One of the most dominant feelings I left The Marquis of Ormonde with was the relaxed, cheerful atmosphere of the place. Keli the owner has a welcoming and happy disposition that immediately makes you feel at home and easy listening music covers any hush as the restaurant fills.
Whether you’re popping in for lunch, calling in for a meal on your way home from work, out for an evening with friends or celebrating a special event with family, The Marquis fits the bill.
The food is excellent, well presented with generous portions and the quality of meat is outstanding. My starter was lovely with king prawns in a light, crispy batter with a sweet chilli dip. The accompanying salad was fresh. My husband’s wedge of deep fried brie with a sharp cranberry relish was equally satisfying.
I rarely choose a steak, firstly because I don’t have the huge appetite needed for these massive steaks and secondly because if the meat is poor your whole meal is spoilt. However, I know the local butcher that The Marquis exclusively use and he’s one of the best in the area by far, so the 8oz fillet was a natural choice. Just slightly pink inside it cut through like butter, the flavour and texture was excellent and I would really recommend it. The traditional accompaniments of beer battered onion rings, flat mushroom, grilled tomato and their homemade chunky chips were all equally as excellent.
The menu at The Marquis offers traditional pub fayre so my husband thought it appropriate to choose the homemade Lasagne; this was topped with a rich cheese sauce and served with wedges of homemade garlic bread and a fresh salad. Like the rest of our meal this was piping hot, tasty and well presented.
Normally we would have finished with a coffee at this point, but as the desserts at The Marquis are home made and so reasonably priced we decided to share the chocolate and orange cheesecake. It was a hard choice to make as situated in the dining room is the chiller cabinet with a rotating display and the most delicious, huge slices of lemon meringue going round. The cheesecake was served in a sundae glass and the combination of flavours worked really well.
The modern interior and recently refurbished front patio area, completed last year for summer trade, will really start to come into play as the temperatures begin to rise over the next few weeks and become a great sun-trap. The dining and drinking areas are crisp and tastefully decorated. The bar always has two guest microbrewery ales, along with the ever popular Doom Bar, at least one traditional real cider and lagers such as Peroni and Coors Light, all at very reasonable prices.
The addition of their function room, which is available for hire with or without catering, makes this an ideal place for a get together. If you do hire their function room with catering, you will find that the price is extremely competitive. The Marquis of Ormonde is situated close to Ripley, Alfreton and Heanor and perfectly placed to attract a wide range of clientele.