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Opening news

Regrettably, due to an unprecedented shortage of staff, we have had to make the difficult decision to close the hotel on a number of dates in July and August. This will enable us to maintain the same level of service our guests expect on the days that we are open. This is an issue for the entire hospitality sector, due to Covid and Brexit, and we hope this unfortunate situation will be resolved soon. If you have any enquiries regarding an upcoming stay or booking, please contact The hotel will be fully closed from after breakfast on Sundays July 25th and August 1st, 8th and 15th. The hotel will be open for bed and breakfast only... Read more

Latest news on opening

As the Peacock remains in tier three, sadly we will not be able to reopen until the current restrictions are lifted. At this time, nobody knows for definite what that date will be – in anticipation we will keep our booking system open a fully flexible basis via all our usual channels. In the meantime, on behalf of us all the Peacock, we wish you well, a Happy Christmas and a return to joy and conviviality in the New Year. Read more

Christmas at The Peacock

The Peak District is a truly wonderful place to experience the festive season, with fantastic Christmas markets, beautiful displays and villages adorned in twinkling lights and dressed in seasonal splendour.   Information about our plans for Christmas 2022 is coming soon.... Read more

Covid 19 precautions at The Peacock

We are delighted to be welcoming guests back to The Peacock this summer and are so looking forward to opening our doors again.  We will do all we can to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable, whether you are coming to stay or dine with us, whilst keeping you and our team safe.  We are closely studying government guidelines and will make sure we follow these to the letter. These are the measures we are putting in place which we hope will give you confidence to enjoy your time with us. As circumstances and guidance change, we will adjust these measures accordingly.  You will see us regularly and frequently cleaning our public spaces; our team will be... Read more

Peak District Resolutions: Make Time For You

A new year welcomes change, and if there are changes you intend to make, the Peak District is a natural haven of opportunity.  Whether your New Year’s resolution is to be more active, travel more or take up a new hobby, the rolling hills, historic culture and diversity of the National Park provide a truly idyllic setting to achieve, grow and inspire.  Over the month, we’ll guide you through this setting, with a different resolution at the centre of each post.  Explore other resolutions in the series:  Be More Active Travel More   Resolution 3: Make Time For You  Everyone deserves a break, and the Peak... Read more

Peak District Resolutions: Travel More

A new year welcomes change, and if there are changes you intend to make, the Peak District is a natural haven of opportunity.  Whether your New Year’s resolution is to be more active, travel more or take up a new hobby, the rolling hills, historic culture and diversity of the National Park provide a truly idyllic setting to achieve, grow and inspire.  Over the month, we’ll guide you through this setting, with a different resolution at the centre of each post.  Explore other resolutions in the series:  Be More Active Make Time For You   Resolution 2: Travel More Take a break from travel overseas and get to know... Read more

Peak District Resolutions: Be More Active

A new year welcomes change, and if there are changes you intend to make, the Peak District is a natural haven of opportunity.  Whether your New Year’s resolution is to be more active, travel more or take up a new hobby, the rolling hills, historic culture and diversity of the National Park provide a truly idyllic setting to achieve, grow and inspire.  Over the month, we’ll guide you through this setting, with a different resolution at the centre of each post.  Explore other resolutions in the series:  Travel More Make Time For You Resolution 1: Be More Active... Read more

Christmas at The Peacock

The festive season in the Peak District is truly magical, with incredible markets, enchanting displays and charming countryside villages dressed in Christmas splendour.  As usual, The Peacock at Rowsley has an array of festive offerings dedicated to creating Christmas celebrations and joy throughout the season. Discover Christmas at The Peacock with our ultimate guide below.  Restaurant  The  menus  in our award-winning fine dining restaurant change with the seasons, and Winter is no different. Whether you’re looking for an intimate meal, a Christmas reunion or a family... Read more

The Best Christmas Displays in the Peak District

The Peak District becomes a wonderland in December, with the many historic houses and stately homes in the region transformed by festive decor and delights.  Feast your eyes upon some of the most enchanting Christmas displays this season, with some of our local recommendations explored below.  A Festive Adventure at Chatsworth House (Photo Credit: Chatsworth House ) Step into Around the World in Eighty Days and follow in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg and Amelia Earheart as Chatsworth House leads you on a festive adventure across the globe. Guides will lead you to lands afar, from a... Read more

Coming Up At... Haddon Hall: Christmas Edition

The Peacock at Rowsley lies on the estate of Haddon Hall, where the owners of both historic buildings, Lord and Lady Manners, currently reside.  Haddon Hall has been described as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages,” offering a unique insight into early English life and culture. The Hall has charged the imagination of directors and audiences for decades, acting as the setting for many film and television productions . This year, Haddon Hall’s festive displays aim to inspire creativity and craft, with workshops, demonstrations and live music included in admission between 1st - 23rd December.  Here a few event highlights... Read more

The Peacock Earns Fourth AA Star

We are thrilled to have been awarded our fourth star by the AA. Following our latest AA review, we are now a four silver star Peak District Hotel, on top of the three AA red rossettes awarded to our restaurant. “Silver stars are awarded to Highly Commended Hotels selected for their superior level of quality, high standards of hotel keeping and cuisine within their Star Rating banding”. We would like to thank our marvellous staff for their continued hard work and dedication, and our wonderful guests for their support and advocacy. Well done team! View  our full Explore UK listing at... Read more

Exploring Autumn at The Peacock

Autumnal walks in and around The Peacock at Rowsley The Peacock at Rowsley's unique position within the Haddon Estate's tree-lined hills makes it a fabulous destination for walkers. As summer's vibrant greens turn to warm autumnal shades, Rowsley is ideal to enjoy the best of both worlds - a crisp walk in the Peaks twinned with luxurious dining and relaxation. As one customer put it, "This hotel was a genuinely pleasant surprise. Superb service from all staff. Location is absolutely lovely with a garden that opens up to a longer, country walk.", complementing their business stay with a countryside walk. Or for more avid walkers, why not turn your stay into a... Read more

An Insight Into Our Summer Menus

Every few months, our restaurant team craft new menus using the finest, seasonal ingredients from the Peak District, some grown right here in The Peacock’s gardens. Our current menus feature a delightful array of recipes created especially for the summer months, from salmon tempura to duck liver ballotine, summer vegetable risotto to handpicked crab, berry parfait to sangria jelly. We asked Head Chef, Dan Smith, to give us an insight into the inspiration behind a few of his favourite dishes from our summer A La Carte menu. Dan Smith Summer vegetable salad, salsa verde, polenta croquettes, hazelnut: “A vegetarian dish using all the summer vegetables... Read more

Coming Up at... Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is one of the Peak District’s most renowned attractions. The house was bought by Bess of Hardwick and William Cavendish in 1549, and has remained in the Cavendish family for 16 generations. Not only is Chatsworth famous for its beautiful architecture, charming landscapes and fascinating art collection, but the Estate also hosts some of the most exciting events that the area has to offer. Here are few of our favourite occasions coming up on the grounds of the Estate, just ten minutes down the road from The Peacock:  ... Read more

