“We want to promote the industry as much as we possibly can,” the Michelin Guide team said, explaining their decision to publish a 2021 edition of the gastronomic bible.
“We all have memories of great meals, of favourite restaurants, of nights out with friends. Restaurants will not be closed forever and someday soon we will be able to start making plans.
"We will have birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate; family to meet; dates to go on – and for all these things and more we will choose restaurants. The world of hospitality is embedded in our culture and will soon be part of our everyday lives once again.”
Work on this year’s guide started in August 2019 and was largely complete when the first national lockdown began in March 2020, they said.
A number of restaurants in Derbyshire are recommended – find out which ones made the grade below.
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1. The Peacock at Rowsley
The Peacock on Bakewell Road, Rowsley, is praised for its contemporary dishes. "Modern cooking is ingredient-led and has fresh, clean flavours; alongside, they offer some more traditional ‘classics’," the guide says.
Photo: Andrew Roe
2. The Old Vicarage
From 1998 to 2015, Tessa Bramley's The Old Vicarage held a Michelin star. It is listed in the guide as a Sheffield restaurant, although its location in the village of Ridgeway means it officially lies in Derbyshire. "Two fixed price menus offer sophisticated dishes with assured flavours and subtle modern influences; the ‘Prestige’ best showcases the chef’s abilities," the Michelin Guide says.
Photo: Marie Caley
3. Fischer's at Baslow Hall
Fischer's at Baslow Hall is another former Michelin star holder. "Menus offer a mix of classic and more original modern dishes," the 2021 guide says.
Photo: Sarah Washbourn
4. Samuel Fox Country Inn
The Samuel Fox Country Inn at Bradwell is a place where 'flavourful classic dishes have modern touches and make good use of seasonal local produce', the guide says.
Photo: Dean Atkins