The New Brasserie At Horsley OpensPublished On Wednesday 2 Dec 2015 by Sticky Beak
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The red carpet was rolled out and Champagne corks popped for guests invited to celebrate the opening of the new Brasserie at Horsley, held over two evenings on 25th and 26th November. Joint owner Richard Salt said a few words thanking the designer and builders, emphasising the use of local trades people, at the same time introducing guests to the new head chef.
The interiors for the new brasserie and bar, which will seat up to 60 diners, was masterminded by designer Rachel Maclane who is well known as one of the north of England's top interior designers and whose portfolio includes schemes for the Duchess of Devonshire. Local builder Craig Hamson was the main contractor alongside local joiners and electricians.
Richard Salt said, "This has been a big project and many months in the planning; seeing it all come together in the last couple of weeks has been exciting. I congratulate Rachel who quickly grasped the need to make this space into something that combines contemporary design with inviting warmth. We've created cosy corners for couples and space for larger tables. There are striking features that make a talking point and the soft furnishings ooze stylish comfort whilst complementing the rural landscape."
Richard continued: "However, the food is what people will come for. We've been sampling dishes over the last few weeks created by our new head chef Oliver Parnell and his team. This is just the sort of food that will keep customers coming back again and again. Oli is passionate about the quality of his produce, buying local and keeping it seasonal, and customers will see the menu changing regularly yet there will always be a choice of chargrilled steaks and sharing platters alongside some classics."
At the Champagne reception, as guests mingled in the new restaurant, they were served a choice of canapés created in the Brasserie kitchen as tasters from the menu. Pumpkin soup; chicken and pistachio terrine on rye toasts with sweet red onion; pastrami hot smoked salmon with tomato and watercress and Ox cheek bon bons were amongst the choice of tasty bites.
Surrounded by rolling Derbyshire countryside yet only ten minutes' drive from Derby itself, the Brasserie at Horsley aims to be the perfect year round destination restaurant. In warmer weather the new glass paneled doors can be thrown open to give the effect of al fresco dining and diners can spill outside on to the terrace. In winter, the twinkling lights outside and warm glow inside create an uplifting and cheery atmosphere.
Open daily serving snacks and classics at lunchtime, afternoon teas and evening dinner.