Fischer's Baslow Hall
“Modern cooking in elegant country house hotel” - AA Inspector
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Set in an Edwardian manor house accessed via a tree-lined drive, Fischer’s Baslow Hall is set in extensive gardens and woodland close to Chatsworth House and Bakewell. Once a family home, the handsome building is a popular base for visitors to the glorious Peak District countryside. The grounds include an abundant kitchen garden supplying a steady flow of produce for the restaurant. With a palette of soft greys and blues, floral wallpaper and subtle lighting, the dining room is traditional and sophisticated with well-spaced tables, crisp linen tablecloths and soft music. Formal yet still intimate, the dining room is flanked by views of the well-tended gardens on two sides and service from immaculately attired staff is attentive but not overly stuffy. The food is a fine example of modern cooking with contemporary techniques and classical flavour combinations but always an emphasis on quality raw materials and flavour. A lot of produce is grown on site and most of the other ingredients are sourced from the surrounding area. A starter of mackerel, apple and dill is simple and effective, the noticeably fresh fish lightly cured, torched and served with a salad of diced cucumber, apple, capers, chives dressed in dill oil and garnished with monk’s beard. An apple caramel provides a sweet counterpoint to a well-balanced dish. To follow, a roasted loin and confit leg of deep-flavoured Derbyshire lamb is served with softly cooked Roscoff onions topped with a light herb crumb; Boulangère potatoes cooked with lamb stock together with a rich jus complete the dish. End with a white chocolate mousse filled with strawberry compôte and topped with yuzu gel. There’s a comprehensive wine list with an excellent choice by the glass and wine flights are available to accompany tasting menus.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 46
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 2
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 25–26 December
- 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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