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51A Sadler Gate | The Old Bell Hotel, Derby DE1 3NQ, England
+44 1332 381101
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11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
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Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
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Derby
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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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Thank Jackjazztim
DERBY
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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Thank bobthecat2017
Alfreton, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food & service, great restaurant & great location would definitely go back again! Lovely atmosphere!

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

I visited Zest as a special treat with my two daughters. Champagne breakfast was tasty in very nice surroundings

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Thank lbirtie
Derby, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food but awful service one person didn't even have a main course and 3 didn't get what they ordered including some food which they were allergic to. Also wasn't even busy so no excuse for bad service

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

Dear Emilyjmeehan, Thank you for your review. Could you please contact the restaurant immediately as we want to understand the complaint in more detail as we ensure dietary requirements are made aware to the kitchen so we can adjust the dishes accordingly and we wouldn't leave a guest without a main course as this is highly irregular. Please contact us... More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here for a corporate event with around 30 people. We were seated at the back of the restaurant which was perfect for a semi-private event. The food was delicious and the staff were very accommodating, friendly and helpful. Our events coordinator was fantastic as well - I couldn't fault the venue, food or service!

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Thank M8181
Derby, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First visit to zest, came highly recommended from close friends and family. We had booked for 8:30 and was shown to the back end of the restaurant which is beautifully decorated in the cobbled floor. It looks like it should be freezing but it was really cosy and warm. Food was very well presented and extremely tasty, the beef was... More 

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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
US$31 - US$37
Cuisine
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Saturday
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
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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