A renovated water mill whose owners provide a really warm welcome and excellent hospitality in an area not usually associated with comfort and fine dining. I was particularly impressed by the care taken to enusre that my elderly mother's needs were catered for -disabled parking, a room on the ground floor and the immediate offer to serve breakfast downstairs in the bar/brasserie area. She could not have been better looked after.
The dinner, which can be taken in the dining room on the first floor or in the bar as you please, was of a very high standard for a hotel, served piping hot and cooked to perfection. I had pan-fried scallops followed by rump of lamb both of which can easily be ruined by over-cooking - these weren't. Breakfast was included in the room price and I can't remeber when I have enjoyed a better one away from home. An extensive menu which is all freshly cooked to order. How often do you see smoked haddock or kippers on the menu these days, let alone salmon and crab fishcakes or pancakes? Wonderful full English with top quality sausages and bacon.
Any downside? Ask for directions from the motorway if you're not local and lack satnav. The ground floor rooms are the last awaiting renovation, decor a bit tired so not a 5-star from me but fully equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, ironing board, hairdryer etc. Thoroughly recommended..
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- Also Known As:
- Batemans Mill Hotel Chesterfield/Old Tupton