Chef Vacancies at The Peacock

We're hiring! Join our award-winning restaurant team in one of the following positions: Apprentice Commis Chef - 1 position available Our Apprentice Commis Chef will support the Head Chef and Sous Chef in the daily preparation of cuisine for hotel guests of all sizes and culinary requirements. As part of their training, they will learn a range of cooking techniques to prepare, cook and finish an array of fresh and well-made dishes to a very high standard. Certification provided through West Nottinghamshire College. Apply now Chef De Partie - Multiple positions available This role provides an excellent opportunity to progress at a high level. The Chef De... Read more

Valentine's Day in Derbyshire

Say "I love you" with our exclusively crafted, ten-course menu and a luxury overnight stay in the beautiful Peak District. Tasting Menu Celebrate Valentine's Day in style with a unique fine dining experience. Our ten-course tasting menu, created especially for the season of love, will be available in our restaurant the weekend before and after Valentine's Day, as well as February 14th itself. Only the tasting menu will be available on Valentine's Day, as well as the 9th and 10th February, but it will be offered alongside the A La Carte menu on the 16th and... Read more

Achieving Your New Year's Resolutions in the Peak District

We're almost two weeks into 2018, so we thought we'd help you on your way to accomplishing your New Year's resolutions. Whatever you hope to achieve this year, we're confident that the Peak District can help you get there. Kinder Scout - nickhoward (Instagram) Exercise More Walking  With infamous mountains, rolling hills and an abundance of country pubs, the Peak District is the perfect place to get on your walking boots and explore the charming countryside. Even if you’ve never been hiking before, there are plenty of... Read more

Why We Love Christmas In The Peak District

There is so much to love about Christmas in the Peak District. Whatever you look for in the perfect festive setting, it’s hard to avoid the holiday spirit here, with frost dusting the hills, decorations lighting up the country towns and log fires roaring in every pub. With December right around the corner, we asked some of our team what they are looking forward to most about Christmas in the beautiful Peak District.   Laura, Hotel Manager   “I love choosing our Christmas tree from the Longshaw Estate , followed by a... Read more

Top 5 Christmas Markets in the Peak District

Now that the clocks have gone back, the festive season seems close enough to touch. The days are shorter, the air is colder and, most importantly, the first Christmas markets begin in just a few weeks. With creative gifts, tasty treats and their unbeatable, celebratory atmospheres, Christmas markets are the perfect place to eat, drink and ignite the festive spirit. Here in the Peak District, we are lucky enough to be spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas events, with most towns and attractions pulling out all the stops, drawing merry crowds from near and far.... Read more

Capturing the Peak District: Autumn

As much as you may hate to admit it, the end of summer is right around the corner, with autumn officially beginning on September 22nd 2017.Although dwindling daylight, falling leaves and a little less sun in the sky may make it hard to welcome the autumn with open arms, we simply can’t wait for the cosy log fires, beautifully bright foliage and snug clothing that the next season brings.To reassure you that it’s not all doom and gloom, we’ve compiled some of our favourite autumnal snaps of the Peak District National Park, which is arguably at its most impressive between September and December.... Read more

Recruitment - Waiting Staff

  We are currently on the look out for experienced Waiting Staff to join our team. The Peacock at Rowsley is an award-winning hotel and restaurant located in the heart of the Peak District. Our restaurant team are the proud bearers of three AA rosettes and our kitchen is run by Head Chef, Dan Smith. Trained by Tom Aiken, Dan combines skill and creativity to merit the awards The Peacock we have achieved. We offer both an indulgent, fine dining menu and a more relaxed bar menu to suit most tastes or moods. The key behind each dish served at The Peacock is seasonal, quality ingredients – something Dan is truly passionate about. We're... Read more

Pastimes in the Peak District

With unique culture, outdoor adventure and breathtaking views, you can be sure that summertime in Derbyshire has something to suit you. Here are a few things to do in the Peak District that we are particularly looking forward to this summer.  Derbyshire Well Dressings Well Dressing is a fascinating tradition which has long been associated with Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park. Between May and September each year, talented teams of hard-working volunteers come together to decorate local wells and springs with elaborate... Read more

Recruitment - Chef De Parti

We are currently on the look out for a Chef De Partie to join our team. The Peacock requires a Chef De Partie to run a section in our award winning kitchen. The role provides an excellent opportunity to progress at a high level and includes accommodation if required. The Chef De Partie will enjoy a four day working week with three days off each week.The Peacock at Rowsley restaurant team are the proud bearers of three AA rosettes and our kitchen is run by Head Chef, Dan Smith. Trained by Tom Aiken, Dan combines skill and creativity to merit the awards The Peacock we have... Read more

Peak District Spring Walks from The Peacock

With the arrival of Spring many of our guests have been putting on their walking boots and heading outdoors.The Peak District National Park contains some of the most beautiful walking country in England and The Peacock sits within the historic Haddon Estate .Few people know the landscape surrounding the Haddon Estate better than owner Lord Edward Manners himself and below Lord Edward has suggested two of his favourite circular routes, direct from The Peacock front door. Time to stretch your legs! Calton Lees and Manners Wood You can download the route here .... Read more

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and we have a very special menu for you and you Mum to enjoy on Sunday 26th March. Treat your Mum to three delicious courses at The Peacock for just £40 per person. Mother's Day lunch is available between midday and 2pm and you can view the menu here . To book a table call the team on 01629 733 518 or email We look forward to seeing you.   Read more

Two Peak District Winter Walks

The Peak District has much to offer during the Winter months, including the beauty, peace and tranquility you will find when you venture out doors. Last year we offered two suggestions for the perfect Peak District winter walks. This year we have two more routes for you to explore. Lathkill Dale & Bakewell This scenic walk covers 6.5 miles, with riverside paths, historic buildings and elevated footpaths over the Derbyshire hills. Start your walk at Bakewell’s five-arched bridge and follow the River Wye downstream, before crossing Haddon Fields with views back to... Read more

Christmas Gifts at The Peacock

With just over 4 weeks to go until Christmas Day, it's time to start ticking some gifts off your list. For the foodies among your friends and family, a gift voucher for The Peacock could be the perfect present for some New Year dining. > A £50 voucher could buy two friends a lunch in our bar. > A £60 voucher could buy two friends a two course Sunday lunch. > A £70 voucher would allow one friend to indulge in our sumptuous tasting menu with accompanying wines. Vouchers of any amount can be redeemed in our restaurant or against room bookings and start at £20. Gift vouchers can be purchased online or buy... Read more

Christmas in Derbyshire

If the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas fill you with joy, make sure your festive preparations include a visit to Derbyshire. Here are just three reasons to book a mid-week or weekend escape at The Peacock this November and December. Bakewell Winter Wonderland A first for 2016, Bakwell's Winter Wonderland will take place on the Bakewell Showground over two long weekends (Fri-Sun) - 18th-20th November and 9th-1th December. Featuring a Christmas market, fireworks, reindeer, a funfair, live music and food marquees, they will be weekends to remember. Just a short hop from The Peacock, the market town of Bakewell is also well worth a visit, with... Read more

