We went to the Peacock for our last night in the Peaks! From outside the building looked every part of the luxury hotel, so our expectations for the restaurant was high. We arrived a little early and tried to go to the bar for a pre-dinner drink but the welcome was a little cool, and was told the bar was full and shown to the lounge instead. This was a little cramped and we took the last four armchairs. Others were eating which made us feel a little awkward and when I went to the bar to order drinks, there were quite a few tables empty. We ordered drinks, and they were served in the lounge, whilst we considered the menu.
We ordered, and whilst we finished our drinks the amuse bouche was served to us in the lounge, a bit odd! However it was well balanced and flavoured item. Shown to our table in the restaurant, it was at the far end, with empty tables opposite and next to us, whilst all other tables were occupied, again a bit odd. Perhaps because we weren't residents?
The a la carte menu offered some interesting options and combinations which made selection difficult as there were two or three items from each course that we would have happily chosen. The food was excellent, fresh ingredients and presented really well; with the beef filet cooked medium rare, so soft, the knife cut the meat without effort. Three of the party selected the pork which all agreed was good but too much of the fillet and not enough of the belly. The wine list was a little limited. Service was attentive without being too intrusive.
Few things has reduced the rating for this restaurant, items already mentioned but including the prices being on par with London michelin restaurants, but unfortunately in this instance didn't provide the same level of ambience or fine dinning.
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