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The Peacock at Rowsley

Bakewell Road, ROWSLEY, Bakewell, DE4 2EB

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Under the same aristocratic ownership as nearby Haddon Hall, this 17th-century mansion built of Derbyshire stone comes in just the right dimensions to make for a classy boutique country-house hotel. The opulent interiors are deeply comfortable, from the relaxing lounge to a stone-walled bar hung with oil paintings that makes a very cosy retreat, and decadently damson-hued dining rooms. Head chef Dan Smith's stint in Tom Aikens's kitchen shows in his precise, technical dexterity, use of top-class produce, quirky spins of presentation and off-the-wall combinations here and there. A texturally lively starter of skate and mussels with cauliflower, seaweed, salty purslane, smoked butter sauce and puffed wild rice offers a perfectly thought-through array of flavours, otherwise you might get going with smoked venison tartare, red cabbage and goats' curd. At main course stage, lamb cutlet and braised and rolled neck with Ossau Iraty sheep's cheese, kale, chive crème fraîche, caramelised shallot and pearl barley in parsley cream is a dish full of forthright, pitch-perfect notes, while traditionalists might head for a rib-eye steak with chips, home-cured salt beef salad, onion rings and béarnaise sauce. Fish cookery is equally well considered, perhaps serving up hake with cauliflower, heritage potatoes, coastal herbs, brown shrimps and chicken wings. To finish, a meringue dome surrounded with clock face-like dots of pear (candied, compôte and poached) lifts to reveal a filling of pear sorbet and hazelnut foam, or if you prefer to end on a more substantial note, try bread and butter pudding with brown bread ice cream and custard. Excellent home-made breads, nibbles and amuse bouches (Jerusalem artichoke velouté with grated truffle, pork croquette with apple, say) are wrought with the same attention to detail.

Further information

Tel: 01629 733518
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for dinner: 24-26 Dec, Sun

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Daniel Smith
Number of seats: 40
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 2
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children's portions.
No children under 10 yrs.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £26.00
Sunday lunch: £26.50-£33.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

The Peacock at Rowsley, Rowsley
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A6, 3m before Bakewell, 6m from Matlock towards Bakewell
Nearest station: Matlock, Chesterfield

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