The Best of 2016: Grafene

Paul and Kathryn Roden embarked on their latest adventure in 2016 when they opened British fine dining venue Grafene on King Street in Manchester. Grafene houses an open pastry kitchen, the Island bar and of course an all-day food offering signed Losehill's own Darren Goodwin.

 

June

The start of summer and the start of Grafene, with all the joys that construction brings with it. Meanwhile, in the Peaks - a slightly different kind of photo shoot...

 

July

Now we're talking! Grafene started to take shape - about as grey as the summer days, though infinitely more exciting - and slowly but surely, opening night loomed. The city center restaurant opened with a bang when Kathryn and Paul gathered friends and family for a launch night to celebrate.

 

August

And... we're off! August was a busy one in both Manchester and the Peaks, but we are so proud of everyone involved and pleased to see both Grafene and Losehill thriving. Chef Darren went on a well deserved holiday...

 

Coming up - Best of 2016: The Peaks!

The Best of 2016: Food

Happy New Year from all of us at Losehill House! Join us as we look back on 2016, starting with all the delicious offerings from the kitchens...

 

January

Brill, halibut and peppercorn steak - what a way to start a new year!

 

February

The Goosnargh Guinea Fowl in the middle was our February highlight. However, we wouldn't say no to the BBQ sirloin, or the rump and oxtail either.

 

March

Darren and his team got creative in March with an oxcheek and celeriac lasagne, topped with smoked Wensleydale and parsley.

 

April

Spring came, and brought gorgeous colours and fresh vegetables with it. Spring also came with a delicious vegetarian dish with BBQ English asparagus and soft poached eggs.

 

May

The famed pickled mackerel with chilled sorrel soup, kohlrabi and apple... oh, take us back!

 

September

September saw the Orangery put on a Beef Wellington Wedding (yes, please!) and a seatrout tartare with poached egg yolk.

 

October

As the Autumn leaves fell in Hope Valley we enjoyed a different kind of spag bol - oxtail ragout with salsify, girolles and old Winchester. We also enjoyed copious amounts of Cabrito goat, so much so that October was nicknamed Goatober on Darren's Instagram.

 

November

Hearty meat dishes and a mouthwatering butter roasted halibut with a Arbroath smokie stew; November, you weren't so bad!

 

December

We ended the year in style with Herdwick lamb, salmon with smoked mussels and some more Cabrito goat meat, because you can never have enough goat.

 

As you may have noticed, Summer is suspiciously absent... Keep your eyes peeled for our next 'Best of 2016' blog, in which we take a look at this year's thrilling adventure - Grafene!

 

 

Christmas in the Peak District

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If you are visiting us in the Peaks over the coming days and weeks, be sure to check out these Christmas events taking place across the District.

 

Haddon Hall

The fires shall roar, garlands shall shroud, fir will adorn and gold will glisten - experience an authentic English Renaissance Christmas at Haddon Hall this year.

See Haddon Hall by candlelight in their Candlelit Tours, experience the Burbage Handbell Bellringers and hear Patrick Harding talk about the origins of Christmas and traditions both past and present.

Learn more: Christmas at Haddon Hall

 

Chatsworth House

Step into an enchanting winter wonderland this festive season as Chatsworth celebrates the time honoured classic 'The Nutcracker'.

Join Clare on her adventures as she is swept away by the Nutcracker Prince and explore a beautifully decked out Chatsworth House and Gardens. Chatsworth will be open until 8pm on select evenings until the 16th of December; they will be holding floral demonstrations and workshops; a Christmas willow workshop and a special Estate farm shop Christmas pie and pea supper.

Learn more: Christmas at Chatsworth House

 

Buxton Christmas Fair

If you're looking to get into the festive spirit - look no further! Visit this beautiful Christmas Wonderland on the 10th & 11th of December... you might even get to meet Santa!

The Marquee at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton will be filled with stalls offering unique and thoughtful Christmas gifts for your loved ones.

Learn more: Buxton Christmas Fair

 

Bakewell Winter Wonderland

Christmas fun for the whole family!

