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51A Sadler Gate | The Old Bell Hotel, Derby DE1 3NQ, England
+44 1332 381101
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Derby, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Alas alack, service was slack. Booked a table for 8pm. Now that isn't really late and we were not last to arrive, by any means. But already, the soup was off the menu. Tasty aranchini but looked too perfect to be hand made. Long wait for the main. It arrived at 9.30....that an hour and a half. Must be good... More 

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Thank Rose M
Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked an evening meal to celebrate my 60th birthday. Everything was perfect. The restaurant was cosy and quiet, with the style and volume of the background music perfectly pitched for still being able to chat over the meal. The service was impeccable, friendly and fast. The food was cooked to perfection, very well presented and absolutely delicious - I had... More 

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Thank jonwayouteast
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent menu choice, staff very friendly and efficient. Food was delicious and I particularly like not having to rush from one course to the next. The size of the restaurant was just right for a relaxing family meal. The staff were only too happy to chat about the restaurant and future plans, we felt very welcome and will certainly visit... More 

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Thank Homemadejam
Derby, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely atmosphere food great service with a smile. Lovely night. Will book again soon. Thanks Carole.

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Thank 968carolep
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I booked this restaurant for my husband and I on a whim, never been before, but liked the look of it on the website. We were no disappointed! It's a beautiful place, nicely decorated with original beams and other features. The food was absolutely incredible! My husband said it was the best beef fillet he'd ever had. The baked cambert... More 

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Thank Rachel R
Derby
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2017 via mobile

What a lovely place this is, relaxed fine dining great to know you can enjoy a good meal without having to dress up or to be "posh" waiting staff really nice, ambience lovely candle lit tables piano music in the background. Food was lovely such a treat thank you restaurant zest for a wonderful experience.

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Thank Fastererl
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely meal, hence the return visit Definitely a place to come, very accommodating to our needs

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Thank Helen M
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017

Beautiful old setting in the courtyard that still managed to retain warmth and great ambiance . The food was excellent , well presented tasty and good selection of choice for all tastes. The service as always in zest was as good as the food. Would highly recommend this Resteraunt for any occasion.

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DERBY
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017

Food great but restaurant very cold. We complained, as did other diners, but it didn't get any warmer. Would have been a nice gesture had restaurant compensated us in some way but nothing was offered. Shame as it put us off going again (unless it's summer!). Also why do some restaurants charge separately for veg and potatoes, surely these should... More 

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Derby
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017

The new restaurant is in a lovely romantic setting with delicious food. The service was also very good. Would definitely go.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $37
Cuisine
European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51A Sadler Gate | The Old Bell Hotel, Derby DE1 3NQ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Derby
  • Phone Number: +44 1332 381101
Description
Restaurant Zest is a high quality, award-winning restaurant in the heart of Derby's restaurant quarter serving fabulous Modern European & British cuisine and where relaxed fine dining is the order of the day...Thanks to all of our customers and staff for helping us become Derby's Restaurant of the Year at 2012 Derby Food and Drink Awards! CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST AT ZESTFor birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions or 'just because' join us for our now-legendary 3 course champagne breakfast! Do breakfast in style for just £20pp available Mon-Sat. RECENT AWARDS & ACCOLADES:We are always very proud to receive awards and recommendations and are thrilled to be the winners of 'RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR' and 'BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE' in the 2012 Derby Food & Drink Awards! We also have a 'RECOMMENDED' status in the recent Hardens Guide as well as a 'RECOMMENDED' for 3 years running in the prestigious Good Food Guide 2011, 2012 & 2013. Thanks to all our staff and wonderful customers for helping us to achieve these fantastic awards...if you've never tried us, then come and visit soon to find out what all the fuss is about! Tucked away in a beautiful, converted former stables building, the dining room is smart but relaxed and the atmosphere is fresh and welcoming.The quality and variety of both the menu and the wine list is outstanding. Zest offers the opportunity for truly fabulous 'fine-dining' done in a totally non-intimidating way.

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