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“Excellent chef - shame about the waitress”

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Samuel Fox Country Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Bradwell B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 15, 2010

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.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 14, 2010

We chose the Samuel Fox primarily for its location (ideal for walking) and because of the great reviews on Tripadvisor which we depend heavily on for recommendations. We were not disappointed! Our room (No.2) was beautiful with huge windows (lovely views) draped with quality curtains and co-ordinating bedspread. The bed was comfortable with a good, firm mattress. The ensuite was excellent with a lovely shower and period style fittings. The small decanter of sherry was a nice touch and having a cafetiere with real coffee and fresh milk was a real bonus. The food served in the restaurant was nothing less than outstanding with a really interesting menu including daily specials. We travel and eat out regularly and the food at the Samuel Fox rates amongst the best you could find anywhere. This extends to the breakfast menu which is extensive and includes wonderful yoghurt with homemade berry compote, scrambled eggs with home smoked salmon, freshly baked croissants and real bread for the toast. Kelly, the charming host, come manager, come receptionist, come waitress works tirelessly to maintain the highest of standards (she appears to be on duty 24/7). We cannot recommend this excellent Inn highly enough and we can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2010

My wife took me here as a surprise. What a surprise, a lovely room (one of just four) with lovely furnisings, a basket of fruit, FRESH milk, cafetierre, small decanter of sherry, and a great bed. Sony flat screen TV, ideal for watching from bed. The restaurant is close to amazing, brilliantly presented and superb food at good value prices - I even photographed them and sent them to my daughter in Vancouver. Kerry and Charlie manage this property will great love and skill - undoubtedly we will return. Trevor & Linda

Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2010

Stayed for a four night break in mid-Sepember. This hotel is in a quiet village amid scenic hills. Very well positioned as a launchpad to explore some of the best locations the dales has to offer.
The staff are extremely friendly and Kelly, the manager, runs the place with aplomb.
The food is excellent and the week we were there the hotel had a write up in the local press for winning the Good Food Guide award for Derbyshire.
Would definately go again and after recommending it to my son, he and his wife will be there in mid October.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 1, 2010

Stayed a couple of nights en route between other places and we thought the Samuel Fox was great. Chose it based on reviews on here and on the whole they were right. The rooms are small, as are the beds (we had a standard double) if you are over average height like me and my other half, but that is a minor point. The rooms are spotless and comfortable, and the bathroom was spotless too with a great shower.

Where the Fox is absolutely head and shoulders above other places we have stayed in a long while is with its incredible food, all of which (dinner and breakfast) was exceptional - so much so that we couldn't remember the last time we'd had such great food.

I'd recommend the Samuel Fox if you want a comfortable, clean, modern and convenient place to stay, with friendly and helpful staff and excellent food. Don't worry about the small rooms - after all, no one goes to the Peak District to sit inside all day.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2010

This is a charming independent restaurant with rooms, professionally run by a hard-working team. Rooms are tastefully decorated, Egyptian cotton dressed beds have that sink-into factor and fresh fruit, proper milk and a decanter of port are nice touches.

Downstairs is a bar-come-restaurant. And the restaurant is where the Samuel Fox really comes into its own. An interesting menu didn't disappoint, as we tucked into exceptionally exciting and beautifully presented food. This is not hotel / pub food, this is top notch fine dining, but in a relaxed laid back environment with friendly informal service.

The service certainly deserves a mention; nothing was too much trouble for the friendly, helpful accomodating front of house.

Breakfast was just as special, with huge helpings, home smoked salmon and bacon and friendly chat about the day ahead.

Having had a very mediocre lunch in a so-called recommended Castleton 'gastropub' we were delighted with the Samuel Fox and would certainly stay again. Good luck to the hardworking hosts - they deserve this place to flourish.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 15, 2010

The owners have clearly put a lot into the renovation of this inn which offers a very comfortable stay. Rooms are freshly painted and very clean. Service is friendly. We did not eat at the Inn, but the menu looked adventurous and had we been staying longer would definately have given it a go.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Samuel Fox Country Inn

Address: Stretfield, Bradwell, Peak District National Park S33 9JT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Peak District National Park > Hope Valley > Bradwell
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Bradwell
Price Range: $105 - $182 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Samuel Fox Country Inn 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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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