The Carnero Lounge, Derby


When the Cosy Club opened in Derby earlier this year, I was ecstatic. It finally gave Derby that place you could go for dinner, but turn it into a night out with cocktails and dancing if you fancied. It blurred the lines between going out for dinner and going “out-out”, and I love that.

So you can imagine my excitement when I heard about the opening of the Carnero Lounge; which has a very similar vibe.

On the opening night, I was so happy to see people sat outside drinking wine and soaking up the atmosphere; sure, it’s not quite the Piazza San Marco, but when the sun shines, it brings out the best in Derby, and it’s nice to have somewhere to sit and enjoy that. (It’s also ideal for people watching, obviously.)

The interior has a super cool art deco vibe, mixed with a dash of your Grandma’s curtains. Floral patterns clash against each other whilst photo frames and metal signs grace pretty much every part of the walls.

We settled ourselves near the big open windows with a G+T and a pint of the Loungers’ Cruiser pale ale.

The Carnero Lounge is the ideal place to start your evening. Get yourself some tapas (3 dishes for £9.95!) and catch up over a bottle of wine before heading to the Cosy Club for cocktails - although it must be said, the cocktail menu at the Lounge was pretty decent too – then pop back to the Carnero lounge in the morning to soak it all up with brunch and coffee! There's even a cute little snug for the kiddies to enjoy! 

The tapas was pretty incredible. We enjoyed patatas bravas with garlic mayo, halloumi courgettes and peppers in harissa, pork meatballs in tomato and red wine sauce, chorizo with onions and garlic in a red wine sauce, sweet potato and butternut squash with goats cheese and chipotle chilli jam, and some delicious paprika homous with bread for dunking.

I’m desperate to go back and try out their main menu – oh that Steak sounds divine – so I’ll keep you all updated. In the meantime, make sure you pay them a visit or check out their website. It’s based at 10 St Peters Street, Derby.

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