A new Indian restaurant opening a short distance from home, what could possibly go wrong! Sadly it seems, everything. I almost wondered if this review was ever going to be about the food as it was such an arduous process getting there.
Peterborough-entrepreneur Chris Jones has been denied a regular city-centre location for his artisan food truck venture despite there already being other mobile food traders that have traded in the area for years.
Spurred on by the growing street food scene in other UK cities – and inspired by the well-established food trucks of the USA – Chris has seen a gap in Peterborough’s foodie offering and wants to bring an artisan barbecue experience to our city.
However, unfortunately for Chris he has come up against Peterborough City Council which seem pretty clueless when it comes to supporting Chris in his street food dreams. Exasperated by the response he got from the council’s City Centre Manager Justin Beaumont, Chris took to Twitter and his own website to vent his frustrations: Read More…
Peterborough foodies are in for a treat from next month with the news that fine-dining Peterborough restaurant Clarkes is to move from it’s current Lincoln Road location to a prime spot in the city centre. Read More…
Update: After some conflicting reports from several sources, not helped by Imperial Bento seemingly unwilling to comment it turns out that the popular restaurant is only closing for refurbishment and will reopen to business as usual but having dropped Dim Sum from the menu.
Twitter user Aileen (@aileencheng58) has kindly let me use a photo she took of a notice Imperial Bento had hastily put up in their window:
With local press and social media reporting the closure of any business it’s important for management to ensure any statements are made promptly and that they are accurate. It seems in this case that staff were either unwilling to answer questions on the presumed permanent closure or were misinformed, giving out incorrect information.
This is great news for those that enjoy Imperial Bento and I look forward to visiting them again when they reopen later this month.
After some polite pestering, Lee Clarke, head chef at Clarkes restaurant kindly invited me to sample some of the menu at the newly opened Café Clarkes restaurant at the Key Theatre in Peterborough. Rarely will I refuse a free lunch so I braved the rain and headed along to the Embankment.
by guest reviewer Nyree (@eerynnyree)
A few weeks ago, while procrastinating on Facebook, I saw a post about a new pop-up Peruvian restaurant in Peterborough. With a brother living in Peru’s bustling capital Lima, and having just returned from two weeks there myself, it caught my eye.
I booked for the first pop-up Peru evening on 9th May. The venue was Club Caliente at Parnwell Centre, an unusual choice but it actually worked well on the night with plenty of space to accommodate all attendees. The Peruvian music and decorations helped create the right atmosphere. Read More…
With the loss of the Riva Italian restaurant from the Key Theatre, some have been wondering what this meant for Riva, one of the last independent Italian restaurants in the city.
Well, I’m pleased to hear that Riva won’t be disappearing but are moving to a new location – the village of Eye, occupying the building formally run as the popular Toscanini’s. Other businesses I’ve spoken claim city centre costs are forcing them to look outside of the city but thankfully Eye is only a few minutes on the parkway from wherever you are in Peterborough. I’m not sure what the circumstances are behind the closing of Toscanini but the silver lining to this cloud is that at least Riva will live on. Read More…
Not content with running just one great Michelin-recognised restaurant in Peterborough, Lee Clarke of Clarkes on Lincoln Road is set to take over from Riva at the Vivacity-run Key Theatre and transform it into “Café Clarkes”, a “classic British restaurant with more of an informal, casual atmosphere”.
I caught up with Dinesh Odedra of the Banyan Tree who is teaming up with Lee on this venture to find out more about their plans to bring another independent, locally-owned dining experience to Peterborough. Read More…