Sadler Gate is one of my favourite areas in Derby. It’s a veritable celebration of all things indie, making it a real pleasure to walk down the cobbled streets with a spring in my step. Amongst the row of independent stores is quaint deli Milk and Honey, pretty as a picture Ink and Thread, and one of my favourite restaurants in Derby, The Wonky Table.

Now, the latest kid on the foodie block is The Palfrey, a newly refurbished, contemporary restaurant and wine bar located in the historic Old Blacksmiths Yard on Sadler Gate, Derby.

Wait… another restaurant? Can Sadler Gate withstand this new eatery?

I think so. I hope so. The area is welcoming and new blood can only be a good thing for Derby’s dining scene. It’s refreshing to have an eatery open away from the Intu Derby, which seems to be the real magnet for food outlets and big name brands.

Sadler Gate falls in the Cathedral Quarter area of Derby. This area’s efforts are being celebrated, by its nomination for the coveted Great British High Street Award. If like me, you love Sadler Gate and want to show businesses in that area some TLC, I urge you to nominate here now.

Back to The Palfrey, which is split over two levels, channelling both rustic and industrial vibes. The bar can be found downstairs with adjacent courtyard for casual dining and drinks, whilst upstairs, the inviting restaurant is full of cosy charm. Amongst the soft leather, polished copper and bespoke installations, it feels impossible not to enjoy a leisurely bottle of wine or one of the bar’s signature cocktails.

One thing that excites me greatly about this restaurant, is that the kitchen has an open pass to showcase stunning dishes, crafted by Head Chef Danny Edwards. His menu is eclectic and ambitious, and all dishes are cooked freshly to order using organic, locally sourced produce. The numerous vegetarian and gluten free options will delight diners with dietary requirements, as they are tempting alternatives which do not compromise on creativity. The Palfrey breaks loose from typical gourmet pub grub, and instead combines unique ingredients and flavours that are beautifully arranged on handcrafted stoneware. The Palfrey also sounds like the perfect hideaway and pit-stop during Christmas shopping!

Have you been? What did you think of it? Do let me know how you found it, I’d love to know!