Whether you are planning a romantic meal for two or want to take the whole family out for a bite, Derby restaurants offer something for everyone.
If fine dining is what you are after, Masa is one of the most popular restaurants in Derby. Located inside a refurbished 200-year-old chapel in Brook Street, the restaurant has been awarded two AA rosettes and is hailed for its beautiful setting as much as its impressive food.
The Dining Room in Friargate is an independent restaurant which promises ‘classically contemporary’ dining. It offers an a la carte menu on Tuesdays to Saturdays, including mains such as pistachio and herb-crusted pork belly and Derbyshire Chateaubriand. A classic Sunday lunch menu is also available.
Steak lovers should head to The Forge Blackrock Steakhouse in Sadler Gate, which is known for its unique ‘steak on the stone’ dining experience. Its cuts of beef and other meats are served on a volcanic lava stone heated to 440C, with the food cooked at your table while you wait.
Bistro Pierre, in Friargate, is a charming restaurant which offers relaxed French-style dining. It offers an evening menu, fixed price menu and afternoon tea, as well as breakfasts and a children’s menu.
Other family-friendly restaurants in Derby include The Kings Highway, in Rowditch, just a mile from the city centre. You can enjoy a popular classic British carvery as well as a traditional menu filled with burgers steak and ale pie and hunter’s chicken.
Those who like a traditional pub setting will enjoy The Exeter Arms in Exeter Place, which offers all the charm of a rural pub set within the busy city centre. It has won a host of best pub awards and offers an exciting and diverse menu boasting dishes such as the more exotic Kashmir Red Snapper and Bangkok Balls, as well as more traditional meals of fish and chips, ham egg and chips and the popular Derbyshire tapas board.
If a quirky and rustic setting is to your tastes, then head to the delightfully named Wonky Table in the city’s Cathedral quarter. Rustic and contemporary meet in this bistro-style restaurant, where the menu changes regularly to take advantage of seasonal products.
Alternatively, you may like the equally quirky Bookcafe bar and restaurant, which is located in a grade 2 listed Victorian bank in Cornmarket. Choose from its artisan-style breakfast and brunch menu, one of its mains or simply pop in to enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.
Fans of Indian cuisine will find plenty of restaurants in Derby too. Viceroy, in Midland Road, is one of the city’s best-rated restaurants. It offers a bespoke menu of Indian and Pakistani delicacies, as well as a ‘Viceroy at home’ service.
A Slice of India, in Mansfield Road, is a recently opened Indian buffet banquet, giving you the chance to sample a vast array of dishes, including curry, dosa and chaat.
Anoki, in the refurbished old picture hall in London Road, is known for its fine Indian dining and is another of the most popular Derby restaurants.