Fischer's Baslow Hall

“Modern cooking in a country retreat” - AA Inspector



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Within easy pottering distance of the Chatsworth Estate and the town of Bakewell, famed for its eponymous pudding, Baslow makes a fine food-centric base for doing the Derbyshire Peak District. It's a fine Edwardian house, built to look a few centuries older in the style of a Stuart manor with protruding wings and mullioned windows, reached by a winding driveway lined with mature chestnut trees. Bounded by box and yew hedges, the grounds and formally laid gardens have been beautifully restored, and with foliage creeping over the façade of the house itself, the proper feeling of gracious country living is established. Under the ownership of the Fischers since the 1980s, it has become one of England's destination country retreats. The dining room works a classically elegant country-house look, all plush fabrics, pastel greys and blues, flowery wallpaper and crisp linen, flanked by views into the grounds, where a kitchen garden supplies many of the seasonal goodies that head chef James Payne deploys as the bedrock of his classically-based modern cooking. Ingredients are treated with the respect they deserve, so if it all feels and looks impeccably modern, the underlying principles are tried and tested. That’s true of a refined starter starring hand-dived scallops atop an onion ring stuffed with ham hock, the richness leavened by lentils and apple in various forms. Mains showcase pedigree meats such as the Derbyshire lamb cutlets and crisp-crumbed sweetbreads that come with charred asparagus and grelot onion purée, all fired up with a North African theme of harissa and spicy chickpeas. Fish cookery is sensitive and accurate, perhaps pairing pan-fried John Dory with an aromatic lemon verbena and ginger bisque and hand-rolled macaroni. Dessert could be rhubarb crumble soufflé of bracing intensity, helped along rather nicely by vanilla ice cream and a shot of rhubarb schnapps.

Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Fischer's Baslow Hall
Calver Road, BASLOW, DE45 1RR
Phone : 01246 583259


  • Seats: 72
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening Times
  • Days Closed: Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 8.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 15
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 57
  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover Derbyshire

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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