“Visually appealing and technically adept cooking in a smart country house hotel” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
Part of the Duke of Devonshire’s hospitality empire, this stylish hotel dates back to the 18th century, and the comfortable public areas are adorned with paintings from the Duke's extensive collection. The Gallery restaurant is traditionally decorated with a smart modern twist, and in season, menus feature produce from the estate. This is excellent modern British cooking, with tip-top technical skills and presentation to match. An accomplished starter of mackerel comes with fennel, orange, ras el hanout, crème fraîche and wild rice, while rare breed pork (belly and tenderloin) is a classic dish with interesting contemporary overtones.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 50
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 22
- Wines over £30: 57
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
The natural features of this central English county range from the modest heights of the Peak District National Park, where Kinder Scout stands at 2,088 ft (636 m), to the depths of its remarkable underground caverns, floodlit to reveal exquisite Blue John stone. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the High Peak Trail which extends from the Derwent Valley to the limestone plateau near Buxton, and for many, the spectacular scenery is what draws them to the area.
The county is well endowed with stately homes – most notably Chatsworth, the palatial home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with its outstanding collections of paintings, statuary and art. Other gems include the well preserved medieval Haddon Hall, the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, and Kedleston Hall, whose entrance front has been described as the grandest Palladian façade in Britain.
The spa town of Matlock is the county’s administrative centre and other major towns of interest include Derby and the old coal mining town of Chesterfield, with its crooked spire. Around the villages of Derbyshire, look out for the ancient tradition of well dressing, the decorating of springs and wells – the precious sources of life-sustaining water – with pictures formed from flowers.
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