Samuel Fox Country Inn

Stretfield Road, Hope Valley S33 9JT
$$$ European

The Samuel Fox offers fine dining in an informal pub setting in the heart of the Peak District park. The restaurant features in the Michelin Guide, the Good Food Guide, Harden's Best UK Restaurants Guide and the AA Guide in which it is awarded two rosettes for its food. The linked restaurant and bar areas, tastefully decorated in contemporary style, afford the Inn a sense of space and light, which is further enhanced by the large windows, providing customers with glorious views of the surrounding countryside. There is on-site parking and wheelchair access to the restaurant, bar and toilets. The Inn also has four en-suite rooms, making it an ideal base for exploring the countryside, villages and heritage sites of the Peak District.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

PLEASE NOTE To enable us to avoid waste by accurately matching staff & stock levels to demand at a time of reduced foot fall, we now require a non-refundable deposit of £5 per diner (excluding hotel residents). After making your reservation you will receive an email containing a link allowing you to make a secure payment. To confirm your reservation you must make your payment within 2 hours of receipt of the email. The deposit is transferable if we are notified 72 hours prior to the reservation.

Business Info

  • Address: Stretfield Road, Hope Valley S33 9JT
  • Cross Street: Bradwell
  • Cuisine: Contemporary | English | European | French | Vegan | Vegetarian |
  • Cost: | Moderate
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Breakfast | Dinner |
  • Parking: Car Park |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | PayPal | Cash |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 01433621562
  • Features: Full Bar, Hotel Dining, Outdoor Seating, Tasting Menu, Working Fireplace, Wheelchair Access, Lounge / Bar, Free Wi-Fi,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Business Dining, Special Occasion, Vegetarian,

Photos

Samuel Fox Country Inn - Aerial view of Inn
Samuel Fox Country Inn - The bar Samuel Fox Country Inn - The restaurant

Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Dinner - Restaurant 18:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
Dinner - Restaurant 18:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
Dinner - Restaurant 18:00 - 23:00
Thursday
Dinner - Restaurant 18:00 - 23:00
Friday
Dinner - Restaurant 18:00 - 23:00
Saturday
Dinner - Restaurant 18:00 - 23:00
Sunday

F.A.Q.s

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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.69 out of 5 stars based on 491 votes

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Oct 31, 2021
Jocelyn T.
An amazing chef! The food is subtly flavoured so that individual elements are not overpowering, a great skill. Also pleased that food intolerances/vegan were catered for with starters and mains. Perhaps room for a dairy free dessert which offers more than the usual sorbet although to be fair they did offer poached pears with this. Excellent standard maintained as always and we've been visiting for at least 8 years. Just love the place!

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Oct 09, 2021
Margaret S.
A superb meal, lovely service and definitely heading back soon

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Sep 30, 2021
Pam W.
Great night

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Sep 29, 2021
Sarah L.
The staff were lovely and welcoming. The chef made up some really delicious vegan food!

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Sep 04, 2021
Souster S.
Outstanding meal at a wonderful venue in the countryside. An excellent meal, we had the 3 course option with mackerel and pate starters and chicken and trout mains . My wife, being Chinese, does not normally go for Chicken breast but she was totally blown away with it! Only downside to our experience was at for some reason we were not offered the 7 course taster meal

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Aug 23, 2021
Delphine S.
The food and service at Samuel Fox are absolutely superb - all 5 of us loved every dish and can't praise the food and chef enough. Perhaps the decor could do with a refresh one of these days but that is a minor quibble. Thanks to all the team.

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Jul 13, 2021
John S.
Brilliant - food was awesome!

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Jul 10, 2021
Margaret T.
We enjoyed a delicious meal at Samuel Fox Hotel to celebrate a birthday. At the end of the meal, the staff brought a plate decorated with coolie written as 'Happy Birthday' accompanied with some chocolate hearts. This exceeded our expectations and was such a nice touch.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 09, 2021
Sarah S.
excellent meal , great service - would we come back ? YES !

