Thursday, 16 March 2017

Darleys Restaurant & Terrace - Darley Abbey, Derby.

It was a sunny spring afternoon. Me and mum fancied a ride out for lunch when I remembered I'd got a gift voucher for my birthday last year for Darley's from my work colleagues. Perfect.
I've heard so many amazing reports about Darley's over the years yet it's somewhere I'd still never been. The restaurant is perched by the side of the River Derwent and puts you in the best mood - so tranquil. 

We headed inside and were shown to our table next to the terrace. I imagine it would be lovely to sit out there on a warm summers day. Menus were handed out and drinks orders taken. I decided to go all out and went for a mocktail. We were also served some homemade potato crisps, olives and a selection of freshly baked breads. I really had to control myself with these as they were all so good! I was filling up before we'd even had starters - oops. I do love my pre-food nibbles. 

After reading through the menu, I knew I was going to have to have three courses. There were so many dishes I wanted to try.
To start, I went for the Roast Sweet Potato Soup and Vegetable Bhajis. Soup wouldn't normally be my starter of choice but there was something about this one that had me intrigued. In all honesty, I think it's possibly the best starter I've ever had. The soup was really sweet but creamy then along with the flavours from the Bhajis and that crunch, it was all just a match made in heaven. Even mum had envy.
Mum was feeling adventurous so decided to go for something she'd never tried before, the Smoked Pigeon and Vegetable Terrine. She said it was a delicious starter, really nice textures but quite gamey which is to be expected though really.

Moving on to mains and I'm still very much into my vegetarian dishes at the moment. When I spotted the Chargrilled Halloumi with Potato Risotto on there, it was an instant decision. I love Halloumi! I'll admit I was slightly disappointed with this dish as it lacked flavour. It was very plain and the Potato Risotto just didn't do it for me. I'd have much preferred normal Risotto.
Mum went for one of her favourite, the Belly Pork with Roast Apples and Sweet Potato Puree. She said it was stunning. The Pork was soft, juicy and all components of the dish fit together perfectly. Well recommended. 

Then onto dessert where I chose to have the Darleys "Lemon Meringue Pie" which is their take on the classic but deconstructed. The lemon curd was zingy, the shortbread biscuit snapped and melted in the mouth, the crystallised zest added a real sweetness and crunch. When you got a small piece of each on the spoon, the taste was incredible. 
Mum did have dessert but for some reason, I didn't get a picture. She had the Choux Pastry with Chocolate Chestnut Cream, Iced Vanilla Parfait and Butterscotch Sauce. It was basically a huge profiterole filled with the chocolate cream. It kind of had a Nutella vibe to it. 

Darleys lunch menu is fantastic value for money for the quality and standard of their food at just £19.95 for two courses or £25 for three. 
The service we received was perfectly fine, we had no complaints. It wasn't as attentive as other restaurants I've visited but that might just be how they roll here. I can't wait to revisit in the summer months to enjoy that terrace. Although I wasn't keen on my main course (which I'm very sure is all down to personal preference) I'd fully recommend Darleys to anybody. Well worth that short trek out of town. 

If you want more information on Darleys then visit there website.

Have you been to Darleys before? What did you think?

Thanks for reading,


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