When the sun is shining, the sights, sounds and smells of outdoor dining on a balmy English summer evening are pretty hard to beat. For a limited time, multi award-winning East Lodge hotel and restaurant in Rowsley is offering private al fresco dining for up to eight people in its superb summer pavilion.
East Lodge uses food and wine sourced from local suppliers, using the best fresh local and seasonal produce to provide an outdoor dining experience to rival even the best continental offerings. With food prepared by celebrated chef Simon Bradley, for a great dining experience there is no better place than the East Lodge pavilion to enjoy the delights of an English summer and with built in heaters and sound system in place, al fresco dining has never been so special.
Specially constructed in the grounds of the hotel overlooking the landscaped water gardens, the pavilion is proving a popular place for couples to exchange vows in the ultimate wedding venue, but the number of requests received by diners to literally ‘eat out’ in style has prompted the hotel to throw the pavilion open to guests who would like to take advantage of the unique dining experience it affords.
“We all tend to associate al fresco dining with holidays abroad, but people should realise it is possible to enjoy the perfect open air banquet right here on their own doorstep,” explained East Lodge director Iain Hardman. “The East Lodge pavilion boasts the ideal setting in the grounds, but with its own roof and heaters, your al fresco occasion cannot be ruined even if the weather is slightly unkind; the food on offer is some of the finest to be found anywhere in the region.”
Ensuring the gastronomic side of the experience lives up to expectations is head chef Simon Bradley. Acknowledged as one of the finest chefs working not just in this region, but the UK, Simon has a culinary CV with an international flavour that makes truly impressive reading.
Having trained at the legendary Ritz in Paris for several years, honing his skills in classic French cuisine, Simon perfected his culinary skill with the globally renowned Raymond Blanc at the two Michelin star-rated LeManoir. Simon has also worked for Great British Menu judge Oliver Peyton, so he is no stranger to the most exacting standards and makes a point of applying them to each and every al fresco meal hosted by East Lodge.
“We like to reflect seasonality in our produce and menu, while also showcasing the best produce Derbyshire has to offer,” added Iain. “There is no better place to sample the best of British and the delights of Derbyshire produce than al fresco in England at East Lodge.”
The pavilion seats eight diners and is fantastic value for eating out in one of the top hotels and restaurants in the UK, with a prestigious range of accolades to its name. As well as showcasing Simon’s talents, East Lodge can also point to the coveted AA “Inspectors’ Choice” Award, with three red stars for 2010 placing it within the top 150 hotels in the whole of the UK and East Lodge remains just one of 48 hotels in the country presented with a Visit England Gold Award.
The pavilion seats up to 8 for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and makes for a unique setting for that really special and intimate dining experience. For enquiries and for booking your private summer meal in the pavilion can be made by calling East Lodge on 01629 734474. Alternatively, visit the hotel website at www.eastlodge.com