Biggin Hall Hotel
Main Street, Biggin-by-Hartington, SK17 0DH
Situated in the Peak District National Park, this 17th-Century hotel is a real find. Close to Chatsworth and other stately homes, traffic-free cycling trails and some of the best walking in England direct from its grounds, Biggin Hall provides well-appointed accommodation in a sympathetically renovated Grade II* listed building, with a congenial restaurant that is open to both guests and non-residents. Overlooking the lawn and hills beyond, the dining room offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Menus are centred around fresh local ingredients wherever possible, resulting in notable starters such as the homemade pork, smoked bacon and roasted sweet pepper terrine with spiced apple chutney, and fresh crayfish and haddock fishcakes served with chive mayonnaise. The main courses are just as tempting; there is rolled pork loin with toasted pine nut and orange stuffing or you may prefer delicate steamed cod with prawn and salmon butter, which is delicious when accompanied by the crisp house white from the accomplished selection. Ensure you save room for dessert though; the cherry frangipane with crushed amaretto biscuits is to die for. With antiques, stone arched mullioned windows and open fires, Biggin Hall Hotel has charm in abundance.