First opening its doors in 1988 the Bay Tree has an enviable reputation for serving ‘new world cuisine at its best’. Nestled in the heart of the ancient market town of Melbourne in Derbyshire, the venue effortlessly couples modern European cuisine with traditional sophistication and contemporary décor to create a comfortable fine dining experience.
Open all day from breakfast right through to dinner, the Bay Tree is suitable for dining throughout the day and many choose to kick-start their mornings with an indulgent champagne breakfast. The restaurant is absolutely stunning and blends modern fixtures and fittings with the typical table presentation of a fine dining restaurant complete with immaculate white linen tablecloths, polished silverware and polished to perfection wine glasses. No detail is over-looked, ensuring that you are able to simply sit back and bask in the luxury on offer.
Co-proprietors Vicki Talbot and Head Chef Rex Howell are committed to delivering faultless food made using the very best local Derbyshire produce. The duo have been refining their suppliers list for over twenty years and will only ever use ingredients of the highest quality to ensure that your dining experience is perfect every time. The entire menu has been well-thought out and showcases the natural flavours of each ingredient thanks to a superb understanding of flavours and textures. Highly recommended entrees include, when available, Irish oysters in tempura batter served with an ‘ice shot’ of Avruga Caviar and crème fraiche, and the duck and chicken liver parfait garnished with a date, fig and apple chutney. Mains include the deliciously tender rack of English lamb served with a butternut squash and cumin puree, green olive ‘crush’ and balsamic beetroot with a light lamb jus; and pan-roasted seabass with creamed leeks and mashed potatoes garnished with celeriac crisps and a star anise-infused sauce. With a fantastic selection of light lunch options including a full a la carte lunch and a delectable ‘just pasta’ menu as well as a to-die-for Sunday roast, you won’t fail to be absolutely blown away by the food on offer.
If you are looking for fine dining without the pretence, look no further than the Bay Tree at Melbourne, Derbyshire. The care and passion that the team put into the food materialises on the plate in the form of exquisitely balanced and presented dishes that will have you visiting time and time again.