Monday, 31 October 2016

The Blacksmiths Loft - Derby

Blink and you'll miss it. Secretly tucked away in the Old Blacksmith's Yard just off Sadler Gate in Derby's city centre is the Blacksmiths Loft.
One Thursday, me and mum headed over for an evening meal eagerly awaiting to see what's in store.
After a trip up the stairs and a little confusion as to whitch way the restaurant was, we were greeted by our host who let us pick where we wished to sit. Our table was booked at 7pm and we were the first to be seated however it certainly wasn't long before pretty much all tables were occupied.

We were handed our menus and our drink order taken. It was great to see there two and three course set menus available. At £15.95 for two and £18.95 for three, how could we refuse!?
Once we'd deliberated, a bowl of Wasabi Peas made their way to our table. I'm not one for heat and spice but was strangely tempted to give these a go! They were a lovely little nibble to keep you going before your meal.

Mum decided to go for it and have three courses so for starters, opted for the Crispy Squid which is accompanied by Pickled Cucumber, Heritage Cherry Tomatoes and a Squid Ink Emulsion.
Squid is a firm favourite of mum's and this dish went down a treat. Although when the dish arrived, the Squid rings didn't look very crispy, they were! One thing she did mention to me is that she wasn't too keen on the Ink Emulsion unfortunately. There was far too much and became slightly overpowering.

For mains, I'd had my eye on the Creole Corn Fed Chicken Breast. It came with Chorizo and Quinoa, Cornbread and Sour Cream.
It was lovely. Although having quite a kick which like I mentioned, I don't usually go for, this dish was full of flavour and I really enjoyed it. The sour cream was very much welcome for me!
The chicken was tender, the cornbread however didn't do anything for me. It was really bland and I couldn't quite work out it's place in the dish. Portion size was incredibly generous! I couldn't manage all of the Quinoa Jambalaya.
I also ordered a portion of the Beef Dripping Chips as they sounded right up my street. Although very tasty, they didn't live up to my expectations in terms of crispiness and originality.

Mum went for the Fillet of Derbyshire Beef (£5 supplement) which is served with Mushroom Duxelle which is a sort of mushroom paste, Smoked Bone Marrow, Jus and Beef Dripping Chips.
The steak was cooked perfectly, seasoned well and really juicy. She told me it was a great meal and is just as it says really.

What's great about the food at the Blacksmiths Loft is that it's sourced as locally as possible. Just one independent business, supporting others. 90% of their ingredients are sourced within a 30 mile radius which is very impressive.

Now for my favourite part, dessert! I have such a sweet tooth and find it hard to resist having one.
One thing I noticed is that there was no chocolate based dessert option. Nethertheless, I went for the Lemon Meringue Cheesecake for a refreshing end to the meal.
When it was presented, it was different to see one deconstructed. Not too long back, deconstructed dishes were really popular but I haven't seen one for ages.
The Mascarpone ice-cream was incredible. I've not had anything like it before, so creamy and unusual. The Lemon Curd & Gel were tangy, the Meringue was melt in the mouth with a great snap upon breaking and all in all was delicious.

Mum was a little unsure as to whether or not to go for a dessert, but after having a read, decided to go for it. She sure wasn't disappointed with her Creme Brûlée 
The textures were perfect, the crisp glazed top and the Brûlée itself was super silky. The accompanying shortbread complimented this excellently being light, crisp and melt in the mouth buttery. 

Although I wouldn't say my meal at the Blacksmiths Loft was outstanding, I would definitely return as I've heard from others that this place has a lot more to give. Maybe myself and the menu just didn't get on and I'd be better in a different season, we will have to see.
Couldn't fault the service at all. Our host was really friendly and attentive, plus the food arrived with no issues to report. 

Find out all about the Blacksmiths Loft here.
Have you visited before? Let me know how you got on!

Thanks for reading,

P.s. I'm sorry about the low lighting pictures. I did the best I could with what I had.


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