The Samuel Fox
Nestled among the rolling hills of the Hope Valley, The Samuel Fox is a cosy yet modern inn with stunning views out into the idyllic Bradwell countryside. Seated by a large window overlooking fields of sheep grazing, (I put to the back of my mind that I was about to savour a particularly tasty looking lamb dish) our table made the most of the beautiful setting.
With a modern British menu highlighting the best of local, seasonal produce, we opted for the tasting menu to get a chance to sample as many flavours as possible. Kicking off with a miniature cauliflower soup with chorizo and shepherd’s bread I was immediately struck by the intensity of textures and flavours – the freshness of the chives, spicy chorizo, crunchy croutons and creamy soup were perfectly balanced. An excellent start.
Next up was soused sardines with fennel and orange which were salty and sweet in unison and a perfect palate cleanser. The third starter was delicious and perhaps the best of the three: pressed ham hock with pickled mushrooms and crunchy crackling.
Onto the mains, we had pan fried fillet of sea bream with curried chickpeas and squid. This was one of the most unusual and tasty ways I’ve ever had sea bream; it was subtly spicy with a fresh lemongrass kick and the squid was cooked to perfection. Rump of Derbyshire lamb is dish number five and we’re starting to get pretty full now. Rich in flavour and served with succulent spring carrots and mouth-watering gravy, this one was a real winner.
Moving towards the end of the mammoth meal we’re offered Barncliffe Brie with homemade chutney, which is simplicity at its best. Finally, saving the best ‘til last, we round the meal off with a decadent caramel parfait with pear, offering a complex combination of flavours, textures and even temperatures.
Feeling like royalty at a medieval banquet, The Samuel Fox has got the art of relaxed fine dining down to a T. With dish after dish coming out impeccably timed, and flawless in flavour, this is a place we can’t recommend more.
Lunchtime, Thursday to Saturday 12pm – 3pm.
Evening, Wednesday to Saturday 6pm – 11pm.
Sunday, 1pm – 9pm.
The Samuel Fox
Stretfield Road, Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 9JT
Tel: 01433 621562