Pitcher & Piano
The lovely old building that houses Pitcher & Piano can be found nestled half way down Derby’s historic Friar Gate. The attractive frontage conceals a large and quirky interior, coupling exposed brick and wooden ceiling beams with eclectic modern furnishings. This venue also boasts a spacious roof terrace, perfect for sunny days and warm evenings. If you’re meeting friends for a drink and a light bite, there’s a broad selection of small dishes and sharers on offer. Expect the likes of crisp halloumi fries, roasted Padrón peppers with Cornish salt, and tempura chicken seasoned with lemongrass. Visitors can enjoy a seasonal cocktail outdoors before being seated in the restaurant or the more relaxed bar area. The extensive drinks menu includes all the cocktail classics, alongside an intriguing selection of house cocktails. You’ll also find a comprehensive wine list and a broad selection of beer, ale and cider, so there’s a tipple to suit all tastes.
We perused the menu and opted to start with butterfly prawns and the chilli beef pot with jalapeños. The king prawns were beautifully succulent and coated in golden breadcrumbs, while the beef chilli pot was perfectly spiced, and came with lightly salted nachos perfect for dipping. The staff who brought our dishes were charming and informative, making us feel right at home while we dined. For mains I plumped for melt-in-the-mouth barbecue pork ribs with a generous jug of barbecue sauce. My companion selected a juicy 8oz rib-eye steak, which came perfectly cooked with delightfully crispy chips. The steak was accompanied by confit tomato and a delicious balsamic-glazed flat mushroom. The menu also boasted numerous tasty-looking vegetarian and vegan options. Tempting options included mixed-bean tagine and a crispy halloumi burger with roasted aubergine, baby spinach and harissa mayonnaise. The pudding menu features popular classics like sticky toffee pudding and Eton Mess, alongside more unusual treats like the intriguing caramel and peanut mess. We’ll certainly be back soon, perhaps to sample Pitcher & Piano’s renowned Sunday lunch.