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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 [...]

How to Make Your Holiday in Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns Last Longer

…A Week of Eight Days…Just because you can’t clock into your barn of choice until 3pm on the day of your arrival doesn’t mean your holiday in the Peak District can’t start well before then… Similarly, just because we have to ask you to leave by 10am on the morning of your departure, it doesn’t [...]

Pssst – it’s Mothering Sunday this Sunday!

…Had you forgotten?Don’t worry if you have either forgotten or have been leaving it to the last moment wondering what to do? A solution – your salvation – might be at hand. You’ve only one mother, or mother of your children and she deserves the best. Mothering Sunday is on Sunday, if you need reminding [...]

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 [...]

The Mystery Shopper Challenge

…Have you got what it takes to ‘inspect’ Tom’s Barn?…As you probably know, after we, the ‘Mr and Mrs Mary Portas’ from Orchard Farm, had spent a very happy few days doing our best to identify the slightest failing Douglas’s Barn, we had been planning to focus our relentlessly beady eyes on Tom’s Barn and [...]

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 [...]

Why on earth ask us about holiday cottages?

…Sharing some Tip Top Tips for prospective owners…A disclaimer: Presuming to write this does sound horribly big-headed, but we have been asked for advice about holiday cottages over the years by a number of friends, colleagues and relations and we have just had another urgent plea from a family friend, so John and I have [...]

Historic Swedish Art in Staffordshire

First, a little teaser: would you want to play with these, build with these or eat them? In fact you shouldn’t really do any of these things, but least of all eat Sue Prince’s paint box! At the risk of somewhat overdoing a Staffordshire theme, albeit quite unintentionally, last weekend we were back into Staffordshire, [...]

A Too Rare Trip into Neighbouring Staffordshire

…And what a lovely time we had…Considering Parwich is almost in Staffordshire, in a manner of speaking, it is amazing how rarely we venture any further afield than crossing the Dove at Dovedale, lunching/dining at the George at Alstonefield and occasional walks up the Manifold valley. All that was about to change. We have long [...]