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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:


  • Jimmy Spices
  • Asia Fuzion


  • Shalimar Gardens


  • Topo Gigio

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



The Clock Restaurant, Peterborough

According to today’s Peterborough Evening Telegraph, a new tenant has been found for what was Limon Cafe on Bridge Street!

After sitting empty for a couple of years and failed negotiations with other prospective businesses, the Council has finally done a deal which will see the unit being turned into “The Clock” restaurant.

Read the full article at

It sounds like the restaurant will be serving up more cafe style meals but the new owner Barry Blakesley sounds like he’s keen to change the menu according to demand.  Slightly confusing is that the Clock’s website hints that the eaterie will be a “Restaurant, Bistro & Evening Wine Bar”.
If it is, lets hope they remember to fit power points near tables and offer free WiFi!

Bridge Street’s pretty much a ghost town after 6pm so I’m not sure if The Clock will be open into the evening to compete with other restaurants that open late.


The Clock
25 Bridge Street

Update – The Clock, reviewed 28/7/11

Following some of the opening week comments below I decided to pay The Clock a visit myself.  My experience was ok, but not perfect…

During my visit The Clock was fairly busy with diners sitting both in and outside on Bridge Street, on entering the restaurant we were shown to a table and given menus.  There looked to be plenty of staff, who were polite and smartly dressed.
Inside the place looked smart with wooden furniture and a fresh lick of paint.  I’m not sure what the cause was but there was a strong, unpleasant acrid smell (possibly burnt cheese) which was constant during our visit.  I assume this was from the sandwich press but I couldn’t be sure.

I ordered the ranch burger (I’m not sure why it’s a “ranch” burger!) but unfortunately my gluten intolerant dining partner was unable to find anything on the menu he could eat.  When questioned, staff were unable to suggest anything on the menu that was suitable.

My burger took nearly 30 minutes to arrive (26 minutes, I was timing) which in my opinion is too long to wait.  I didn’t expect fast food, but a single course in a cafe should be much faster, plus I got the impression that other customers were waiting longer than expected for their food too.  Ironically the motto at The Clock is “Let time stand still… while away the hours at the clock“!

The good news…

The good news is that the burger (when it arrived) looked substantial and well presented, with a good taste.  The chunky fries being some of the best I’ve had in any restaurant.  I had to ask for sauces, but that’s only a minor niggle.  For £6.95, the burger is well priced to compete with other gourmet burgers in Peterborough restaurants.
From what I could see from other diner’s plates, the food is (as it should be) a highlight of The Clock.

Like commenter Geoff below, I also was left trying to get the attention of staff to make payment but gave up and went to the counter – I can confirm they do now take card payments (sadly no free lunch for me!).

Like other local businesses, The Clock have recently been involved in a Groupon deal and I noticed a few diners using their discount vouchers so maybe this contributed to the delay in food service?


The Clock bills itself as a “fashionable bistro style restaurant” but in my opinion it’s no more than a smart looking cafe.  Semantics aside, remember they have been open for little more than a week so problems such as the burnt smell and waiting times will hopefully be resolved.  What they have got right is the quality of the food, so I can probably overlook the issues above.

For a good quality light lunch or a coffee and naughty slice of cake give The Clock a visit.


Review of Mattoni in Hampton, Peterborough

I’m notoriously hard to please when it comes to Italian food, having had the benefit of 30+ years of family cooking so for me to go back to an Italian restaurant must mean they’re doing something right.

Tucked away in the heart of Hampton Vale (next door to the Moorhen pub) is Mattoni, Hampton’s first Italian restaurant (incidentally “mattoni” is Italian for “brick”, a nod to the brick yard heritage of the land Hampton is built on).  Taking over from what was a South American restaurant, Mattoni has had some sprucing up both in the interior design and more importantly in the kitchen where an Italian chef is now in charge of the food. Continue reading

Tulip Tandoori, Spalding

Occasionally I venture beyond the Peterborough city limits and make it as far as Lincolnshire before I get cravings for a good curry.  Until now I’ve been a faithful customer of Chameli Tandoori in Holbeach but since learning that they’ve now opened a sister restaurant in Spalding – Tulip Tandoori, I may have to defect.

I’ve already heard good things about Tulip Tandoori so looking forward to paying them a visit and putting their menu through it’s paces for myself but for now you’ll have to decide for yourself.

Contact details

Tulip Tandoori
2 Pinchbeck Road,
PE11 1QD

Tel. 01775 768371

Ikea to open Peterborough superstore!

I’ve had it confirmed by a reliable source, Ikea are finally set to open a Peterborough branch of their superstores.

Peterborough has had an Ikea distribution warehouse for a number of years now but all we could do was dream of a superstore being built in Cambridgeshire. Now, as part of the Great Haddon development by the A1/Yaxley, Peterborough will get it’s Ikea!

To celebrate the opening of Ikea, Peterborough officials have commissioned a number of products especially for Peterborough.  These are rumoured to include the FÖNTÅIN shower unit – so complicated that it takes two years to install!

Expect more news on this story tomorrow, April 2nd.


Well done to those that spotted this was an April Fools!


Review (revisited): The Beehive, Peterborough

Since my original review of The Beehive in Peterborough,  I’ve been back to the pub/bar/restaurant several times so thought an updated review was in order.

As readers of my previous review will know, I was a little confused by what the latest of Jim’s Restaurants had to offer but now I’m pleased to say I can sleep easy at nights in the knowledge that it’s a bar.  Or a gastro-bar.  But not a pub…

The Beehive is a London bar in Peterborough – providing a smart but casual dining experience for trendy city types. Whilst you can (and should) go to The Beehive for a quick drink after work, it’s the food that The Beehive really excels at.

Jim’s other restaurant in Peterborough, Jim’s Bistro has already made a name for itself with high quality food so it was natural that The Beehive would follow suit.  Friendly staff and a great interior just add to the experience.