Five Hidden Treasures

The Peacock at Rowsley dates back to 1652 when it was built as a Manor House by John Stevenson.  Once the Dower House to Haddon Hall, The Peacock now serves as the perfect bolt hole for exploring the Peak District, and the beautiful Derbyshire estates of Haddon and Chatsworth . A hidden gem and delightful surprise for many, here are five things you may not know about our 17th century country house. 1) When first a hotel in 1820, The Peacock attracted many bathers who would plunge into the nearby River Wye! 2) The dining chairs and tables in the Restaurant were made by the original mouseman, Mousey Thompson from Kilburn in Yorkshire (distinguishable... Read more

Mr & Mrs Smith Awards

The Mr & Mrs Smith awards are back for another year. The awards seek to find the best of their kind in 12 categories representing what matters most to boutique hotel travelers around the world. Eleven of the 12 categories will be judged by a panel of industry experts, while the award for Best Smith Hotel 2016 is entirely down to the public vote.You will find The Peacock at Rowsley in the Best Smith Hotel list of nominees and by casting your vote you could win a £1,000 Mr & Mrs Smith gift card. Voting takes just 2 minutes and closes on 30th September.If you count... Read more

‘Fire’ at Haddon Hall

Following on from the summer exhibition of ‘Flowers’, Haddon Hall autumn exhibition - ‘Fire’ - is now open. 'Fire' will run until 31st October and will take visitors to Haddon on another journey through time, exploring the role of fire in the development and creation of the hall over its nine hundred year history. The exhibition brings to light many of the marks of the past including the scorch marks left by the pricket candles on the walls of the Tudor kitchens or the creativity inspired by fire in the hall’s elaborate Medieval firedogs. The treacherous, darker side of fire is also presented, by the ‘Burnt Tapestries of... Read more

The Chatsworth Country Fair

On 2nd - 4th September The Chatsworth Country Fair will attract thousands of visitors over the very special 3 day event.   The fair includes a Grand Ring  with performances from the Red Arrows, Imps motorcycle display team, Jump4Heroes parachute display team and a spectacular display of hot air balloons (to name a few).Elsewhere in the glorious Chatsworth grounds you will find a Cookery Theatre with special guests including Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, a Showground featuring a military vehicle display, highland dancing and sheepdog trials, and hundreds of... Read more

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

In June next year the Royal Horticultural Society is bringing its acclaimed flower show to Derbyshire for the first time.RHS Chatsworth will take place on 7 - 11 June 2017 in the stunning surrounds of the Chatsworth Estate. The show will include spectacular floral displays, inspirational garden designs and the opportunity to buy a wide range of products and plants from the finest independent producers.  The week will also include talks and demonstrations from RHS gardening experts.Tickets are now available to buy from the RHS website , and RHS members gain exclusive... Read more

Home Grown & On The Menu

The Peacock vegetable garden has been adding flavour to many dishes in The Peacock kitchen. So far we have harvested beetroot, broad beans, borage flowers, rhubarb, kohlrabi, courgettes, potatoes, curly kale, radish, strawberries, turnips, carrots, horseradish, swede, bronze fennel, leeks, and various herbs (to name a selection)! The red flowers - nasturtium - are used as a garnish and the seeds are pickled. Every part of what we grow is put to good use. If you have dined at The Peacock this year you will have enjoyed the fruits of our labour. If you have not yet dined with us, just take a look at what our  Summer menus have to offer. Seasonal, home... Read more

Fabulous 5 Summer Offer

Enjoy a fifth off for 5 days this Summer. On 1st August to 5th August you can enjoy a fifth off our dinner, bed and breakfast room rates to make the most of your Peak District escape. These rates are for two people per room, per night. Standard double: £212 Superior double: £228 Special rooms: £244 Relax in one of our 15 unique rooms, indulge in our delicious bar menu and discover the seasonal delights of Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House - both just a few minutes drive from The Peacock front door. To make a reservation call the team on 01629 733 518 and quote FAB5.   We look forward to welcoming you. Read more

The Bakewell Show 2016

The Bakewell Show is just around the corner, taking place on 3rd and 4th August at the Bakewell Showground.One of the oldest agricultural shows in the UK, the Bakewell Show is a great day out for adults and children alike, with exhibitors displaying a vast array of livestock and other animals, artisan food producers, a craft market, a flower show marquee and a classic cars display.Take a look at the show programme and book your tickets here .Just a 6 minute drive from the Bakewell Showground, we would be delighted to see you at The Peacock for dinner after a busy day... Read more

Early Bird Foraging Offer

On Friday 23rd September The Peacock will host its second foraging event with Dr Patrick Harding. Following rave reviews, author, lecturer and TV personality Dr Harding will lead a new expedition around the ancient and unspoiled Haddon Estate in search of medicinal and edible wild plants.The day includes lunch, an afternoon of foraging, a 3 course dinner (including foraged items) prepared by chef Dan Smith and an overnight stay in one of our 15 unique rooms.In an article for Sheffield Telegraph, Lesley Draper paints an enticing picture of her foraging and dining... Read more

Summer Attractions At Two Historic Houses

The Peak District National Park is home to two of England's finest historic houses - Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Situated within easy reach of The Peacock, these historic houses form part of the country's romantic literary history, featuring in film and TV adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and The Duchess (to name a few). With numerous events throughout the summer months, we have selected our favourite reasons to visit these captivating homes in July and August. Guests at The Peacock also receive discounted entry at both Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Wedgwood Afternoon Tea Indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea at Chatsworth House served on... Read more

A Stunning New Video of Historic Britain

A new aerial video featuring some of Britain’s most beautiful historic houses, castles and gardens has been launched by the Historic Houses Association (HHA). Historic Britain The video shows a collection of the most striking architecture and breathtaking landscapes in the UK, often photographed from ground level but rarely filmed from the air. The video features the Peak District's own Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House and is a moving reminder of our treasures to be found in and around the British Isles. The HHA represents 1,640 of the UK’s privately owned historic houses, castles and gardens, many of which are considered to be iconic symbols of... Read more

A Look Inside The Peacock

Telegraph Travel writer Fiona Duncan recently visited The Peacock at Rowsley to explore its delights. Take a look at the video below to see what she discovered. > stay at The Peacock > dine at The Peacock Read more

A Summer of Well Dressings

The season of well dressing is now upon us in the Peak District and Derbyshire. A custom dating back to 1349, well dressing (also known as well flowering) involves the decoration of wells and springs with designs created from flower petals and other natural materials. The traditions stems from the period surrounding the Black Death when villagers would give thanks for the pure water drawn from wells. Today you will find a vast array of well dressings across the region, including a well dressing in our own village of Rowsley, between May and September. You can find a full list of well dressing locations and associated events on the Visit Peak District website... Read more

On The Menu

We take great pride in our menus and in delighting our guests with an array of delicious, seasonal dishes. Alongside our indulgent fine dining menu in the restaurant, you can also enjoy our more relaxed menu in the bar, featuring a number of specials each week. This week our bar specials include: Tea smoked sea trout with a classical garnish. Lamb rump with white beans in pesto, courgette, olives and semi dried cherry tomatoes. Garden rhubarb and apple crumble with vanilla ice cream and custard. You can view our full range of menus here . If you would like to gift a Peacock dining experience you can now buy gift vouchers online here . To make a reservation just... Read more

