Restaurant Zest

Restaurant Zest

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Zest is an award-winning restaurant located in the heart of Derby city centre. With a new location, refurbished dining room, and numerous awards under its belt, it is set to continue its reign as one of the finest places to eat in Derby.

The restaurant is now positioned on Sadler Gate, within the beautiful Old Bell Hotel. Guests can expect to experience both the historic charms of the 17th century building, as well as the contemporary ambience of Zest. Styling itself as relaxed fine dining, it promises to deliver exceptional quality while keeping a warm and sociable feel throughout. The new venue features a more spacious dining room which is beautifully decorated with exposed beams and warm colours. In the evening, candlelight transforms the bright and airy restaurant into a more cosy and intimate scene perfect for couples and special occasions.

Serving modern British and European, the restaurant uses the very best locally sourced produce. As a whole, the menu is incredibly well executed and offers diners a varied choice of dishes including, when seasonally available, herb-crusted lamb rump and fresh spring vegetables; pan-fried North Atlantic cod with chorizo, white bean cassoulet and spiced aubergine caviar; and for vegetarians, goats cheese and butter-poached spring carrots with wild garlic crumb, broad beans, chive beurre blanc and a poached hens egg. With express lunch menus available as well as an incredible value for money pre-theatre menu, it is the perfect dining experience for any time of the day.

Restaurant Zest on Sadler Gate is a truly exceptional venue to dine at. It is in close proximity to many of the main business districts as well as shops, the theatre and the cathedral. It is ideally located for residents and visitors alike, no matter what your plans in Derby are.


Review summary

8.7 based on 19 reviews
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Reviews (19)

  • Sally Parrott

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    As it was a Birthda ymeal As it was a Birthday Meal just after Christmas and the only vegetables are Brussels. It was slightly disappointing.

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  • Mary Harrison

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    Poor atmosphere, place was empty with only two other tables, Asked to be seated in the atrium area, and put in the corner, despite plenty of empty tables. Ordered tea for two and came in two tiny cups (considering it was champagne breakfast expected a tea pot). Husband had to ask for the champagne. No choice of how you would like eggs, pastries were very dry & hard. Two waiters serving one smashed glasses, the other to busy admiring his own reflection in the mirror. Disappointed overall and would not probably go again for breakfast.

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  • Phil Tomlinson

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    I booked the pre theatre special for 2 people at 17:45 on Fri 31st March - 2 courses for £18 each. We were greeted warmly and giving a choice of tables. Wanting mains & puds we opted for breads and dips to share. We were presented with fresh warm home made olive & sun dried tomatoe bread, butter, oil, roasted garlic & onion chutney. Yummy as it was it was enough to feed 4. We both ordered lamb rump - in season, very good & served on a bed of veg medley - very tasty. My partner asked for hers not to be too pink which was accommodated. Sides were an addition charge which we didn't go for. I had a glass of Chianti and table water. If we hadn't if has the bread you would definitely need side/sides to accompany. Deserts followed - chocolate cherry tart for my partner, cheese board for me. The board was again huge & comfortably enough for 2. Another glass of Chianti accompanied the cheese. The bill was just less than £60. This left me feeling that the offer was somewhat miss leading as there are plenty of additional extras. In summary, service was good albeit a little slow at times due to the time in the evening with one person front of house. Food, very good. A little pricey for a pre theatre trip.

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  • Hannah Kavanagh

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    Really good value for money, great service, venue and decor was fantastic. Will be returning again. Really impressed.

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  • Lisa Hall

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    Food was lovely at Restaurant Zest well presented and tasted fabulous. Was slightly disappointed that there was no mushroom starter option. The beef fillet was fab and the Zest mess beautiful. It's a lovely place and some better background music would have got it a full 5 star rating from me.

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  • Amanda Hamilton

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    Fantastic meal, we took advantage of the early evening menu so good quality food at a reasonable price. The goats cheese salad starter was lovely, my friend had the fish cake starter and said it was very tasty. The chocolate Torte - "chocolate soil' was rich and a perfect finish to the meal. Nicely presented food. All the staff were very friendly & welcoming and made you feel relaxed. Our waiter Josh M was fantastic , at first we thought he was possibly the manager on duty as he was very knowledgable about the menus and made as feel very at ease, thank you Josh. This was our first visit to Zest and will definitely be going back.

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  • Peter Ritchie

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    Visited Restaurant Zest for an impromptu pre theatre dinner, and timing was spot on. Food was delicious and very filling, wine perfectly matched and great value from what I would expect from a quality restaurant.

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  • Michele Ephgrave

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    Couldn't have asked for more. The whole experience was first class.

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  • David Evans

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    Great meal at Restaurant Zest - had the Derbyshire steak which was delicious - great looking and tasting 3 course meal with fast and courteous service!

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  • Susan Sansum

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    Nice restaurant but when we arrived we were the only people in the front part of the restaurant which didn't make for a very good experience. The food could have been better it was nothing special, the waiter was very friendly and helpful.

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  • Jayne Williamson

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    I was part of a hen party who had a champagne breakfast at Restaurant Zest. The meal was good value for money, very friendly service and enjoyed by all 12 of the group. The only complaint was a few had the full Derbyshire breakfasts and wondered where the beans were!

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  • John Redfern

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    Excellent food and service as always!

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  • David Fryatt

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    Fantastic food and service at Restaurant Zest!

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  • Rachael King

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    First time we have visited the restaurant in it's new setting and it didn't disappoint. Lovely setting, and we dined from the early evening menu which was fantastic value. Highlight was a chicken and ham hock terrine with piccalilli which was fantastic. Service was swift and friendly. Only let down was the baked chocolate mousse for dessert which really, was not a mousse, although still quite tasty.

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  • David Fryatt

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    Lovely food beautifully cooked !

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  • Daniel Fetherston

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    The food was very nice, although perhaps expected more considering it was fine dining. Service was friendly but unfortunately they seemed a bit under staffed and overwelmed with a full house and because of this the service became a bit slow to clear plates etc. A few things to work on for the future.

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  • Sue Carter

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    My daughter and I enjoyed the meal at Zest on Friday evening. The quality of the food cannot be denied and I would be happy to go back for that quality. The service seemed somewhat slow and when my main meal came, I wondered where the chips had got to so I got on with eating my meat which wasn't over hot. I was half way through the meat by the time the chips came. I booked this meal via Go dine for the pre-theatre 2 course meal at £14.95. When I got the bill, the price was showing £18.95 per person. I questioned that and after quite a bit of discussion with a member of staff, he reduced my bill to the correct amount. It nearly spoilt what was a lovely meal.

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  • Peter Ritchie

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    A new location for a well established Derby icon, and what a location. See the other parts of the Old Bell for great drinking and bar food, and Zest is the jewel in the crown. Quality food well presented, with fine dining the watchword. We'll be back!

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  • Susan Sansum

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    The early bird menu is excellent value for money at Restaurant Zest, the food is lovely and the portion sizes are very good. We will definitely go again and also recommend to our friends and family.

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