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“New owners have taken it to the next level”

Samuel Fox Country Inn Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 6 Restaurants in Bradwell
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $75
Cuisines: European, British, Gastropub
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The Samuel Fox Country Inn, Bradwell in the Hope Valley is conveniently located at the heart of the glorious Peak District National Park. It has four beautifully appointed letting rooms and since October 2012 has been in the hands of chef patron James Duckett. Having worked under some of our finest Michelin starred chefs and in top restaurant across Europe and Australia you may be sure of fine food at the Samuel Fox. James's dishes are an uncomplicated interpretation of classical European and British cuisine supplemented with some traditional pub favourites. All his dishes are prepared on the premises using, wherever possible, fresh local produce. Whether staying on business, enjoying a weekend or midweek break in the glorious Hope Valley, seeking somewhere special to dine or just wishing to enjoy a well kept pint at the bar, you'll find a very warm welcome awaits you at the Samuel Fox Country Inn. Recommended in the Michelin, AA (2 rosettes), Good Food (score 3), Hardens Best UK Restaurants (food score 5), Sawday's Special places and Good Pub Guides. Sheffield Westside 'Best Pub Restaurant' and overall 'Restaurant of the Year' 2015.
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Some friends of ours who are real foodies seem to have moved in they are there that often! It is really good food and the kitchen are happy to tweak and adjust things. You can tell they love food and are passionate about it! Sadly it still feels like a Tea Room but I understand there is an imminent refurb which hopefully will make the surroundings match the food and service.

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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Having arrived late on in the afternoon after a last minute change of plans we were made to feel very welcome and although we felt it was a bit late for the lunchtime menu the staff insisted it was not a problem. whilst taking our order the waiter was able to advise us on a bottle of wine that would complement the meal. staff very attentive and friendly throughout, without that feeling of being smothered. great food and a chatty, relaxed atmosophere. superb!

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Have to say, overall this was a great place to choose for lunch, the traditional sunday lunch was exquisite! The roast beef was cooked to perfection, along with everything else that came on the plate, such a large portion of food is rare to find nowadays in the pub trade with the struggling economy, but the samuel fox seems to have knocked it out of the park.

The staff were exceptional, all welcoming and friendly and the atmosphere created was superb, just what i wanted when i thought of going for a meal!

Overall this seems to be a perfect place to eat or socialize whether in a large group or in my case a more intimate few. The food was as mentioned exquisite and the service that came with it just made the whole day.

Thanks Again to all the staff and especially the chef!

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1  Thank luke l
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Had a lovely meal, service was very speedy and friendly. The front of house manager was extremely helpful and was very approachable. He was willing to help and nothing was too much trouble.

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

To be fair to the SamuelFox they appeared to be having a bad day. To have been fair to us they really shouldn't have bothered opening. We were the only customers for a Sunday lunchtime in November. Had we been interested in the inner workings of their business it might have been an informative visit. As somewhere to celebrate a birthday it was a disaster and I feel rather betrayed by the good food guide that recommended them. There are plenty of other options in the area which would have provided a lovely alternative. Foolishly we ignored our initial instinct of fleeing elsewhere. The atmosphere is odd from the start. Very strange conservatory furniture and carpets which create a guest house rather than country pub atmosphere. The empty environment didn't help but was made worse by a front of house manager loudly moaning about how early he'd had to get up, cashing up the till from the night before and planning bookings for the next few weeks (regular guests won't be getting the Christmas sherry and chocolates apparently, should you be interested). All to a tacky and annoying background of Radio 2. In fairness to the staff, they seemed very inexperienced, tried hard and the same front of house manager made an effort with crayons etc to keep our daughter happy. They appeared to be having a bad day. It's a shame. The food has glimmers of potential. The Sunday menu was pretty basic and didn't offer much chance to experience this but the ham hock terrine and piccallili starter was great and the roast beef, whilst a little tough was better than pub grub average.

So in summary: Whilst charitably accepting they were having a bad day or are conceivably already in that death spiral suffered by struggling businesses, this is a strange environment where the food shows potential but is irrevocably let down by the front of house experience. Best avoided especially for a special occasion.

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