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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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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went as a group of 10 for champagne breakfast and we all loved it! Great atmosphere, friendly staff, nice gaps between courses is great food! Would definitely return!

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Thank woodyandstevo
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a number of meals here and apart from a Christmas meal, the food has been very good. The service is great and the surrounding nice. Place it among my top three places to eat in Derby.

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Thank Mark V
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our visit didn't start well. We arrived at 10.15 having reserved a table via phone and email and were told we couldn't come in yet quite bluntly and were told to wait outside. It was raining and an alarm was screaming it's head off so the wait outside was really uncomphortable. This ruined the surprise for my mum who we... More 

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Thank Charlotte H
Derby, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great lunchtime meal with family. Staff friendly, service great and a menu with a good choice of dishes to suit all. Zest is situated in a wonderful restored old coaching inn and is well worth a visit if coming to Derby. As an I dependant and not part of a large chain this place has character but at... More 

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Thank Greenies111
Milan, Italy
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is simple but elegant. We ate good plates, The sfaff was very friendly. I can confirm it's a good place to eat.

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Thank giutaini
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We made two visits in July both with friends. Both times, service excellent, food lovely and nice wine. Atmosphere despite big parties both times remained pleasant and conversation was able to flow well.

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Thank bjeanburgess
Derby, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with friends we were all very impressed with the service our waiter was very friendly and attentive the food was excellent and there was a nice relaxed ambience would recommend a visit if you want a good independent Restuarant that's above the norm

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Thank Martin D
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First time at Zest in the Bell, going to a comedy night at the Bell so thought we would try the restaurant - we were not disappointed. I had the belly pork - amazing. Good choice of drinks, missus happy too. Beautifully (but not pretentiously) presented throughout, and as a bonus we got taken to our seats at the comedy... More 

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Thank Nick D
Tillac, France
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent meal, very friendly and helpful staff, imaginative food, well presented, reasonable prices

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Thank maryd442016
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A family gathering of 13. The staff were really great. Helpful and attentive without intruding or being the floor show. Lovely ambience, and we had plenty of space around our table, so we felt quite private. The food however is the main attraction - good ingredients cooked beautifully in imaginative ways. The kitchen and staff also catered for our 5yr... More 

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Joseph R, Manager at Restaurant Zest, responded to this review

Dear 449suzanne, Thank you so much for you 5 star review. I'm very happy the front of house team was helpful and attentive and looked after you. We always want to go the extra mile to impress our customers. We are also very proud of our chefs and i'm very happy you enjoyed you food. Thank you so much again,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$33 - $39
Cuisine
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?