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“Used to be better”

Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop Cafe
Ranked #9 of 89 Restaurants in Bakewell
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 8 August 2014

We've eaten at the Farm Shop restaurant on and off for several years. The quality used to be very high and there were often long queues around lunchtime. In good weather, the outdoor seating area is very pleasant whereas the restaurant can seem noisy and cluttered.

The restaurant was fairly quiet on our recent visit and the food was disappointing. As another reviewer commented, the portion sizes have increased but quality has gone down. Sausage and mash used to be a genuine delight with a trio of succulent best quality sausages tastefully presented on a bed of fluffy mash. This time, we had grossly overcooked thin sausages (dry as old boots) on a bed of greasy and poorly presented mash. The caramelised onion gravy was far too sweet. A ploughman's lunch meal had enormous amounts of cheese, a small portion of rather poor pork pie and two slices of bread. When we asked for extra bread, it was added to the bill. We didn't get the advertised piccalilli. As we had a foreign visitor with us, we expected the meals to reflect the best of English rustic fare. The pork pie was nothing like the genuine Melton Mowbray article, there was no cheddar cheese and perhaps the brie was French.

Given that Chatsworth has seen some fairly steep price rises this year, prices in the restaurant are still quite reasonable but surely the restaurant must try to keep up the high standards implied by the quality of food in the farm shop.

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ChatsworthHouse, Assistant Farm Shop Manager at Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2014

Thank you for your recent feedback regarding your visit to the café.

Our portion quantities should be consistent and good value for each dish. I have personally spoken to our head chef in the café about your comments and ensured that any improvements are made to ensure that the quality of the food is always of a high standard.

Please accept my sincere apologies and I hope you will visit us again.

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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Well the quality of the restaurant food certainly doesn't match the quality of the food in the farm shop. This it appears they try to compensate for with huge portions.

My wife's salmon skewers were dry and served on a huge mound of dryish plain rice. My sausages were certainly not quality and tasted as though they had been boiled rather than grilled and came with a huge mound of mashed potato which itself was pleasant enough.

Both dishes were served unimaginatively with huge portions of cauliflower, carrots and broccoli. This appeared to be the standard accompaniment and there was little thought to serving appropriate accompanying vegetables for the main courses chosen.

Expensive for the quality of fare offered and certainly disappointing.

1  Thank howhit
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ChatsworthHouse, Assistant Farm Shop Manager at Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2014

Thank you for your recent feedback regarding your visit to the café.

Our portion quantities and quality of food should be the same every time. I have personally spoken to our head chef in the café about your comments about the salmon skewers and other dishes, to ensure that they are addressed and won’t happen again.

Please accept my sincere apologies and I hope you will visit us again.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

My friend and I enjoyed a mid week lunch at the Chatsworth Farm Shop Restaurant over looking the beautiful Derbyshire countryside (I am biased as I live in Derbyshire) and this venue meets the standards you expect from the Chatsworth estate.
The menu choices are good and contain a selection of local produce, we chose the beef panini and salmon pate which were both delicious .
The service was good and our waitress was friendly and efficient, the quality of food as you would expect ( a lot of the food used in the restaurant can be purchased in the farm Shop) but not as expensive as you might think.

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Thank Ambergonia
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

This farm shop is a gem. We visit as often as possible when visiting The House, especially at Christmas time.

Thank Sophie444Stafford
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Excellent meal with sensational views . Good quality produce with extensive menu choice , at a cost that won't break the bank. I have to say we were not disappointed . We dined al fresco so managed to take in the amazing views. Dog friendly so as long as your happy to dine outside , your beloved pooch is equally welcome. Combine your visit with a look at the farm shop, managed to get take out desserts from the farm shop which were equally as tasty as our meal from the restaurant. Would highly recommend .

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Thank Debbie D
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