Bakewell Showground will truly be a Winter Wonderland on the 9th, 10th & 11th of December - come say hello to two of Santa's reindeer and visit Santa's grotto, and enjoy craft stalls and festive entertainment. There will be brass bands, fireworks, snow machines and a Bus Bar.

Learn more: Bakewell Winter Wonderland

 

Christmas Carols in the Library

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen!

The Bakewell Choral Society will be singing carols on Friday the 16th of December and they'd love for you to join them - or you could soak up the atmosphere whilst sipping hot drinks and enjoying mince pies.

Learn more: Carols at Bakewell Library

An Autumnal Escape

Win Hill captured by trudiesberger on Instagram

Win Hill captured by trudiesberger on Instagram

Enjoy the taste of autumn...

Autumn has arrived in all its glory in the Peak District and here at Losehill House, the blankets are piled up and the fireplaces are ready. Have a look at these beautifully autumnal dishes from the Orangery...

... or Maybe A Taste of Losehill

If you are in need of an autumnal escape we have put together the perfect mid-week break for you.

Relax with a view of the Peaks in the spa before you experience the best of Losehill, our 7 course taster menu. A warm and comfy King Room awaits after dinner and we'll serve a full Derbyshire breakfast before you hit the road - maybe for a hike before you rejoin the real world? Win Hill looks lovely...

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Dress the Well

Well dressing - also known as well flowering - is a summer custom that is closely associated with the Peak District. It involves decorating wells and springs with flower petals and the custom is said to date back to the Black Death, when it was done to give thanks for the purity of the water.

During the August Bank Holiday weekend you can experience well dressing in the Peak District village of Eyam, a 20 minute drive from Losehill House.

From 24th to 27th August you can watch well dressers as they work to dress the well. The well dressers will draw out their designs and outline them with sweet Cecily seeds, before they colour them in with petals, leaves and seeds. The finished well dressing will be on display in the centre of the village from27th August to 3rd September.

For details and directions...

Well Dressing Under Construction at Eyam

Eyam Well Dressing

Have you been to Manchester yet?

Grafene opened with a bang last month and it's been a fun ride so far!

Enjoy our launch night photos while you plan your next jaunt to Manchester...

Grafene offers a truly unique dining experience in the heart of Manchester City signed Paul and Kathryn Roden.

Losehill chef Darren Goodwin has drawn up an all-day food offering, from breakfast through to afternoon tea and dinner. Dinner guests will be able to choose from a daily-changing a la carte menu, a seven-course tasting experience and a selection of small plates. 

Grafene has an open pastry kitchen and is home to the Island bar. The Island serves light bites, vintage champagne, local beers and scientifically-inspired signature cocktails. The restaurant also has two private dining areas dedicated to wine tastings and pairings.

Sign up to receive the Losehill newsletter and get £5 off a Grafene signature cocktail and 20% off food on your next visit to Grafene. You can sign up here.

From the Countryside to the City

Kathryn and Paul Roden, owners of Losehill House Hotel & Spa, are bringing the best of the Orangery Restaurant to Manchester when opening city centre restaurant Grafene in July.

The Roden’s British fine dining venue on King Street will house a restaurant with an all-day food offering signed Losehill House chef Darren Goodwin, an open pastry kitchen and the Island bar. The bar will serve vintage champagne, local beers and scientifically inspired drinks – a nod to Manchester innovation graphene, which inspired the name of the restaurant.

“Grafene is our food and drink interpretation of this exciting new chapter in Manchester’s rich history, and of the excitement and energy there is around its possibilities for science and technology.”

If you are familiar with Losehill House and the Orangery Restaurant you will undoubtedly recognise Darren Goodwin’s influence on the Grafene menu, which consists of a daily-changing a la carte menu, a seven course tasting experience and a selection of small plates. However, Losehill House patrons need not fear – Darren is not leaving the Peaks behind for the bright city lights, and will be overseeing both the Orangery and Grafene kitchens.

Kathryn and Paul Roden have made Losehill House a Peak District destination and with Grafene they are looking to offer a truly unique experience in the heart of Manchester City.

Follow Grafene on Facebook and Twitter.

Grafene press release

Railway Walks and Springtime Snapshots

The Peak District is stunning this time of year! 

