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If you love cheese then you'll love our next local delicacy on our Derbyshire food trail, lovingly created by the very passionate chef and pub owner, Matteo Frau.
Matteo moved to The Red Lion at Birchover (just a few miles from Hoe Grange) in 2006. The pub has become renown for real ale and food as Matteo has lovingly combined fresh locally sourced ingredients from our beautiful Peak District, with the influences and recipes from his Sardinian homeland. The fabulous Sardinian evenings are a veritable feast with at least four courses.
Matteo took 6 years to perfect the recipe for his delicious Birchover Blue cheese, trying out subtle variations on the customers at the pub, before reaching the perfect taste. It is one of the tastiest cheeses I've ever had and quite rightly deserves the taste awards it has achieved. You can tell this cheese has been created with passion.
Matteo began making cheese at the age of four, helping his granddad in Sardinia, where cheese making is part of everyday life, alongside producing homemade wine, beer, olive oil and bread, with recipes passed down from one generation to the next.
Matteo is now creating a new Pecorino-style cheese, which is made from Derbyshire cows milk, often from local dairy Matlock Meadows, rather than using sheep milk as in the traditional Italian version. It sounds delicious and I can't wait to try it.
Because so little of the cheese is made if you want to sample this artisan Derbyshire delight you'll have to visit The Red Lion pub and meet the man himself, or visit one of the other local places that serve his award winning cheeses: Fischers at Baslow, who offer a superb £20.15 lunch on weekdays, The Peacock at Rowsley, East Lodge at Rowsley, who also serve an amazing cream tea, The Red Lion at Stonedge, Owen Taylor at Leabrooks or The Bakewell Deli.
Never one to sit back Matteo is now about to open a micro brewery at the pub using water from its ancient well and only English hops and malt. The first brew should be ready shortly.
We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more
A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more
Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more
We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more
Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more
It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more
What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more
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We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
It was our first trip away with my... read more
Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more
Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more
On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more
We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more
Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more
For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more
Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more
Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more
We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more
We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more
We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more
We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more
lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more
We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more
We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more
Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more