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the mill wheel, hartshorne, derbyshire.

based in the east midlands between derbyshire, leicestershire and staffordshire, this lovely little place is a must go for a top sunday lunch. the inside is full of character with exposed brick, fireplaces and an original restored 28ft mill wheel turning in the building. as well as the rosette restaurant, there is also a well reviewed 4 aa star bed and breakfast alongside.

making the trek to the mill wheel even more worth while is the countryside setting of calke abbey and staunton harold reservoir which are beautiful to walk around. plus you can have the whole three course then and not feel one bit guilty... you've earnt it!

so we began both with the chicken liver pate with homemade chutney and crusty bread. i'm so glad i chose this too as i would have been so, so jealous.

for main, we had slow roast top rump of beef and yorkshire pudding and roast loin of derbyshire pork with creamed onions. (check out that crackling!) the roasts came with veg and "broccoli cheese" which was really yum. probably cancels out my five a day on that one though...

for the two courses, it is £13.95. but we thought... nah let's go for the three for £17.95. gorgeous sounding sweets included dark chocolate and amaretto torte with a blackcurrant parfait, crisp brandy snap basket filled with homemade italian style ice cream, light vanilla cheesecake with a sweet rhubarb and ginger preserve. i know what you're thinking right... just give me three sweet courses! 

we eventually decided on vanilla and cherry brulee with a white chocolate chip cookie and bread and butter pudding with creme anglaise. i personally didn't think it needed the cookie (i ended up sneakily taking it home and having it with a cuppa later haha!) but the creme brulee was just divine with a perfect "tap" through the sugar at the start.

the perfect fuel for a sunday day out - do let me know if you go or if you know somewhere similar. also, if you like this and live locally you may well enjoy the old bulls head in woodhouse eaves, leicestershire.

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