The Lathkill Meadow Tour

An ancient wild flower meadow that time forgot – explore it on one day only   The Lathkill Meadow Tour June 10th 2016 Tickets £30 per person inc refreshmentsHaddon Hall is offering the special opportunity to experience an English riverside meadow with the most remarkable history.The meadow, which forms part of the ancient Haddon Estate and sits alongside the crystal clear River Lathkill in Derbyshire, has for centuries been left to exist in its purely natural state. In recent times being granted the most strict exemption, no inputs - not even manure - has... Read more

A Peak District Summer Holiday

The Peak District is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year, but during Summer, it really is something special. There are countless events and activities to be found but we’ve chosen 5 of our favourite upcoming attractions just a stone's throw from The Peacock to give you extra reasons to pack your bags and head to the Peaks. Eroica Britannia Fri 17 – Sun 19 June This iconic cycling festival has been named as one of the best value family festivals in the UK by Visit England and combines fashion, vintage style and cycling to create a unique summertime experience. Taking place over 3 days, Eroica Britannia returns to Bakewell for a weekend... Read more

A Unique Peak District Foraging Expedition

Embark on a unique exploration of the Peak District one on one of our foraging weekends. We are giving guests the chance to enjoy The Peacock’s surroundings with a unique Peak District foraging expedition. Led by renowned author, botanist and TV personality Dr Patrick Harding, guests will discover the sights, smells and tastes of one of the finest areas of countryside in the UK. We recently journeyed out to Haddon Hall where we took in the local flora and fauna, whilst foraging for edible plant life, much of which is used in the hotel’s kitchen. We found a variety of different plants including sorrel, ground ivy, elder, wild arum and feverfew to name but a handful.... Read more

Derbyshire Food and Drink Festival

If food is your thing then don\'t miss the Derbyshire Food and Drink Fa ir  at Kedleston Hall in Derby on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May. Just 40 minutes from The Peacock at Rowsley, Kedleston Hall is an 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors and parkland, managed by the National Trust . The Food and Drink Festival Peak District is family-friendly and enjoyed by attendees from near and far. For one may weekend the Hall will host the Derbyshire Food and Drink Festival including cookery demonstrations, live music, children\'s activities and a host of local producers of fine food and drink. The Hall will be open from 12PM - 5PM on both Saturday and Sunday during... Read more

Historic Houses in the Peak District

As the Summer months approach so does open season at some of the finest historic houses in the country. With stunning grounds, gardens and events, there really is something for everyone. Haddon Hall Located near Bakewell, just down the road from The Peacock, Haddon Hall is the home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners, owners of the Peacock. Haddon Hall is an exceptional fortified medieval manor house, most likely the finest in existence, and is open to visitors on Saturday, Sunday and Monday during April, then daily from May to September. Famed for its rose gardens and beautiful setting, Haddon Hall is recognised as one of the most romantic houses in Britain. > view the... Read more

Five Peak District Cycling Routes

Spring has arrived and so it is time to take to your bike in the Peak District. Below are 5 picturesque cycling routes for you to enjoy during your stay at The Peacock. Chatsworth Loop This challenging route is 27.5 miles long and you will visit quite a few iconic Peak District locations as you climb hills and cycle along quiet lanes. This route is suitable for road bikes, and there are several opportunities en route to stop for refreshments. > view the route here Monsal Trail This 81.2 mile route follows a railway line and has been opened after 40 years following a £2m restoration scheme. The views along this route are stunning and wildlife is... Read more

Local Restaurant of the Year

If you have enjoyed a dining experience at The Peacock we would love you to consider nominating us for Local Restaurant of the Year . Run by The Good Food Guide , nominations take just a few minutes and you will also be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win a case of Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut NV Champagne! > nominate The Peacock here On behalf of the whole restaurant team - thank you!   Read more

Escape to the Peaks this Easter

Easter is just around the corner and our neighbours at Haddon Hall will be opening their doors in time for the Easter celebrations! Easter at Haddon Haddon Hall opens its doors this Easter and celebrations will begin with a guitar ensemble on Saturday 26th of March, led by Richard Haslam, a student at Royal Northern College of Music. On Sunday 27th and Monday 28th of March the fun continues with Easter crafts and an Easter Trail – you can even wear your Easter bonnet! If you visit Haddon Hall on Sunday 27th you can also have your face painted to complement your bonnet and spring outfit. Spring has sprung. Summer is coming… Haddon Hall has many... Read more

Mothering Sunday Menu

With less than two weeks until Mothering Sunday on 6th March, we have a handful of tables remaining for our delicious set menu. At just £35 per person, here is what you can both enjoy! To make a booking call the team on 01629 733 518. On The Menu White bean & smoked bacon soup with pesto & croutons Pea mousse, Jersey royal & mint croquettes, lemon dressing (v) Beetroot cured sea trout gravelax, dill pickled cucumber, mustard crème fraiche, toasted treacle bread Crispy slow cooked pork, piccalilli, apple, watercress Grilled mackerel, horseradish cream, Yorkshire rhubarb, radish Chicken liver parfait, grape chutney, apple,... Read more

Fly Fishing in Derbyshire

Royalty, prime-ministers, even rock stars do it...take up the angling choice of the famous! At The Peacock at Rowsley, you will find a stretch of the Derbyshire Wye River that offers some of the finest and most extensive dry fly fishing for wild trout in the country. The river runs 7.5 miles from Rowsley village in the heart of the Peak District, through the market town of Bakewell, to the outskirts of picturesque Ashford in the Water. It is famous for its excellent water quality and is the only river in the United Kingdom with a self-supporting strain of wild rainbow trout, as well as wild brown trout. Like the presidents, actors and musicians we see... Read more

Five things you didn’t know about the Peak District

1) It has 2,900 listed buildings. If the beautiful natural surroundings do not make the Peaks well worth a visit alone, maybe one of the many listed buildings will? You will find everything from the medieval Haddon Hall to farm-buildings from centuries past. 2) There are no peaks. The name Peak District does not allude to any mountain top – in fact, there are none at all. The Peak District apparently got its name from the Anglo-Saxon tribe Pecsaetan, believed to have settled in the area. 3) You can find carcasses and car wrecks. If you travel to Buxton you must visit the gorgeously blue Blue Lagoon – a toxic soup filled with trash, cars and... Read more

A Romantic Valentine's Weekend in the Peak District

Have Yourself The Perfect Peak District Valentine's Day Sweep your loved one off his or her feet with a Peak District Valentine's Day. At The Peacock at Rowsley, we have two very special offers to help you escape. Valentine’s Friday Stay Celebrate Valentine's with the one you love on Friday 12th February and enjoy an a la carte and tasting menu together with our bed and breakfast for just £250 per night. On the Saturday you can explore the beautiful Peak District countryside or you can snuggle up and unwind in our comfortable rooms. To book one of our 15 boutique rooms call the team on 01629 733 518. Valentine’s Night Dinner Our... Read more

The Peak District Is Calling

Spring is not far away and with it comes many exciting events in the Peak District. Here are some highlights to look forward to. Spring Guided Walk Join us and expert guide Cath Lee on Saturday 9th of April for a 10 mile walk to take in some of the Peak District’s finest scenery. The walk explores the contrasting landscapes of the White Peak and Dark Peak areas of the Derbyshire Dales. Cath has joined us previously and it was a very enjoyable experience. This special break is £360 for 2 people including the day-long walk, lunch, 3 course dinner, accommodation and breakfast. Call 01629 733 518 for more information or to make a booking . Foraging in... Read more

