This is a review of The Square Restaurant in the hotel rather than the hotel itself.
I was enticed here by the interesting menu on their website which included options such as Charred Asparagus and Pigeon Breast. However when we arrived the menu we were given was much less exciting. I ended up having Cajun Calamari for starter which was ok, although the Calamari did appear to be a simple shove in the oven job and the cajun sauce was for me to strong for seafood. My wife had a greek mixed starter which consisted of olives, feta cheese, sundried tomatoes and croutons. So was essentially a load of stuff from jars with no actual cooking required.
For main we had a steak special offer (as nothing else on the menu really appealed, the Derbyshire Rack of Lamb or Slow Roasted Belly Pork on the website menu were sadly absent from our menu's). This consisted of two steaks, chips, mushrooms and a glass of wine each for £30. We both opted for the rib eye steak, we both found our steaks to be fatty with large pieces of gristle and tough to eat, they also had little flavour, essentially they were cheap poor quality steaks. The chips we not bad, they were from a pack rather than fresh but had been fried rather than cooked in an oven which helped. The michrooms were actually the best part of the dish and were very tasty, I took to eating then with the steak to give it more flavour. Both of our wines (a Shiraz and a Merlot) we disappointing however. We decided to skip desert as the rest of the meal had been so disapointing. The waiter however was very friendly and did an excellent job. Sadly with so many good options in Bakewell I could not recommend this place. While the steak offer was relatively "cheap", its not cheap if the meal is poor and I would much rather spend a little more and have a good meal.
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