The Round Building, Leadmill, Hathersage, S32 1BA

A truly quirky and unique environment in which to savour scrumptious homemade food and soak up the rich and fascinating history of one of the best known British designers of the 20th century, David Mellor Design Museum and Café makes for an idyllic, inspiring, and one-of-a-kind day out in Derbyshire this summer.

Situated in the charming and picturesque village of Hathersage near Chatsworth in the breathtaking Peak District National Park, after exploring the cutlery factory, design museum, and country shop on site, take a seat in the light and airy dining area next to the wall-length windows and admire the informative displays and vibrant countryside views that surround you. Where else in the UK can you tuck into delicious homecooked dishes next to indoor traffic lights that have never appeared more imposing or impressive!? Alternatively, when the sun is out, relax in the large and inviting outdoor seating area and soak up the beautiful and peaceful woodland scenes that surround this venue.

If you’ve never heard of David Mellor before, you’ll certainly be aware of his design work. There’s no escaping it. Known as the ‘cutlery king’ thanks to his iconic and internationally famous cutlery designs, David Mellor cutlery is used in 8% of the world’s 50 best restaurants and is the favoured cutlery used by countless restaurants, private establishments, and famous clients from around the world. The cutlery is manufactured onsite in a unique, purpose-built circular factory designed by Sir Michael Hopkins. Described as a minor masterpiece of modern architecture, the factory is one of this fascinating venue’s main draws and has received numerous architectural and environmental awards including the Financial Times Architecture at Work Award, RIBA National Award, Civic Trust Award, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England Award, and the prestigious BBC Design Prize for the Environment.

Although specialising in cutlery, you’ll probably encounter David Mellor designs most often on your morning commute. Whether you’re stopping at David Mellor-designed traffic light systems or waiting for a bus at one of Britain’s many David Mellor-designed bus shelters, one of David’s great aims as a designer was to improve the quality of the everyday urban environment and you can see this everywhere from post boxes and lighting columns to litter bins and outdoor seating.

With interiors and tableware designed and made by their own team and cutlery designed in-house and made just a few metres away in their factory, the café itself serves a traditional British lunch menu with great contemporary flair. Developed with the design aesthetic of David Mellor in mind and made in-house with fresh local produce, here you’ll find a tempting selection of sandwiches, classic cream teas, generous salads, tasty platters, and hearty hot lunches that won’t disappoint.

From 6th July this year until 3rd October, David Mellor Cutlery Factory, Design Museum, Country Shop and Café will play host to a special exhibition of rarely seen silverwork from The Sheffield Assay Office collection.

To find out more about this exhibition and for more information on David Mellor Cutlery Factory, Design Museum, Country Shop and Café in Hathersage, visit their website now.

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