Win a break for two at The Peacock

This month we are doing our best to combat the January blues by running a very special competition. The lucky winner will be welcomed to The Peacock at Rowsley for a one night stay for two in The Peacock suite, including: dinner in our three rosette restaurant a guided tour of Haddon Hall and gardens and two bottles of wine from The Peacock cellar The two bottles of wine , selected by Lord Edward Manors, are two of the best bottles offered at The Peacock - a Chateau d\'Angludet 2004 (a classic Margaux from the Sichel family) and a Chassagne Montrachet Les Mazures 2012 (a very fine white burgundy described as a "textbook Chassagne" by World of Fine... Read more

Boxing Day Lunch at The Peacock

For something special this Boxing Day, join us for lunch at The Peacock. We have a handful of spaces newly available and we would be delighted to welcome you. Simply call 01629 733 518 to make a reservation. Boxing Day Lunch Menu Parsnip soup with chestnuts Chicken liver parfait, grape chutney, apple, raisins, hazelnut, toasted brioche Home smoked seatrout, pickled cucumber, radish, lemon puree and dill dressing Honey glazed ham hock, piccalilli, crispy quail egg Beetroot, goats curd and pine nut salad, horseradish cream Home cured salt beef, French beans, egg and radish salad, English mustard, Roast rib of Derbyshire beef, Yorkshire pudding Seatrout, crushed potatoes,... Read more

As Seen on Instagram

For a glimpse inside The Peacock from a guest's eye view, take a look at this thread on Instagram . With images from throughout the year, including foodie snaps from guests and our chefs, it certainly paints a picture of life at our hotel in the heart of the Peak District. Here is a small selection of favourites. > view on Instagram Read more

Visit Historic Rowsley

The village of Rowsley is perfectly placed for an exploration of the Peak District. Historically belonging to the Haddon Estate, the village passed through the Vernon and Manners families until most of the properties were sold in the 1900s. A Walk Through History Derbyshire historian Roy Christian has described Rowsley as "an attractive village of an unusually warm shade of gritstone", making even a stroll through the historic Rowsley an experience. The oldest buildings can be found west of the river, in what was known as Greater Rowsley. These properties date from the 17th and early 18th century, of which the most prominent is The Peacock. Rowsley is... Read more

Winter Walks in the Peak District

If you are staying at The Peacock this Winter, live locally or plan to spend some time in the Peak District, wrap up warm and put on your walking boots to enjoy some of the finest scenery in the country.Here are just two suggestions for Winter walks in the Peak District. Eyam and Stoney Middleton On this 8 mile walk you will pass through two villages with quality pubs – the Miners Arms in Eyam is a good spot for a drink. The walk is a good mix of tracks and field paths, and you will be following drystone walls for most of the route. Quintessential village stocks and ponds... Read more

Christmas Gift Vouchers

If you are look for something different to give friends and family this year, gift vouchers for The Peacock are now available . Redeemable while dining in our sumptuous restaurant or fireside in the bar, or for an overnight stay in one of our 15 boutique rooms, Peacock Gift Vouchers are a little bit of luxury for the ones you love. Just call the team on 01629 733 518 and we will take care of the rest. Read more

Twelve Days of Christmas at Haddon Hall

5 – 16 December 2015 This December, Haddon Hall in Derbyshire’s Peak District presents: The Twelve Days of Christmas. Featuring everything from ‘swans a swimming’ in the waters of the River Wye which flow past the hall, to pipers piping and dancing ladies in the courtyards of Haddon, the traditional sights and sounds of Christmas throughout history will be displayed to delight all ages - as you wander through the hall and grounds and spot each symbol from The Twelve Days tale. The ancient rooms at Haddon will be dressed with swags, firs and natural decorations in keeping with the hall’s beautiful medieval architecture, with a little touch of... Read more

Peak District Christmas Markets

For those of you staying at The Peacock in November, there are two very special Christmas markets for you to enjoy! Haddon Hall Artisan Market On the 14th and 15th November Haddon Hall is opening its doors to local artisans to showcase their wares. Here you will find ales from Peak Ales, soap from the Austonley Soap Company, beautiful textiles from textile artist Dawn Ireland and handcrafted, wooden design pieces from Why Not Wood – to name a few! The perfect place to find something a little different to fill those Christmas stockings.Haddon Hall Sat 14 and Sun 15... Read more

December Menus at The Peacock

We have a delicious range of dishes on our December menus this year, served from Tuesday 1st December until Sunday 3rd January. From fine dining in our restaurant and cosy bar, to private parties and Christmas functions for families, friends and businesses, take a look at what you can enjoy at The Peacock. >  A La Carte Menu >  Bar Menu >  Private Dining - Lunch Menu >  Private Dining - Dinner Menu To make a reservation or to speak to our team about your requirements just call 01629 733 518. Read more

A Sparkling Night in Rowsley

On 4th November we were delighted to host a bonfire night at the hotel for the local residents of Rowsley. With over 200 free tickets given away, we had a fantastic turnout ready to enjoy the spectacular fireworks display set to music from Britannia Fireworks. Our guests for the evening also enjoyed a crackling bonfire, sticky toffee apples and a delicious hog roast from Coates Butcher in Matlock, with apple sauce made in The Peacock kitchen. A memorable evening for all involved. "Fantastic night of bonfire, excellent hog roast and wonderfully choreographed fireworks to lovely music in the beautiful riverside garden setting with mulled wine, Peak Ales, fruit... Read more

Seven Courses, Seven Wines

The Peacock at Rowsley recently teamed up with John Hattersley Wines to serve up an exquisite evening of food and wine in The Peacock restaurant. Guests were treated to 7 courses of a delicious game tasting menu accompanied by 7 different wines selected and introduced by John Hattersley himself. The wine selection ranged from a Spanish aperitif from one of the most exceptional sherry houses in Spain, to a classic Sauternes from France that balanced modernity and elegance to accompany the sumptuous chocolate dessert. The venison tartare was served with a rich and fruity Italian Barbera wine from one of the largest and most progressive co-operatives... Read more

New Year's Eve in the Peak District

See in 2016 at The Peacock at Rowsley with a lavish 2 night experience. Arriving on Wednesday 30th December you will be treated to a delicious 3 course dinner, followed by a cooked breakfast on New Year's Eve. On 31st December you will enjoy our exclusive New Year's Eve Tasting Menu and a bottle of Champagne in your room to celebrate as the clock chimes twelve. Prices start from £212.50 per person, per night in a standard double room, with the option to extend your stay on Friday 1st January or Saturday 2nd January for £100 per person, per night including dinner. Experience a Peak District New Year in historic surroundings, and with... Read more

The Festive Season at The Peacock

You are warmly invited to join us at The Peacock to celebrate the festive season in style. With sumptuous menus, boutique rooms and open fires, where better to relax and indulge this winter? Dine With Us We have seasonal offers for leisure and business guests looking to celebrate with friends or wow colleagues. From dinner for two, to family parties, business lunches and corporate Christmas dos, our team are ready to make it a very special occasion. Offers include : Christmas Lunches from £17.75 per person Private Parties from £35 per person New Years Eve Spectacular from £90 per person Stay With Us Our 15 unique bedrooms... Read more

