Since restaurants got the green light to reopen, Derbyshire’s dining scene has returned bigger and better than ever.
Despite the fact that indoor dining is not allowed until May this year, the county has seen a number of new restaurants open their doors and offer a range of dishes from Indian to Greek.
It has been a test year, filled with setbacks and uncertainty for hospitality sites, so those who have successfully taken the plunge into a new venture and are currently thriving deserve to be celebrated.
We take a look at the new eateries that have left their mark on the city this year.
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Nicco, Derby Pride Park
This Indian restaurant and cocktail bar opened in November on the site of the former Chiquito venue after an extensive renovation worth around half a million pounds.
Owner Sanj Kumar serves Indian dishes with a twist, including street food, curries and tapas sharing plates.
Read more about Nicco here.
Zorba in the Cathedral Quarter
Owner Nadeem Ullah, who runs the Zorba The Greek taverna in Chelmsford, Essex, expanded his business by opening another branch in Derby in October.
The announcement of the opening created a buzz of excitement among the locals, and so far it has certainly lived up to expectations.
Read what happened when we took a Greek person to review Zorba.
Burgerhood, Osmaston Road
Opened in late July, Burgerhood has been dishing up, well, burgers.
It replaced the much-loved Nicky’s Fish Bar, so it has had big shoes to fill, but has certainly impressed the locals so far.
Read our review of Burgerhood here.
Half, Derby Pride Park
Mezzo serves fresh and healthy dishes, and in its short time has built up a strong reputation at Pride Park, so much so that even Derby County players had to try it.
Blandehuset, Friar Gate
This new rooftop bar offers an exclusive selection of cocktails along with Let’s Taco Bout It, the street food vendor that sells Mexican food.
Give me burgers
Feed Me Burgers offers cocktails and burgers on Victoria Street in the city center and has become a must-visit when in Derby.
This family-run business provides fresh home-cooked food to the residents of Derby.
It opened on August 7 this year.
After six years in Derby’s Victorian Market Hall, Pyclet Parlor has moved to Cathedral Quater.
This little gem offers street food to take with you, and is much loved by those in the city center.
This small Italian café opened its doors in September, bringing the Italian Riviera to the center of Derby,
Sacred Bean Coffee House
Launched at the Derby Community Hub, this social enterprise is groundbreaking and driven by people overcoming life-threatening problems.
They work with individuals who have become socially excluded and overcome struggles such as homelessness, abusive behavior, and substance abuse.
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