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 The outdated decor and cheap food made the venue less desirable for those who wanted to wine and dine in style.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

 

 

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 http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/business_2_17104/new_owner_on_menu_at_cafe_1_2736814

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.

Details:

The Clock
25 Bridge Street
Peterborough
PE1 1HJ

http://www.theclockrestaurant.co.uk/

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?

Overall

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 Review of Mattoni in Hampton, Peterborough

(Another) Review of Jimmy Spices in Peterborough

As the previous review of the Jimmy Spices restaurant was based on Ben’s experience, I thought it was time to visit the buffet restaurant myself to form my own opinion.
Since Jimmy Spice’s opened there has been a true split between those diners that love the experience and those that hated it so with that in mind I have to admit I was expecting the worst.

Continue reading (Another) Review of Jimmy Spices in Peterborough

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,
Spalding
Lincolnshire
PE11 1QD

Tel. 01775 768371

The Vineyard to open on April 14th

Update – Now you can read the review of The Vineyard

Thank you to commenter Antony for letting me know that The Vineyard restaurant in Peterborough is set to open it’s doors on April 14th.

Sited in what was previously the Tom Lock Harvester on Lincoln Road, The Vinyard is rumoured to specialise in seafood – something city centre restaurants have overlooked… until now.

 

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.

Update

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