The Dining Room is a seasonal restaurant, chef/proprietor Peter Dale works closely with producers, suppliers & foragers with much of the food being sourced from within a 35 mile radius.
The restaurant is located in one of the oldest buildings in ashbourne dating back to the early seventeenth century - with just eight tables the restaurant has a stylish intimacy - with low beams & neutral colours.
The kitchen doing all our own curing, smoking, preserving, air drying, butchery & baking. Expect modern dishes, prepared to a high standard.
Dishes such as 'Home-Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Foam, Capers & Vanilla-marinated Fennel, Olive Oil and Cucumber Dressing' and 'Pressed Terrine of Ham Hock & Foie Gras' set the style for starters.
Depending on the season - perhaps 'Organic Chicken with a Roast Langoustine, Chestnut Mushroom, Foie Gras Emulsion, Organic Old Spot Bacon and an 8 hour Onion Tart' and 'Pig's Cheek & Saddle, Faggots and and a Rack of Hare in a Chocolate & Blood Sauce' amongst the mains. There is always a Fish of the Day on offer.
Desserts have equally long titles - perhaps 'Dark Chocolate Brownie, Cocoa Nibs, Salted Peanuts & Dark Chocolate Ice Cream' or 'Calvados Creamed Rice with Almond Ice Cream & Quince Compote'.
They are justifiably-proud of their selection of British Farmhouse Cheeses.
- Food Style: Modern European
- Dinner: opening hours- thursday friday & saturday evenings, set arrival time of 7pm, 4 course weekday evening menu £40 & 8 course saturday evening menu £48
- Seats: 16
- Wine: A well-chosen list kicks off in the mid £20's
- Children's portions: no childrens menu, children over the age of 12 years only
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Derby Rail - about 20 minutes
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: No private parking, but at 7pm parking permitted on the road opposite the restaurant.
- Closed: 2 weeks christmas, 1 week spring & 1 week autumn
- Rooms available