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The best restaurants in East Midlands

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Lighthouse

Norbury, Derbyshire Dales
18/01/2018: A wonderful Tasting Menu, exquisitely presented and served, perfect for a special occasion. I suspect there will be quite a few "special occasions" invented in the future.Highly recommended.
15/01/2018: Every course of The Lighthouse’s tasting menu was beautiful and creative in both looks and flavour. The service was impeccable yet friendly. It was a fabulous dining experience and we can’t wait to return.

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Hathersage Social Club

Hathersage and Eyam, Derbyshire Dales
17/01/2018: I love this place - everything is just great. You are always made welcome by the lady manager and staff and the food is delicious, I normally meet my friend here for brunch - this time I chose the Verde Brunch - so tasty. The coffee is excellent too.I intend to visit soon for lunch - can't wait!
11/01/2018: No, not the manager, she was lovely. We went as a group of friends for a meal, and a film of our choice in their cinema. Somehow we picked “The Jerk”. No, not from the food menu, but the film starring Steve Martin. The cinema is cosy, intimate and seeing a movie as a group is just fun. I gather the most popular film is “Withnail and I”, which says something about the usual clientele. The food was delicious. We had 2 courses, watched half of the film, then an intermission and dessert before seeing the conclusion. Downsides? It’s not all that easy to find. On the entrance gate it says “Hazard. Icebergs!” or “Beware of the rabid dog” or it might have been “Closed”. You guessed it, the wine list was good too. We are going back the next time our diaries are all free in April 2024. Don’t you hate people like that? Overall, an excellent night out in beautiful Derbyshire.

8,6
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Koinonia Restaurant

Castle, Newark and Sherwood, >100£
14/01/2018: We've been meaning to try out this restaurant for a while now, follow8ng a recommendation and so finally had the opportunity with joint birthdays coming up. So we were very excited and it certainly did not disappoint! It was superb! The service, the atmosphere and the food we're fabulous. It isn't a fancy place but it's warm & inviting and the TV showing a film of Keralan in the back ground was a lovely touch, in our opinion. Really helped to connect with the food & people of this region if India.
10/01/2018: We eat at this lovely restaurant quite often as we live nearby, and it's always excellent. Being an accomplished cook myself, I'm fussy about eating out hence tend to avoid the large chains. Koinonia is very different as it's a small team of dedicated staff who enjoy what they do, and this shows in the quality of the food and standard of service which is always superb.Great attention is given to everything and even the pickles are made in the kitchens here. No yucky factory made anything here.We had amazing food, the prawn and chicken starters were really delicious, the mains were excellent, there was lamb and butter chicken in a divine sauce and some lovely vegetarian dishes. The rice was beautifully flavoured with staranise and saffron, very delicate and aromatic.This is a great place to eat if you like the real deal South Indian food, particularly good if you like seafood/fish, also lots of choice for vegetarians. The home made shredded mango pickle is so delicious. We had a superb feast and thoroughly enjoyed the food, the staff are also extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Thank you to all the Koinonia team, we can't wait to return.

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Stones Restaurant

Matlock All Saints, Derbyshire Dales, 45-60£
08/01/2018: We have visited Stones Restaurant at Matlock a number of times previously and have enjoyed the consistently high standard of food. We have just visited in January 2018 and taken the Taster Menu of 8 courses together with the additional wine flight and what a brilliant evening we had. The staff are polite and attentive and nothing was too much trouble. The food was prepared and served to a high standard, we were not disappointed with any aspects of any of the courses and the wines were fabulous - all on the table commented on the choice of wines. Stones is a restaurant we go to for special occasions and although is not cheap we feel is excellent value for money. Booking is advised as it does get busy.
04/01/2018: Very cramped dining areaChampagne we ordered was warm Food very mediocre and served coldWill not revisit

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Rumbletums Café

Cossall and Kimberley, Broxtowe
18/01/2018: Rumbletums is a charity. Its objective is to provide a first step work experience for children on the autistic spectrum. This unique homely cafe' is a pleasure to visit. Drinks, homemade cakes, and snacks or a simple tasty meal all await you, served by children on the autistic spectrum. It's a heartwarming, delightful place. Do visit.
04/01/2018: Visited soon after their morning opening to find the place a hive of activity. Excellent for tea and coffee but expect to be tempted by the selection of home made cakes. Have yet to sample their full meals but will be back soon.

