Saturday, 29 April 2017

Nourish at No. 44 - Belper, Derbyshire

Recently, I started writing for Great Food Club. I decided to chose Nourish at No.44 as one of my first recommendations as it's a place that I've loved every time I've visited. A return was definitely overdue so myself, Emily & Rachel booked a table for a catch up.
You may remember back when I was new (in fact, really new) to the world of blogging, I wrote up about my breakfast at Nourish but a lot has changed since then. 

Last year, Nourish underwent a huge 100k refurb and were able to open the upstairs of the building enabling to seat double the number of diners that they could before.
Although our table for the night was downstairs, I couldn't help but have a nosy as I'd not been back since this was completed.

It's gorgeous! I love how rustic and 'shabby-chic' the design is. It really blends in well with the original setting. The upstairs now includes a cocktail bar (first picture) and a lounge area for those enjoying a glass of wine. Perfect for relaxing and listening to the live musicians who play.

So, on to the food. On Wednesdays and Thursdays Nourish offer a set Plat du jour menu with two courses for £15 or three for £20 which are both incredible value for money.
We however decided to stick to the a la carte menu for more flexibility.
Rachel chose the Nourish Crab Cakes with Lemon Cucumber Salad which she thoroughly enjoyed. The crab cakes had that crispy outside were packed full of flavour. They were light and zingy. Perfect for a starter.
Myself and Emily weren't feeling starters so just asked for Bread & Oils. To our surprise we were presented with a wooden sharing platter which comprised of two types of bread, flavoured butter and a classic balsamic vinegar oil. It would have been nice to have been told what flavours the breads and butter we'd got but nethertheless they were great to nibble on.

Onto main courses and it's great to see the various options available at Nourish despite there being no daily specials.
I went for the Spring Herb Pea Risotto which comes with Asparagus and a Parmesan Crumb. Risotto is one of my favourites. The Pea & Asparagus made the dish really fresh. I wasn't overly keen on the Parmesan as it was quite bitter but overall this dish has a thumbs up from me. I'm yet to finish a bowl of Risotto. So filling!
Rachel chose the Herb Crusted Lamb Rump. I'm not into Lamb but this dish looked incredible. The presentation was stunning, the Lamb perfectly pink and just an all round aesthetically pleasing plate of food. It wasn't long before Rachel had devoured this which to me says all you need to know.
Emily opted for a Fillet Steak which is served with Beer Battered Onion Rings, Twice Cooked Chips and all of the usual accompaniments. There's an option to add on extra sauces so Peppercorn it was.
Emily asked her steak to be cooked Medium-Well but it was definitely Well Done. Although this was no problem for her, it's still something I think should be mentioned. The onion rings were huge and the batter super crispy. I couldn't help but try a chip and they were so good. You can't beat home cooked chips.

As always, I had room for pudding. As soon as I glanced at the choices one immediately stuck out and I knew I had to have it. Baked Alaska with Salted Caramel Ice-cream, Sticky Toffee Sponge and Toffee Sauce. That is most definitely my kind of dessert. It has everything that I love! It was meant to be. Rachel went for the same. This dessert was the best I've had in a long time. The Meringue was marshmallowy, the ice-cream still perfectly formed inside and that sponge and sauce? Oh my. I'm tempted to go back for another before the menu changes!
Emily doesn't usually go for dessert but was drawn to the Chocolate Delice. It comes with a Sesame Seed Tuille and Vanilla Ice-cream and she was so glad she did. If you're a chocoholic this is definitely the one for you. Although extremely rich alongside the creamy vanilla ice-cream and the chocolate soil was superb. The sesame seed tuille, we weren't so sure on.

What's great about Nourish at No. 44 is that they use produce and services that are sourced as locally as possible. They're even showcased right behind the counter on this giant blackboard. A great little quirk that hold so much interesting information. 

Overall, a very positive evening at Nourish at No. 44. They certainly do no disappoint here whether you're brunching, lunching or enjoying an evening bistro experience. 
Fantastic food, great service and happy tummies all around. 

I'll be back soon, promise!



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