Find this excellent restaurant/hotel, made from local stone, set back from the road approached up a steep, snaking, tree-lined drive. The pretty dining room has candle-lit tables and a splendid plaster ceiling. The Fischer's have run this excellent establishment since 1988 and their standards have never slipped. Raw materials are carefully-sourced, some from the kitchen garden.
Dishes follow the seasons - begin with excellent canapés - starters might include the likes of 'Fillet of John Dory, balanced on Spring Vegetables and Wild Mushrooms and served with a Herb Velouté' ; 'Squab Pigeon Ravioli with Foie Gras and Truffles' or perhaps 'Crab and Salmon Tortellini in a ginger-flavoured Crab Bisque'.
Maybe follow with 'Pigeon Pie, layered with Butternut Squash' or 'Roast Saddle of Lamb with a panache of fresh Beans and a Thyme-flavoured Tomato jus'. While winter months might bring 'Grouse with Red Cabbage, Wild Mushrooms and a Red Wine and Port Sauce'.
Desserts are no less impressive - 'Summer Pudding with crème fraîche and a Passion Fruit Sorbet' and 'Passion Fruit Soufflé with its own sorbet' - set the style.
All the food is beautifully presented (much of it in 'towers', which might seem too 'handled' for some - but impress most).
Service can be rather formal, but is efficient and knowledgeable.
The Fischer's now run an excellent, less formal restaurant, with their chef Rupert Rowley (and called 'Rowley's) in the centre of town (q.v.).
- Food Style: Modern European
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-14.00; Set L Mon-Fri from £20.16 (2 courses) to £27.14; Sat & Sun 12.00-13.30 set L £32 (2 courses), £38 (3 courses); Taste of Britain Lunch all week 12.00-13.00 £60
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-20.30; set D Mon to Fri from £55 (2 courses), £72 (3 courses); Taste of Britain Dinner Sun-Thurs 19.00-20.00 £80
- Seats: 55
- Wine: The comprehensive wine list, offers 5 house offerings for around £24
- Children's portions: Yes, but no children under 12 after 19.00 – and only children of over 7 years of age at lunchtime
- Wheelchair access: Yes (but not lavatory)
- Nearest station: Nether Padley
- Directions: From Baslow, take the A623 towards Calver. The hotel is on the right. See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: 25th & 26th Dec
- Outside eating
- Rooms available