Cathedral Quarter Hotel is nestled in the heart of Derby's vibrant, cosmopolitan and cultural district. This elegant and truly impressive hotel combines state of the art technology and luxury with all the magnificence of a Grade II Listed building to ensure its place right at the top of the hotels in this historic city.
The building has a long and honourable history within local government and was built for Derbyshire County Council in 1894-5, designed by John Somes Story, the County Architect. Its air of stability and quiet splendour seem never to have left it and The Finesse Collection are well able to capitalise on a building that would put many a stately home in the shade.
Opened in 2008 it brings new dimension to the city. The Scaglioli staircase and mosaic floor rise to meet Italian hand blown glass chandeliers and contemporary Romo fabrics. Little wonder that when Her Majesty the Queen was in Derby on 1 April 2010 she lunched at Opulence with The Duke of Edinburgh, and afterwards made a point of personally thanking head chef Dean Crews.
As a result we more ordinary mortals may now make our reservations at Opulence for The Royal Menu at lunch or dinner, an experience that includes dining where Her Majesty dined, enjoying the same professional levels of service, and the excellent menu created specially for the occasion.
Dean Crews works to separate menus for lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre and dinner. A wine list of some 200 bins is housed in a former bank vault and must be some of the most securely housed wine in the land. Closer investigation reveals a collection ranging in price from around £16.50 to £68, with plenty in the £20 - £30 range, drawn from around the world, some available by the glass.
Lunch might start with curried parsnip soup and pumpkin crisp, followed by smoked haddock, mustard mash, poached egg spinach and Hollandaise. A conclusion of chocolate espresso tart with pistachio ice cream would seem ideal.
In the evening from a choice of six dishes a promising selection could be Jerusalem artichoke and white bean veloute, truffled hen's egg, and pimento butter and toast. When in Derbyshire . . . . . so it has to be butter poached Derbyshire beef, spiced carrots, beef 'ham' faggots, winter chanterelles and thyme sauce, though many could be tempted by the pan fried skate wing with pressed Ashover pork belly, apple purée and rocket pesto.
On Friday and Saturday the pre theatre menu awaits those who are going out for the evening but need some sustenance first, as well as those who aren't. There is a choice of three dishes for each of the three courses, though most guests settle for two.
Should you want to take a close interest in your meal as it is prepared, book The Chef's Table where, via an elegant viewing window you can watch you meal coming to fruition.
The Cathedral Quarter has 38 bedrooms, all refreshingly individual in shape, size and décor. Five categories are covered from single to junior, king, superior and suites, and two fully Accessible Rooms. Emphasis is on sleek and contemporary with air conditioning, baths that beckon, designer TVs, a mini-bar and satisfyingly oversized shower heads. Nothing is left to chance.
When it comes to going the extra mile Cathedral Quarter is well ahead, and in particular weddings celebrated at the hotel are a wonderful way to spend that special day in complete confidence that all will be well. A license for Civil Marriages and Partnerships is held, Clink Spa Midlands is at hand to apply the final touches then, or at any time, and the hotel's weddings co-ordinator will work with the families to ensure a happy and memorable occasion.
Conferences and other special occasions will be delighted to find 3 stylish rooms from which to choose, Bar Sixteen serves vibrant cocktails and a fine afternoon tea is served should you want to send them home on a high.
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