Review | The Bay Tree Restaurant, Derbyshire

My stepdad’s family hails from Derbyshire and his parents first introduced our whole family to this lovely little restaurant for a Christmas treat last year. Recently, we all returned for a lovely Easter get together.

This place markets itself as ‘fine dining’ and won a Certificate of Excellence 2013. I have to say, they were two of the best meals I have ever eaten (and I’m not even exaggerating, promise!)

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Sorry for the slightly bad photo quality, but the first time I went to the restaurant, I ordered the ‘rack of English lamb cooked until ‘pink’: presented with a butternut squash and cumin puree and balsamic beetroot  – complemented by a light lamb jus’ followed by a variation of their cheesecake.

Both dishes came beautifully presented (they even went to the trouble of deconstructing said cheesecake!) and tasted equally as good. The only negative I have to say about our first visit to the restaurant was the fact we got sort of dumped in the corner of the restaurant at a table that was rather out of the action. However, this is understandable as it was during the busy Christmas period.

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The second time we visited the restaurant, I was tempted into ordering the lamb again (yes, it was just that good) but I decided to go for the roasted prime English beef fillet, seasoned and cooked ‘as you like it’: presented with braised red cabbage, caramelized garlic and a port jus’. I’m not normally a big beef eater, but this surpassed my expectations and the jus made it taste truly divine.

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I’m not a fan of heavy desserts, so I opted for the cheesecake option again. This time it was a little different though, as there were 3 mini varieties – one chocolate orange, one espresso and one white chocolate, complemented with a vanilla cream, berries and even a tuile (um, NOM.) There is only one word for this dessert – perfection.

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The second time we visited, we were placed at a round table which was a whole lot more sociable than at our first meal and the wine was flowing all evening, which is always a bonus!

At around £20 a head for just a main course, this is definitely no place to visit on a student budget. If, however, you’re celebrating a special occasion and you like good old British grub with an elegant twist, this place is definitely worth a visit!

What restaurants have you discovered lately? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Sascha xo

 

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