Fischer's Baslow Hall
“Meticulously-sourced modern country-house cooking near Chatsworth” - AA Inspector
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Max and Susan Fischer took over Baslow Hall in 1988 and have since worked ceaselessly to cement its reputation as one of northern England’s top-flight country house retreats. It's a fine Edwardian house, built in the style of a Stuart manor with protruding wings and mullioned windows, reached by a winding driveway lined with mature chestnut trees, not far from the Chatsworth Estate and the town of Bakewell, famed for its eponymous pudding. The immaculately turned-out dining room is a picture of elegance in its soft-focus palette of grey and blue, and the service team brings polished attentiveness to the whole experience. Those gorgeous gardens flanking the setting are not merely there to look pretty: Chef Nathan Wall’s supply lines begin in Baslow's own kitchen garden and its glasshouse, which provides newly plucked herbs, so you can rest assured that the sourcing is meticulous, and ingredients are treated with the respect they deserve. The seasons loom large in the cooking, a sound foundation that applies equally whether you go for the five-course à la carte (also delivered in pescatarian and meat-free modes) or the tasting menu. Whichever path you take, subtle Nordic and Japanese influences are to the fore. Fish cookery is sensitive and accurate, perhaps pairing chalk stream trout with sea herbs, hot smoked oyster and yuzu gel, or a more classical styling of turbot with crab, courgette and onion. The intriguing, on-trend approach extends to mains, which showcase pedigree meats such as Derbyshire lamb offset with the smoky note of barbecued asparagus and the herbal zip of salsa verde. A trolley of fine British cheeses awaits the savoury toothed, ahead of inventive desserts such as sweet potato with ice cream and furikake, or a revamped Brit classic - gypsy tart with Kentish apple and cobnut crumble.
Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 46
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 2
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines under £30: 15
- Wines over £30: 200
- Wines by the glass: 50
- Cuisine style: Modern European
- 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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