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51A Sadler Gate | The Old Bell Hotel, Derby DE1 3NQ, England
+44 1332 381101
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Closed now
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Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
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Showing 516: English reviews
Alfreton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 for the mains but it was very busy so we did understand and our waiter... More 

Thank Jane F
Lexington, Massachsetts
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 visit, before a beautiful chorale performance in the Cathedral proper, we showed up at opening... More 

Thank JSRMass
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78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 restaurants in the city centre as good or better. The mains are not cheap and... More 

Thank Steve M
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97 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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 of chips and seasonal vegetables. Both of the meals were absolutely amazing, cooked to perfection,... More 

Thank Uma01
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 starter he has ever had. The rest of the meal was equally good for all.... More 

Thank Hcfmscbb
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 had lots of people sitting in it and we were just sat on our own.... More 

Thank eleanor r
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34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Zest moved and what a difference a venue can make. It was always good on George street but the quirky venue gave it a romantic feel. The food was good service too. Lovely all round experience will go again

1 Thank Jackjazztim
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Been waiting to go here for a while after recommendation by friends. Great first impressions, nice decor and a good feel on entry. Went downhill from there..... felt like we had been forgotten about. Had to get attention every time we wanted to order something. Ordered wine, took an age to arrive. Then another huge wait before we could place... More 

Thank scott f
Derby, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Alas alack, service was slack. Booked a table for 8pm. Now that isn't really late and we were not last to arrive, by any means. But already, the soup was off the menu. Tasty aranchini but looked too perfect to be hand made. Long wait for the main. It arrived at 9.30....that an hour and a half. Must be good... More 

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

Thank You for taking the time to write a review. We apologise the soup was unavailable, we had been particulary busy and the soup was far more popular than normal that evening. We are really pleased you enjoyed the aranchini, and I can assure you it is homemade along with all our other dishes here at Zest. We also apologise... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$32 - US$39
European, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?