Hodgkinson's Hotel & Restaurant
Its sheltered location, tucked away on the corner of South Parade and Waterloo Road in Matlock Bath, means it’s easy to miss Hodgkinson’s Hotel & Restaurant. Nevertheless, after pushing open the heavy front door and being shown to the dining room, you’ll be captivated by the historic charm and first-class dining that awaits. Housed in an elegant Grade II listed Georgian townhouse, Hodgkinson’s welcomes you at the entrance with its curios and antiques. Once inside, Minton floor tiles, brass wall lights and an antique cash register are among the many treasures sure to catch your eye.
The small but intimate dining room once housed the public bar, and still features a magnificent glass-panelled mahogany servery, which was once used to dispense beer to spa visitors and locals. Now this elegant space houses a mixture of small tables, carefully placed to take full advantage of the quirky interior.
Your table is yours for the night, as Hodgkinson’s only operates one sitting per evening. The menu features classic British ingredients, all locally sourced and freshly prepared to create a selective and interesting array of homemade dishes. To start, why not try the likes of goat’s cheese and pistachio beignets with a mixed green salad and peppercorn dressing? Seasonal mains like pan-seared sea bass fillet with asparagus risotto are perfect to follow, while desserts such as espresso crème brûlée and caramel apple galettes, provide the ultimate finale. An extensive wine list also offers the perfect accompaniment to your meal, giving you the opportunity to fully absorb the fantastic flavours from each mouthful.
However, do not be mistaken by thinking that it is only the evening menu that demonstrates excellence; Hodgkinson’s has also received many accolades for its large, delicious breakfasts and Sunday lunches. Sunday lunch is by reservation for groups of four or more and you can select your own roast for your party.
Small and charming, Hodgkinson’s epitomises all that is good about old-fashioned hospitality, within a truly unique setting.