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Whether it’s a classic English pub meal or an authentic fine dining experience, Derbyshire and the Peak District is home to a fantastic array of places to eat during your stay. Four miles away from Bakewell sits the small village of Baslow which is home to two stunning hotel restaurants; Fischer’s Baslow Hall and The Cavendish Hotel, which offers superb views across the Chatsworth Estate
Peak District pubs which are well worth a visit for their great home-cooked food if you’re walking, cycling or simply enjoying the area’s scenery, include The Bridge Inn at Calver, The Devonshire Arms at Beeley, The Bulls Head at Ashford in the Water, The Chequers Inn at Froggatt, The Moon Inn at Stoney Middleton, Packhorse Inn in Little Longstone, The Robin Hood Inn in Baslow, The Duncombe Arms in Ashbourne and The Derwentwater Arms in Hope Valley.
The Lamb Inn in Chinley, the High Peak, is a great country pub to enjoy real ales and good food, while The Tickled Trout at Barlow also offers a great kids menu, alongside pizzas to write home about. For vegetarians, Matlock is a hidden gem, boasting a great variety of food at restaurants in this small market town, including Stones, The Green Way Café and Maazi Indian Restaurant. Chesterfield is also host to a number of vegetarian and vegan cafes which are great for lunch, including Organic Kitchen, The Lilypad Café and Thyme to Eat which are all in the town centre.
Derbyshire is also home to a huge variety of international restaurants. For authentic cuisine then Anoki (Indian) in Burton, Simply Thai in Buxton, Le Mistral in Wirksworth, The Turquoise Kitchen in Derby and Odyssey Greek Restaurant in Chesterfield are all a must-try. And if you’re looking for something a little bit more intimate and more conducive to a child-free romantic evening meal, then the region has that as well. The White Horse at Woolley Moor offers exquisite food, views and accommodation while The Hunloke Arms in Wingerworth offers quirky cocktails and delicious wood-fired pizzas. Be warned, this place gets packed at weekends!
The Derbyshire Craft Centre, Calver Bridge, Hope Valley S32 3XA
The Eating House at the Derbyshire Craft Centre, is set in lovely Calver village with stunning views of Curbar Edge. It serves a mouth-watering range of freshly-prepared, home-made food, hot and cold. There are also options for vegetarians, vegans, coeliacs and children. Enjoy bubble and squeak with poached egg and home-boiled ham, a seafood platter, an English picnic platter or our tasty soup and sandwich combo. There is an amazing range of home-made cakes and our teas and coffees are all Fair Trade. Sit in the cosy stone walled café or outside on the patio area where dogs are also welcome. Visit website
42 High Street, Kegworth, Derby DE74 2DA
The Orangery @ No42 is a 48-cover restaurant offering modern British cuisine in contemporary surroundings, using locally sourced and organic produce wherever possible. Arrive and take a seat in the relaxing guest lounge and bar, where Wingback Fireside chairs and Chesterfields settees await you. Choose a drink from the selection of spirits or local beers from close-by neighbours Charnwood Brewery. Visit website
4 Potter Street, Melbourne, Derby DE73 8HW
Since opening its doors in the heart of Melbourne in 1988, The Bay Tree Restaurant has been recognised as one of the finest places to dine in Derbyshire. With a successful formula of friendly service, a relaxing ambience and deftly prepared modern British dishes with Pan Asian influences the restaurant’s reputation has continued to flourish. Proprietor and Head Chef Rex Howell has been at the helm since the very first day, and uses his influences from around the world, particularly the Far East where he was born. Visit website
Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield S41 7JB
Whether you’re dining in the award-winning restaurant, Cocina, or sampling delicious tapas in Barca, Casa Hotel provides the perfect setting for a romantic meal, a special occasion or an informal dinner with friends. Sample the stunning menu in Cocina Restaurant that makes the very best of locally-sourced produce used to create delicious flavours that will satisfy every taste. The bread is freshly-baked each day in house and the eggs arrive fresh from the owner’s farm as do the finest cuts of meat ready to be cooked to perfection on an authentic Josper charcoal oven. Visit website
Carsington Water Visitor Centre, Ashbourne DE6 1ST
With stunning views out over the Carsington Water reservoir, The Mainsail Restaurant offers customers a unique dining experience. Through their food philosophy – locally-sourced ingredients, honestly produced – the menu brings guests excellent cuisine at affordable prices. Whether enjoying a complete meal, or just a coffee and a cake, customers are guaranteed the service, quality and care that saw the restaurant crowned a Derbyshire Food & Drink Award Winner. Visit website
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