Terroir Bistro, Derby

Terroir Bistro opened on 3rd December in what used to be Friar’s Steak Bar on Friargate in Derby

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The restaurant’s ethos is home grown & locally sourced seasonal ingredients cooked with love and served in quirky surroundings – some of the meat is even from their own smallholding

 We visited Sunday lunchtime on a blustery rainy afternoon and it couldn’t have been a more perfect choice for such a day! The restaurant is small and cozy, with candles on tables and mis-matched furniture and decor. Terroir Bistro has only recently started opening for Sunday lunch so it was quiet but we were greeted warmly by owner Tim and shown to our table

The menu has a good choice of dishes and changes regularly depending on what’s in season and available – I love this as sometimes a restaurant can feel a bit stale if they always keep the same dishes but doing this means it stays fresh and makes you want to come back again, knowing there’ll be something new to try

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There are beers on tap and a drinks specials board by the bar, and all bottles of wine are priced at £18. You get to go up to the wine rack or fridge and hand select the bottle that you fancy – we went for a Villa Nueva Malbec which had great cherry flavours

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Friends had visited the restaurant on its opening weekend and highly recommended the carrot pâté so I was hoping that was still on the menu – luckily it was and we both chose it for our starter. The flavour of the pâté itself was almost exactly the same as a spiced butternut squash soup that I make regularly at home – sweetness from the carrot, spice from what I think was cumin (but forgot to ask whilst chatting to Tim) – so that was a hit with both of us. It came with pieces of soft white farmhouse bread and crispy fried rocket which was delicious! The ratios of each element were spot on – so often you find with a pâté dish that you don’t have enough bread but this wasn’t the case here

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Onto mains and upon recommendation I chose the belly pork – the meat for which came from Tim’s own pigs. The pork itself was simply seasoned and roasted which let the flavour of the meat shine through. It was so tender and cut like butter, with a layer of fat that you expect from belly pork that just melted in your mouth. The chef had also managed to get perfect crunchy crackling which I admit I did pick up and eat with fingers! The dish included a wonderful carrot puree which had a good crack of rock salt, golden skin-on roast potatoes and a tangy appley cider gravy that when soaked into the potatoes tasted amazing! Although it was nicely cooked kale isn’t my favourite green, I would have preferred french beans or maybe tenderstem broccoli instead

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We shared the warming Bakewell pudding for dessert which was light and almond-y with a good layer of jam and a thin, sweet pastry case. I don’t know why but I assumed the pudding would be served on it’s own so the the vanilla custard was a welcome surprise!

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Tim has plans for making Sunday lunch more of an occasion so watch out for that on their website and social media…

The food at Terroir Bistro was so hearty and comforting, and we had such a lovely lunch it was a shame to leave and head back into the cold! I can’t wait to return again – next time we’ll visit in the evening and I’m sure we’ll have friends in tow!

You can visit their website here

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