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We stayed at this hotel on our last trip to Derbyshire in September 2001. Our room was on the ground floor and had glazed double doors leading out onto a small patio with a garden table and chairs for each of the rooms. Our room was a standard size room which made it difficult to store two large suitcases without them getting in the way. Some of the other garden rooms are larger but as we had to book at the last minute we had to take whatever was available. However, although very well appointed, this particular room did seem a little cramped.

The decor, together with the fittings, was of a very high standard. There were some nice touches such as a bowl of fresh fruit, some chocolates and a small decanter of sherry which were replenished each day. One slight blemish in the copybook - one of the light bulbs in the room failed and we reported it, as we were going out for the day, and asked that it be changed. When we returned in the late afternoon it was still faulty and I had to ask a second time. This time it was changed promptly.

..and so to dinner. What can I say? Each course was a work of art. The menu describes dinner as 3 courses although I think that a little artistic licence was used here. Canapes were served in the very comfortable lounge and the log fire made the cosy atmosphere even more cosy (it was late September). We were called to the dining room when our table was ready and progressed to the starter. This was followed, not by the main course, but by the Chef's Appetiser and then the main course. So did we then have our dessert? No of course we didn't. We first had a pre-dessert then the dessert proper. Coffee and mints were of course, available afterwards. At this point my waistband was in severe danger.

Dinner at Riverside House could not be faulted for both presentation and taste and would be an excellent choice for that special night out. However I have to say, in all honesty, that I would not want such an elaborate meal every night for a week particulary when the menu changed very little over the three nights that we were there. Having said that the hotel will provide meals to order given a reasonable amount of notice.

Postscript: The hotel apparently provides an alternative, more conventional, menu called the 'Conservatory Menu' which, I understand, is changed every day. We discovered this only much later after we had returned home and not having sampled it I cannot comment on it. I would expect, however, that it would conform to the hotels normally high standards.

This hotel does have its own web site

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