Morley Hayes – Derbyshire

You know some people are really hard to buy presents for? Well I don’t think I am one of those people. I received this lovely gift recently, a voucher for champagne breakfast at a nearby luxury hotel. Champagne and good food, you can’t go wrong!

Mr B had played golf at Morley Hayes, but neither of us had ever been to their fine dining 2 AA rosette Dovecote Restaurant. The hotel is located in the Derbyshire countryside and is a short 30-minute drive from our home.

We arrived very hungry! I am one of those people that has breakfast every morning and I really don’t understand how people can function without it! We were welcomed in and taken to our table. The restaurant is lovely and airy with high ceilings and exposed brick walls.

Our table was adorned with white linen, silver crockery, a fresh flower and had our champagne on ice ready and waiting for us. We were given our breakfast menus and then heard the pop of the champagne cork as our glasses were filled up. We also had a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.

The breakfast comes in three courses. First there was freshly baked croissants and mixed toast with a selection of preserves. The croissants were especially nice . . . flaky, buttery and slightly warm. For the second and third course you can select from a generous menu.

My first choice was the ‘Turkish sausage, poached egg, yoghurt and sumac’. The Turkish sausage reminded me of chorizo, strong in flavour and slightly spicy which worked perfectly with the yoghurt dressing.

Mr B opted for a lighter dish of ‘Strawberry’s, natural yoghurt and strawberry compote’, which he said had the perfect balance of sweet from the strawberries and tartness from the yogurt.

For the main course I opted for the French toast. However, on the menu it came with peaches, honey and natural yogurt, but I asked if mine could be served with crispy pancetta and maple syrup. Our lovely waitress didn’t even bat an eyelid and said that wouldn’t be a problem . . . don’t you just love it when you get excellent service!

It was absolutely divine and a very generous serving which I devoured. The French toast was crispy on the outside with a soft and light middle and the pancetta was perfectly crisp, and I covered it (very generously) in maple syrup. I love the combined of sweet and salty and I thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful!

Mr B opted for the full English and commented that the quality of the sausage and black pudding was particularly good. The menu did state the sausages were from Derbyshire . . . a great nod to local produce.

With full bellies and an empty bottle of champagne it was time to relax with some tea, loose leaf English breakfast for me.

This was such a lovely gift which delivered in location, service and food, and has left me thinking . . . how I can make it acceptable to have champagne with every breakfast!

Morley Hayes Hotel, Main Road, Morley, Ilkeston DE7 6DG

01332 780480



  1. Bejal August 16, 2018 / 7:03 am

    What a lovely breakfast. I’m sold at the mention of Turkish Eggs! I also love how glam you look for brunch!

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      August 16, 2018 / 12:13 pm

      Oh thank you! The Turkish eggs were so good!

  2. Hannah August 16, 2018 / 7:29 am

    I have never heard of this hotel, you really do find the best places. This looks delicious, I’m a savoury kind of girl but this review and pictures of this food makes me want to try this sweet and salty sensation!!

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      August 16, 2018 / 12:14 pm

      It’s so close to us too! The fine dining menu sounds fantastic!

  3. Mostlyfoodandtravel August 16, 2018 / 10:21 am

    Wow love the idea of a 3 course sit down breakfast- the French toast sure sounds tasty 😋 and so do the Turkish eggs.
    I would have just sat there for the rest of the day after a bottle of champers and a lovely breakfast.

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      August 16, 2018 / 12:15 pm

      The french toast was so delicious! The champagne was a very welcome breakfast treat too!

  4. Scarlett Roitman August 17, 2018 / 7:05 am

    Turkish eggs for brekkie! That’s not something you do every day!

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      August 17, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      It was delicious! So glad I chose them!

  5. Louise August 17, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    Oh Yummy….
    I am exactly like you by the way! I can’t function without breakfast! I would faint if had to go around with and empty stomach until lunch! Hope you didn’t get to tipsy starting off with bubbles before food? 😉
    You look amazing as always. Laura
    Louise X

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      August 19, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      Thank you Louise! It’s definitely the most important meal of the day isn’t it! xxx

  6. Claire Leech August 18, 2018 / 9:55 am

    Breakfast is by far one of my favourite meals, I love a good choice and it looks like you certainly had that. I must say I have never drank champagne at breakfast though, I will defo be putting this on my to do list, great review xx

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      August 19, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      You should definitely try a champagne breakfast, you would love it!

  7. Angie Silver August 18, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    What a fabulous breakfast! Love the first picture of you.

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      August 19, 2018 / 6:27 pm

      It was delicious! Thank you x

  8. Elaine birkin August 21, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Wow, that sounds like an amazing breakfast, definitely a step up from my weetabix xx

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      August 21, 2018 / 10:22 pm

      Wish I could have it every weekend!

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      August 23, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      It was a great dish, so yummy!

  9. Lara Olivia January 15, 2019 / 2:10 pm

    Champagne for breakfast, why not! I love this type of gift too, especially as someone who is difficult to shop for, vouchers and gift cards are always appreciated! x

    • thetravelsofmrsb
      January 15, 2019 / 3:09 pm

      Always time for champagne isn’t there!

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