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Restaurant Sat Bains

Dunkirk and Lenton, Nottingham, >100£
18/01/2018: Love the decor, the staff were very friendly and the cooking was up to the standard of other 2 star restaurants, really good. Wine list was interesting too. Even better was that the breakfast the next morning was up to the same very high standard of cooking. So onto the negatives, which are small, but have to be mentioned for a 2 star place. Firstly, it was rushed. It stared with a need to order wine quickly in the lounge before being seated at table, which resulted in us not really reviewing the list well. The reason was that as soon as you sit down (and we were called early to our table with our pre dinner drinks) the food starts to arrive, and it keeps coming at a pace. It could do with being more leisurely. Second, the hot main course (partridge, which was really nice) was served on a cold plate and got cold during the eating time. Finally, some of the service was a bit clumsy (reaching over to clear a bread plate rather than walk around the table), very trivial but not the norm in 2 star places . Those minor things apart, really enjoyable food, great tastes with high quality ingredients, hence the excellent rating.
18/01/2018: My Wife and I have just spent a fantastic day and night at this Restaurant and as with the other reviews can only say we were treated like Royalty. The room we stopped in was so relaxing with everything your required. Into the Restaurant so relaxed Staff so friendly. The saying is you get what you pay for and by golly you certainly do see, taste and drink food and wine I have never thought could taste so good. Every dish fully explained how it was prepared. The following morning breakfast again out of this world and some 8 hours later I am still not hungry. If you want a one off experience this is the place.

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The Jews House Restaurant

Carholme, Lincoln, 30-45£
17/01/2018: I visited for my intimate wedding breakfast (5 of us) and I honestly can not fault it. The food was amazing! The staff were friendly but not fake like you find in a lot of places. They didn’t interfere and when they asked my wife (who could eat much as she was 7 months pregant) if everything was ok, hey didn’t make a big deal of it and just quietly asked her.In addition, as we had the lunch menu, it was incredible value! If you want an amazing meal experience, look no further!
06/01/2018: We spent a relaxed evening here, this is not the place for fast food.The à la carte menu had plenty of choice, hard to choose.what to leave out?The building is a treat in itself although hardly purpose built!Very pleasant staff. Lincoln is well worth visiting but a bit off our usual routes. When we return this is where we'll have dinner.

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The Woodhouse Arms

Glen Eden, South Kesteven
27/12/2017: Convivial food in a fine old pub. Helpful, pleasant staff. Our party of 4 would recommend a meal here. This pub is undeservedly underrated compared to the nearby Cholmley arms.
24/12/2017: We visited the week before Christmas for Sunday lunch. Our party of four included a 95 yr old who walks with a frame, and one vegan. The staff were really helpful, and the food very nice. Will visit again

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John's House Restaurant

Stanford, Rushcliffe
15/01/2018: Very good staff, friendly and professional without any 'airs' good wine list, really nice lunch menu. For special birthday, nowhere better in UK!!
13/01/2018: We went for lunch and had the taster menu with wine pairings. Each dish on the menu was very well constructed, the salted cod and the mackerel dish stood out as our favourites but none of the courses disappointed. The sommelier was very informative and enthusiastic about the accompanying wines, and the service was not rushed but relaxed. Definitely a restaurant we would like to visit again.

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Ania Polish Restaurant

Sherwood, Nottingham
14/01/2018: We have eaten at Ania's many times, we went back yet again this week. The food is consistently good, the prices are very reasonable and the staff are always friendly and accommodating.
12/01/2018: The food was excellent, the wine was not expensive, the service was extremely friendly and the timing between courses was just right

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Hambleton Hall

Exton, Rutland, 60-100£
17/01/2018: Had a glass of excellent house champagne in the stylish sittiing room before being shown through to the dining room. Food is very well presented and we loved the pigeon dish which was a first for us. Service was very formal. However the sommelier was a bit more relaxed and he found us an affordable bottle of red that was superb. Overall this was a special evening.
16/01/2018: Living in nearby Leicestershire we took advantage of Lunch for even Less which several top restaurants in the region offer during the quiet months post new year. It was our first visit but our friends had been before, and the whole experience was exceptional.The a la carte lunch was also available but the limited menu we chose from was still made to the most exacting standards, looked beautiful on the plate and tasted delicious.The waiting staff were friendly and courteous and the views of Rutland water from the lounge were superb. This is a hotel and restaurant that does not rest on its laurels and our entire experience which was unhurried but equally timed to perfection will live long in the memory.This is what going to a Michelin starred restaurant is all about. Fine dining and fine service.