Peak District Walk Routes

The Peacock at Rowsley is located in the heart of the Peak District National Park and there are many routes for walkers not too far from the hotel door. We find many of our guests like to combine a luxury getaway with a Peak District walk, and so we have put together a couple of route recommendations. Bakewell This Peak District walk is 6 or 8 miles long, taking you to Chatsworth through the woods and fields of the Peak District. You can choose between a shorter or longer route back, with the longer route taking you along the scenic River Derwent. If you get hungry or... Read more

Halloween and Bonfire Night in the Peak District

We are fast approaching tricks, treats and fireworks, more commonly known as Halloween and Bonfire Night, and there is plenty to enjoy in the Peak District. Spooky fun at Haddon Hall With Halloween just around the corner, Haddon Hall is offering some spooky fun. Throughout half-term there will be a family trail in the Hall and the opportunity to create you own Halloween decorations on the 30th and the 31st October. If you are putting the finishing touches on your Halloween costume, visit Haddon Hall and have your face painted! If you\'re under 16 years old and wear your... Read more

Knives and Red Stars

It is not every day we get excited about new knives and forks, but our new David Mellor Cutlery is a little special. David Mellor Design Born in Sheffield, David Mellor was a key figure in British design, combining hands-on craftsmanship and with design entrepreneurialism. David Mellor Design, now run by his son Corin Mellor, operates on the simple principle that good design can improve your life. Their cutlery is manufactured in a purpose-designed factory in the Peak District National Park. We have chosen the elegant Paris line of stainless steel cutlery and are delighted to have the work of yet another local craft business in our restaurant.... Read more

On The Menu

As the seasons change so do the menus at The Peacock. New a la carte dishes include duck, vegetarian ravioli and a delicious apple dessert. While in the bar this week, guests can enjoy the following specials: Beef croquette, horseradish crème freche, beetroot, rocket and watercress. Poached and roasted Derbyshire partridge , salsify, kale, potato gnocchi and chestnuts. Tarte Tatin with vanilla ice cream (for 2 people). We are fortunate to receive many wonderful reviews from guests who have dined in our restaurant and have several gastronomic events in the Autumn calendar. The first is a wine dinner on 23 October featuring a game tasting menu with wines from... Read more

A Match Made In Rhône

When we were asked by our friends at John Hattersley Wines to come up with the perfect dish to accompany a wine from the Southern Rhône region, we knew it had to be something special. For an affordable luxury, pick up a bottle of Cairanne ‘La Côte Sauvage' Côtes du Rhône Villages and savour it with fillet of beef with broccoli, leeks and braised oxtails in a red wine sauce. At The Peacock we use local ingredients whenever possible and we recommend you do the same if you can. Invite a few friends over and enjoy! You can find the recipe and more details on the wine over at John Hattersley Wines . Wine Dinner Evening - 23 October If... Read more

Tis The Season At Haddon Hall

The Peacock at Rowsley has a rich history, dating back to 1652 when our beautiful hotel was built for the Steward of Haddon Hall. Haddon Hall, known to be one of the finest medieval manor houses in Britain, is just a few miles down the road and there is much to enjoy in its beautiful medieval surroundings this autumn. Getting Creative If you enjoy creative activities, Haddon Hall is hosting a lino printing day on 7th October. Create your own lino print to use for homemade greeting cards – a unique opportunity to make a lovely print for your Christmas cards!Why not also... Read more

Two Peak District Guided Walks

We are excited to have teamed up with our friends at Peak Walking Adventures to offer guests two guided walk days this Autumn. Historic Explorations The guided walks will begin with an exploration of Stanton Moor, with its mysterious tower and stone circle from the Bronze Age. The walk will then continue up the hillside from The Peacock on grassy paths and old tracks, before guests will have the opportunity to learn more about the Earl Grey Tower from the 18th century, Stanton Moors gritstone rocks and Bronze Age heritage. Then it is the scenic route back to The Peacock for a filling autumnal lunch using fresh, local produce. Countryside... Read more

The Food & Drink Guide

The Peacock at Rowsley is now listed in the Food & Drink Guide . Our guests have always appreciated the fantastic food that comes from The Peacock kitchen, as is evident in a recent review on the Mr & Mrs Smith website . We are thrilled to be featured in the guide, as gastronomy is at the core of our hotel and our restaurant team are amongst the best in the country. You can view our Food & Drink Guide listing here , and do take a look at their blog,  Fed Up and Drunk . Here you can discover where to eat during the Rugby World Cup and  plan your late summer foodie holiday . > view the Food & Drink website > view the... Read more

Rave Reviews For The Peacock

We are always delighted when our guests enjoy their stay at our boutique hotel, especially when they leave us wonderful reviews! Here is what you can look forward to at The Peacock at Rowsley in the words of one happy guest. “…after 10 minutes among the creaky but covetable armoire and armchairs, we’re ready for a post-M1 stroll and a half of something local in a real, old-fashioned country pub.” The Peacock is located in the beautiful Peak District National Park, which has much to offer visitors. You can begin your stay with a bit of exploring and a visit to one of the Peak District's many excellent pubs? Our covetable armchairs will be... Read more

Foraging in the Peak District

As September is upon us and October knocks quietly, there is much on offer in the Peak District National Park. There are beautiful nature walks and trails, and if you know what to look for, plenty of foraging opportunities to contribute to a tasty autumnal meal. The Joys of Foraging Foraging is quite simply going out and finding what edible treats nature has to offer. In autumn you are most likely to find fungi, nuts and berries in the varied Peak District landscape. The trick when foraging is knowing your species – which you can safely eat and how to cook them. Different... Read more

Grayling Fishing at The Peacock

As the trout season nears its end, it is still possible to enjoy the rivers surrounding The Peacock at Rowsley from October and into the New Year. Grayling, among the most beautiful and respected freshwater fish, can be caught here in the Peak District during the autumn and winter months. Grayling Fishing Package From October we have a special package for our fishermen giving you exclusive access to the River Wye and Derwent for the grayling season.  From 8 October to 2 January we will not be selling day tickets. Access will be soley for members of the Peacock Fly Fishing... Read more

Events at The Peacock at Rowsley

We are excited to announce an all new calendar of events for the autumn months. Plenty of dates for your diary! To make a booking or for further details please contact our team on 01629 733518.   8 Oct – 2 Jan Grayling Fishing Package £189 (single room), £315 (twin & double), dinner, bed and breakfast This package gives you exclusive access to the River Wye for the grayling season.  There will be no day tickets sold. The only access will be for members of the Peacock Fly Fishing Club and hotel residents.   23 October Wine Dinner £120 pp A delicious game tasting menu with wines from John Hattersley to... Read more

Fine Food In The Peak District

Nestled away in Rowsley village, we regularly welcome families, friends, colleagues and couples celebrating life's special moments. From birthdays, to wedding anniversaries, promotions and Christmas parties, it is our indulgent, fine dining menus that keep guests returning. With three AA rosettes to their name, our restaurant team are simply passionate about food. Every dish on our menus contain seasonal produce and locally sourced ingredients, including organically-reared beef and lamb from the Haddon Estate, and meat from E. W. Coates in Two Dales and Hancock’s in Stoney Middleton in Derbyshire. Three Delicious Courses Selecting from the summer a la carte menu, you... Read more

