Dining Travel

This new UK meet-and-eat destination could be the future of alfresco entertainment

A new outdoor space in Derby could be the future of alfresco dining and entertainment – and we’re totally down for some socially distanced local snacks.

This summer, Derby Market Place has been transformed into a vibrant 330-person capacity meeting-and-eating space, where people can now enjoy a variety of food and drink from the city’s best-loved local restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Derby Market Place opened its doors for socially distant eats this summer

The new-look social hub is home to 30 bookable chalets and outdoor tables, as well as a performance area, bringing alfresco dining to the city in a totally new way. 

As well as being able to book a seat, enjoy a drink and a bite to eat, and chill out beneath picturesque trees, social distancing has been built into the design. It’s a great example of how future foodie gatherings might be able to work – as well as put on entertainment – in other cities, too. 

You can prebook tables and chalets and have food and drink brought to you

The newly opened venue has proved so successful through the summer that it’s set to become a focal point for Derby’s biggest future events too, including the city’s reimagined annual outdoors arts festival, Derby Festé in September; and its Christmas market later in the year.

Visitors can eat food from any local cafe in the market place, or even easier, order from the website, and sitting back and relaxing until the treats come to you. Meanwhile, the Derby Brewing Company is on hand with a bar to bring drinks directly to your table.

The new-look Derby Market Place is scheduled to be in place in its current format through to September 30, (although the bar will be closed on Monday 10, 17 and 24 August). After that, the venue will be put to use for other events.

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