City is a great at­trac­tion for food lovers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Food And Drink -

It’s a new year, and that al­ways brings a sense of re­flec­tion, and also of an­tic­i­pa­tion for what the next 12 months might bring. There’s no doubt 2016 was a year many of us will re­mem­ber, for rea­sons good and bad. Per­son­ally, 2016 saw a dream ful­filled when I opened my own restau­rant, but the last 12 months have also seen a lot of other changes in the city’s food cul­ture.

We have seen new and di­verse cafes, bars and restau­rants en­ter the city scene; from the Pizza Par­lour on Cow­gate, to Chai­i­wala on Lin­coln Road serv­ing Chai tea and In­dian street food. We’ve seen a new dessert bar open on Bridge Street, and other restau­rants such as Prezzo have been re­fur- bished. We’ve also wel­comed unique and in­ter­na­tional names in­clud­ing Waga­ma­mas and Krispy Kreme.

Fur­ther afield the theme con­tin­ues – we saw eight restau­rants and pubs from Peter­bor­ough and the sur­round­ing area listed in the Miche­lin Guide last year, and a num­ber of these are con­tin­u­ing to push the boundaries and are ex­plor­ing new ter­ri­tory.

Across Peter­bor­ough food is thriv­ing. We have Ital­ian delis in Flet­ton, Por­tuguese chicken on Lin­coln Road, Afro-Caribbean and Goan food at the City Mar­ket, as well as the Green Back Yard shop selling veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan pro­duce. It feels to me as though we are just a few more pubs and in­de­pen­dent restau­rants away from be­ing a se­ri­ously great at­trac­tion for food lovers na­tion­ally.

It looks like 2017 could well bring these needed ad­di­tions too with a new bar, Puz­zles?, open­ing later this month, and two new steak­houses ten­ta­tively set to ar­rive in the city cen­tre in the next 12 months.

What else might be head­ing our way? We’ve seen so much growth in a year - it’s ex­cit­ing to think where we may be in 2018.

It’s a point I’ve made be­fore, I’m sure, but it’s a great time to be shout­ing about our city – and there are so many ways we can do that.

As we en­ter this New Year, try a new restau­rant, a new cui­sine, a new bar. Tell your friends and spread the word on so­cial me­dia, or at your next fam­ily gath­er­ing. Here’s to a bright, pros­per­ous and food­filled 2017!

2016 saw the open­ing of Lee’s restau­rant Prevost in Pri­est­gate

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