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.
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…
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? Read More…
I’ve ordered a pizza delivery from Antonino’s a couple of times and apart from a few teething problems, would say their pizzas are some of the best in the Peterborough area.
Our first order was delayed because the driver was given the wrong address. Mistakes happen and they apologised, but it would have been nice for Antonino’s to have compensated us somehow.
Then to make matters worse, the pizza wasn’t cut into slices – hardly cause for concern as my parents taught me basic knife and fork skills as a child, but I can’t remember the last takeaway/delivery pizzeria that didn’t pre-slice their pizza. Those niggles aside, the pizza tasted good. Read More…
I’ve just heard the news that the Tom Lock (Harvester) on Lincoln Road is currently being refurbished by new owners.
Information is scarce at the moment, but I’ve learned that the new restaurant will specialise in fish and seafood and be called The Vineyard.
You can find The Vineyard at 77 Lincoln Road, Peterborough – just a couple of minutes walk from Westgate.
I’ll update this post with more details as I hear them!
Now you can read the review of The Vineyard
According to a recent local radio report the Vineyard will actually be a wine bar, no mention of seafood so who knows what will be on offer when it opens tomorrow (14th April).
After breaking the news of rumours that Nandos might be looking at opening a Peterborough restaurant, it’s now been officially confirmed!
The Peterborough ET has spoken to the restaurant chain who have revealed that a 100-seat restaurant is planned for Cathedral Square and due to open by July.
I’m guessing the HMV store would be the ideal location (as HMV are due to close that this year) but the location’s still unconfirmed.
Rumour has it that Peterborough might be getting it’s own Nando’s restaurant!
You might have seen their spicy Piri-Piri hot-sauce and BBQ marinades in local supermarkets but outside of Peterborough Nando’s are known worldwide for their Portugese-themed chicken restaurants. Nando’s is one of the first restaurant chains people think of that are missing from the Peterborough restaurant line-up so they would definitely be a welcome addition – and something new to the local dining scene. Read More…
Note – this review took place during a staff training session with complimentary meals, only drinks were paid for.
I first heard Chiquito were planning on opening a restaurant in Peterborough back in May, so when they invited me to one of their pre-opening staff training sessions for their new Mexican restaurant near Hampton in Peterborough, I of course jumped at the chance to review the restaurant and headed over to see what they had to offer. Read More…