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Piedaniels

Bakewell, Derbyshire Dales, 30-45£
16/01/2018: We chose to eat here as it was near to our hotel (Rutland Arms) and had good reviews. We were not disappointed. Great food and excellent service. Could not fault it and will return
13/01/2018: This week has been a special one for me because I have been able to eat at Piedaniels again. This place just seems to get better with each visit. Seriously my meal was more delicious than ever and I did not think that it was possible. I went as a group of seven people who I know do not have Tripadvisor accounts so will not be able to leave reviews for the visit so I am doing one for all of us. Four members of our party have never been here before but I am sure that they will all come again. They were all of the same opinion that the whole set-up was amazing, which is the opinion of the three of us who have been before. Whilst I know that food is a very subjective topic I really cannot understand why Piedaniels does not have five stars for every review. I can only say that you should not let the very very few negative reviews put you off as it would be a crime not to eat here.My husband and myself are vegetarian and in so many establishments we quite honestly wonder why we bother eating out as we are not very well catered for, which is sad considering that very often our meat-eating friends opt for the vegetarian choice. None of this neglect at Piedaniels where the choices for us are all divine. I would like to move in if possible!I can't wait for our next visit, in the meantime, thank you to Christiana, Eric and the lovely ladies on the staff for our very best outing in ages.

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White's of Ashbourne

Ashbourne North, Derbyshire Dales
02/12/2017: By fluke, Adam and I ate an stayed at White's of Ashbourne.What a find, the proprietors, Robert and Jo, second to none in their customer services. A pristine premise, a beautiful restaurant with spot on food, and a very comfortable bedroom.We were gutted to hear that our new discovery is closing due to partial retirement.. well deserved I am sure, good luck to you both and we look forward to joining you for a final visit.What we ate.. Twice Baked Soufflé, Pigeon Breast with Black Pud, Chicken Liver Parfait.Main.. we both had Derbyshire Fillet Steak... ohhhhhh...Pudding:Sticky Toffee Pud.. like I have never tasted before...Amazing.. Thank you
29/11/2017: This is an award winning restaurant - you can see why - quality staff, menu and food! The restaurant is stylish, understated but chic - and the Christmas decor was of the 'less is more' genre. This was easily our best meal in the area and the hospitable owner spent time with us, which added to our understanding of what the business is achieving. Obviously based on having an excellent chef, the food is thoughtfully put together and the flavours were sensational. Our starters were: Goat's cheese panna cotta with decorative flavours - apple, cobnuts, sorrel and red onion; and quail's breast on a bed of black pudding, lentils and spinach. Original - tasty and fun - we loved them! The mains were of similar creativity - hard ayto choose but we both went for the cod with white bean and chorizo cassolet with braised fennel, which was phenomenal! We shared a dessert which had five brilliant components - bitter chocolate tart, Ximenez jelly, prunes, smoked nuts and almond ice cream - superlatives are needed to understand just how well this combined into a memorable eating experience. This resaturant is the 'real deal' - just book and enjoy. Our bill came to £81 and included a very good New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - good value for this level of quality. If only we did not live 110 miles away...

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White Horse

Kings Sutton, South Northamptonshire, 20-30£
14/01/2018: First visit here for Sunday Lunch, and I can honestly say we both agreed this was one of the best Sunday roasts we could remember having. The beef was tender, the roast potatoes full of flavour, and the stuffed Yorkshire puddings didn’t taste at all ‘eggy’ as they often can.This was topped off with attentive, friendly service from a great team (none of whom looked stressed or rushed on a fully booked Sunday afternoon).All of the food was beautifully presented, but make no mistake, this is a proper pub. I’d be just as happy popping in for a beer as i would for a meal.This little pub is a real gem, and the staff, chefs and management should be proud of the fantastic place they have done. Thank you!
01/01/2018: Another year has passed and here we are again enjoying Christmas day at our favourite Restaurant.Food, wine and company all excellent like spending Christmas with a big family.The standards never drop and they have a great team that all work so well together.Thank you for helping us to enjoy Christmas and making it special.Kind regardsMark & Emma

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La Rock Restaurant

Sandiacre North, Erewash
26/12/2017: Incongruously placed in a outlying suburb of Nottingham, La Rock surprises you as soon as you walk through the door. The Maitre D welcomed us by name (my 60th birthday treat) and sat us down for a cocktail and the menu. She was lovely, very friendly and helpful with a great sense of humour too. Food is, as always, stunning, service exceptional and wine selection excellent. Good selection of vegetarian options too. Nearly Michelin star, but without the pressure and long may that continue. Not cheap by any means, but well worth the price.
23/12/2017: Me and my family are regulars here (twice in a week this month) but we always make the Christmas taster menu as the thought of missing out is too much!!Every course was art on a plate with the flavours packing a punch!!The intimate venue and amazing food make this the best restaurant in Nottingham & Derby! With a finishing touch of an explanation of food if you wish and in house made everything!!

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