Housed in the old Grade II listed Post Office on Victoria Street in Derby, The Post House brings a new food and drink concept to Derby. The idea behind the space is a communal dining area and various ‘units’ housing different food and drink businesses
I was kindly invited to the launch party on 25th May, ahead of their official opening day on 26th
With eight food and drink outlets there’s a good selection to choose from and the communal seating means that you can sit together and eat different things. This idea solves a problem we have quite a lot – we don’t fancy eating the same thing as each other but we need to choose one place to eat – less arguments all round!
There’s plenty of seating in all different configurations – benches for large groups and smaller tables or barrels with stools if there’s just a couple of you
Once you’ve found your seat, note your table number and get ordering! Here’s what’s on offer:
Unit 1 – The Post House Bar
Here you’ll find beers on tap, wine and a great range of spirits (I can recommend the Hendricks gin with Fever Tree elderflower tonic & fresh cucumber!)
Unit 2 – Chocolate Alchemy
A small luxury, artisan chocolatier from Loughborough, all their chocolates and cakes are handmade. They offer a range chocolates, brownies & bakes, hot chocolates and milkshakes
The Sunday following the opening we actually popped in to grab a salted caramel brownie (I can’t comment on how this tasted as the husband ate the lot without sharing!) What I can say is order the cold white chocolate milk with raspberry – you’ll thank me later!
Unit 3 – Fresh Rootz
This was my surprise favourite of the night! As a meat lover, vegetarian food is not always top of my list but wow, these guys have changed my mind! Their pakoras were to die for and I’d happily go in just for their pakora wrap!
Unit 4 – Lorentes – Now myself and literally everyone I know are lovers of Lorentes (read my review here) so it’s great to see them here too! We tried their cured meats, chicken skewers, calamari, croquettes and the slow cooked lamb bocadillo – all of which were as delicious as expected!
Unit 5 – Tollgate Brewery
Produced at their brewery on the Calke Abbey estate, Tollgate offers up several beers on tap – on the night we were there this include an IPA, a blonde ale, and a golden bitter amongst others – and also several bottles, so the beer lovers have plenty to choose from!
Unit 6 – Bohn’s
Serving up a small but well executed menu of tasty and extra-juicy burgers flavoured with their homemade rubs, fries and sweet, sticky & spicy buffalo wings, this is food to really get stuck in to (possible bib required!)
Unit 7 – Sapori – Pizza Italiana
Sapori have a wide range of pizzas including the one below, the white base ‘La Piccante’ topped with smoked provola, nduja, spicy pork and salami – simple, nice quality ingredients. I have my eye on the ‘British’ which is topped with mozzarella, asparagus, parmesan and an egg!
Unit 8 – The Post House Cocktail Bar
Here you can order a range of cocktails from an old fashioned to a mojito, and a sour to my favourite – an espresso martini!
The venue has been designed and styled really nicely giving an industrial feel whilst at the same time still being welcoming. You could just as easily pop in for a few drinks as you could for dinner, as the bustling atmosphere really lends itself to both
One thing that really struck me apart from the great food at the launch night was just how friendly all the stallholders are – I don’t think I’ve met so many enthusiastic and genuinely lovely people in one place that are so passionate about their food
The Post House is somewhere I’d happily go to in the day or the evening, and I have a feeling it will be a great success!
Have you visited yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!