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Classic or contemporary? No Fuss just Thrills!

Posted on Monday, 16 January 2012 11:37AM by
Innovative new menus are the parfait solution

Multi award-winning East Lodge hotel and restaurant continues to push the culinary boundaries as we enter 2012. The Rowsley country house hotel is kick starting the New Year with two new menu options for the restaurant, allowing food lovers to go for the classic simpler solution or opt for an innovative cutting edge tasting menu.

Starting this week, Head Chef Simon Bradley has put together a Classic Collection menu for those who like their food fresh, fantastic yet unfussy, with the new five and eight course luxury Tasting Menus reserved for those looking for a unique culinary experience in the Derbyshire’s Peaks.
The Classic Collection menu presents foodie favourites all at a tempting price but with the East Lodge hallmark of quality. So while starters include such classics as Smoked Salmon, the salmon has been cured and smoked on site in the East Lodge smokery - while the eggs used in the dishes are from East Lodge’s own flock of hens.

Mains include succulent beef, locally reared, corn fed chicken and fish and a full of flavour fillet steak served with a Béarnaise sauce for that added touch of decadence. Desserts include a mouth watering Crème Brulee, a traditional hot pudding and a cheeseboard; with two courses available for an amazing £25 (supplement for fillet steak).

For those looking for something special, Simon has devised five and eight course Tasting Menus for the whole table to savour. From just £45 per person, you can sample such delicacies as whole scampi seared on a plancha, Yorkshire pink rhubarb with a shellfish vinaigrette; to braised pork (sourced in the Peak District of course) with a Parmesan risotto; and the parfait of duck.

“We are launching these new menus this weekend and are confident people will be as excited as us with our new dining concept,” said East Lodge Deputy Managing Director Iain Hardman. “While our Indigo sponsored Chef’s Table continues to flourish with its own exclusive tasting menus, we wanted to offer the tasting concept to all our guests too, while accepting that many would be sorry to see our popular classics go.”

“Simon has done a great job and reworked some firm favourites for the classics menu while the tasting menus allow our regular diners to try something new,” added Iain. “We recognise in these tough economic times that people do not want multiple course meals very evening, so the classic collection allows people to choose a lighter option on both the wallet and the waistline.”

Never a venue to rest on its laurels, East Lodge is always looking to innovate and encourage guests to try something new and the new menus have been devised to please those with classic taste, while hoping they might dip a taste bud into something new too. The new menus are available from this weekend onwards.

East Lodge is owned by the Hardman family and the AA’s three red stars place the hotel in a select bracket of the top 150 hotels in the whole of the UK and this exclusive venue remains one of just 48 hotels in the country presented with a Visit England Gold Award. 

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