Losehill House is perfectly situated for some Peak District exploration - just take a look at the Derbyshire Railway Walk that was recently added to The Outdoor Guide.

Explore a different side of the Peaks on this walk that goes underground as it follows the old London to Manchester rail line. The route also has some beautiful views and reminders of the golden age of steam trains, such as the viaducts at Millers Dale station.

The Derbyshire Railway Walk was a part of the BBC series 'Railway Walks with Julia Bradbury'. Julia's verdict? "Tunnel vision with a difference."

 

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3. prugreen

4. pedroximinez

5. tom10sven

6. cafe_adventure_hope

Taste of Losehill

Our 7 course taster menu is a celebration of Peak District cuisine - and what a celebration it is!

Our chef Darren Goodwin has sourced the finest local ingredients to create a menu that truly offers a taste of the Peak District.

Take a look at our Losehill dining experience below - click to enlarge.

Left to right...

1. Blue cheese mouse with Henderson relish jelly and Thornbridge beer toast

2. Mackerel, capers and golden sultanas

3. Smoked ham hock terrine, crispy pig's cheek, white pudding, and apple and vanilla purée

4. Fillet of bream, cauliflower 'risotto', fennel and spring onion

5. Breast of duck, pomme purée and purple sprouting broccoli

6. Sorrel posset, crunchy granola and sumac meringue 

7. Maragda delice, salt caramel and malt barley ice cream

Thank you to visitwith.us on Instagram for the beautiful photos - we hope you enjoyed your dining experience!

We have a great offer at the moment - the Taste of Losehill Break - an opportunity to enjoy a Taste of Losehill and our relaxing spa facilities.

Julia Bradbury Heads Back to Her Peak District Heritage to Enjoy the View

Julia Bradbury follows in the footsteps of the 1932 mass trespassers on Kinder Scout

Julia Bradbury follows in the footsteps of the 1932 mass trespassers on Kinder Scout

Television presenter Julia Bradbury is poised to return to her Peak District roots for the final episode of her current prime-time ITV series.

Julia - who developed her love for the outdoors during childhood walks in the area with her Tideswell-born father Michael - will sign off the eight-week run of Best Walks With A View With Julia Bradbury on Friday April 15 by following in the footsteps of the famous 1932 mass trespassers on Kinder Scout. 

Setting off from Edale, she will explore the first five miles of the Pennine Way, including the Kinder plateau, the area's highest point, which played a pivotal role in the creation of Britain's national parks and public access to the countryside. 

En route, she will catch up with and share some happy early memories with her dad, will meet Edale-based wooden bowl maker Robin Wood and hard-working mountain rescue volunteers who keep visitors safe while enjoying some of the country's wildest, specially-protected landscapes. 

Julia's Peak District walk is included in honour of those who helped open up our countryside to visitors from all corners of the world, and ends with a spectacular panorama across Edale.

Julia Bradbury takes time out to enjoy the view in the Peak District

Julia Bradbury takes time out to enjoy the view in the Peak District

During filming for Best Walks With A View - which features her favourite, most accessible family treks with great scenery, local history and a perfect pub lunch or picnic - Julia and the production team stayed at four-star Losehill House Hotel & Spa and five-star Underleigh B&B, both in Hope, and at award-winning Stonecroft Guesthouse, Edale.

"I've got my dad Michael to thank for my love of the Peak District," said Julia. "He introduced me to walking there when I was just six or seven. In our spare time we'd stride out across the hills and moors. He made up stories as we went, to make each walk a real adventure, and today I'm lucky enough to make walking my work."

Added Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, the area's official tourist board: "We're really pleased to be included among Julia's top walks in her latest television series, which is attracting around four million viewers per episode."

"She's a popular and enthusiastic ambassador for the pleasures of the outdoor life - both on screen and as President of one of our key partners, The Camping and Caravanning Club - which brings millions of people to enjoy this very special area each year."

Julia Bradbury catches up with her dad Michael over a pub lunch in Edale

Julia Bradbury catches up with her dad Michael over a pub lunch in Edale

The Peak District episode of Best Walks With A View will be screened on ITV1 on Friday April 15 at 8pm. 

