Derbyshire Cookbook

Ali and husband Perry have the perfect blend of skills to ensure that Nourish at No.44 was a smash hit on the Derbyshire food scene.

When Ali Nadin’s husband Perry moved to Belper from London after 15 years in some of the top restaurants and hotels, it didn’t take him long to fall in love with his wife’s native countryside.

The couple wanted to put down roots and continue their careers in hospitality; Ali’s previous directorial role for a contract catering company and Perry’s 30-year career as a classically trained chef meant a marriage of the perfect skills to run their own restaurant.

After a three-year search for the right place they stumbled upon the 16th century former Imperial Vaults pub in King Street. Extensive renovations transformed it into a bustling café by day and a shabby-chic candlelit bistro at night. Nourish at No 44’s floor-to-ceiling windows and al fresco tables in the ‘secret garden’ are a nod to café culture, enhanced by thoughtful wooden detail, exposed brickwork and clever mood lighting. The couple are hands-on hosts: Ali leads the front-of-house team while Perry trains staff and leads the kitchen with a passion for local produce. A mural behind the bar charts where ingredients are sourced: cakes from local cake makers, meat from the nearby Pig’s Tale Farm Shop, fruit and veg from Belper’s Fresh & Fruity. Coffee and tea are blended specially by Ardens in Chesterfield and strawberries, rhubarb and salad items often come from local allotments.

The Nadins’ passion for produce is reflected in their menus. The à la carte features classical British dishes with a French or contemporary twist and a selection of world wines adds the perfect finishing touch. Even the café menu shows attention to detail, with everything from a toasted croque madame and popular ‘Hangover Benedict’ to sandwiches, salads, biscuits and bread, all made on-site daily; dietary requirements can be catered for.

This attention to detail has naturally brought acclaim with a Derbyshire Gold Taste Award.

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