Sandy Brown's Temple at Chatsworth House

Temple by North Devon artist Sandy Brown was commissioned for Sotheby’s annual exhibition of monumental sculpture at Chatsworth House, Beyond Limits. The artist calls the temple "a temple for the self" , and has what Brown describes as a graduated entrance. As you approach the building you have to navigate stepping stones and ceremonial arches, and the entrance itself is a circular gap designed to prevent onrush. Brown envisioned the temple as a space for pause and for contemplation. The piece consists of over 5200 hand-painted ceramic tiles, and is inspired by Brown’s travels to Iran and Venice. 50% Discount This is just one of many... Read more

Chatsworth Country Fair

If you have never visited the Chatsworth Country Fair, this weekend is the perfect time to start. Over the course of 3 days, the Chatsworth Country Fair is one of the most spectacular outdoor events in the country, with exciting displays in the Grand Ring (including The Ukranian Cossack Stunt Team and The Essex Dog Display Team), fantastic activities and exhibitions around the Showground, and a cookery tent featuring celebrity guests Mary Berry CBE, John Torode and CBeebie\'s Katy Ashworth. There will also be an aerobatic display from the Red Arrows on the final day. The Fair runs from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September and you can... Read more

Heritage Craftsman Robin Wood at Haddon Hall

If you are looking for a reason to visit the Peak District and to stay at The Peacock at Rowsley , there is a very special exhibition coming up at Haddon Hall . From 7th September - 1st November, the Hall will be showcasing the exquisite work of wood turner, Robin Wood. This exhibition celebrates 20 years of professional woodworking for Robin, who was named Artisan of the Year 2009. Based in Edale in the Peak District, Robin’s career began while working for the National Trust in conservation forestry. Here he was introduced to various traditional woodland crafts and practicing this skill quickly developed into a great passion. “The act of taking a... Read more

20 Miles of Peak District Fishing

The Peacock at Rowsley is the hub for the Haddon Estate fisheries which offers some of the finest and most extensive dry fly fishing for wild trout in the country. Four rivers run through the Haddon Estate: the rivers Derwent, Wye, Lathkill and Bradford. This adds up to over 20 miles of Peak District fishing. Fly Fishing at The Peacock Put simply, fly fishing is a method of fishing which uses an artificial ‘fly’ to catch fish. These flies mimic the fish’s natural food, tempting them to take the bait and therefore be caught. Fly fishing is a very enjoyable way to take part in this sport, with fishers taking great time and care to perfect their technique.... Read more

Countryside Walks in the Peak District

The Peacock at Rowsley is situated at the heart of the Peak District National Park, and is surrounded by some of the best walking country in the UK. There are several beautiful walks starting on the hotel doorstop through the surrounding Haddon Estate, plus numerous circular trails and up-hill hikes to explore further afield. Guided Walks If you are unfamiliar with the area you can join a guided walk with a professional guide. These guides know the Peak District like the back of their hand and are able to show you the very best it has to offer - with no risk of getting lost! Ideal for couples, friends and small groups, professional guides bring the... Read more

Fireside at The Peacock at Rowsley

A wise man once said, "as one holiday ends, always have your eye on the next prize".  After all, we all need something to look forward to. In the Peak District, the Autumn months hold many delights, including glorious colours and garden displays, beautiful walking country, and quieter local attractions (such as Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House). It is the time to see over 30 modern and contemporary outdoor sculptures from world renowed artists in the grounds of Chatsworth House during Beyond Limits (more here) . At The Peacock at Rowsley, Autumn is a time for peace and comfort, with log fires burning and a tempting, seasonal menu in the bar. Our... Read more

Sotheby's Beyond Limits Exhibition

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Beyond Limits at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. Celebrating some of the most original, monumental sculpture being made today, Sotheby's Beyond Limits is an international and prestigious exhibition displaying modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture in the grounds of Chatsworth House. The Landscape of British Sculpture 1950 - 2015 14 September to 25 October A key event in the art world calendar, recent exhibitors have included Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Jaume Plensa, Manolo Valdés and Thomas Heatherwick (designer of London’s Olympic Cauldron). Barbara Hepworth, The Family of Man, Figure 1, Ancestor 1,... Read more

Bakewell Baking Festival

From this Friday, Bakewell will become a haven for good food and baking lovers, with the Bakewell Baking Festival taking place from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August. Held at the Bakewell Showground, the festival will include a wide range of events, including baking masterclasses, bread making, cup cake decorating, and a baking and vintage marketplace full of kitchenalia, fine china tea sets, cake-stands, vintage clothing and accessories. The festival will also feature plenty of well known faces from the baking world, including Tom Herbert, Howard Middleton, Iain Watters and Edd Kimber. Champagne Afternoon Tea In collaboration with the Bakewell Baking... Read more

Fine Dining at The Peacock at Rowsley

Fine dining is at the very heart of The Peacock at Rowsley. Proudly bearing three AA rosettes, our restaurant focusses on seasonal produce and exceptional flavours, under Head Chef Dan Smith. Trained by Tom Aiken, Dan combines skill and creativity to offer something that is both indulgent and appetizing. Recently described by Lesley Draper for the Sheffield Telegraph as "a master of culinary surprise", Dan selects his suppliers carefully and wherever possible, truly local. This includes organically-reared beef and lamb from the Haddon Estate and meats from E. W. Coates in Two Dales and Hancock’s in Stoney Middleton, Derbyshire. Our fine... Read more

A Holiday In The Peak District

This week is  National Parks Week - a celebration of the UK's 15 national parks. Collectively known as "Britain's breathing spaces", the Peak District was the country's first ever National Park and ranks highly in the affections of many. It is easy to see why, combining an unrivalled landscape with fascinating historic attractions and numerous activities, including fishing, walking, cycling, climbing and golf. Add to this a plethora of unqiue hotels, pubs and tea rooms and you have all you need for the perfect holiday in the UK. If you are choosing to explore The Peak District this summer, The Peacock at Rowsley sits at its very heart and still has some... Read more

Cycling the Monsal Trail

The Peak District is famed for excellent cycle routes and the Monsal Trail is certainly one of the best. The trail is 8.5 miles in length and follows a section of the old Midland Railway between Manchester and London. The trail passes through Blackwell Mill, Millers Dale, Cressbrook, Monsal Dale, Great Longstone, Hassop and Bakewell, offering cyclists, walkers and horse-riders some of the most spectacular views in the country. Following repairs, four of the formally unsafe tunnels were reopened to the public in 2011, giving access to the complete route for the first time since the former Midland Railway Line closed in 1968. A Bit of History Following... Read more

The Bakewell Show

Wednesday 5th August sees the start of the annual Bakewell Show . Established in 1819, the show is even older than The Peacock at Rowsley. The Bakewell Show is a diverse event, with a varied mix of exhibitors displaying a host of animals (including horses, rabbits, dogs and livestock), artisan food and craft stalls, plus horticulture displays and live jousting. Running over two days from 5th - 6th August , tickets are available from The Bakewell Show website and cost £16.50 per adult. The VIP Experience If you're looking for something a bit special, VIP tickets are available for £80 per person and include: entrance to the Show car... Read more