For more details about the Peak District and Derbyshire, visit Visit Peak District; to learn more about Best Walks With A View With Julia Bradbury, ITV and for more outdoor adventures with Julia Bradbury - including behind the scenes footage during filming and a downloadable map of Julia's route - visit The Outdoor Guide. The TV series is also accompanied by a book, Unforgettable Walks With A View.

Text and photo credit: Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire. 

Springtime Dishes

Spring has finally arrived in the Peak District!

To celebrate the warmer weather, our chef Darren Goodwin has been adding some new dishes to our a la carte menu to mirror the freshness of Spring. This includes plenty of lighter fish courses (sourced from local markets and fishmongers) which complement the weather perfectly.

Take a look at some of the latest additions below... Simply click the images to enlarge.

Left to right:

  1. Oxcheek and celeriac lasagne, smoked Wensleydale and parsley
  2. BBQ ribeye. Oxcheek potato terrine, onions and King oyster mushroom. Smoked Wensleydale custard
  3. Halibut, crab, fennel, kale.
  4. Stone bass, clam sauce, chorizo.
  5. Hake, sorrel & hake foam, cauliflower 'risotto' BBQ baby gem.
  6. Halibut, broccoli, asparagus, shrimps and quinoa, nero sauce, crispy monks beard.

Julia Bradbury's 'Best Walks With a View'

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We know that one of the reasons our guests choose to stay with us is for our fabulous location in the midst of the Hope Valley. Losehill House provides easy access to some of the most celebrated walking routes in Derbyshire.

For our guests who love the outdoors, there is a new weekly TV series beginning this Friday (19th February, 8pm, ITV) which will highlight some of the finest walks across the country. Naturally the Peaks are included! ‘Best Walks With A View’ will be presented by Julia Bradbury, TV’s very own queen of the outdoors, and has eight episodes each looking at a different family-friendly trek. Find out more here or join in the discussion using #juliawalks on Twitter.

Julia has selected walks that are all under 10 miles so can easily be done in a day. Each showcase the many varied and exceptional views of the British countryside. We’re particularly excited for the episode on Kinder Scout, as we were lucky enough to host Julia and her team for their filming in the Peak District. We were delighted that they chose to stay at Losehill – here is a quote from Julia!

"Paul and the team could not have been more patient and supportive to the crew and I during the making of this episode. Not forgetting Lotte the mascot dog! Thank you all."

 
Julia at Noe Stool overlooking the valley of Edale

Julia at Noe Stool overlooking the valley of Edale

As the closest hotel to the start of the Pennine way in Edale, we are also a natural choice for ramblers preparing to embark on this fantastic long-distance walk, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The Outdoor Guide have also made a video blog of their stay in Derbyshire, in which we are featured! Take a look below:


Winter Meat Dishes

Here's some of the recent meat dishes that have featured on our a la carte menu. These have all proved to be hearty, warming dishes for winter nights! To find out more about the local farmers and butchers who provide us with our fantastic meat, click here.

Top to bottom, left to right:

  1. BBQ ribeye, pomme Anna, smoked Wensleydale custard, girolle puree, roast baby parsnip.
  2. Beef, oxtail, smoked Wensleydale, King oyster mushroom.
  3. Goosnargh duck. Beetroots and hispi cabbage.
  4. Roast partridge, parsnip, cavolo nero, served with confit leg & black pudding pithivier to share.
  5. Sunday Roast
  6. Goose Christmas Dinner

Beautiful Winter Peaks!

Who says winter in the north is a gloomy affair?

These pictures of the Hope Valley from the past few weeks prove that the Peak District is one of Britain's most stunning locations, all year round. We will admit that you'll need your hats, scarf and gloves if you're going to brave a walk up to Mam Tor at this time of year! But the long nights have also meant that our residents can wake up to witness spectacular pink-hued sunrises.

Here's a pick of some of our favourite recent pictures of the local area, all of which have been found on Instagram (click to enlarge):

Christmas in the Peak District

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If you are staying with us at Losehill House this December, you should take the chance to enjoy the Christmas cheer on offer in the Peak District! Here's our recommendations for upcoming events in the local area.
 

