Derby city centre and the outlying areas support a thriving restaurant scene, with many restaurants choosing to source local seasonal products from the huge choice on their doorstep. Although there are many excellent places to eat in the small villages and towns that pepper the beautiful county of Derbyshire, the city centre cannot be overlooked as somewhere to find a great dining experience. Christmas, although seemingly on the horizon, will soon be upon us with a festive season that seems to extend further each year; so why not book one of the great restaurants in Derby for your Christmas night out?
European cuisine from fresh local produce
Just off Friargate, on George Street, is Restaurant Zest. Within close proximity to many of Derby’s cultural attractions and also the main shopping areas, it is an ideal venue for a relaxed lunch or pre-theatre meal. Housed within a beautifully restored stable building, Restaurant Zest serves European cuisine that sits somewhere between rustic and fine dining. With a focus on local and seasonal produce and a reputation for good service, it is an ideal place to enjoy a good standard of dining in comfortable and relaxed surroundings.
Spread over two floors, the interior of Zest is the sort of place that you want to enter when you come in from the cold. The ground floor is dressed in a cheerful yet warm shade of red over the exposed brick walls. Comfortable high backed chairs attend tables that are smartly dressed in linen but with very little trace of formality; just comfort, with a little touch of elegance. Up the wooden staircase there is a mezzanine level under the beams. Uncarpeted and with walls of white, it retains the overall feel but becomes softer with a touch of a farmhouse, albeit an expensive one, about it.
A platter of starters to share
Once settled in, and the design here makes you want to do just that, you could have a drink with some nibbles whilst you study the menu. Moving on, starters may include a sharing platter of camembert or breads with various oils and dips as well as dishes such as warm mushroom, parmesan and pine nut salad with garlic and herb dressing. Also making an appearance could be pan fried pigeon breast with tomato, coriander and chilli salsa.
Main course choices may include chicken roulade with wild mushroom, thyme, shallots and a port jus or winter vegetable wellington with goat’s cheese and tomato. Side dishes are ordered separately and feature triple cooked chips and a selection of dressed salads or seasonal vegetables. Dessert choices include an assiette (otherwise known as a bit of everything) to share, or for your own pudding you could try the white chocolate and honeycomb cheesecake or baileys profiteroles with chocolate sauce.
Book your Christmas night out with Go dine
Restaurant Zest is open 6 days a week and closed on Sundays. They offer a 2 course lunch for £10.95 or the four course festive party menu for £25.95. A 3 course meal when ordering from the a la carte menu will cost in the region of £30 per head. You can book online for free with Go dine and we also have a comprehensive guide to dining in Derbyshire.