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John’s the Fancie man

Chef John Parsons, who won national acclaim for Kitchen in the Good Food Guide, is crossing the street to set up an evening bistro service at the recently-opened Fancie café in Ecclesall Road.

Six months after parting company with his former restaurant (which later closed), John is bouncing back. Fancie founder Amanda Perry says: “I’m so excited to welcome him to the team. John and I share a vision of what delicious food, enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere, should be and the menu we’ve created is perfect to launch our evening opening.”

The Fancie by Night menu – available from this week – features everything from light dishes such as pasta and risotto, to Indian spiced bream, seared steak and Parsons’ trademark Dixie’s Three Little Pigs: a combination of pork fillet, crisp belly and pig’s cheek. Prices from £9 to £16.

Fancie has also taken on the lease for the neighbouring shop unit for its bakery. The premises will supply cupcakes for all four Fancie shops and will also include a sandwich bar and deli counter.

Brooks dries up

Brooks Café & Bistro at Hathersage (formerly Elliott’s) closed on Sunday, victim of high rents. Owner Michelle Elliott, a coffee specialist, has run the place for nearly four years, introducing popular bistro nights in partnership with chefs Jamie Bosworth and John Parsons. She is planning to transfer her business to new premises. Watch the website for details: www.brooksbistro.co.uk

Musseling in

March marks the end of peak season for mussels – and the Cricket Inn is celebrating with a month-long event. Head chef Marco Caires is offering mussels cooked three different ways, served with fries, bread and a glass of house wine or a half of Thornbridge beer, for £10. The event will culminate with a Mussels & Beer Festival over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

No spring chicken

Spring is in the air at Hartingtons cookery school in Bakewell as Darren Goodwin, head chef at Losehill House Hotel, prepares to showcase the best of seasonal Derbyshire produce at a gourmet supper club on March 15. The six-course tasting menu features dishes including rabbit, mackerel, loin of goat and sorrel posset. Each will be accompanied by wines chosen by local expert John Hattersley. Tickets £42.50.

Fischer’s charity lunch

Fischer’s Baslow Hall is hosting a charity lunch in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Tuesday, March 5. Three-course lunch at the Michelin-starred restaurant is £50 including coffee and two glasses of wine. Peakland pannacotta and slow-cooked pork belly with cheek ravioli are followed by chocolate and hazelnut tart.

Nice as pie

British Pie Week starts on Monday. The New Barrack Tavern in Penistone Road, is offering a different pie each day, while the Angel at Holmesfield is serving up gluten-free pie and peas to raise money for the new patient unit at St Luke’s Hospice.