Another mad week meant a spot of mid-week unwinding was required and, as we’d been hearing lots of good things about Seven Restaurant at Derby’s Pride Park, we thought we’d give it a go. The restaurant scooped the Restaurant of the Year 2014 at the Derby Food & Drink Awards and is open from breakfast right through to dinner, serving, what they call, ‘Fine Gastro’, locally sourced food. It seemed a recipe too good to miss, says Lilith Hunt Sheppard.

I was joined by fellow 69’er Tara who went straight for the cocktail menu- a melon and passion fruit margarita, while I enjoyed an apple and elderflower martini, a perfect way to cool down as we looked over the menu.

The menu, it has to be said, sounded infinitely edible and thankfully the food comes out looking as good as it sounds on the menu: the presentation is stunning. Tara had plumped for the Potted Chicken Rillette with celeriac & truffle remoulade, crispy skin and onion bread; the crispy chicken skin was almost a naughty treat on an otherwise well behaved platter.

I wanted to start with something light so opted for the Smoked Salmon Plate with confit lemon, baby capers, lemon & dill mayonnaise and brown bread croutons. The smoked salmon was balanced beautifully with the baby capers and had just the right amount of zest; truly the light delight I wanted to start a lovely summer meal.


Plates cleared and cocktails trefreshed it was time for our mains. Tara had opted for the Cumin Scented Chime End of Lamb with curried squash purée, Bombay bhaji and steamed greens. While I had gone for the Slow Braised Derbyshire Beef with celeriac mash, confirm carrot and bouguignon sauce. As we both tucked in Tara commented that her lamb was cooked to perfection and was just the right colour. The Bombay bhaji was up there with being one of the best she had ever tasted, apparently. I had to agree (I did steal one to see if it was true). My beef completely was absolutely delicious, with just the right amount of mash to really enjoy the rich sauce.

There is a saying that we were all designed with a separate pudding stomach (we kid ye not), so Tara and I decided to put this to the test and share a Seven Pudding Platter. For two pudding lovers like ourselves, it was a choice well made. In fact, there were nearly spoons at dawn, as we battled over the Cornflake Tart, Chocolate Nemesis and Tart Au Citron: who knew something as simple as a cornflake tart could be so ridiculously tasty.

As we sat there, unable to move after the delicious meal, we both commented on how busy the restaurant was. It wasn’t a surprise, really, to see why, with the incredible service, the mouth-watering food that you could enjoy in such a stylish setting, it’s easy to see why so many are saying “see you at Seven”. 

Seven is @ Wheelwright Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8SQ. Tel 01332 332 277