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Maybe his diners didn’t want to go to another notch on their belts.

Or perhaps it’s their wallet they’re watching.

Whichever, the £25 two-course menu at Rafters has proved so popular since its introduction last September, it’s to run until the summer.

“It’s great value - diners get a canape, a glass of wine, a side of veg and freshly-made bread in the price,” says owner and head chef Marcus Lane.

The Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night menu has a choice of three dishes at each course - including a tian of spiced white crabmeat with crayfish tails and a main of Derbyshire lamb with a parsnip tarte tatin.

Chatsworth’s farm shop and restaurant is officially one of the best in Britain - and maybe the world.

This week it scooped Farm Retailer of the Year for the second time in the National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association awards.

The chairman of the judges described it as among “the top tier of farm shops in the UK if not the world. A ‘must see’ for everyone in the industry”.

Set up in 1977 by the then Duchess of Devonshire to sell meat and dairy from the estate, the farm shop started life in a tack room.

It now has an on-site bakery, butchery counter, delicatessen and restaurant and a million visitors a year.

Award-winning Wakefield-born chef John Lyons is now heading the kitchen at the Copthorne Hotel’s 18Fifty5 restaurant on Bramall Lane.

John, whose food is described as “cutting-edge rustic”, comes with an impressive CV.

It includes a stint at the Savoy in London and a year in Michelin-starred restaurants in France. The 38-year-old has also held both AA and Michelin accreditations.

He’s launching a menu built on a core of seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients at the Copthorne.

Whiskey and Blues is on the menu at Ecclesall Road’s Kitchen Bistro next Tuesday. Local bluesman Steve Cosgrove will play as diners enjoy a three-course New Orleans-inspired meal. Tickets are £25.