Before I start, I live in this village. Don't take that as some basis for unconsidered bias. What I am is surprised; completely and utterly surprised that at last someone who knows about food has opened up an eatery in the village.
The menu choice is small, but isn't that a good thing? I always get nervous in a place that has a huge menu. Where is all the food? Those places don't buy everything in the 1001 item menu fresh every day. It's a con. Personally, I don't want to eat frozen fried food which is going to kill a) my taste-buds, and b) my desire to live. Large menu's are not to be found anywhere that serves great food. fact. In fact, I defy you to argue with me. On the greyhound's menu are things like - sea bass, confit duck, braised pig cheeks; the food is upmarket and it's done well.
The Greyhound has had several rocky periods since Arkwright built it - yes, the place it historically worth a visit on it's own merits. I moved to the village a year ago and the one time I came in here (about 6 months ago) I was horrified at such a lovely building being treated with such disrespect. It was just plain wrong. Cromford is a lovely village and it deserves this "new" greyhound. The new owner/s have carefully improved the hotel so now it wouldn't look out of place in the middle of London.
I've eaten here 3 times now, and it's been wonderful twice and ok once. Today, I ordered a burger and when I asked about exactly how rare I could have my burger I was told "not very considering it's minced"...I was a bit disappointed, but then when my meal arrived they had included a pot of Steak Tartare for me! It was lovely, truly lovely. The burger was about as good as I've ever had anywhere. Chips are triple fried, salad is dressed and fresh, In all, this is how food should be done as a matter of course. The chef can cook, really cook. I suspect the "off day" I'd had was due to the regular chef not being in the kitchen. Still, it's small potatoes.
The only gripes I've got, and they are piffling really - you can hear every word when the waitresses go into the kitchen and talk to the chefs...... erm....that's it. Nothing really is it.
This place does oysters - brave, so far from the sea and I haven't tried them yet; coming from Mersea Island, the home of the worlds best oysters, that I used to be able, as a child, to pick for nothing from the sea, I don't want to be let down - and is pitching itself upwards of the pub "Fayre" in the area - good, because it is now the only serious game in town. I would argue the new greyhound is serving the best food I've had in 10 miles or more (though I've yet to go to Stones) - in the Peak district that is some praise because we are truly blessed in this area. The Greyhound is now in the big boys league and I hope it does well. I will be a repeat customer. Try it, forget the past reputation, you'll be amazed. Great food, great service, lovely surroundings.....and no drunks sloshing about. Just about perfect.
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