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Peterborough - city of gastronomic delights

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The words food and Peterborough are often linked as the city is located close to the East Anglian Fens, one of the country’s main fresh produce growing and food processing regions. 

However, although many people are aware that Peterborough is situated in an area known for food production, its reputation as a city that provides a host of tempting culinary choices and experiences is more of a well kept secret.

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Peterborough is a vibrant, multi-cultural city with significant Asian, African-Caribbean and Italian communities. This diverse, multi-ethnic influence is very much reflected in the number of high quality restaurants that are located in the area.

If you are something of a curry connoisseur, choosy about Chinese food or are in pursuit of the perfect pizza, Peterborough is definitely the place to visit.

Peterborough is on its way to rivaling Birmingham or Leicester as one of the Midlands top ‘hot spots’ for high quality curry houses. Places worth a visit include the Saffron Tandoori on The Broadway in the city centre and the Café Masala in Fitzwilliam Street, both of which provide top quality dishes at reasonable prices.

The city also has a well established Italian community so good quality spaghetti houses, pizza parlours or more sophisticated Italian restaurants are never far away. For a really authentic night out a trip to I Toscanini, an Italian restaurant designed in traditional Tuscan villa style on the outskirts of the city is well worth a visit.

Peterborough seems to have something of an affinity with Italy and Italian food. For example, entrepreneur Peter Boizot MBE, who is Peterborough born and bred and still resides in the city, founded the hugely successful Pizza Express chain. He also owns a high quality Italian pizzaria and café bar called Gastons which is based in the city centre.

For those who enjoy African-Caribbean cuisine there are a number of excellent of restaurants to choose from. The recently opened Zuri, for example, tempts the palate with its exotic range of Caribbean dishes such as embe salad, chicken calypso and vegetable and coconut rundown.

In addition to Indian, Italian and Caribbean restaurants the city also boasts a great selection of Chinese, Greek, Thai and Mexican restaurants - basically, whatever your budget, taste or mood Peterborough can provide a restaurant to fit the bill.

However, for those who prefer to prepare their own gastronomic delights, the Geest Culinary Academy in Peterborough offers people the opportunity to brush up their culinary expertise.

Created by leading fresh food specialist, Geest, the academy fulfils many roles. In addition to being a new product testing and staff training facility, it also offers chef demonstrations to the general public and gives people the chance to practice their cookery skills.

Those that have perfected their skills can then take advantage of the continental street markets which are held in the city. Scheduled to take place at the end of August, with repeat visits in November and December, the continental street markets give shoppers the chance to purchase a wide variety of goods and gourmet foods generally found throughout Europe.

Stalls are packed with delicacies such as olives, pickles, spices, garlic, mustards, honey, Corsican meat and Belgian chocolate. In addition to continental foods there is also a range of UK specialty stalls featuring products such as unusual farmhouse cheeses, smoked fish and sausages.

So whether you plan to eat out or cook a la carte dishes at home, a visit to Peterborough is definitely food for thought.

September 2003




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