Find this good restaurant, with a growing reputation, in this comfortable & beautifully set boutique lakeside hotel.
The kitchen offers a seasonal menu - relying on the best local produce, including some from their own kitchen garden.
Dishes such as 'Home-Smoked Salmon & Trout'; 'Tiger Prawns' (2 prawns, with Sherry-braised aubergine, fermented Chinese cabbage and spring onion & ginger bouillon); 'Artichokes' (salad of vinaigrette of artichokes & salsify with toasted nuts & grains, rosemary tuiles, truffle cream & shallots rolled in onion ash) and a play on 'Fish n' Chips' (salt cod mousse & flakes, baked potato chips, light beer batter waffles & spicy ketchup) set the style for dinner spring starters.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Roasted Turbot' (with slowly-braised pig's cheek, warm salad of cauliflower, cumin & shallots); 'Rib Eye' (with triple-cooked chips, button mushrooms, grilled tomato & béarnaise sauce); 'Suffolk Down Lamb' (roast saddle & crisp breast with steamed roly-poly, pickled red cabbage, white onions & thyme-scented juices) and 'Baked Tunworth Cheese' (with braised Puy lentils, white bean coulis, spinach purée, stuffed Swiss chard leaves [accompanied by mushroom tea].
Lunch brings the addition of Sandwiches plus a few less ambitious dishes - such as Fish & Chips & a daily Risotto - while the complications of the evening menu, and the efforts of the kitchen, are rested.
Puds - particularly in the evening, are adventurous, with the likes of 'Chocolate' (delice of 68% Bolivian chocolate, salted chocolate truffle, crunchy middle, caramel hazelnut, chocolate mousse & dark chocolate glaze) & 'DE4 2EF' (damson sorbet & sweet-pickled beetroot, damson paste, salad of blackberries & oranges, thyme croquant, goats curd & red wine syrup) - perhaps joined by a hot pudding of the day & their take on the local pud/tart 'Bakewell' (vanilla custard ice cream coated in praline powder with almond milk sorbet, caramelised puff pastry, preserved apricot jelly, syrup & warm almond sponges).
If you have the foresight - you could book one of their comfortable bedrooms - to rest after so many temptations!
Please mention Gourmet Britain when booking.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00, mains about £12 to £27; set L Sun £27.50 (2 courses), £32 (3 courses & coffee) - children of under 12 years of age half price for L Sun
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.30; set D £32 (2 courses), £39.50 (3 courses); Chef's Table Menu £65
- Seats: 80
- Wine: a well-chosen & impressive list
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Matlock Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Rooms available