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“By far the best restaurant in Derbyshire / South Yorkshire” – Susan & Max Fischer’s well-established destination in an Edwardian house built in the style of a 17th-century manor has “maintained high standards over decades” and if anything “upped its game of late”, with meals at the “exceptional Kitchen Tasting Bench” inspiring particularly enthusiastic reports.
Susan & Max Fischer’s longstanding temple of gastronomy (est. 1989) occupies an Edwardian house built in the style of a 17th-century manor. Quibbles are raised by a few reporters – its elegance can at times seem “faded”, and “both food and service show the occasional blip”; for the most part, however, reports are of the “top-quality, well-balanced cuisine and first-class service one might expect from a long-serving Michelin-starred establishment” (the tyre men’s only award in the country), and fans say “it’s less overbearing than some rivals, with an unhurried style and lovely gardens for a post-lunch stroll”.
“In gorgeous surroundings” (and with “beautiful gardens”), this “romantic” country house hotel sits near the Chatsworth estate (and provides “comfy welcoming rooms for overnight stays”). It's Derbyshire’s greatest claim to culinary fame, delivering “exceptional cuisine that’s worth every penny”.
Max and Susan Fischer’s “lovely” country house hotel, near Chatsworth, is a “slick” and sometimes “innovative” operation, to the extent that almost all reporters find a visit here a “memorable” occasion; the occasional off-day, however, is not entirely unknown.
Our eleven bedrooms are individually styled. The emphasis is on comfort with good beds, quality Egyptian cotton bedding, fluffy white towels, robes and luxurious toiletries. We have six traditional-styled bedrooms in the Main House which feature lavish fabrics and ornate plasterwork ceilings. The Garden House bedrooms are situated adjacent to Baslow Hall. In contrast to the â€˜country house’ styling in the main house, the five Garden House bedrooms are of a more contemporary styling.
Head Chef Rupert Rowley’s cooking is always evolving. He combines classic favourites with more modern combinations and relies heavily on British produce in season including Derbyshire Lamb, Scottish Razor Clams, Cornish Shellfish and Yorkshire forced Rhubarb. The abundance of herbs and vegetables during the summer months at Baslow Hall and High Ashes Farm in Barlow supplement the Kitchen and create innovative dishes.
Recently installed in 2015, the Kitchen Tasting Bench provides the ultimate front-row seat of a busy, professional working kitchen. Situated in the centre of the new bespoke kitchen and accommodating up to 4 guests, the Kitchen Bench provides a fantastic opportunity to observe the chefs creating their award winning dishes.
Max’s garden attracts as much admiration from our guests as the food, accommodation and friendly staff.
Whether you come to stay overnight or visit us in search of quality food in beautiful surroundings, you will be a most welcome guest.
Rupert Rowley trained at Sheffield Catering College in 1995. With seasoned experience, having worked under great chefs including Raymond Blanc, John Burton Race and Gordon Ramsay, Rupert came to Fischer’s at Baslow Hall in 2002. In 2003 he was appointed Head Chef.
Fischers at Baslow Hall Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Great attention to detail but slight disappointment with my lamb."
"A brilliant lunch at a very fair price."