Bakewell Golf Club

If you have been watching The Open in St Andrews this month and you are feeling inspired, don't forget the Bakewell Golf Club  is right on our doorstep. Commanding striking views across the Derbyshire countryside, Bakewell Golf Club offers a compact 9 holes running out and back along the hillside to the East of the town. The course is challenging with small, fast greens and deceptive borrows, and the club hosts its own Men's Open this Saturday. Guests at The Peacock at Rowsley are offered free temporary membership and complimentary green fees as part of their stay so you can enjoy as much golf as you choose. Time to pack the clubs! > Bakewell Golf Club... Read more

Archery at Haddon Hall this August

During Haddon Hall's heyday it was law that every able man over 24 years should be able to shoot a target at 220 yards. How would you fare? To give you an opportunity to find out, Haddon Hall is hosting three archery events in August suitable for the whole family (not just men over 24 years). Beginning with Have-a-go Archery on August 7th, there is also a full weekend of archery on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August with the Derwent Bowmen . Derwent Bowmen Archery Club is found 3 miles south of The Peacock and offers a series of great events throughout the year, should you fancy a Peak District getaway combined with some shooting. Try something new this summer! >... Read more

The Buxton Festival

This month the world famous Buxton Festival takes place just 30 minutes down the road from The Peacock.The festival is a celebration of opera, music and literature with a jam packed programme over 2 weeks from 10th - 26th July.Events take place at the Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre and will feature famous faces including Simon Armitage , David Starkey , Gyles Brandreth and Louis de Bernieres . There will also be performances from the English Chamber Orchestra , Halle Soloists and the Elias String Quartet .The Buxton Festival really is a highlight... Read more

Flavour of the Month at The Peacock

Fine dining is at the heart of The Peacock at Rowsley experience and using seasonal, quality ingredients is a passion for our Head Chef Dan Smith. We asked Dan about the flavours of the month in The Peacock\'s kitchen... Seasonal Delights "English cherries and English purple sprouting broccoli are both in season at the moment. They are being put to good use as part of the duck dish – a personal favourite of mine on the current a la carte menu.Local lamb is always a firm favourite among guests, and why not when we have such good quality produce on our doorstep.We have... Read more

Escape to 1652

The Peacock at Rowsley has a rich history, dating back to 1652 when it was built for the Steward of Haddon Hall. Later becoming the dower house for the Manners family, The Peacock became a hotel in 1832. As part of the Haddon Estate, The Peacock maintains strong links with Haddon Hall, and is famed for its fly fishing on the Wye, Lathkill and Bradford rivers. The Manners family acquired the Haddon Estate in 1563 when Sir John Manners, the second son of the Earl of Rutland, married Dorothy Vernon, the daughter and heiress of Sir George Vernon. Since that time the Estate has passed from father to son, and Haddon Hall is currently the home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners. Haddon... Read more

New additions, birthdays & lemon tarts

Today marks two occasions at The Peacock at Rowsley. Firstly, we are delighted to be joined by our new General Manager, Chris Tomlinson. Chris will be overseeing many exciting developments at The Peacock and will be in charge of ensuring our visitors have an unforgettable stay. It is fantastic to have him on-board. From left: Laura Ball (Assistant Manager), Chris Tomlinson (General Manager), Lord Edward Manners (owner), Oliver Fry (Restaurant Manager), Heather Barnes (Finance Director), Dan Smith (Head Chef) Secondly, today is Dan Smith\'s birthday. Head Chef at The Peacock since 2008, Dan continues to delight every guest with exceptional dishes. And... Read more

Reasons to Visit the Peak District In July

The Peak District is bursting with luscious scenery, fantastic walks and idyllic charm, but if you’re looking for even more reasons to visit this month, take a look at this. Farmers Markets There are a number of farmers markets taking place throughout July, many just a short drive from The Peacock hotel. On the 4 th , the picturesque village of Wirksworth hosts a market selling local, organic and free range produce with free music and entertainment! Further afield, on the opposite side of the peak district in Leek, The Fine Food Market brings together local and regional specialist food producers on the 18 th July. Well worth the drive! Festivals... Read more

Something Special at The Peacock

We like to think all the rooms at The Peacock at Rowsley have their own unique charm but our special rooms  are just that - special. Recently refurbished, two boast elegant four poster beds, while the third  has its own separate sitting room. With furniture made locally on the Haddon Estate and antique pieces from the attics of Belvoir Castle , each room has a story to tell and provides the perfect hideaway for lazy days watching Wimbledon or a holiday in the Derbyshire Dales. Special rooms also benefit from air conditioning for those of you wilting in this hot weather! Tucked away in  the quiet village of Rowsley , these room have... Read more

Well Dressings in the Peak District

Well dressings are an ancient custom unique to The Peak District and Derbyshire and can be seen between May and September.Well dressing involves town and village communities coming together to create living art installations from natural materials, and they can celebrate anything from biblical scenes to literature or local anniversaries.The well dressing in the village of Rowsley can be found opposite the The Peacock until 2nd July. It was created by the residents of Rowsley and the children of Rowsley Primary School and depicts a scene from Alice in Wonderland.Drop by... Read more

A Bed of Roses at Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall is famed for its roses and it is easy to see why. Now is the best time to see them in full and glorious bloom, and you can also take advantage of two late night openings (up to 8pm) on the last Thursday of July (30th) and August (27th) to enjoy the surroundings on a summer's eve. We also have roses covering our own entrance at The Peacock, where we look forward to welcoming you for dinner. > Haddon Hall opening times > Dine at The Peacock Read more

Music At Chatsworth House

This weekend Chatsworth House in Derbyshire will be a haven of music lovers with a concert from Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Band  (Friday 26 June) and the Proms Spectacular   featuring the UK Philharmonic Orchestra (Saturday 27 June).  Both events are proving extremely popular with just 11 tickets remaining to see Jools Holland and his legendary band (correct at time of posting).Both the Peak District and Derbyshire embrace musical events in the summer months, including classical performances in the gardens at Haddon Hall throughout June, July and... Read more

The 60 Year Old Fish

The Peacock at Rowsley has been famous for its fishing for many years, with 7 miles of exclusive fishing access of fly fishing on the Wye, Derwent, Lower and Middle Lathkill, and Bradford rivers. We were reminded of this history today when a guest shared this image with us.This is W.D Richman. Mr Richman would  visit The Peacock every year for its wonderful fishing and sixty years ago he caught a record breaking sized trout on the Derbyshire Wye. Later he had the trout stuffed and presented it to the hotel where it is still displayed to this day in reception.... Read more

Eroica Britannia Comes To Bakewell

This weekend the Bakewell Show Ground will be awash with life and entertainment as Eroica Britannia comes to town for a second year. The 3 day event combines vintage cycle rides on pre-1986 bikes through the glorious Peak District countryside and a festival of camping, music, vintage shopping, exhibitions, street food, lawn games and much more.Adult passes for the 3 days are just £10 and children under 12 go free. Tickets can still be purchased via the Eroica Britannia website .The weekend also marks the conclusion of Velocipathy: A Celebration of Vintage Cycling... Read more

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