The Lathkil Hotel
The Lathkil Hotel is a place of tremendous natural beauty, overlooking a limestone dale with views across fields and woods to Youlgreave. We visited on a warm, balmy evening and were promptly shown to a table by an open window where we could enjoy a pleasant breeze. The extensive menu boasts a mixture of pub classics like steak and kidney pie, and imaginative vegetarian and fish dishes. All the meat used is supplied by local butchers and we struggled to decide between the tasty options.
My husband chose to start with a deliciously creamy mini Camembert served with pear chutney and crusty bread. My chicken parfait came with a redcurrant glaze and brown toast and was exquisitely rich. To follow, my husband tucked into hearty venison and blackberry casserole, while I enjoyed a satisfying butternut squash and spinach lasagne with garlic bread. The dessert menu was tempting and we selected both a summer pudding and a Maltesers chocolate crunch with ice cream. Derbyshire cheese was also on offer, showcasing Hartington Stilton and High Peak mild Cheddar.
With a cosy log burner in the bar and an outdoor terrace, this venue is sure to be a delight at any time of year. We finished the evening with a walk through the village, which was beautifully lit by the sunset.