Win a £30 Cottonworks bistro voucher

Hello and thank you for visiting The Cottonworks blog!

We’re very pleased to announce a new monthly prize draw, offering you the chance to win £30 in Cottonworks vouchers every month just by sharing a post of your visit. 

We love seeing you enjoying our bistro and food so we would like to say ‘thank you’ for sharing!


To enter for your chance to win a £30 voucher simply –

  1. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook,
  2. share a photo or video of your visit to The Cottonworks as an Instagram or Facebook post,
  3. add the hashtag #thecottonworksderby in the description, and
  4. tag us @thecottonworksderby

You can enter as many times as you like with different posts, just make sure they’re all live at the end of the month when we draw a winner.

One winner will be selected at random at the beginning of each following month and announced publicly on our Instagram and Facebook feeds or stories. (We will not private message you.)


Good luck, and thank you for sharing!

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram or Facebook first.

Click here to book a table.



No purchase necessary to enter.

No cash alternative offered.

Vouchers valid for 6 months.

The vouchers can be collected or posted to you.

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New menu dishes and drinks for Spring

We’ve switched up our menus again to offer you the very best seasonal produce and spring flavours to embrace the peak of the new season and offer you some light bites and refreshing treats on these brighter days.

New to the April/May menu are flatbreads, salads and some new pizza options with an even tastier tomato sauce on our 72hour proved sourdough base, alongside the set and a la carte menus for lunch and dinner.

Book here for dining only (We can’t book tables for drinks/coffees only sorry – call in and see what tables we can offer!)

NEW chorizo, Serrano ham, fior di latte, chilli oil and rocket pizza

And now that the weather is picking up we’re extending our Saturday opening hours – you can now dine with us from 12pm all the way through to 9pm (or grab a table for just drinks or coffee if you’re lucky enough to catch one not already booked by diners).

While the British weather makes it mind up we’re booking the inside bistro tables and giving you the option to move onto the river terrace if you’d like too, weather permitting on your arrival.

Book here for dining only. (We can’t book tables for drinks/coffees only sorry – you’ll have to chance it on the day!)

NEW salads and flatbreads on the Spring menu

Read up to date sample menus here.

NEW Pimm’s pitcher with fresh mint, cucumber and strawberries

Coffee or drinks on our Derby river terrace? Walk-ins are welcome for drinks only, space allowing

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Light Lunch
Served 12-2.30, Wed/Thu/Fri & 12-4.30 Sat

Red Pepper Hummus / 4.5
Chilli Oil Ciabatta
Fries & Aioli / 4.5
Parmesan & Herb Seasoned Fries / 4.5
Marinated Olives / 4.5 (gf, ve)
Catalan Bread / 4.5 (gfo, ve)
Crusty White Bread, Tomato, Garlic, EVOO
Serrano Ham / 8
Cheese Board / 12
Tandoori Chicken Flatbread / 9
Red Cabbage Slaw, Zaatar Yoghurt, Pomegranate,
Chilli, Mint, Coriander, Rocket
Confit Vegetable Flatbread / 9
Peppers, Courgette, Aubergine, Red Cabbage Slaw,
Zaatar Yoghurt, Pomegranate, Chilli, Mint, Coriander,
Spiced Lamb Flatbread / 9
Red Cabbage Slaw, Zaatar Yoghurt, Pomegranate,
Chilli, Mint, Coriander, Rocket
Halloumi Flatbread / 9
Red Cabbage Slaw, Zaatar Yoghurt, Pomegranate,
Chilli, Mint, Coriander, Rocket
Chicken Caesar Salad / 14
Gem Lettuce, Caesar Dressing, Parmesan, Anchovy,
Black Pepper, Crouton, Wild Garlic, Roasted
Chicken Breast.

Halloumi Caesar Salad / 12
Gem Lettuce, Caesar Dressing, Seaweed, Parmesan,
Black Pepper, Crouton, Halloumi/Vegan Halloumi
Deli Meat Salad / 12
Deli Meats, Dressed Leaves, Marinated Mozzarella, Sun
Blush Tomatoes, Olives
Smoked Mackerel & Potato Salad / 12
Fromage Blanc, Jersey Royals, Asparagus, Peas, Chive
Mixed Berry Sundae / 7
Vanilla Mascarpone Cream, Berry Coulis, Summer
Berry Sorbet, Freeze Dried Raspberry
Chocolate Sundae / 7
Vanilla Mascarpone Cream, Chocolate Ice Cream,
Salted Caramel, Chocolate Soil, Hazelnut
Cheese Board / 12
3 Cheeses, Pickled Celery, Red Onion Jam, Walnuts,
Crackers (gfo)
Ice Creams & Sorbets available

Set Lunch
Served 12-2.30, Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat
20 for 2 courses or, 25 for 3 courses

