The Peacock at Rowsley

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Set in the beautiful Peak District National Park, and ideally situated on the A6 between Matlock and Bakewell, The Peacock at Rowsley is part of the Haddon Hall Estate. Originally a manor house, built in 1652, The Peacock has been a hotel since the 1830s and combines stylish contemporary design with original period and antique features. Interiors are comfortable, with plenty of polished wood and stone walls, period features, an inviting bar and an intimate dining room. Here you’ll find traditional portraits in oil and walls in dark plum and lime green for a slightly contemporary twist on the country-house look, with chunky, unclothed tables, crisp linen napkins, and quite a formal atmosphere, the setting for the inventive modern British menus. These change seasonally, and are creative and technically nimble, the multi-layered dishes making excellent use of produce from the kitchen gardens as well as locally reared organic meats from nearby estates. At dinner, the à la carte might offer starters of spinach and pumpkin agnolotti, smoked pumpkin velouté, sage and pinenuts or Jersey Royal potatoes, Dorset snail, smoked beef and bacon ragoût, seaweed and parsley. An English asparagus salad, almond, lemon, seaweed and herbs makes a good vegetarian alternative. Mains could take in an accurately cooked Derbyshire lamb, grains, spring cabbage, artichoke, ewes curd and pine nuts, or local pork, wild garlic, onion, morels, turnip and mashed potato. For vegetarians, goats’ cheese and shallot agnolotti, spring vegetables and lightly smoked broth with onion bread and herb butter is a delightful option. When it comes to dessert you might choose coconut cheesecake parfait, rum baba, tapioca, pineapple and yuzu sorbet or maybe plump for baked crème fraîche custard, rhubarb, sorrel, olive oil and doughnuts. The concise wine list is well chosen, with a good selection by the glass.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
The Peacock at Rowsley
Bakewell Road,ROWSLEY,Bakewell,DE4 2EB
Phone : 01629 733518


  • Seats: 56
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: 45
  • Wines by the glass: 16
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • 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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