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Jul 06, 2021
Gina B.
Loved everything about the place. Will definitely be back when we next visit the area

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Jul 03, 2021
Julie J.
Food is superb so make a detour. The fish soup, chicken liver terrine, feather of beef all delicious. Top marks for the trout though. Didn’t really need pudding but ordered just because rest of the meal so good. Sticky toffee pudding and raspberry creme brûlée were also wonderful. Ignore the rather odd carpet and enjoy the great flavours. Definitely will go back when in the peaks. We have eaten all over the world and a visit to Samuel Fox is up there.

Overall: 10/10
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Jun 26, 2021
Gillian D.
We had two lovely meals here, one for our wedding anniversary on the Thursday and booked again for the Friday. They must have heard us congratulating each other as they gave us a plate at the end of our meal beautiful decorated with chocolate and hearts!! Very nice.

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May 29, 2021
Shirley H.
First Class. We were regulars before the pandemic and it’s top class

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Oct 31, 2020
Douglas W.
Dined here on the last night of our holiday. Thoroughly enjoyed everything. Had the 3 course menu, every dish was delicious.

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Sep 25, 2020
Lorna H.
Amazing food and staff/service was brilliant (especially considering the current circumstances). All the safety measures that had been put in place were excellent and as a very nervous customer, made me feel very safe. A thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 22, 2020
Martin B.
The whole experience was excellent - great people doing a great job in these difficult times. Can’t fault this place :-)

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Aug 17, 2020
Keith R.
Perfect Sunday brunch

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Aug 17, 2020
Angela O.
Excellent as always

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Aug 10, 2020
Andrea D.
Excellent food & excellent service.

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Aug 08, 2020
Lisa T.
Excellent in every way! Couldn’t fault it.. Delicious food and excellent service.

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Aug 07, 2020
Angela D.
excellent food and excellent service

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Aug 07, 2020
Linda M.
Really good food and staff were very friendly would highly recommend

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Aug 04, 2020
Anne H.
Lovely food in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Aug 03, 2020
Katie B.
Lovely meal, enjoyed the experience

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Aug 03, 2020
Janice B.
We had a lovely evening, the food was good and the staff could not have been more attentive and friendly.

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Aug 02, 2020
Madeleine C.
We had a wonderful stay . The room was beautiful stylish and spotless. The staff were so welcoming and there was a great atmosphere. It is well run with happy staff which reflects in the service.The food was excellent lovely menu and beautifully presented. Highly recommended!!

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Aug 01, 2020
Steve K.
In a time of a national emergency (covid 19) and incredibly difficult trading conditions the team did a fantastic job.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 01, 2020
Martin N.
Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and appreciated the efforts made for 'social distancing'.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 31, 2020
alan h.
Exceptionally good. 100% recommended.

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Jul 31, 2020
Alison B.
Seriously one of the nicest meals we’ve ever had. Beautifully cooked and presented. Fantastic value for money. Excellent friendly service. Outstanding

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 28, 2020
Susan D.
This time we returned as a family group of 6. We had a lovely Sunday Lunch, great food beautifully presented. It always a nice relaxed atmosphere & Sunday was no exception. Highly recommended!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 24, 2020
Dave M.
Having eaten in many Michelin starred restaurants, I do not understand why this is not one!! Superb again

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 24, 2020
Robert B.
Really enjoyable evening. Food fantastic as ever and great service. Really food care taken with social distancing rules and hygiene, all very well thought through and passing the vat cut on to their customers as well. Top marks.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 20, 2020
Mary P.
Pandemic has imposed a number of requirements which have been well implemented, also inevitable restrictions (e.g. limited choices on menu); nevertheless overall top quality food and an excellent experience.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 20, 2020
Michael J.
As always the Samuel Fox was excellent. It's a Jewel here in the heart of the Peak District.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 19, 2020
Gary D.
A wonderful evening with excellent food and service. Will definitely be returning!

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 18, 2020
Melissa F.
Improve booking system and allow telephone bookings also. But 7 course taster menu was yum

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 18, 2020
Sharon W.
The whole experience was perfect, delicious food, polite & friendly service. The response to COVID-19 was impeccable, so we felt very safe. The VAT reduction was passed on to the customer. Would highly recommend and will go back when next staying in the area.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 16, 2020
Karon B.
Excellent service and delicious food. A must if your in the area.

