I love fairy lights. Throw in cushions and a good burger, and that will make me a customer for life. 


I was in town one Saturday afternoon, doing the usual householdey stuff, like banking and buying cheaper toothpaste (Oral B is currently half-price at Boots – yeah, I’m proper rock and roll now), when I thought I’d duck somewhere for lunch. Dreams Bistro has been on my list ever since it got recommended to me by a Facebook contact who is also a chef.


A chef, who is in the know, said their breakfast was fabulous, so it had to be good, right? Me and The Boy sauntered to Dreams Bistro Derby for a quick bite, because we had a jam-packed weekend ahead of us. 


Dreams Bistro used to be Hide Burger in a former life. The new owners have taken the food in a different direction, with a Mediterranean twist. 


I could wax lyrical about the building, but I won’t. I will however go on a little about the lighting situation, because I adore fairy lights and a bright and breezy décor. Cushions casually strewn across benches make you feel as if you are dining in a pretty home, which suits me just fine. 


I ordered the ‘chicken burger with a twist’ which arrived with seasoned fries. Now, I like a good burger.


Dreams Bistro chicken burger
Dreams Bistro chicken burger


Do you know what I like even more? I totally dig a dish that has been served with a twist, to administer something of a surprise. 


Chicken fillet, which was giant, by the way, came topped with tangy goats cheese and piquant beet relish. Yes I read the description prior to ordering, but I thought it would taste just like another regular burger. 


Boy was I wrong. The flavour profile of this burger is hellagood, so much so, I plan to recreate the flavours at home.


And that is the important thing to understand. The chef knows and properly appreciates their ingredients, to pair items that would normally not be seen together, and tie them to a beloved, traditional dish to really ramp up the flavour profile. 


I loved the Dreams Bistro burger. I am looking forward to exploring more of their other offerings. 


They offer afternoon tea, brunch and dinner too, plus an interesting drinks board. Looking around the eatery, I saw tables of people enjoying coffee with cake, whilst couples (like moi) enjoyed lunch.


I am thinking Dreams Bistro is also a great place to people-watch, which I plan on doing one time in the summer, whilst cradling a coffee in one hand and writing notes in my trusty Paperchase notebook. Dreams Bistro should be proud of the thoughtful and creative dishes they serve, if you visit, please do let me know how you got on. 



Food: 8/ 10

Value for money: 10 / 10

Ambience: 10 / 10

Service: 10 / 10

Restaurant name: Dreams Bistro Derby

Address: Riverside Chambers, Full St, Derby DE1 3AF

Tel: 01332 742790

Website + social: Facebook 

How to make reservation: Telephone

How to get there: Circa two minutes’ walk from Derbion

Whilst in the area: Make a day of it. There is an international photography festival on called Format, on till April 9, more information can be found here.

Header image | rawpixel.com