Review: Fischer’s Baslow Hall
I am by my own admission, a food obsessive and I love to cook and eat out at a variety of places. That said, it is rare that I eat at sophisticated dining destinations – despite what my friends might think!
So being invited to try the food at Fischer’s at Baslow Hall was a special treat as I hadn’t been there before.
The kitchen at Fischer’s is led by head chef Rupert Rowley and the restaurant has a well-deserved reputation for food excellence, having gained accolades over the years with a Michelin star and three red rosettes – 2017 AA Restaurant guide.
We enjoyed the scenic drive through the Peaks from Sheffield and were then greeted by the beautiful stone manor house of Baslow Hall.
After our apologies for being late, we were ushered in to take a seat by the fire and enjoy a drink before we took our table for lunch. Set for Christmas, the room was warmly decorated with tasteful floral displays; the ambiance is strongly traditional with parquet floors, floral wallpaper and the service was formal too, but not overbearing. Not many people call you ‘madam’ these days…
It was a cosy spot to enjoy our amuse bouche of crispy parsnip slivers seasoned with truffle oil and filled with a slice of brie (I think) along with a parmesan twist.
As we were guided to the smart dining room for our lunch, the formal atmosphere continued, there were families enjoying lunch speaking in hushed tones and tables were set with linen tablecloths. Fischer’s is a place proudly serving sophistication and attention to detail.
The Christmas menu sounded tempting with dishes showcasing the impressive talents of the kitchen with a strong focus on local and seasonal ingredients. We began with a pre-starter of a rich smoked haddock and whisky chowder, this was lovely and the warming notes of the whisky came through just at the end.
I had duck for starters, this was attractively and precisely presented with slices of cured and smoked duck breast, tender confit leg bon bon with a zingy orange and sloe gin dressing. The flavours balanced well with the richness of the duck, it was so delicious. My friend Lisa thoroughly enjoyed her veal shin ravioli with the same zeal.
Veal shin ravioli
Onto the mains; again it was another sophisticated-looking plate – all very pleasing to the eye. The pan-fried sea bass was perfectly cooked with crisp skin, the langoustine sauce was intensely flavoured and served with samphire, broccoli and soft cocoa beans. The taste of lemongrass and ginger was subtle and didn’t overpower the fish. I was impressed, this was fine cooking on display. Apparently the pork belly was excellent too and melted in the mouth.
We both opted for the lemon verbena posset for our last course and I love citrus desserts. Presentation was attractive with a strongly lemon flavoured creamy posset decorated with colourful cubes of rhubarb and topped with a refreshing granita. For me the lemon and pine muffin was maybe an extra that was not needed, I would have preferred a crisp shortbread.
We rounded off our lunch with a latte, mini-mince pie and chocolate truffle, we felt fully satisfied and well looked after. Fischer’s is a destination for a taste of indulgence, everything is done with care and it was a real treat to have the opportunity to dine in the restaurant.
Fischer’s Baslow Hall