Bag a table under the skylight in the Orangery; it’s perfect for stargazing in between courses. If you’ve got a larger party (of up to 10 guests), ask for the chef’s table in the Dining Room for a more intimate spot.
Neither the Orangery nor the Dining Room require tops 'n' tails, but classic English chic wouldn’t go amiss: cashmere and pearls at the ready, Mrs Smith…
The modern British fare at Kedleston’s two restaurants – the Orangery and the Dining Room – hasn't travelled far to reach your plate: herbs come straight from the hotel’s kitchen garden and everything else is sourced at nearby farms, butchers and fisheries. Clever chef Joseph Wood whips up smoked duck breast, pan-fried pollock and apple crumble soufflé: irresistible comfort food to follow a windy, country walk. By day, the Orangery is light, airy and relaxed; by night, it’s candlelit and flower-filled. For a cosier evening head to the rustic, mint-hued Dining Room.
A maze of different rooms, the Kedleston bar has cosy corners aplenty: the Hidden Study with floor-to-ceiling wood-panelling; the Snug with its Grade II-listed Georgian fireplace; and the high-ceilinged, sash-windowed Parlour with views of the garden. Kedleston is part of the Derby Brewing Company, so its drinks menu is extensive: beers and ales of varying colours and provenances, wines both soft and crisp, and cocktail recipes nabbed from the past. It’s the done thing to order Kedleston’s own-brand gin, too. Can’t make your mind up? Opt for a rack of five mini pints, which is perfectly paired with a hunk of local cheese.
Breakfast is in the Dining Room (Mon – Sat, 7.30am – 9.30am; weekends, 7.30am – 10am). Lunch (Mon – Sat, 12pm – 4pm) and dinner (Mon – Sat, 6.15pm – 9pm) are served in both the Dining Room and the Orangery. Sunday lunch is from 12pm – 8pm.
The ever-changing room service menu is available from 7.30am until 10pm.