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Where to eat in Northamptonshire according to Nadine de Chenu @northamptonfood.

Marketing expert, writer and self confessed food addict, Nadine de Chenu is the voice (and stomach) behind Northants Food. An advocate for locally sourced produce, the pages support and promote Northamptonshire based independent businesses serving the finest food and drink in the county.

1. Nuovo, Northampton

Italian but not as you know it. From the delicious Cicchetti menu, to the Sunday Grazin' and Thursday’s Rhythm and Ribs events, Nuovo offers something a bit different from your typical Italian. Simple and stylish, the restaurant provides impeccable service and amazing food served in a relaxed atmosphere which guarantee you'll keep going back for more. There's even a deli for when you haven't time to sit and enjoy a leisurely meal...what more could you want?

2. Magee St Bakery, Northampton

Definitely worth getting up early for! A speciality café and bakery which offers a quirky interior alongside imaginative dishes, it's easy to see why Magee's has quickly acquired a band of loyal customers. Selling hand ground coffee, sourdough bread made on site, plus a glorious collection of home-made cakes and treats, this is a gem in Northampton's growing artisan crown. The options change frequently so you'll never be bored, but be warned, they sell fast!

3. The Wheatsheaf Pub and Dining Room, Northampton

With a welcoming atmosphere, pretty garden and a traditional feel it would be easy to assume The Wheatsheaf is your typical pub. Order food though and you'll instantly realise this place stands out from the crowd. Meat is locally sourced, the fruit and vegetables allotment grown and all are cooked to perfection by an inspirational chef. I challenge you to find a better burger, or Sunday roast, in the area.

4. Pumukkale, Northampton

Newly opened and going down a storm! The simply-designed exterior of this Turkish restaurant could certainly leave it going unnoticed amid the other offerings on St Giles Street, but the interior however is definitely something to get you talking. The atmosphere inside Pumukkale is unique and along with its excellent service and authentic Turkish cuisine, it’s proving a real success. It might have something to do with bold Mediterranean flavours and excellent value for money...funny that.

5. Haycock & Tailbar Assoicates, Northampton

Elegant and sophisticated, dining in this basement eatery could easily leave you feeling like you've been transported to a cool, trendy Northampton that you never knew existed. In fact, I'm not even sure I want to recommend Haycock & Tailbar as I want to keep it to myself. Exotic meats cooked at the table on hot lava rocks and cocktails of pure class, this is a place of luxury in which to spoil yourself.

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Where to eat in Nottinghamshire according to Alec Frusher, author of Frusher on Food.

I make it my mission to bring independent restaurant reviews to the people of Nottinghamshire. In my spare time I am to be found spending my hard earned money in some of the UKs top restaurants, and contributing the odd BuzzFeed article.

6. The Clock House, Upton

The Clock House café has a very special restaurant which only opens two nights a month and has but a handful of tables. You're perfectly catered for with a 4 course menu that changes every month, a stunning, fresh, crab dish (above left) was my favourite on a recent visit.

7. Tarn Thai, Nottingham

You’ll forget you’re in the city centre when you dine amongst the running water and greenery of the best Thai restaurant in Nottingham. The luxury extends to the food too, I can’t resist the succulent chicken cooked in pandan leaves here.

8. Iberico World Tapas, Nottingham

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Iberico is the name I mention most when asked for recommendations in Nottingham. They expertly handle the Spanish dishes, delivering excellent patatas bravas and Catalan bread. They don’t rest of their laurels though, inside out, sweet chilli chicken wings are the favourite from the world menu.

9. Larwood & Voce, West Bridgford

I've searched for the best roast in Nottingham so you don't have to, and look no further. I struggle to imagine there's better puddings in Yorkshire than this one from Nottinghamshire!

10. Sat Bains, Nottingham

I could scarcely forget the only 2 Michelin star restaurant in the whole Midlands. The level of detail, innovation and flavour never fails to delight. It's simply a must-visit if you're a serious foodie, the signature Ham, Egg and Peas always delivers.

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Where to eat in Leicestershire according to Alex, author of Gingey Bites.

Gingey / Alex is a 5ft-nothing East Midlander with a love of all things edible and an ever present pot belly. Gingeybites is full of honest restaurant reviews and easy recipes for the home cook.

11. The Smokehouse, Leicester

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Ribs as big as your arm? Yes please. If you want authentic southern American soul food, get yourself over to Braunstone Gate in Leicester. Their ribs, pulled pork and brisket smash all over those you get in the big chains. Go on a Wednesday and benefit from their Half Way Hog deal – just remember to book!

