It was home-made bread and truffled goats' butter, but still.
We went to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday and had a thoroughly good afternoon, taking the eight course "Chef's Table" tasting menu and the "Wine Flight" that accompanies it. This menu is served in the kitchen and dining on a quiet Monday lunchtime gave us plenty of opportunity to talk to chef.
The wines were gorgeous and well suited to the dishes.
It's not a cookery class and indeed the courses by their are based on largely pre-prepped ingredients put together to complement whatever carefully selected and lightly cooked piece of produce is the basis of the dish. That's not a criticism, just to make sure you know what you're getting. Chef is happy to talk about the food of course.
Any reason you wouldn't like it? While they offer to cater for dietary requirements I can think of some picky eaters who would make the experience less than fun for everyone. Take friends who like good food, cooking and wine! It's handy for the TransPeak and 6.1 buses, or a taxi from Matlock railway station is about £7.
At £65 for the food and £30 for the wine it represents excellent value. Do you ever look at a restaurant menu and wish you could have one of each delicate starter and a glass of each wine they only serve by the bottle? Your dreams have just come true!
- Also Known As:
- East Hotel Country
- East Lodge Country House Hotel Rowsley, Derbyshire