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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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Technically creative, nimble cooking in an aristocratic manor

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The Peacock is a sturdy-looking, 17th-century mansion built of Derbyshire stone in just the right dimensions to make for a country-house hotel on the human scale. The interiors are deeply comfortable – the bar goes for a village-inn look, with its low ceiling, venerable timber columns and stone walls, while things get rather more formal in the dining room, where contemporary country-chic hues of lime-green and plum are accessorised with old oil paintings and chunky, unclothed wooden tables. After a stint with Tom Aikens in London, head chef Dan Smith produces a technically nimble rendition of creative British cooking, looking to nearby estates for organically reared meats, as well as the Peacock's own kitchen gardens, for the bedrock of his dynamic modern output. Whether you go for the à la carte or multi-course taster, things set off on a hearty note: a superb terrine of chicken, duck’s liver and pistachio is served alongside cep purée, parsley root remoulade and crisps, a posh quail’s Scotch egg made with smoked chicken and foie gras, and the balancing sharpness of pickled pear helping things along. Main courses turn up the volume, building layers of flavour and clever textural balancing from pedigree prime materials – venison timed to perfection comes with pickled and poached pumpkin, a Stilton and venison bun, trompette mushrooms and sweet caramelised Roscoff onions. If you’re in the mood for fish, there may be flawlessly timed monkfish, supported by a picturesque array of potato terrine, asparagus, sea kale, and the umami slap of oyster and seaweed sauce delivering deep satisfaction. The kitchen’s technical dexterity runs all the way through to impressive desserts, when top-grade Casa Luker chocolate provides the bedrock of an immaculate soufflé, with a ball of prune and sherry ice cream of luxuriant creaminess slotted into its top at the table.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Bank holiday Monday
  • Closed for dinner: 24–26 December, Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Dan Smith

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: 45
  • Wines by the glass: 16

Price guide

  • Starter from: £7.45
  • Main course from £24
  • Dessert from: £7.45
  • 3-course lunch from: £24.25
  • Tasting menu from: £75
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

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

Additional information

  • Seats: 56
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 14
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

A6, 3 miles before Bakewell, 6 miles from Matlock towards Bakewell.

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Matlock, Chesterfield
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