Christmas Tree Extravaganza

Until 20th December
Monday - Saturday: 11am to 5pm
Sunday: 12.30pm to 5pm
All Saints Church, Bakewell

To get yourself in the festive spirit, take a trip to Bakewell for the Christmas Tree Festival at Bakewell Parish Church! The trees are decorated beautifully and are bound to get you excited for Christmas. Click on the link for more information.
 

Art and Shopping

Until January 2nd
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays: 11am to 4pm
The Old Station gallery, Matlock

Need to do some Christmas shopping? The Old Station Gallery is putting on a Christmas Show in the Peak Shopping Village – why not enjoy a little art as you tick presents off your list? The Old Station Gallery will be exhibiting the works of 8 talented artists. Click on the link for more information.
 

Exotic December Fun

Until January 2nd
Performance times vary

The Buxton Opera House

Turbo charge your flying carpet and go see Aladdin at the Buxton Opera House! This fun production would be the perfect break in your busy December schedule, filled with talented performers, bright colours and beautiful music. Click on the link for more information.
 

No Christmas is Complete Without Dickens

Monday 21st - Tuesday 22nd December
12pm to 2pm / 3pm to 5pm

Sudbury Hall

Ebenezer Scrooge is taking up residence in Sudbury Hall this Christmas, at least for a few days. Go along to Sudbury Hall’s themed tour and enjoy The Lost Boys theatrical group’s performance of the classic Dickens tale 'A Christmas Carol'. Click on the link for more information.

 

Recommended Winter Walks

If you are staying at Losehill House over the next few weeks, or if you simply plan to spend some time in the Peak District, we can recommend some fantastic wintery walks for you that are all an easy distance from the hotel.

Be sure to pack your walking boots, your raincoat and a good map. Be sure to stop by at the hotel once you’re finished for some well-earned relaxation!
 

Stanage Edge

A 6.5 mile walk beginning in Hathersage, this takes you through some utterly beautiful locations. Pass through country tracks up to Stanage Edge – there will almost certainly be some rock climbers out, and you may want to have a go yourself! The walk returns to Hathersage along countryside lanes. More info.


Ridge Walk: Mam Tor to Losehill

Despite being very elevated, this walk is fairly easy – so it’s a great way to take in the incredible views while still enjoying a leisurely stroll. 5 miles long, this walk takes you over and beyond one of the Peak District’s most recognisable hills, Mam Tor. It starts at the National Trust’s Mam Nick car park and finished at Lose Hill, very close to our hotel. More info.
 

Ladybower Reservoir and Derwent Edge

With a length of over 10 miles and plenty of climbing, this walk is more advanced than the previous two listed, but well worth the effort! The trail takes you alongside the reservoir and through lush woodland, up onto the moor tops which are populated by historical cairns and fascinating geological structures. The walk begins at Cut Throat Bridge so we recommend you drive. Once you arrive back at the hotel, be sure to treat yourself to well-earned dip in our hot tub to thaw out! More info.

Featured Break: Winter Spa Special

The year is slowly drawing to a close and we can feel the chilly temperatures creeping up on us. Thankfully we have the perfect antidote to the long, dark nights.

Our Featured Break is our Winter Spa Special, valid between 2nd November 2015 and 31st March 2015. This is a luxurious offer designed to give our guests a rejuvenating and comforting break away from damp days and cold nights. We can especially recommend it during January and February, where you might need a bit of quiet time after the busy Christmas season.

The offer includes one night in a King’s Room, with dinner in the Orangery Restaurant and a full Derbyshire Breakfast the next morning. Use of our pool, sauna and hot-tub are, of course, included – with £50 per person of spa treatments (max time 1 hour)

At only £125 per person during the winter season, this is an excellent value offer which gives you a full taste of our facilities at Losehill House.
 

Recommended Spa Treatments

Winter is a tough time on the skin; you may feel tired and worn out. We can really recommend the ‘Thalgo Personalised Facial’ which is tailor made to suite your skin’s individual needs. (£60, 1 hour)

If the cold weather has left your nails brittle and your hands dry, we can recommend you the ‘ESPA Holistic Hand & Nail Treatment.’ This advanced manicure includes gentle exfoliation and a therapeutic aromatherapy massage. (£55, 1 hour 10 mins)

Or you may prefer to sample one of our deeply relaxing massages – please check our full list of treatments here. The ‘Tension Relief Massage’ (£60, 1 hour) is especially good at refreshing your body after a stressful period!

