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Max Fischer in action at Rowley's
Max Fischer in action at Rowley's

Cut above the rest

Michelin-starred chef Max Fischer was carving out a new niche for himself this week as he stepped out of the kitchen to carve racks of lamb for couples ordering the delicacy at his gastro-pub in Baslow.
Herb-crusted saddle of lamb for two is one of the dishes on Rowley’s spring menu – a collaboration between new head chef Jason Kendra and his illustrious boss.

Other highlights include crab ravioli, carpaccio of swordfish, braised ox cheek, dry aged rib eye, and falafel cakes with grilled halloumi.

A treat, by george!

The best of British will be celebrated on Tuesday as traditional favourites are rolled out in honour of St George’s Day.

Among those offering special menus are the Devonshire Arms at Middle Handley, which is serving a home-grown Full English from 5-9pm. The teatime treat will include sausage and bacon from Moss Valley, black pudding from Andrew’s butchers, eggs laid in Killamarsh and home-baked bread. The meal – including dessert of DIY Eton Mess – is £16.50 per person.

Medieval feast

Haddon Hall will be giving visitors a taste of life in the Middle Ages this weekend. The hall’s Tudor kitchen will come to life as costumed historians fire up the ovens for a medieval feast on Saturday and Sunday.

Offering olive branch

Urban Pantry Deli at Crookes stages the latest in its series of tasting days on Saturday when supplier Olive Branch will be serving up samples of olive oil, red wine vinegar and fruit and olive spreads from 10.30am.

Beefing it up

The Milestone and Wig & Pen gastro-pubs are hosting a nose-to-tail celebration from Monday as part of Great British Beef Week. Special dishes include home-corned beef brisket, chilli beef on toast, and cow heel and kidney stew.