The Peak District and Derbyshire are full of indulgent getaways, top-notch pubs and classy hotels to huddle up in after you’ve explored the natural beauty the county offers. Take a walk around the stunning Peak District National Park and Derbyshire, and discover the moors, dales, rivers and caverns. Filled with pretty villages, historic attractions and market towns – you can also find loads of fantastic places to dine.
Here’s our rundown of some of our favourite places to rest and refuel in Peak District and Derbyshire.
Breadsall Priory has breathtaking views thanks to the stunning 300-acre landscape that surrounds this 13th-century stately residence. Whether you indulge in a three-course meal from the weekly changing menu, or the six-course tasting menu, you’ll dine on excellent meals. The drinks are just as good – choose from the bespoke tea and coffee menu, which boasts locally brewed beverages.
With three AA rosettes for its food, The Peacock leads the way in service and hospitality. It’s perfectly positioned for a romantic getaway, walking holiday or foodie escape. Head chef Dan Smith prides himself on delivering the ‘best in class’ food – be it a simple homemade burger made with Haddon Estate beef with homemade ketchup and a pint of local Peak Ale, or The Peacock’s three-rosette, eight-course tasting menu.
This charming 17th-century building was once the home of Annie Wilson, a local woman who acquired the legendary recipe for Bakewell pudding, which she began producing and selling from the property in around 1860. A Bakewell Pudding experience offers groups a tour followed by pudding making and either coffee or a two-course meal.
On a scenic road in the High Peak, the historic 18th-century Lamb Inn nestles in a sheltered hollow. The menu changes monthly and the three chefs are clearly committed to using fresh, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers. Proper traditional food is dished up with a smile and is like a hug – warming and much-needed.
This magnificent building boasts wonderful views over the Chatsworth Estate, and the decor was selected by the Duchess of Devonshire herself. The sophisticated cuisine in the opulent Gallery Restaurant tantalises the senses with its range of colours, textures and flavours. Elsewhere, the Garden Room offers less formal dining, featuring fresh, vibrant, home-cooked food. Its blazing fires, attentive service and sense of history hark back to the tranquillity of an elegant bygone age.
The friendly, family-run Blu Bistro & Coffee House is an elegant space of softly lit interiors, bright blue cushions and wooden beams. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and private functions, Blu Bistro is a magnet for lovers of fine, delicious food. Find beautiful dishes with an emphasis on classic British food thanks to head chef, Adam Warwick.
Winning the title of Visit Peak District’s Derbyshire Traditional Pub of the Year multiple times is recognition entirely deserved by this fabulous pub, sitting just off the Tissington Trail. With a great selection of local ales, excellent accommodation options (including a bunk barn, campsite and luxury holiday cottages), superb service and a full breakfast menu served daily, it seems The Royal Oak has everything.
A popular hotspot for world-class craft beers, pulled pork and smoked cuisine, Buxton Tap House, owned by the local Buxton Brewery, is making its mark. Quality not quantity is the ethos here, so expect to find unique, thoughtfully created dishes perfectly matched with beer: think pulled pork, sticky ribs, gourmet burgers, nachos, and small plates from the American smoke shack.