Terms / Restrictions

Single supplement £35
Saturday supplement £50

This offer excludes the Christmas and New Year period: 23rd December – 7th January

Please call 01433 621219 for reservations.



5 Reasons to Spend Christmas at Losehill House

Can you believe it's now just over six weeks until Christmas? Here's five reasons why spending it with us is an unforgettable experience...

1. A Spectacular Wintery Outlook

There’s nothing better than waking up on Christmas morning and looking out of the window to see the countryside glittering with frost. With our position high up in the Peaks, a silvery festive season is almost guaranteed – and we’re especially looking forwards to it with this year’s promise of a snow-filled winter.

2. A Secluded Space

Christmas can so often feel a bit hectic, so if you want to escape some of the season's hustle and bustle, our tranquil environment and secluded location is ideal. With only 23 bedrooms, you can be sure that our hotel won't feel crowded. It's the perfect place to enjoy a quiet, peaceful day with your loved ones.

3. The Perfect Location for Christmas Walks

With our location in the heart of the Peak District, you can step out of the hotel doors and straight into the surrounding countryside for a Christmas stroll. It’s something of a tradition here to take part in a bracing climb to the summit of Lose Hill – a great way to work up an appetite for lunch, or to let off a bit of steam in the afternoon! Alternatively, you can stroll through our grounds or up to one of the nearby picturesque villages.

4. Indulgent Spa Experiences

Now this is something that you really can’t experience at home – throughout the festive period, our spa will be open as usual, offering our revitalising and luxurious range of treatments. There’s nothing more satisfying than a long, leisurely dip in our heated pool after a brisk walk in the fresh air. And it's essential to have at least go in our outdoor hot tub... this really is the best time of year to try it!

5. Festive Food like you’ve never had!

Should you stay with us for Christmas Eve, we serve a festive afternoon tea on arrival, with a heart-warming glass of mulled wine to go with it. Then you can enjoy a welcome reception of Kir Royale and canapés  before dinner, while our regular pianist accompanies with a repertoire of Christmas tunes.

Christmas morning begins with the ultimate luxury - a champagne breakfast! As is to be expected, our four course Christmas Lunch is a leisurely and sumptuous affair, commencing with a champagne reception. As evening rolls in, you might start to feel a little peckish - thankfully we put on an informal buffet, with a range of hot and cold dishes.

Boxing Day kicks off with a gentle Losehill brunch, then the day is free to spend as you choose. No Boxing Day is complete without turkey sandwiches, and we can provide you with a packed lunch if you wish to explore outside! Finally, it's time to dress up and indulge once again for our Black Tie sumptuous 4 course dinner, where we'll be accompanied by the fantastic Duffy Brothers. Don’t forget to leave room for coffee and mince pies!

Find out more about our Christmas experiences...

Autumn Dishes 2015

Autumn is certainly in full swing here at Losehill House – we’re waking up to morning mists falling over the surrounding hills, and the trees in our grounds are looking beautiful with their red and gold leaves. The season has also had an effect on our a-la-carte menu, which changes daily depending on what’s available at our local markets.

We’re currently creating lots of hearty, warming dishes using seasonal vegetables such as squash and celeriac. Look out for hare on our menu too – with a unique earthy, ‘wild’ taste, this is the perfect accompaniment to the colder weather.

Left to right:

  1. Goosnargh duck, cavolo nero, trompettes, spaghetti squash, broccoli
  2. Saddle and braised shoulder of hare, celeriac, beets, cavolo nero, mustard and cocoa nib
  3. Lamb cutlets, Rosemary and oat crust, pressed shoulder, hotpot croquette yellison goats curd, red cabbage puree
  4. Hake, black quinoa, shrimps, dashi jelly, wild rice, coriander
  5. Salt baked celeriac, chick pea, girolles, parsley
  6. Dover sole, quinoa, shrimps, sorre