I love buying Living Social deals but usually they are for dinners or photo books. With the other half’s birthday on the way I decided to buy a hotel deal for the Devonshire Arms at Beeley.
I was a little apprehensive that I would get the dates that I wanted so made sure I booked straight away and there was no issue at all. The journey should have been relatively simple to get to the Peaks from Leeds however I let the other half put the postcode into the Sat Nav and we ended up in the middle of nowhere on a massive hill, I kid you not. 13 miles, one diversion, and two stop offs to ask directions we arrived.
The Devonshire Arms at Beeley is located within the Chatsworth Estate and it is really easy to walk to the house through the fields.
There are 14 rooms at Beeley, four are located within the inn and the others are near by housed in cottages. We stayed in the Dove cottage, the room was reasonably sized and stocked with a mini cafetiere and Grumpy Mule coffee, biscuits and water.
As we were tired from our journey, we did not have dinner on the first night and just when to the inn for a drink. As this is the only place you can eat or drink within walking distance when you are staying here the space for the latter is relatively sparse. However, we were able to find somewhere and enjoyed a bottle of Malbec.
For breakfast, the other half had the full English whilst I opted for the smoked haddock with poached eggs. Both breakfasts were pretty standard we both loved the poached eggs and filled up on the toast with lashings of butter.
The Devonshire Arms at Beeley has been the winner of best gastro pub in Derbyshire for four years in a row so we had high hopes on what was in store when we went for dinner.
We were seated next to the burning wood fire and served treacle bread which, we were told was made at the Bakewell pudding shop to the chef’s recipe. It was amazing, if we had known how good it was we would have picked some up in Bakewell when we were there in the day.
The other half had the rabbit pasta to start which was served with a carrot and orange sauce which worked well against the strong flavour of the rabbit.
I had the salmon and haddock tartare which was served with a quail egg. The fish was seasoned and cut well and the caviar gave the dish a nice indulgent feel.
The other half loved his main of beef fillet but I was disappointed with my pork as the fillet was a little on the dry side.
For dessert I really wanted to go for the tarte tatin (it stated that there was a 20 minute wait on the menu), but as the service was a bit on the slow side (it took around 40 minutes between getting our starter and main) I decided against it and had the sticky toffee pudding instead which was an equally nice way to round off the meal.
The weekend on a whole was lovely and we enjoyed our time at Beeley, I think it is a perfect place to stay if you want to explore Chatsworth house and the neighboring areas, such as Bakewell, which is what we did.
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