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Jul 15, 2020
Lesley C.
A lovely experience all round.

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Jul 11, 2020
Marvin W.
First time out since lockdown. Great place to go as usual. Food excellent. Service and social distancing. Etc made it a very good evening.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 06, 2020
Karen W.
Great to be back at this lovely restaurant. Delicious food served in a friendly environment. Felt very COVID secure.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 05, 2020
John T.
Excellent all round as usual. Food was delicious and beautifully presented Welcoming service.

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 05, 2020
Claire B.
What a lovely first meal out since March! The food was excellent, great quality and a reasonable price. Service was very attentive. Lovely ambience, even though the tables were socially distanced. Great setting. We’ll be back! Thank you to all the staff involved

Overall: 10/10
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Jul 05, 2020
steve t.
Well set up and superb

Overall: 9/10
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Nov 18, 2021
Mark J.
Lovely meal yet again. Slight delay for first drinks but this mostly down to busy period and table already being served.

Overall: 9/10
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Sep 21, 2021
Christine F.
We were very impressed with all aspects of our dining experience at the Samuel Fox. The food was delicious and the service was great. The COVID safety was also excellent and everyone was asked to wear masks. We definitely recommend The Samuel Fox if you are in the area.

Overall: 9/10
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Sep 12, 2021
Mandy L.
Easy to book. Staff friendly and helpful. Food excellent. Cheeseboard could have been more interesting...local cheeses maybe. Also local beer...micro brewery? Didn’t like the ss cutlery holder....needed a more personal touch. We would certainly return

Overall: 9/10
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Sep 12, 2021
Tom P.
Very enjoyable. The food was good although the menu is a bit limited.

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Aug 22, 2021
Max M.
Undoubtedly the best food for many many miles.

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Jul 16, 2021
Peter M.
Certainly ‘pub’ food with a difference. The chefs experience and shrill reflected in the meal. Thank you.

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Jul 11, 2021
Alan W.
Food excellent. Service excellent.

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Jul 09, 2021
Dee L.
Limited menu, but the food was absolutely superb and the staff were very efficient

Overall: 9/10
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Value: 7/10
Jun 27, 2021
Stacie H.
Food was delicious! Menu was limited at present due to Covid but they had specials on too. We went at 6pm on a Saturday night and it was empty when we arrived but full when we left at 7.45pm.

Overall: 9/10
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May 30, 2021
Julie C.
We had an excellent evening , the staff were very friendly and helpful. The food was amazing and beautifully presented can’t fault anything !

Overall: 9/10
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May 24, 2021
Keith S.
As always the food and service was excellent and we consider the price to be very reasonable considering the quality of the food.

Overall: 9/10
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Value: 8/10
May 23, 2021
Mike H.
Excellent meal with goid service.Only problem was they did not deduct the£10 Deposit from out bill. Shame everything else was perfect

Overall: 9/10
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Oct 03, 2020
Debbie M.
We thought the food was excellent. Difficult to create an ambiance at these strange times.

Overall: 9/10
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Oct 03, 2020
Jonathan H.
Excellent meal and service Were strong on ensuring customers did not feel at risk Good experience for our first time and we and our friends will be back

Overall: 9/10
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Aug 06, 2020
Gillian W.
Delicious food, flexible approach to the food on offer. Friendly and helpful staff Pleasant and safe environment. Our first visit, but hopefully not our last!

Overall: 9/10
Food: 8/10
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Aug 03, 2020
Roger L.
This was our first restaurant visit since Covid-19 hit us all. It was great. The Samuel Fox has long been our favourite pub restaurant. We always get the sense of entering the home of a rather grand friend, grand but welcoming. The front of house from Matt is delightful and the food classy. On this, our most recent visit, the welcome was as charming as ever; the restaurant was unusually full but the distance between tables is always generous so that was not a problem; a discreet (perhaps a little too discreet) one way system was in place, so as to maintain social distance; most of the food was fabulous; and the wines well-chosen by Matt. So, The Samuel Fox is our beacon of light in these dark times.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 20, 2020
Jane B.
A great first meal out since lockdown ... friendly staff , excellent food at a realistic price...looking forward to our next visit1

Overall: 9/10
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Jul 20, 2020
Simon A.
We were very impressed with Samuel Fox. Loved the food! The staff were super and really looked after us well. We have already recommended this establishment to friends and we will be visiting again in the future.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
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Jul 20, 2020
Keith S.
Food was excellent and great value. The service was very good and the staff very friendly, despite the difficulties of the Covid restrictions.

Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 19, 2020
DAVID J.
Great to have them back and it was as good as ever

Overall: 9/10
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Jul 17, 2020
Meryl s.
Wonderful food. Ambience cant be helped due to covid. Friendly staff. Best meal we had in the Peak District

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 6/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Sep 19, 2021
Peter L.
Very slow service, which rather spoilt an otherwise enjoyable evening.

Overall: 8/10
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Aug 02, 2021
Amanda G.
Despite staffing issues that they had on the evening, we were welcomed nicely and given a choice of tables to sit at. All 3 courses of food were delicious and of a perfect quantity, so as not to be left feeling too full at the end. As this was a special occasion, the young waiter also served a ‘Happy Birthday’ plate to my husband! Very pleased with everything on the evening. Thank you all.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Jul 17, 2021
Steve M.
Excellent meal but no market specials available. Would have liked a bit more choice

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
May 22, 2021
Roger L.
We loved the food. Last Thursday must have been the tenth time we have eaten at The Samuel Fox and is one of the most important reasons for coming back. Everything we ate was first-class: imaginative, beautifully presented, full of technique, sensibly sized portions and delicious. The kitchen is back on top of its game. The front of house was friendly, cheerful, helpful but we did miss Matt, front of house for a good few years up until last Summer, which was when we were last able to visit. His ability to make us feel the most important table in the room always made our visits special, even though we were quite sure he was doing the same with every other table. So, really good but can be even better. I look forward to seeing it happen.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 6/10
Value: 7/10
Sep 10, 2020
Colin R.
An very enjoyable evening. Highlight was undoubtably the Bream, absolutely gorgeous. Both starters Goat Cheese / Beetroot & Chicken Liver Parfait whilst ok & nothing to complain about were a little underwhelming.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 02, 2020
Rahul P.
had a brilliant experience at Samuel Fox. We were made to feel welcome as soon as we entered the restaurant. The setting is perfect with the hills as a backdrop in a quiet quaint village. The food was perfect..the home made bread to start off with soft and fresh. The starters mains and dessert were all amazing. No complaints at all.

Overall: 8/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 12, 2020
Colin M.
The food was excellent. However I booked online for their early bird discount 3 courses £24 s great way to try a new restaurant. Once seated and having ordered drinks the menu stated £36. I checked with the waiter and was told that they didn't do the early bird special , not economical was the reason. I checked the next day and the website had been updated (VAT reduction reduction) and the early bird special is still on the site. Disappointed with that .

Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 5/10
Value: 6/10
Sep 13, 2021
Fiona C.
Nice food and staff were lovely but there was no atmosphere in the restaurant. All a bit too stuffy and staid. It lacked a buzz. Probably wouldn't return due to that although we had a good meal. We went the previous night to the Bull Inn at Foolow. Food good, pretty basic and not carefully crafted as the Samuel fox but service and atmosphere were excellent. I would chose it over the Samuel fox for that reason. And at half the price for the meal it offered better value.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Aug 21, 2020
Wayne F.
Overall we were very pleased with the experience in difficult circumstances. Just two points to note. 1. We saw e table being prepared from one group to another & felt the "cleaning" wasn't do e sufficiently for the current times we are in. 2. The ine way system for toilet & Exit/re-entry was not being adhered to & staff could have done more ro advise guests. Bigger sign maybe.

Overall: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 7/10
Jul 06, 2020
Maria H.
Food was excellent as always though our main course was slightly disppointing this time (the stone bass). Young serving staff did their best but inexperience showed through. Enjoyed chatting to the restaurant manager. It was nice to see the restaurant full. Our table was a bit gloomy in the back but ambience much enhanced when the overhead light was switched on. We will of course be back as we love this place, it just wasn't at its very best on this occasion.