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Fischer's Baslow Hall

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Modern British ideas on a French foundation

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Credit cards accepted

Baslow Hall was built at the high-water mark of the art nouveau movement, but not so as you'd notice. In fact, there's nothing nouveau about it. Although it may be barely more than a century old, its heart belongs in the Stuart era, as its projecting gabled wings and window mullions and the stone construction attest. In the 1920s, it was owned by the Ferranti electrical family, who installed many of the mod cons on which the place still runs, but has since the late 1980s been in the ownership of Max Fischer, who launched it on its successful career as a modern country-house hotel. Developments have kept pace with the changing times, to the extent that there is now a fully equipped up-to-the-minute kitchen, complete with that indispensable amenity of today's restaurant scene, ringside counter seating for those who like to see their dinner being constructed. If you're happy not to be on nodding terms with the kitchen brigade, there's an irresistibly elegant dining room to sit in too, with striped pink and gold wallpaper, contrasting upholstery in the seats, and properly dressed tables. It's a restaurant on the human scale, patrolled by staff well-versed in the traditional arts, and also adept at reminding you what's in each dish as it arrives. Rupert Rowley's cooking has an unmistakably French foundation, but overlaid with the exuberant technical flourishes characteristic of today's British practitioners, and unabashedly sourcing from the length and breadth of the country, from the Scottish islands to Cornwall, with beef from the adjacent Devonshires' estate and honey from beehives within Baslow's own grounds. Classic menus in both standard and vegetarian versions, and an eight-course Taste of Britain cavalcade, structures the whole experience, and there are hits aplenty. A modern classic combination to open proceedings manages to feel newly honed: plump, evenly caramelised scallops are paired with the earthy texture of black pudding and softly grainy couscous, with Granny Smith apple and fat little raisins adding tart and sweet notes, the whole dish unified by a smooth cauliflower velouté. Main course might be crisply seared Creedy Carver duck with a lobe of its sautéed foie gras, alongside a golden-brown pie of bacon and onion, the textural contrasts achieved by means of stiffly puréed dates and crunchy pumpkin seeds. Fish dishes are carefully composed of elements that add depth and complexity but don't overwhelm the main item, perhaps tempura-battered vegetables with five-spiced cod, or garden kale, caramelised onions and a red wine glaze for sea bass. The signature dessert is the woodland scene fashioned from chocolate, with a tree trunk moulded from intensely rich mousse and aerated chunks, its minty moss thrown into the shade by a piercingly concentrated lime sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 and 31 December
  • Closed for dinner: 24 December, 1 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 8.30

Chef

  • Chef: Rupert Rowley

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 110
  • Wines by the glass: 6

Price guide

  • 2-course lunch from23
  • 3-course lunch from30
  • Tasting menu from85
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 2
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 38
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 38

Getting here

From Baslow on A623 towards Calver. Hotel on right

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