The Peacock at Rowsley

“First-rate ingredients cooked with skill and finesse.” - AA Inspector



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On the A6 between Matlock and Bakewell, the family-run Peacock at Rowsley makes a convenient base to explore 1,000-acre Chatsworth House nearby. Owned by Lord and Lady Manners of Haddon Hall, this stylish hotel on the banks of the River Derwent is set in the beautiful Peak District National Park. Dating from 1652 and originally a manor house, it’s part of the Haddon Hall Estate and it has been a hotel since the 1830s. Combining contemporary design with original period and antique features, there’s a comfortable bar and intimate dining room with oil portraits on dark plum and lime green walls. Chunky, unclothed tables and crisp linen napkins add to quite a formal 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 herb-fed chicken and smoked eel agnolotti, celeriac and garden lovage or quail and ham terrine, peas, crispy quail egg and pickled mushrooms. Goats’ milk curd, seeds and grains, spring vegetables, and truffle consommé makes a good vegetarian alternative. Mains could take in a precisely cooked fillet of halibut with leek ragout, salsify, shellfish, seaweed and dashi butter sauce or Sladesdown Farm duck, spring cabbage, rhubarb, turnip and spiced sangria sauce. For vegetarians, baked Jersey Royal, cauliflower, broccoli, wild garlic and nettle pesto, Spenwood cheese and potato sauce is a delightful option. When it comes to dessert you might choose Casa Luker chocolate, olive oil, milk, hazelnut, and Minus 8 vinegar or lemon curd, meringue, citrus fruit and Gusbourne blanc de blancs sorbet. The concise wine list is well chosen, with a good selection by the glass.

Awards, accolades & Welcome Schemes

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


  • 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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