Edale Road, Hope
Losehill House Hotel is an old walkers' hostel built at the start of WW1, and still displaying a few arts & crafts touches here and there. It is now a privately owned hotel with a small scale spa up a narrow single-track lane lane off the Edale road north out of Hope in the Derbyshire dales.
|The unprepossessing entrance||One of the lounge areas|
We only ate, so can't comment on the hotel or spa side of things, though my father and I appreciated the young ladies laid out in the grounds below in the skimpiest of bikinis. Slightly odd later when some hotel/spa guests came into the dining room wearing just dressing gowns over said bikinis.
|The grounds (well, a tiny bit of, and no sunbathers)|
|View from the dining room|
Chef Darren Goodwin's food was terrific. By prior arrangement, he did us a "Taste of Losehill" tasting menu. There were clean, precise flavours and excellent seasoning throughout. Confident, assured, delicious cooking. This is not show-off modern cookery, though onion ash, an elderflower espuma and a broad bean spherification did make appearances: but they were bit part players, not centre stage and certainly had their part to play. Except maybe the spherification.
Service was by local youngsters, but really pretty good: they all seemed knowledgeable about the food and were engaged.
A wonderfully pleasant, relaxed place.
|Losehill Cured Bresaola Salad|
|Sea Trout with Cauliflower and Apple|
|Pressed Chicken Terrine, Parfait and Pickled Vegetables|
|Cabrito Kid Goat with Parsley Quinoa|
|Monkfish with Broad Beans and Ham|
|Ribeye with Spring Onion and Old Winchester|
|White Chocolate, Lime and Sheffield Blossom Honey|
Date of visit: 6th June 2014