The weather was changing and we felt like we needed a well deserved break. Through research we found Baslow Hall and it seemed like the ideal place. After booking I also came across a short feature on it in a magazine so it seemed like fate that we should go there.
The drive up to the hall is lovely and the leaves were turning russet. The view from the car window was lovely but as we stepped out we were met with rain and harsh winds. Lucky for us Susan Fischer opened the door and ushered us in. The door to the hall is really like a front door to someone's home albeit a very posh and expensive home. We were told check in wasn't until 3pm and it was now 1pm so I explained that I thought it might have been possible to dump bags and we had planned on going for a walk but the weather has made the fact that perhaps a drink at the bar may be preferable.
Susan was accommodating and led us to the public lounge. Unfortunately this was the only "public area". It's not like a hotel where there is a lobby or reception area. As I keep saying, it is like someone's home. So we settled into a sofa in the corner of the room feeling very under dressed in a our country casuals whilst others were perusing the menu in anticipation of lunch all glammed up in dresses and heels!
Susan very kindly bought us tea and some shortbread to warm us up and we were very appreciative yet still felt out of place and a little like we were bringing the tone of the place down. Unfortunately I had forgotten to turn my mobile off and as luck would have it, it rang! Cue a glare from Susan and a warning. I was extremely apologetic but felt like a naughty schoolgirl!
This feeling continued throughout our stay! Susan and her staff are extremely professional and courteous and I just felt that I had to be on my best behaviour and make sure I spoke in hushed tones and pronounced my vowels correctly lest I didn't fit in!
Don't get me wrong though - we still had a lovely time. I like to think that in spite of my casuals I can scrub up well when needed and playing at grown ups can be fun too! Our room was lovely and was in the main house. Bathroom a little plain and functional but robes and Molten Brown toiletries welcome. Bottled water available - always a nice touch.
Dinner was beautiful. When we ventured back into the lounge, I felt like I fitted in a lot better thanks to the little black dress and the time spent getting ready. We were seen to by an ever so polite gentleman - I think he must be maitre d'. He was extremely well spoken and learned. Provided us with our glasses of champagne and menus. We were served some delightful canapés - most memorable being a mini lamb burger and some home made hummus.
We opted for the a la carte menu. I had a starter of monk fish and we had a complimentary amuse bouche of pumpkin foam and parmesan ice cream. Flavours were superb but I think I may have preferred the ice cream to be warm and more soup like... Monkfish was tasty - a little tough perhaps slightly over done but then monkfish can be somewhat stringy. One thing the chefs get right here is flavouring. Everything is well seasoned and flavoursome. Dessert was a taster tray - carrot jelly was a little strange but tasting the different desserts was a lot of fun.
Service as already experienced - slick and professional. Not necessarily personable but definitely efficient. We had coffee and petit fours back in the lounge. Petit fours were certainly interesting and a talking point. Lollipops with cracking candy - not had that stuff since I was 8 although aware it's making a comeback thanks to Heston Blumenthal. That reduced to me school girl giggles until the maitre d' looked over and I sat up straight once more! The mint truffle was not like any other mint truffle I'd had. The mint in it was really fresh, like chewing on a fresh mint leaf. Uncouth this may be but I think I prefer a Matchmaker!
Stayed up late drinking port so missed breakfast. Check out was efficient and breakfast was taken at "Circles" where we had an excellent full English.
All in all we really enjoyed our night at Fischers. Being made to feel a little out of place reasserted the fact that my husband and I are just down to earth people who enjoy good food and that we're not born into the gentry so it was no bad thing. I'm proud of my roots! And feeling a little intimidated by Susan and her maitre d' gave us something to talk and laugh about. We have certainly talked of returning and would like to. Question is, would they welcome us back!?
- Also Known As:
- Fischer`s Baslow Hall Hotel Baslow
- Fischer`s Baslow Hall Hotel
- Fischer's Baslow Hall England
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fischer's at Baslow Hall is still the foremost restaurant in the region having been placed No. 29 In a list of 50 top restaurants in the UK by the Good Food Guide 2014. Head Chef Rupert Rowley serves Michelin star modern European cuisine in the Grade II listed Manor House on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate in Baslow village. Eleven bedrooms are individually styled with an emphasis on comfort. ... more less