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Restaurant Zest

51A Sadler Gate | The Old Bell Hotel, Derby DE1 3NQ, England
+44 1332 381101
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good21%
  • Average12%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“lamb” (20 reviews)
“mussels” (6 reviews)
“ice cream” (8 reviews)
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European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
51A Sadler Gate | The Old Bell Hotel, Derby DE1 3NQ, England
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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Really disappointed with Zest, this was previously my favourite restaurant. I have been trying to book a table for our second wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks time. I have emailed via their contact form on their website and also rang numerous times however...More

4  Thank Melissa H
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We went as a couple on a weekday. Parking nearby, after 8 this is free. The restaurant was empty, I didn't expect much, but I was surprised! The food was fantastic, we had the lamb and the duck which was superb. Service was on point,...More

Thank T S
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We dined here as a bit of celebration. The food was well presented and very enjoyable. The service, in all honesty I cannot make my mind up. As having previously been in the industry I have my own vision on what service should be. At...More

Thank meboDerby
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This was the first time I had been to Restaurant Zest. Was very impressed with the service & qualty of food. Will definitely go again.

Thank _dorothydent
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We went as a party of 4 and the first thing I have to say is what an incredibly beautiful restaurant, it all looks so original and really is stunning. The food matched up to the venue and was outstanding. There was a little wait...More

Thank Jane F
Reviewed 1 May 2017

The Cathedral neighborhood of Derby is popular locally and with visitors, but most of the dining is of the noisy pub variety. Just off the main thoroughfare, on Sadler Gate, Zest is a terrific alternative—not just an option, but an excellent one. On a recent...More

Thank JSRMass
Reviewed 25 April 2017

There were plenty of tables at the back but we got put out front on our own until a few more customers arrived. Very little atmosphere where we were. The service was pleasant enough as was the food but nothing special. There are many other...More

1  Thank Steve M
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Decided to eat here for my husband's birthday - we hadn't booked a table but the restaurant was empty as it was early evening. Enjoyed a glass of prosecco on arrival and we both ordered starters of pigeon breast and mains of venison with sides...More

Thank Uma01
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We called in on spec with no booking on 7th April. We were made welcome immediately and offered an excellent table. The staff were very knowledgeable and provided advice when asked. The meal was superb with one of our party stating it was the best...More

Thank Hcfmscbb
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Went to Zest on Saturday with my partner. Very pretty décor. However, unfortunately we were seated towards the front of the restaurant where no one else was sitting. Every time people entered the restaurant they were sat in the back part. Therefore, the back part...More

Thank eleanor r
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$33 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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
  • E-mail
Restaurant Zest is a high quality, award-winning restaurant in the heart of Derby's Cathedral Quarter serving fabulous fresh Modern European & British cuisine. 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 ZEST For birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions or 'just because' join us for our now-legendary 3 course champagne breakfast! Do breakfast in style for just £24pp available Mon-Sat. 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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