Darren Goodwin, Head Chef
Since taking over the hotel in 2007, owners Paul and Kathryn Roden have set about striving for quality and as Losehill House is set in the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District this has been enhanced by such glorious bounty on our doorstep.
Our aim is to source the finest ingredients locally without compromising on quality or ethics. We have ensured that all our produce is free from genetic modification and many of our products are organic.
Our constant evolution has led us to this point; we have a great collection of artisan, quality and ethical suppliers who provide us with the ingredients that allow us to offer you a constantly changing menu, fresh, seasonal, quality and interesting. We have been awarded 2 rosettes for cuisine from the AA placing us in the top 40% of restaurants in the UK, and we were included in the Michelin guide too.
These are achievements we are proud to receive and strive to build on.
Our meat comes from Richard Hobday of White Peak Farm Butchers at Tissington. Richard has his own farm and only sources the best meat from the surrounding area. Also supplying White Peak game and venison from the Elton Estate just past Bakewell. His free range chicken and free range pork from Ashbourne are very good quality.
We are completely free range! White Peak Butchers provide us with free range chicken and pork and our egg farmer Richard Bennet has increased his free range supply especially so that our guests may eat with a clear conscience. Bennets farm is three miles down the road at Thornhill, Bamford.
All our ducks come from the renowned Reg Johnson of Goosnargh, in my opinion some of the finest duck in the UK, either corn fed or grain he has excellent ducks and chickens, also in season a good supply of game. We also buy artisan cheese from him sourced from his local farms such as Mrs Kirkham’s and Leagrams Dairy.
Middleton’s dairy supply our milk, cream and yoghurt from local dairy herds. Country Fresh supply our fruit and vegetables, a family firm based in nearby Sheffield who source as much as possible from the region, much of their produce can be sourced from specific farms, with accreditation to prove it.
Not much in the way of ‘local’ fish being a landlocked county! However, William Howe & Sons at Sheffield do us proud with the finest that the boats bring in to Grimsby with good links to Cornish markets and also Scottish fisheries where needed.
We use predominantly British Isles fish, only going further afield if absolutely necessary, season and quality dependent. Simon Bartholomew, the proprietor of The Riverside Herb Table supplies our herbs and spices, handmade biscuits and our organic Gojiberry muesli that makes you feel better just saying it! Simon has an extensive list of delights available to us, from his amazing vanilla, saffron and quinoa to natural sea salt and almost every conceivable herb and salad leaf. Many of their products are organic and local. The more exotic items that are not from our shores are ethically sourced and Fair Trade approved. Herb Table also supply our biscuits for you to enjoy in the room.
Our cheeses are sourced from the British Isles. We firmly believe that these days Britain is very much in the ascendancy when it comes to quality cheese and whenever possible we find interesting artisan cheeses from specific producers. See our cheese menu for details as this changes regularly.
Our goat’s cheese is a new supplier to us - Sarah Hampton of Brockhall Farm Shropshire has a herd of pure Saanen Goats, using traditional techniques to produce high quality and interesting cheese from her own goat's milk.
The Bakewell pudding shop provides our local and malted grain sliced breads used for breakfast or sandwiches. The flour for our homemade breads comes from Caudwell’s Mill at Rowsley near Chatsworth. The mill is a working water-powered mill offering visitor tours, gift shop and café; well worth a visit if you are nearby. We have a sourdough derived from rhubarb that we serve in the restaurant, the ‘mother dough’ is now over a year old and requires constant attention and feeding with Spelt flour, it’s like having a child in the kitchen.
Our store cupboard items are from Holdsworths, an independent family run company based down the road just outside Tideswell. We have recently begun using pressed Pumpkin Seed Oil sourced from Sheffield, very interesting cold pressed oil for dressings, finishing dishes where appropriate
Jez Daughtry supplies our local honey. As proprietor of The Sheffield Honey Company he has many hives in the ‘S’ postcode region and we are now seeing honey produced from hives he set up in the Hope Valley not too far from Losehill House, lovely blossom, heather and set honeys coming in all the time. Look out for Jez dropping it off in his bee keeper outfit!
Mediteria supply our chocolate. They have a fantastic range available to us, some blends to give specific characteristics or Unique Origin Couvertures for example Xoconusco from Mexico a deep rich almost red berry quality 71% or the Sambirano from Madagascar cocoa rich with liquorice tone 71%, Tokelau milk chocolate is a 41% has caramel and orange qualities.
We have recently installed a Vivreau water filtration system which allows us to triple filter our water which is sourced from the Ladybower Reservoir courtesy of Severn Trent and then filtered as still or sparkling. The bottles in the rooms are freshly prepared each day and have made a significant impact on our carbon footprint – reducing bottle waste and transport costs to Losehill.
The most renowned Peak District Brewery is Thornbridge based in Bakewell. In our bar in the Lounge we provide a couple of Award Winning Thornbridge beers with Jaipur India Pale Ale a fantastic ale, along-side Thornbridge’s local bitter Lord Marples. Although the selection does vary depending on the latest beers being laid down in Bakewell!