In the historic market town of Belper in the Derbyshire countryside is the fantastic Armando’s Italian restaurant, which itself is housed within the family-run Talbot hotel. Belper itself is well worth the visit if you haven’t been recently, as the quaint old mill cottages and the poetry trail prove a hit with tourists, and the fantastic restaurants keep locals coming back into this town rather than heading to nearby Derby city centre.
The restaurant building is striking, as the traditional l-shaped stone house sits on the corner of Belper Bridge Road and Bridge Hill, near the scenic River Derwent. Enjoy the sunshine on the outside terrace or move inside to the bright, warm Mediterranean bar area to enjoy a drink before your meal. The dining space lends itself brilliantly to romantic evenings thanks to its soft candlelight and fairy lights lining the stairs, and it would also make a great venue for an extra-special celebration, as the staff work hard to make you feel at home.
The menu showcases the best of seasonal specials and traditional Italian cooking. To start with, try the cozze pancho villa, fresh mussels cooked in a chilli, garlic and tomato sauce, or you could swap the sauce for a white wine and cream option depending on your tastes. We also recommend the avocado, prawn and smoked salmon affumicato, as well the classic family favourite of freshly baked garlic bread with plenty of gooey Parmesan cheese. For your main course, you can’t go wrong with a delicious spinach and cheese tortellini, or a meaty option of fillet steak medallions cooked to the chef’s signature mushroom and black pepper sauce. If you’ve saved room for dessert, enjoy an authentic affogato with freshly made espresso, or just opt for a refreshing after-dinner limoncello or grappa, as is the custom in traditional Italian family trattoria.
For fantastic Mediterranean cuisine in a welcoming and lively restaurant, Armando’s should be high on any discerning diner’s radar. The high quality of dishes and popularity with locals demonstrate that this is the place to be in Belper, so make sure to book to avoid disappointment.