Clarkes restaurant under new management

Hot off the press is news that Clarkes (which mysteriously closed for a few days last week) is now open under new management!  Lee Clarke is still head chef, creating some stunning dishes and pushing the boundaries of fine dining in Peterborough but the new management brings Clarkes under the wing of The Banyan Tree, arguably Peterborough’s top Indian restaurant.

The North St Bar above Clarkes is under separate management and is also still open and I wish both businesses all the best for the future.

 

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels comes to Peterborough

In a twitter-scoop by local journalism student Cameron Todd (@cameronEtodd), I’ve learned that pretzel chain Auntie Anne’s is coming to Peterborough, opening a franchise store in Queensgate.

I have to admit, I’d never heard of Auntie Anne’s before and my only experience of a pretzel is those tiny, salty, hard baked awful snacks you get passed around at Christmas time.  Well Auntie Anne’s is nothing like that (thankfully). If you still have no idea what a pretzel is Continue reading Auntie Anne’s Pretzels comes to Peterborough

Peterborough jobs market looking healthy

Though the last twelve months have been particularly tough in pretty much every sector, the arrival of spring does seem to have brought with it a more optimistic outlook amongst economists. Whereas companies throughout the UK had adopted a policy of battening down the hatches in the closing months of 2011, the jobs market would appear to be turning a corner and there is hope that 2012 might not see the UK economy heading for a double dip recession as was previously feared. Continue reading Peterborough jobs market looking healthy

The Apple Cart pub, Cardea, Stanground South

This review has been sat in my drafts folder for a while and it was only when the Evening Telegraph’s JPBaker mentioned he’d paid the Apple Cart a visit that I thought I should add my opinion into the mix.

To cut a long story short, I found the food at The Apple Cart pretty average (more on that below) but as the pub is brand new (albeit a chain pub operated by an established name in the hospitality industry) I decided to give it another try – three tries in total to be exact.

Since I originally penned (and drafted) this review I’ve also received a few comments from friends that have since eaten there.  Going on their feedback, they also didn’t think much to the food but here are my thoughts… Continue reading The Apple Cart pub, Cardea, Stanground South

Finding the best steak restaurant in Peterborough

This blog post comes with a meat warning.  Not suitable for Vegetarians!

Lets face it, ordering a steak in a restaurant can sometimes seem a bit of a cop-out.  You’ve gone over the menu three times and there’s nothing you really want, so with a sigh you choose the steak and as soon as the waitress brings you a razor-sharp serrated steak knife, you know the meat is going to be as tough as old boots.  I’m a fan of great steak, but it’s very rarely I’ll order it from a restaurant because I can pretty much guarantee it will disappoint.

So why is it so difficult to get a good steak in Peterborough?  Is there a local restaurant worthy of being called a steakhouse?

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Review of Clarkes Restaurant

Taking advantage of a recent Groupon promotion, my wife and I headed to the new Clarkes Restaurant in Peterborough for a spot of lunch whilst out Christmas shopping.

Located on North Street on the edge of Westgate in the city centre, the smart front entrance to Clarkes faces onto Lincoln Road.  It’s a shame there isn’t a menu on the outside of the building as passers-by would be interested to discover the food on offer.

Dining on a Groupon voucher is always a little awkward for the customer as it suggests you love a bargain you’re a bit of a cheapskate.  It’s a great opportunity for restaurants (especially new ones like Clarkes) to show off to new customers, ensuring they go home and tell their friends about how good the experience was.  Unfortunately our experience wasn’t as perfect as hoped… Continue reading Review of Clarkes Restaurant

Review: Margarets Tea Room, Peterborough

Guest review by Tia

Hidden out of the way on Wentworth Street (located on the previous premises for Misaki Japanese Noodle bar), is Margarets Tea Room, a charming little tearoom-come bistro.  In the interests of discovering a new independent eating establishment, I took a cake-eating friend along for morning tea and cakes. Continue reading Review: Margarets Tea Room, Peterborough

Carluccios restaurant planned for Peterborough

Update – Carluccios Peterborough opening dates now announced!

After what seems like years of hints and rumours by organisations like Peterborough’s Growborough, the Evening Telegraph revealed this week that talks were well and truly under way to bring Carluccios Italian restaurant to Peterborough.  According to reports, the restaurant chain will be occupying one of the exterior Queensgate units along Long Causeway (which is probably why Peterborough City Council want to re-landscape Long Causeway) which so far has been virtually untouched by the cafe culture sweeping the Peterborough.

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