Multi award-winning Peak District hotel and restaurant East Lodge is making an early start on awards once again as the hotel is recognised for a second year in succession for the quality of its breakfasts.
The delicious Derbyshire breakfast served at East Lodge has become both a tradition and a legend among those lucky enough to have stayed regularly and led to the hotel winning a Visit England Breakfast Award last year – a feat East Lodge has now repeated.
Inaugurated in 2009 and sponsored by Kellogg’s, the Breakfast Awards recognise not only the hotels offering their guests a top quality breakfast and the top quality service that must go with it but more important still, exceeding what would be expected from an establishment’s star rating. As well as providing potential guests with a guide as to where they can stay to ensure the very best breakfast, the awards also serve as an acknowledgement of the managers, chefs and staff who consistently go the extra mile in ensuring breakfast remains the most important meal of the day.
“East Lodge is proud to have won back to back breakfast awards,” said East Lodge director Iain Hardman. “It is always our aim to surpass the expectations of our guests but this award is particularly pleasing because it shows that the hard work of all our staff, from our world class chefs to front of house has not gone unnoticed by the judges.”
This latest accolade is just one more in a string of sizzling successes for a unique venue, justly celebrated as one of the finest hotel and dining experiences to be had, not just in this region but the country. Owned by the Hardman family, East Lodge can boast a prestigious range of awards to its name. These include the coveted AA “Inspectors’ Choice”, with three red stars for 2010 placing it within the top 150 hotels in the UK and East Lodge remains just one of 48 hotels in the country presented with a Visit England Gold Award.
A meal in the famous East Lodge restaurant is always something to savour be it breakfast or dinner and first time diners are in for a rare treat. The hotel prides itself on using only the freshest local ingredients, which ensures the award winning Derbyshire breakfast remains unsurpassed, while East Lodge head chef Simon Bradley is regularly called upon to give demonstrations of his skills, having trained at The Ritz in Paris for several years before honing his skills working with the internationally renowned Raymond Blanc at LeManoir.
“As this award testifies, the quality of our food speaks for itself,” added Iain. “By only using the freshest local ingredients, we not only support our fellow local businesses but when prepared with Simon’s unique skills, ‘home grown’ produce gives a regional authenticity to our menu, which is appreciated by locals and tourists alike and gives East Lodge a winning combination.”
To ensure the country house breakfast served at East Lodge is worthy of the former hunting lodge of Haddon Hall, pork comes courtesy of Highfield House Farm, Stonedge, while the eggs are supplied courtesy of the hotels own flock of hens, collected on the same day they are laid – and for breakfast, you simply cannot get any fresher than that!
East Lodge offers 12 luxury rooms and these together with the two AA rosette restaurant are based in 10 acres of stunning grounds. For further information about the hotel, to book an overnight stay at East Lodge and sample its award-winning breakfast for yourself, call 01629 734474.