Only ate in the restaurant. Cannot comment about the rooms. Food wonderful but evening marred by arrogant waitress who was not even good at her job. Booked, as suggested by hotel, the day before and selected table with a pleasant young man. Arrived 5 minutes early - only one table occupied - ours. Mentioned this when waitress eventually arrived. No apology and she had clearly not looked at the bookings. Selected alternative table and ordered a half-pint of the Samuel Fox real-ale. Waitress didn't approve of my not liking it and I found myself talking to her back as she flounced away.
The meal was great but we decided to order the "local" cheese and enquired just how local it was. The waitress had to ask but came back with the information that there were three local cheeses on offer - a Cheddar from Lancashire (!), a Colston Bassett Stilton from Shropshire - probably 60 miles away - and she was amazed that we had heard of it (actually we thought there might have been a Stilton from Hartington, in many people's opinion the best and only about 10 miles away) - and a Brie from France - almost 400 miles away. Not the waitresses' fault that, but hardly Derbyshire. Are there no rules about what constitutes local?
Despite all that, the food was so good we would go again.
A friend of ours recommended the restaurant but told me his opinion of the service was reflected in his tip. We didn't leave one either.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Samuel Fox Country Inn is situated in the pretty village of Bradwell in the heart of the Hope Valley in Derbyshire's peak District National park and offers breathtaking views from the bar and restaurant. The building underwent a full refurbishment in July 2008 and is modern and stylish while still managaing to retain its rustic charm. All of its rooms are delux double rooms with en-suite bathrooms; they have at least 26 inch flat screen televisions;internet access and coffee and tea facilities. In October 2012 the Inn was acquired by new manager and head chef, James Duckett in his first pub venture after an early career in the kitchens of fine dining restaurants in the UK, France, Netherlands and Australia and, more recently running his own restaurants in Devon and Andalucia. James is passionate about food and uses, wherever possible, good locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to create mouthwatering dishes, for his 'blackboard' bar snacks and a la carte lunch and dinner menus alike. With two AA rosettes, fine food is a special feature of the Samuel Fox. However, there's also a very warm welcome awaiting those wishing to just enjoy a drink in comfortable and convivial surroundings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Samuel Fox Country Hotel Bradwell
- Samuel Fox Country Inn Bradwell, Peak District National Park