The Peacock at Rowsley


After our anniversary trip to the Peacock in May was cancelled due to COVID, we decided to re-book for my husband’s birthday weekend at the beginning of August

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We’d heard only good things, so were really looking forward to our night away

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With the extra COVID cleaning taking place, check-in was from 4pm, so we arrived just after that, and once the usual formalities were done with, we were shown to room No. 5

With its huge four poster bed, calming blue & cream colour scheme and mix of antique & modern furniture, we knew it would be a comfy night…

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…however not ones to hang about for too long, we headed to the terrace for a glass of rosé!

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Before we knew it, it was time for a quick refresh & change, then down to the bar for an aperitif

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Our delicious amuse of velouté & tartare were then served in the bar, before we were shown through to our table in the dining room

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We couldn’t have had a better table on such a gorgeous summer’s evening, watching the golden light fade in the garden with the doors flung open

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We opted for the tasting menu package with our room, so to start we enjoyed warm bread (with plenty of butter, of course!)

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What followed was a faultless meal with paired wines – there wasn’t a single thing I’d have preferred done differently, or anything that I wasn’t fond of, which can’t always be said for tasting menus!

We commenced with white bean velouté, chorizo, octopus & black olive, paired with a viognier

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We then moved on to tuna, soy, yuzu & avocado, and a New Zealand sauvignon blanc

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Next was quail & smoked ham terrine, girolles,
broad beans & liver parfait, a side of quail tea & bread, served with a 2018 Gavi

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As I’m allergic to mussels, the chef substituted the fish dish from the tasting menu for the one from the a la carte menu, and I wasn’t sorry about it one bit! The stone bass, sardines on toast, fennel & ratatouille with sardine ragout was to die for, and was perfect paired with a Sancerre

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On to meat and next was Derbyshire beef fillet, oxtail, artichoke, aubergine and
herbs with a bordelaise sauce – a fantastic mix of textures – paired with an Italian Barbaresco

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We were then served a pre-dessert of raspberry & cream which was divine!

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The lighter of our two desserts was served first – lemon, poppy seed meringue & raspberries, complimented by a sweet Jurançon

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And finally we had cherry & Casa Luker chocolate parfait,
poached cherries & pistachio (which after this pitcure was taken, was drizzled with molten chocolate!) and served with a very dark and sweet Uruguayan dessert wine

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To finish the night we had a nightcap in the bar, then off to our sumptious bed to sleep off all that amazing food!

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Waking up after a fantastic night’s sleep, we made our way downstairs for breakfast, which we were lucky enough to enjoy outside

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I opted for the breakfast croissant with scrambled egg & smoked salmon which was delicious, and set me up just right for the day!

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And just like that it was time to head home!

We had a fantastic night away and were really impressed with the whole experience – any preconceptions we may have had about it being too formal or old fashioned disappeared on arrival. Instead, we appreciated the traditional ‘old word’ charm of the building, but also the modern touches and exceptional food

We’d love to return in winter when the log fires are lit!

Have you visited The Peacock?

Categories: Derbyshire, Drink, Food, Hotels

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