This month we find out more about Tim Sidaway owner of the fabulous  “Terroir Bistro” on friar gate and newly opened “The Fisherman’s Rest” in Belper


Bringing the countryside into the city and a little of the city into the rural idle is the aim of Tim Sidaway of The Terroir Group. Multi award winning Terroir Bistro in the heart of the city and earlier this year Tim took over the Fisherman’s Rest in Belper. A beautiful family pub on the edge of the town with unprecedented views and a sunset to die for. The business is culmination of over a decade of Tim Sidaway’s work promoting, growing and rearing local food and is an antidote to soulless restaurant chains and factory farmed livestock.

Tim moved to Derbyshire in 2011 to rear traditional breeds of livestock and develop a community and environment focused farming business in the Derbyshire Dales. An interest in local and sustainable food had started years before when he chose a vegetarian diet for over 15 years before keeping his promise to rear his own meat one day. Tim has a degree in Design and ran his own design agency for 20 years before making the move to tending the land. Making him well placed to create a strong brand for the Terroir Bistro and the Fishermans’s Rest. Tim says “I’m convinced that sustainable food production has to work with nature not against it”

“Like my ethos for the farm my approach to the hospitality business has been to follow my instincts and creativity rather than the crowd. Our menu is ever changing which keeps things fresh for us and the customers and we have developed lots of lovely little bartering arrangements with local business and individuals when it comes to sourcing supplies.”

Terroir Bistro serves posh rustic food, a phrase Tim coined when it was planning the business. The food has British and European influences created from fresh local ingredients which are all sourced from Tim’s own smallholding or grown by fantastic Derbyshire smallholders and farmers. The atmosphere in the Bistro is cosy and a little quirky, so expect to make new friends while dining.

The ‘Fish’ as the pub is affectionately know is a free house and for the last few years had not served food. Tim saw the opportunity when the pub became available to take it on a compliment the city offer with a relaxed community pub serving similar but simpler food to the bistro. “ We do fish and chips, says Tim, but with top quality haddock delivered to us from Grimsby each week and freshly made beer batter. Every pub menu has to have a burger so we created Tim’s special burger which is a constant hit. People come back again and again for them”.

Pub food can be notoriously bad for veggies and vegans so the Terroir team have made a effort to create some hearty pub food that can be enjoyed by everyone. The Red Dragon pie, a rich mix of mushrooms, beans and smoky paprika is a big hit.

Tim believes that a local pub like the Fisherman’s Rest should be very community focused. “We welcome everyone, locals and tourists and look after our regular groups that meet at the pub, like Belper Cycle Club. We’ve hosted an A6 litter pick organised by White Peak Distillery and have just started a regular classic car gathering once a month. Life in the city and the countryside run at a different pace, says Tim, but both are vibrant and fun.”

Tim will be doing a cookery demonstration at the Stoves Cooking Theatre at this years Chatsworth Country Fair along with Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and other local chefs.

Booking a table for dinner is recommended at Terroir Bistro please call 07802 478179 or email or book online through the website

To book at The Fisherman’s Rest call 01773 828771.