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
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
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