We decided to visit the The Farmhouse at Mackworth for a birthday celebration and this was fitting as it is very much an occasion place to dine. The rebranded restaurant is magnificent both in taste and décor.
The systematically restored 18th Century building is located in the medieval village of Mackworth. The modern interiors are blended into the mature building with fireplaces, mismatch furniture and exposed beams.
When we entered the bar it was full of smartly dressed people enjoying the beginning of the weekend. There was a great vibe with a real party atmosphere, but I would also say it’s suitable for families.
The menu at the Farmhouse boasts a large range of dishes. There is parma ham, gorgonzola, watermelon, walnut salad to name but a few.
The restaurant was open-plan and bright and we sat on a beautiful table overlooking the grounds by the huge central log burner.
For our starter we tucked into josper glazed peanut chicken skewers accompanied by spring onion, carrot, roasted nuts and satay sauce. It was delicious and the nuts and sauce complimented the dish perfectly. Luckily, we shared the starter as we had our eyes on dessert, which turned out to be a good idea as it was a generous portion.
By the time we tucked into our main course there wasn’t a free table in sight.
For my main I had the £16.95 35 day aged 8oz rump steak (from the British Isles). Served with triple cooked chips, confit garlic mushroom, dressed rocket, a soy glazed beef tomato and topped with peppercorn sauce, it was tender, cooked to perfection, and melted in my mouth.
Situated in the open-plan kitchen is a pizza oven which had been enough to temp my dinner guest into the chorizo iberico, salami pepperoni, beef ragu and parma ham pizza priced at £11.50.
Finally, desert. We had the sticky toffee pudding (£5.95) with butterscotch sauce and vanilla pod ice cream. Again it was a generous portion and it was beautiful. As a baker myself I’m critical of other people’s bakes but it was sweet and moist.
To get you in the weekend mood the cocktails are 2-4- 1. I had a Tom Collins which had a good amount of gin in.
The staff are professional, friendly and attentive. The waitress knew her stuff and was more than happy to answer any questions and provide advice.
For me this is one of the best places to eat out in Derby. It’s so much more than just a meal, it’s a enjoyable night out.
The ethos of the Farmhouse is ‘excellent in everything they do’ which I would have to agree with. I would go as far to say it’s stunning.
Have you been to the Farmhouse before? What did you think?