12 lunch offered by Fischer’s, Baslow Hall. Now, Fischer’s, for those of you who don’t know the [...]

Carefree Catering for the Carfree

…More of Tom’s Tip Top Tips…Whether you have walked here or come in the sleekest of limousines, you won’t want to have to pay a visit to the shops the minute you arrive, if indeed at all. It is perfectly easy and part of the excitement building up for your holiday to organise everything that [...]

Keep Calm and Carry on Eating Cake

…Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Cherry Bakewell Special…In spite of the fact we get very few people actually commenting on the blog friends, guests and often complete strangers will email us, or tell me on Facebook or at parties how much they actually enjoy reading our blog. They do say they enjoy John’s photos too which [...]

Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Recipes: Pecan and Molasses Cake

…And dates – Another ‘Welcome Tray’ cake that has gone down well…This week was the first time I had made this tray bake recipe, saved (and considerably adapted) from a Sainsbury’s 2006 magazine. It has taken me six years to try it and I wish I had sooner. Both lots of guest have asked for [...]