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Don’t be taken in by the mullioned windows and gabled wings, this grand edifice next to Chatsworth Estate was actually erected in 1907 for a vicar with a penchant for all things archaic. Since
1988, it has belonged to Max and Susan Fischer, who have turned it into a civilised retreat with Michelin-starred cooking as the main attraction. Max and head chef Rupert Rowley are capable of
great things, although you can expect to pay handsomely for the privilege of sampling their high-end ‘classic’ menus (£72 for three courses). Fashionable riffs and modish techniques abound: fillet
of red mullet is cooked over ‘burning coals’ and served with red pepper, aubergine and Ibérico chorizo, while slow-roast loin and shoulder of rose veal is partnered by hand-rolled macaroni, truffle
dressing and herb purée. For afters, how about Brillat-Savarin pannacotta with pomegranate granita? Classy wines are also aimed at those with fat wallets.
Fischer’s at Baslow Hall holds one Michelin star and is ranked 29th in 2014 Good Food Guide. Based in Baslow, Derbyshire It is about an hour’s drive from Manchester. Billed as a restaurant with rooms the decor retains a homely feel which is the intended approach by patrons Max and Susan Fisher.We were greeted with parsnip crisps and humous which made for a fantastic snack whilst we enjoyed drinks and looked over the menus. Having travelled from so far, in Mr Noms case a train from Liverpool to Manchester followed by a drive to Baslow, we decided to treat ourselves with the Taste of Britain lunch time tasting...
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