Review – The Lighthouse Restaurant


Our rating:

5* Food Rating

“Watch this space guys – The Lighthouse Restaurant is awesome!”

We’d visited The Lighthouse in Boylestone a few years ago for a meal as it was right on our doorstep – we had a nice meal, but it was only a 6 out of 10 for us, so when our friends suggested giving it a go again, we weren’t sure what to expect. We had heard great things recently about the new tasting menu The Lighthouseand all I can say is, “what a difference a day (or a few years) makes”. After last night we’ll be returning far too often for food having left there thoroughly surprised and happy at the delicious meal that we’d just been served. 10 / 10 guys!

We’re always slightly dubious of restaurants that call themselves ‘fine dining’ as its a term that seems to have lost all meaning these days and is splashed around without thought or moderation like an ugly brush smear of under flavoured jus on a plate, but thankfully The Lighthouse in Boylestone really lived up to the phrase and they should be proud to call themselves a fine dining restaurant.

We booked table of 4 – We have a couple of friends that we regularly go out to dinner with as we’re all massive foodies, and are happy to have a good old chat about the latest starred restaurant we’ve tried, so naturally we opted for the chefs tasting menu which was filled with the delights of scallops, Ashbourne quail, oxtail, beef, wild garlic, passion fruit, salted caramel but to name a few, and every course was a delight. A particular highlight for me was the brie tarte tatin,  which was narrowly outshone by the star of the meal, the beef fillet with pomme puree and wild garlic. Beautifully presented on the plate, well seasoned and delivered to the table with a smile from the lovely staff there who’s service was friendly and attentive throughout the evening.

We’ve said it over and over again, but Derbyshire, for a county with some great produce, really lacks truly decent places to eat, so to find somewhere that is just 5 miles down the road from us here in Doveridge is a momentous discovery and I feel may become a bit of an issue for us when the cupboards are bare or we just can’t be bothered to cook as we’ll be there all the time if we’re not careful.

Make sure you book early though to avoid missing out – We booked a few weeks in advance and on a Thursday night, you’d be mistaken for thinking it was a Saturday night as the place was full.

Watch this space over the next couple of years a i’m sure The Lighthouse will continue to grow and grow into one of Derbyshire’s leading restaurants and who knows what may be on the horizon as the Michelin inspectors do their rounds!

Thanks again guys!

As a price guide, the tasting menu is £50 per person (£35 on Thursdays) – Our meal cost us £180 for a table of 4, with a couple of pre-dinner drinks, a bottle of wine and some soft drinks which isn’t half bad at £45 per person

T: 01335 330658
A: New Road, Boylestone, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 5AA

The Lighthouse

Review – Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms


Our rating:

5* + RatingSat Bains

“Well deserved 2 Michelin stars…”

Well, what can I say about restaurant Sat Bains that hasn’t already been said by the Michelin guide? Nothing, other than it’s simply amazing and well deserved of it’s 2 Michelin stars. Not only is it one of the best restaurants in the country, but its also on our doorstep here in the Midlands, so its become a firm favourite in our  household for birthdays, anniversaries and whenever we fancy an extravagant indulge!

Having visited various other Michelin starred restaurants it was great to see that Sat Bains’ restaurant managed to not only capture that essence of fine dining, but as soon as you walk through the door you’re made to feel very comfortable and nicely at home. The atmosphere isn’t pretentious, stuffy or elitist, just nice and friendly, and if you’ve never visited a Michelin starred restaurant, this would be a great place to start as it doesn’t get much better than this!

On our visits Hannah and I always have the 10 course tasting menu as we simply can’t get enough of this amazing food. On sitting down in the garden with a drink you read the menu with childlike excitement, anticipating what you’re about to eat before being led into the dining room, which doesn’t disappoint. A modest room, tastefully decorated with contemporary furniture and artwork to beautifully compliment the modern and stylish food.

As expected, the food doesn’t disappoint either! From the warm home baked bread to start with, through to the beautiful handmade petit fours at the end of your meal. Each beautifully crafted course is a delightful journey in taste, texture and smells  – as it arrives at the table looking like a work of art, you just can’t wait to tuck in!

Without a doubt Resturaunt Sat Bains With Rooms deserves its 2nd Michelin star and I’ve no doubt it will keep it for years to come!

The only downside is that we wish we could eat there every week!
As a guide, with a couple of glasses of wine each a table of 2 will cost you £220 – £240.

Review – Iberico World Tapas, Derby


Our rating:

5* Food Rating

“Finally somewhere in Derby that serves great food!”

Over the last few years we have been looking for somewhere great to eat in Derby, without much luck, until a friend told us about a little place that had just opened, called Iberico World Tapas!Iberico

So, with much intrepidation, we thought we’d give it a go. After all it couldn’t be much worse that some of the places we’ve eaten at in Derby. Iberico World Tapas, is an offspring of the Nottingham Iberico, which is the brain child of the owners at ‘World Service Restaurant’, somewhere we also love in Nottingham, so we hoped that the food and service would be of a similar high standard , and we were not just pleasantly surprised, but actually elated after our first meal there – Finally we’ve found somewhere that can serve beautifully presented, well cooked food, with good service and a great atmosphere, that wasn’t the price of a Michelin starred restaurant… And, it is in Derby!!

We ordered what we thought would be a good selection of food, only to be told that we had probably ordered too much (typical us!), but being big eaters, we kept the order, and we were so pleased that we did. In reality, we could have ordered everything off the menu as it all looked delicious, but were happy with our choices. Beef skewers, salt and peppered squid, inside-out chicken wings, miso salmon, crispy pork belly, scallops, chorizo in red wine, patatas bravas, hams, olives, bread, oil…it just kept on coming, but we had no trouble eating it – it was all delicious and left us wanting more and more. The cooking of the food was excellent too – the beef skewers, normally cooked to within an inch of their lives were tender and pink in the middle, the scallops were beautifully seared, the pork belly succulent and crispy on the outside – I could go on and on!

Consequently, we have been back 4 times in the last 3 weeks with friends and family trying to spread the word about this wonderful little gem in the middle of what seemed like a culinary deadspot of the midlands, and having sampled just about everything on the menu now, I would honestly say there isn’t anything I wouldn’t order again and be over the moon with.


We’re not big drinkers, but there is a modest, but excellent selection of wines, beers, sherries and a great cocktail list, of which we might have sampled one or two!

All in all, well worth a visit if you’re looking for somewhere as a treat for a special occasion, or if you just want to share a great meal with friends.


We ordered plenty for two of us, approx 8 dishes, plus bread, 2 cocktails, soft drinks and the bill was £77 – Not the cheapest place in derby, but by far the best, so give it a go!!!

Make sure you book in advance as table are hard to come by.



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Crab Linguini at El Tico, Jersey

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This was the most amazing crab dish we had for lunch on a recent trip to Jersey.
Check out this little place:

There is something about the food on Jersey that just sings of freshness, from a simple white crab meat sandwich at a small beach side cafe, to lobster prepared by one of the islands Michelin starred chefs, the freshness of the seafood shines through in abundance, as it should! Throughout the short 4 days that we were there, we never had a bad meal – definitely a place to go if your a seafood lover!!

(photos taken on an iphone)

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