12. Gino's Pear Tree, Loughborough

A gorgeous family-run Italian in this picturesque village just outside Loughborough. Try their pizza, cooked in an authentic wood fired oven on site. A new landscaped terrace area outside catches the afternoon sun perfectly. Al fresco pizza, what could be better over the summer?

13. Kayal, Leicester

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Some may say a cliché choice because they get enough press but yes… for Keralan cuisine – Kayal is the one. If its good enough for the Hairy Bikers it’s good enough for me. Go for the crab, it's messy but it's worth it!

14. The Grey Lady Kitchen & Deli, Newton Linford

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Cath Kidston eat your heart out – this place is cutesy and delicious and opposite Bradgate Park. The deli counter is to die for – all the cheese and ham you can shake a stick at! Book in for fish & fizz Fridays. It's well worth it at £12 per person.

15. The Olive Branch, Clipsham

I like this place so much it makes the list even though it's in Rutland! Book ahead and for a real treat, book a room and stay over, they have 6 rooms in The Beech House just next door Gorgeousness on every level – a traditional country pub with award winning (and bloomin great) food.

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Where to eat in Lincolnshire according to Rachel Linstead. @rachel_linstead.

Rachel is known for three things; food, nutrition and business. She has been a food specialist business coach for over eight years and is the go-to person in Lincolnshire if you are a food, drink or hospitality company. She is the Lincolnshire correspondent for the Great Food Club and regularly guest blogs and contributes to food and nutrition articles online and in print.

16. The Horse & Groom, Lincoln

A friendly, welcoming pub serving delicious pub favourites with a raft of locally sourced ingredients. Its relaxed feeling makes it a great place for a meal out with friends or Sunday Lunch with your family. Their menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons, and they never move too far away from traditional pub grub with a modern twist.

17. The Bronze Pig, Lincoln

The Bronze Pig is a unique partnership between an Irishman & Sicilian offering contemporary British food with an Italian twist. A combination so popular that they recently had to move to bigger premises to meet the demand. Where possible they source produce from the local area. The consistently scrumptious food makes this the place of choice for a special occasion.

18. Uncle Henry's, Gainsborough

This café and farm shop recently their saw their sausages win The One Show’s Best Sausage award! Situated 28 miles north of Lincoln city, owned & run by the Ward family it truly is field to fork eating experience. Uncle Henry’s grow their own vegetables in a walled garden & have a large herd of pigs, which are expertly butchered on site.

19. Madame Waffle, Lincoln

The new kid on the block has definitely made an impression on café culture in Lincoln, they bring together great coffee with freshly made waffles. If coffee isn’t your thing, then rest assured their tea & cold drinks menu is just as extensive. The waffles are not only sweet but there’s a range of savoury dishes too, from English fry-ups to Halloumi and Bolognaise.

20. Olé Olé, Lincoln

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Olé Olé brings the taste of Spain to Lincoln with its authentic tapas menu; it has all the familiar dishes you’d expect with the addition of regional offerings. This, with its cosy atmosphere and tasty Spanish food has made it a firm favourite on the Lincoln restaurant scene. If you’re still unsure, then it’s worth trying their lunch special – 4 Tapas for 2 People only £16.50.

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Where to eat in Derbyshire according to Angie or "Sticky Beak", author of The Sticky Beak.

Sticky Beak is a local Derbyshire bird, who along with her family and friends likes to spread her wings and get her beak sticky sampling food, wine and beer in restaurants and venues across Derbyshire.

21. Blacksmith's Loft, Derby

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The venue that has it all: a bijou restaurant upstairs that serves great food and a downstairs bar with a sophisticated urban vibe in the heart of Derby. Moroccan Lamb Fritters and Honey-glazed Duck breast were our faves.

22. The Loaf, Crich

Not content with producing tantalizing breads, the Artisan Bakers at Loaf hold a pizza night every Wednesday at their Crich premises. Look out for their innovative "Flavour of the week" speciality offering. You can even take your own alcohol!

24. Devonshire Arms, Beeley

Cracking food in an amazing setting on the historic Chatsworth Estate. Under the guidance of Chef Patron, Alan, the menu offers an imaginative collection of dishes with world-class fine dining standard presentation. The Old Spot Belly Pork is to die for.

25. Ice Creams & Dreams, Bakewell

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An amazingly kitsch American Diner themed Ice Cream Parlour with petticoated staff and Wurlitzer Jukebox. Immerse yourself in the experience whilst indulging in every sweet treat imaginable, uber-friendly and unique to the area. The “Dream Boats & Petticoat” Sundae is a knock out.

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