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Felicini's is an excellent Italian restaurant for a special meal in the Peak District National Park. In 2009 it had a good variety of food on the menu and the wine list was one of the best we have even seen.
Felicini is a chain of Italian restaurants with locations in Wilmslow, Manchester, Didsbury, Bakewell, Sheffield, Monton, West Bridgford and Leeds. The Bakewell restaurant is in a character building but once inside, the style was contemporary with cutting edge interiors incorporating dark wood, leather and mirrors.
The car park immediately outside the entrance to Felicini's has charges 24 hours a day. It is a privately owned car park and does not honour car park tickets from any other car park. Ensure that you have paid for sufficient time especially as you may decide to take your time (or even not notice how time flies) whilst in the comfortable restaurant.
Telephone 01629 813813
A group of five visited the Felicini Restaurant on a Saturday evening in February during the schools half term holiday.
The first thing we noticed was the very welcoming smile as we walked into the busy restaurant.
One problem with many restaurants is their inability to cope with modern day allergies. Not Felicini. We explained the allergies of our party and the waiter did not bat an eyelid as he said that "It would not be a problem" - indeed it was not. The menu was extensive but you have to be careful in choosing dishes as some are only available at certain times of day. In this area we would have thought the Felicini's would only issue menus for choices available at the time we were eating. It's not rocket science! But, the wine list was fantastic. We toyed between three reds on the wine list before risking the B***** from the menu. This was a wine variety we had not tried before but our risk was amply rewarded - full of fruity flavours and ideal for an Italian meal.
Throughout the meal the service very good and, despite the restaurant being busy, the staff looked fresh, unhurried and maintained their smiles. The food - which included Roast Red Pepper Soup, Grilled Portabella Mushroom, Confit Duck Leg, Penne of Spicy Sausage - was perfectly cooked and presented. One the menu it says "Giant Profiteroles". The menu did not lie! They were huge and extremely tasty. Having seen the size of the "Giant Profiteroles" there was a disappointment on the size of the cheesecake. There was nothing wrong with the taste and texture of the cheesecake but after the size of the "Giant Profiteroles" the cheesecake did look minute in comparison.
Felicini's restaurant had cosy atmosphere with the wood panelling, mirrors and leather seats. If you are looking for a good place to eat, this is the place to go in Bakewell.
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