Derbyshire Food News this October

To supplement my popular What’s On guide, here’s a guide to some of the most exciting food related news in Derbyshire this month. From celebrity chefs to the best offers and discounts and the most exhilarating events, here’s what Derbyshire foodies need to know this month.

Derbyshire food scene news

Congratulations to both The Bulls Head in Holymoorside and The George in Alstonefield who each scooped the prestigious three AA Rosette awards for culinary excellence.

Celebrity chef Sat Bains came to The Brewhouse at Melbourne Hall to promote his Momma Bains street food style offering. Let me tell you I was gutted not to be able to attend.

Pumpkin spiced everything

Autumn is my favourite season and I’m loving seeing the launch of new seasonal menus and drinks. Whether it’s pumpkin spice espressos at the Tickled Trout or spooky makeovers of the popular Bathtub cocktail at The Joiners Arms, there’s plenty to tickle everyone’s tastebuds.

glass of coffee with Halloween latte art
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The best offers on Eating Out in Derbyshire

The Maynard is offering a very generous 20% off its new autumn menu for a limited time.  Find out more.

Contemporary Indian restaurant Anoki (located both in the city centre and off the A38 in Burton, plus Nottingham) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a series of offers throughout October. These include a three course meal for £20. Find out more.

There’s 25% off food every Monday between 5pm and 7pm at The Robin Hood in Baslow for booked tables only – see their social media for confirmation of this one – but they also have a range of other offers on their website.

The Kedleston are offering 20% off food every Tuesday.

beautiful bar area at The Pattenmakers Arms, Duffield near Derby
One of the lovely bar areas at The Pattenmakers

In Duffield, chic brasserie The Pattenmakers Arms are running a fabulous Steak Night deal every Wednesday night. Enjoy two steak and chips and a glass of wine each for just £35. Book online.

Upcoming Events and Pop Ups

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Bustler does Oktoberfest. Photo credit: Bustler

Bustler does Oktoberfest, Derby

On 14th October, see The Chocolate Factory transformed into a Bavarian beer hall, complete with beer hall style seating, OomPah bands and games and more to and experience Oktoberfest, Bustler style! Over 18’s only. Book tickets.

Meet the Author at Reunion Deli

On Monday 23rd October I’ll be co-hosting an evening event at Reunion Deli in Belper with Peak District artist, Si Homfray who has just published a fascinating new book. As well as free nibbles, the café will be open for drinks and selling their beautiful deli items (think vibrant fresh salads, delicious quiches and indulgent cakes) – so please do pop in and say hello!

interior of Reunion Deli - showing a colourful print reading "Birds flying high you know how I feel" against exposed brickwork and a bright yellow wall
Reunion Deli in Belper

Also in the Belper area, The English Indian is at The Holly Bush in Makeney (one of the cosiest pubs in Derbyshire) on Saturday 28th October.

Where I’ve been eating

Hopefully by now you’ll have read the review, but my recent foodie highlight was the launch night for the new autumn menu at The Maynard.

I also thought this monthly round up would be a good place to give a little mention to some of the eating out I’ve done that’s never quite made the blog or had it’s own space on my Instagram grid.

As much I as adore food blogging, it’s also gradually become associated as ‘work’, so when I’m socialising purely for fun I like to give friends and family the benefit of my undivided attention and I like to relax and not take a hundred photos and video clips… but this then means some of the best meals I have and my favourite places aren’t documented fully.

Probably my all time favourite place to go is The Tickled Trout in Barlow. I celebrated my birthday last week with Sunday lunch there with my family. This is the second roast we’ve had at The Trout over the last couple of months – it’s just so, so good. Click here for my other recommendations for the best Sunday roasts in Derbyshire.

three canapés on top of Sicily restaurant menu

On my actual birthday, my husband and daughter took me out for an early dinner at Sicily in Chesterfield. We all love Italian food and I’ve always heard such good reviews of this place and it wins all sorts of awards but we’d never got round not going (not least because you can’t book online). Anyway, we finally went and it was every bit as good as I imagined.

I’ve developed a serious addiction to the cinnamon buns from 4Eyes Bakery at The Batch House. Pop it in the microwave for thirty seconds and they’re swoon worthy. The perfect autumn treat! Although I suspect this is a year-round obsession…

Also at The Batch House is Niko Niko, a Japanese-Korean fusion kitchen, which I recently tried. It’s great to see something a bit different in Chesterfield (also available on Deliveroo).

an artisan grilled cheese sandwich with vibrant salad (Derbyshire food news)

I also finally visited Riverside Kitchen in their (not so) new location at David Mellor in Hathersage. The setting is stunning. As well as being an interesting building, the surrounding countryside gives a real sense of place. Anyone with even a vague interest in design would be interested in having a wander round the shop come museum… plus the food at Riverside Kitchen is seriously tasty. There’s even ample free parking.

Thanks for reading – I’ll be back next month with more Derbyshire food news.

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By Molly Scott

Derbyshire blogger - bringing you the best places to eat, drink, spa and stay in the wider Derbyshire area. Champion of the most fabulous independents.

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