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Review of Clarkes Restaurant, Peterborough

Update: Click here to read my personal review of Clarkes restaurant

Well the title of this post is a bit misleading, as at the time of writing I’ve yet to eat at the new Clarkes restaurant in Peterborough.  Instead, this is a bit of a pre-review and comment based on a recent review by the Evening Telegraph’s Nigel Thornton.

Headed up by chef-patron Lee Clarke, Clarkes certainly has the potential to be one of the best restaurants in Peterborough.  We’ve seen the likes of Jim’s Beehive go from strength to strength (albeit with the closure of Jim’s Bistro) so there is hopefully a market in Peterborough for diners willing to pay a little bit more for a freshly cooked menu.

I’ve been following the progress of Clarkes on twitter and have been hearing nothing but good so far. In his review of Clarkes, Nigel rated the restaurant top marks of 10 out of 10 so there should be no question about the standard being set.  My only issue with a top scoring review is that it doesn’t leave any room for improvement – where do you go from here?  Continue reading

Snacks Away, online lunch ordering

If you’re one of the many people in Peterborough that work in an office on a business park, you’ll no doubt be familiar with the daily question of where to buy your lunch.  Of course you could bring your own lunch from home, but where’s the fun in that?

Those in the city centre have it easy with just about any cuisine on the doorstep, but for those at Lynch Wood, Orton Southgate, Fengate, etc. it’s usually a case of waiting for one of the food vans to rock up outside.  Then queuing, choosing a sandwich, finding you’ve left your wallet at home… thankfully that’s all set to change with the arrival of Snacks Away.

Order lunch online

This isn't all for me!

The concept is painfully simple, making you wonder why it’s not been done before (maybe it has?).  Simply visit the Snacks Away website, choose your lunch items from their expanding menu, pay online and wait for it to be delivered within an allotted time.  Better still, the Snacks Away menu caters for those with special dietary requirements such as gluten free and lactose free.
That’s the concept at least, so what is it like in practice? Continue reading

Jim’s Bistro Closes

Sadly my favourite restaurant in Peterborough, Jim’s Bistro has closed!

The owners, Jim and Sharon Trevor opened the restaurant on Broadway in 2008 and were one of the few restaurants in the city that dared to offer something different to Peterborough diners.

A statement posted on to the Jim’s Restaurants website says:

We have now closed Jim’s Bistro in Broadway after three years of trading. Since opening The Beehive in July last year we have now decided to focus our energies on one single site in the City.

A huge thank you to all our Staff and everyone that has supported us. We sincerely appreciate it.

We hope that you can visit us at The Beehive or at Jim’s Yard in Stamford, where on our menu you will still find the fresh soup and the simple fish supper are prepared daily.

Jim & Sharon

In a competitive industry I can’t help think that the closure of the Broadway Theatre due to fire in 2009 and the more recent closure due to poor management has been a contributing factor, as Jim’s Bistro was in a prime location for theatre-goers.

Nando’s Peterborough opening date

The word on the Peri-Peri street is that Peterborough’s latest eatery is due to open has opened on August 17th!  Make sure you read my review of Nando’s Peterborough: http://blog.jofftastic.co.uk/2011/08/review-of-nandos-peterborough/

Nando’s is one of the national (international even) chains that has been missing from the Peterborough dining scene and is one of the most often requested, certainly one of the most popular searches on this blog.

If you’re familiar with Nando’s then don’t expect anything new or groundbreakingly different for the restaurant which can be found facing Cathedral Square in what was HMV.  What you can be sure of is the famous Nando’s taste, the range of Peri-Peri marinated chicken and a lively dining experience.

For Nando’s virgins this isn’t a fast-food fried chicken shack.  This is sit down food with proper cutlery and everything, plus it’s so very tasty!

So make sure you’re there on the 17th and form an orderly queue!

To make a table reservation call Nandos Peterborough on 01733 551 222

Review of The Vineyard, Peterborough

by guest reviewer Nick (@nmyers89)

Formerly The Tom Locke Harvester, The Vineyard in Peterborough reopened it’s doors to the general public back in April following a £250,000 refurbishment – and boy did it need it. The outdated decor and cheap food made the venue less desirable for those who wanted to wine and dine in style.

Now though, the spacious setting is fitted with glass and steel, soft lighting and modern decor. The restaurant and wine bar certainly look the part. Conveniently located near the city centre on Lincoln Road, it now seats around 70 people and serves a mixture of traditional English dishes as well as some continental/exotic alternatives. The wine bar boasts a wide selection of wine from the cheap to the very pricey.

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All you can eat buffet in Peterborough

With the opening of the Jimmy Spice’s World buffet, Peterborough has been going all-you-can-eat crazy!

Now it seems that restaurants are so desperate to lure in diners that they’re resorting to belly busting offers, but is this at the expense of quality?  Is charging £5 a head enough for restaurants to break even?  How much profit can they really hope make from the sale of drinks?

The concept of a lunchtime buffet isn’t new and I remember heading down to a local pizza restaurant with a few college friends en masse to take advantage of their all you can eat pizza deals.

So where in Peterborough can you eat until you drop?  These restaurants all run regular weekday buffets, either during lunch or dinner sessions:

Multi-national

  • Jimmy Spices
  • Asia Fuzion

Indian

  • Shalimar Gardens

Italian

  • Topo Gigio

If you know of any I’ve missed off, please let me know in the comments section below