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“High quality food - smart service - attractive setting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Darleys - Restaurant & Terrace

Darleys - Restaurant & Terrace
Waterfront, Darley Abbey Mill, Darley Abbey,, Derby DE22 1DZ, England
01332364987
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Ranked #11 of 413 Restaurants in Derby
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $38 - $152
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Oxford
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“High quality food - smart service - attractive setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

The restaurant was busy on a Thursday lunch with a mixture of business people and groups of retired locals who clearly return to this gem of a restaurant. No doubt the value-for-money lunch menus help attract the mixed clientele. A 2-course lunch which includes cannon of beef on the menu at £23.95 has to be worth considering.

The menu reads very well and caters for all tastes, although a nearby guest mentioned that she was a vegetarian so a separate menu was offered. The choice of breads was not extensive but it was fresh, spongey and tasty. My mackerel starter was well presented though crispier skin would have made it an excellent choice. The main course of cannon of beef (asked for - and cooked - "rare") was well executed and a generous portion size. My choice of Torres rose wine (by the glass) worked well for both the mackerel and the beef.

One of the striking points about this restaurant is the service. Waiting staff are well presented and have clearly been well-trained. Each course was delivered to the correct guest without the usual "who's having ....the mushrooms?" That is the mark of a good restaurant and I would certainly put Darleys in the category "worth a detour"

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Derby, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“A Lovely Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

A visit to this restaurant is my treat for achieving goals, or for special occasions. We have taken various friends and family here, and we have never been disappointed with welcome, menu, service, food or wine list. The atmosphere is quiet and enhances fine dining.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Derby, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Disappointing Birthday Meal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My husband & I dined at Darleys on Saturday evening for my birthday meal. It was our 3rd visit, and quite possibly our last.

The whole experience was very under whelming. The good was okay, but not as good as the last couple of times we have been. Just small things like having to ask for steak knives - surely we'd both ordered steak this should be a given for a restaurant of this standard?

Usually when a restaurant knows its your birthday, then they do normally make some kind of effort - but again Darleys disappointed on this front too.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Cardiff
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Deserves the Michelin rating!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend treated me to dinner at Darleys last night and I couldn't have been happier, from the moment we stepped through the door the service was 5* from start to finish. Firstly we had drinks on the terrace where we were given some nibbles, the view is gorgeous and i thought it was a nice start, we were given our menus whilst seated, then we were taken to our table. The starters came out immediately by a lovely, bubbly waitress. Main course soon followed and then we had a cheese board to share. The food is stunning, service outstanding and the owner so nice and friendly to talk too. Can't wait to go back!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Exremely great dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

We went here for a business lunch, and I was extremely impressed. Food, service and atmosphere was great. Highly rememend the Cannon of Beef. Shame weather was not nicer so ee could sit outside, of course not there fault. Expensive, yes I guess but well worth the experience. Will deffo go back.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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