The main draw was the extensive menu, which is bound to have something for everyone, and the reasonable pricing. Given this, the food is perfectly adequate and portions overall are generous (apart from the ridiculous nachos - there were only about 5 on the saucer!).
That said, there was no welcome on our arrival (which worked in our favour as we were able to chose a large table next to the roaring log fire), and it took forever to get served at the bar. Add to that the fact that members of waiting staff communicated throughout the meal by shouting at each other across the restaurant, and I can understand some of the criticisms I've read on here.
I can't really justify rating it as poor as the food was actually pretty tasty and the atmosphere warm and cosy on a winter's night, but it's definitely a slightly-below-average.
- Also Known As:
- Grouse And Claret Hotel Rowsley
- Grouse And Claret Hotel
- Grouse And Claret Rowsley, Derbyshire
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 18th-Century Restaurant/Public House with 8 beautifully appointed double en-suite bedrooms. Situated just 1 minutes drive outside the Peak District National Park we are well situated for all local amenities including Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, and the towns of Matlock and Bakewell. Nestled to the rear of the Pub, alongside the the River Derwent we also have 29 hard standing pitches with electric-hook-up to accommodate Touring Caravans and Motor homes and a separate Tent field, facilities here include Hot Showers, Toilets, Chemical Toilet disposal and Washing Up facilities. ... more less