Small Plates
Soup Of The Day
(veo, gfo)
‘Greek Salad’
Fermented Tomato, Semi-dried Tomato, Cucumber,
Black Olive Tapenade, Labneh, Mint, Coriander,
EVOO (veo/gf)
Salmon Pastrami +2
Dill Pickled Cucumber, American Mustard Aioli,
Dill, Rye Bread (gfo)
Main Plates
Truffle-Roasted Chicken Breast
Pomme Fondant, Peas a la Francais, Grilled Gem
Lettuce, Crispy Chicken Skin, Black Garlic, Chicken
Wing Jus (gf/dfo)
Crispy Set Polenta (contains nuts) (gf)
Marinated Courgette, Glazed Red Onions, Spinach,
Red Pepper Puree, Wild Garlic Pesto, Whipped Feta
Flat Iron Steak +3
Confit Jersey Royal, Asparagus, Rocket & Watercress
Salad, Sichuan Peppercorn Sauce, (gfo)

Buttermilk Panna Cotta
Shortbread, Berry Compote, Berry Sorbet
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Toffee Sauce, Clotted Cream Ice Cream
Cheese Board +4
3 Cheeses, Poached Pear, Pickled Celery, Red Onion
Jam, Walnuts, Crackers (gfo)

Served 12-2.30, Wed/Thu/Fri & 12-4.30 Saturday

Margherita / 10
Fior Di Latte, Pecorino, EVOO, Semi Dried Tomato,Basil
Pollo e Pesto / 13
Oregano Roasted Chicken Breast, Basil & Hazelnut Pesto
Dressing, Semi-Dried Tomato, Arugula
Meat Feast / 13
Chorizo, Serrano Ham, Fior Di Latte, Chilli il, Rocket
Roast Beef / 13
Topside Beef, Portobello Mushroom, Stilton, Fior Di Latte
Ortlana / 13
Courgette, Aubergine, Pepper, Black Olives, Fior Di Latte

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Our March wine of the month

OK, so we aren’t exactly in flip-flop territory yet, but the sun is daring to raise a smile, and things are greening up. The future looks bright with wines to match.

Its been a fun winter of food & wine matching – with the richer winter fare making for perfect pairings to big, heart-warming reds, and luxurious, buttery whites with plenty of body. But here is March, and a first nod to the fresh pickings of the year, and with it more vibrancy, freshness, and generally a slightly lighter touch to the dishes. 

Like our food, our wine list goes hand-in-hand with the seasons, and whilst hardened big ol’ red wine fans will still find plenty to their liking, we have added a number of wines to reflect the springtime dishes and mood.

I am going to focus just on the one today though as I am very excited to be serving a wine made here in Darley Abbey Mills!

The English Wine Project tend to the vines of Renishaw Estate in the north of the county & have built a winery here in Darley Abbey Mills to make the wines from these magnificent old vines. It may initially seem a puzzling distance between vineyard & winery but the grapes travel far less between vineyard & winery than many wineries in Spain I have visited. 

I recently tasted the inaugural white wine from this new local winery & really enjoyed it.  

Keiran has crafted a very elegant white which is a bit of a gift that keeps on giving, in that it keeps offering up subtly differing aromas & flavours as the wine opens up in the glass.

‘Walled Garden White is a great wine to enjoy this spring, it has been fermented and matured in renovated French oak that delivers subtle peach, elderflower and apricot aromas and flavours, the use of oak in this way is quite unusual as many wines are aged in oak but few are fermented in barrel, this adds real texture and finesse to a wine and raises the quality. Vegan friendly and unfiltered this is an English classic, subtle, expressive and easy drinking.’ Kieron Atkinson, founder of English Wine Project

You may, or may not be aquatinted with the grape varieties in the glass here (that being 80% Magdaline Angevin, and 20% Muscat) but for those of you who enjoy the crisp, clean grassy notes of a Loire Valley Sauvignon, or a lick of the lemony, off-dry charm of a Clare Valley Riesling, or the subtly textured, fresh almond notes of a good Soave – will rejoice as the 2020 Renishaw Estate Walled Garden White (£29) tips it’s hat to all of the above together with a delicate nod to the fresh meadow florals, and creamy juiciness of a perfectly ripe Red Prince Apple that reminds you are drinking wine from much closer pastures.

It may well be pastures-new, but on this showing, I will be following what is going on at this winery over the road with a keen interest, but for now I am very happy to introduce this wine to you as a perfect appretif white, or as a lovely match to our new fish course of Butter Roasted Stone Bass, smoked haddock Fishcake, dashi Butter Sauce, sprouting broccoli & fennel or the Salmon Pastrami small plate served with dill pickes, mustard aioli and homemade rye bread.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic pairing in March! Click here to book a table.

Cheers! Andy