Built around 1745, the Grade 2 listed New Bath Hotel stands proudly overlooking the Derwent Gorge and on to the Tor in Matlock Bath, it has been welcoming visitors for well over 250 years. Situated on the edge of Matlock Bath makes the New Bath Hotel an ideal place from which to walk into town or visit the beautiful Peak District which sits literally on its doorstep.
As you wander up the wide drive the vista we are presented with is the impressive façade of this restored and extended Georgian building. The extensions began around 1780-90, 1860, 1885 and 1895 and many alterations under new owners have taken place since. The result is a superb fifty-four bedroomed, luxury hotel complete with restaurants, swimming pool and spa facilities worthy of attracting visitors from all over the UK.
Through the impressive entrance we turned immediately left to the dining room and were shown to our reserved table adjacent to the large sash window where the late afternoon sun streamed in on this warm summers evening. The décor is in keeping with the grandeur of the building whilst firmly reflecting the 21st century; marble tables and very comfortable chairs with a soft dove grey colour theme.
We were welcomed by the restaurant manager and found all the staff quietly efficient and polite. Head chef Jordan Leah has aspirations to attain two rosettes by the end of the year, so this was a meal to look forward to. First we chose from the wine list, which provides excellent descriptions of wines, available by the glass or bottle.
Choosing from the A la Carte menu, English asparagus (£7.95) as a starter, this was beautifully presented, with a lightly poached egg, Parmesan crisps and tomato, and garnished with pea tendrils. I was tempted by the Coronation chicken terrine, mango, soft shell crab (£7.95) although I had to look the latter up. Apparently it is crabs that have recently shed their shell and are still soft. Mine was lovely and the fresh taste of the mango puree complemented both the crab and the chicken.
Main course for me came in the form of pan-seared sea trout (£18.50), a moist generous portion of trout with little brown shrimps and capers, served with asparagus spears on new potatoes. Derbyshire lamb rump (£19.50) was my husbands’ choice, served with a fondant potato and seasonal vegetables; the flavours he said were rich and intense. I also made a mental note to try the steak on our next visit, this arrived for the guests on the next table and looked very impressive.
The star of our desserts was the de-constructed lemon cheesecake, ginger crumb with strawberry textures (£6.95) not too sweet but with beautifully created individual components.
Each afternoon the hotel serves afternoon tea of homemade scones, freshly prepared jams and creams together with a wide choice of finger sandwiches.
The Lobby Bar offers a choice of light snacks which we watched going out from the kitchen, and these also looked very tempting. Combined with cocktails or a glass of champers, the bar provide guests with an inventive tapas and plated food menu if they feel they’d prefer a lighter evening snack.
We had enjoyed a very leisurely, lovely evening and at no time felt rushed with our meals, my only regret as I had a quick look around the rest of hotel was that we didn’t have time to relax with a coffee in the beautifully appointed lounge, that would have been perfect. Definitely something to remember for our next visit.
New Bath Hotel and Spa,
New Bath Road, Matlock Bath,
Matlock, DE4 3PX
Phone: 01629 340340