Olde Englishe Road, Matlock, DE4 3SX
From the moment you step through the doors to the Cool River Café & Pâtisserie, you’ll immediately be charmed by the venue’s light and airy interior and tempted by the heavenly sights and smells of the many homemade cakes and patisserie on offer. Situated close to the banks of the River Derwent in Matlock and surrounded by impressive views, there’s no finer way to begin a beautiful summer’s morning. Sit within the walls of this café and restaurant or soak up the sun on the outdoor terrace while you sip a Flat White and dig into delights such as their signature Full English with herby sausage, bacon, egg, roast vine tomatoes, potatoes, Portobello mushrooms, black pudding, white pudding, and artisan toast. If you fancy something a little sweeter, their stack of pancakes drizzled with honey, berry compote, and served with natural yoghurt is sure to hit the spot.
Named East Midlands’ Café/Bistro of the Year in the Food Awards England 2017 and a finalist in the National Café Awards 2017, one visit here and it is clear to see why this simple and unassuming independent café and patisserie has received the level of praise it has over its years and remains a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike. Recently taken over by head chef Chris and his partner Emily, there’s plenty to love about Cool River Café & Pâtisserie. From its veranda with outdoor seating that provides an elegant European vibe to its interior which comes to life with cool blue woodwork, quirky, nautical touches, and even a small bookshop where literary events regularly take place, you’ll wonder why you ever wasted your money at the many coffee shop chains around the area when you could have been spending your time here instead.
Just a stone’s throw from Hall Leys Park and the popular Dale Road, Cool River Café & Pâtisserie is a must-visit if you’re planning a day out with your family or friends this summer. Whether you’re looking for a delightful place to fuel up at the start of your day, or you’re craving an unforgettable lunch, Cool River Café & Patisserie effortlessly fills the gap on the high street between coffee shop and restaurant. From its open-plan kitchen, head chef Chris uses the very best ingredients from local suppliers to create delicious dishes and treats you’ll be dreaming about long after your visit. With meat from Maycocks Butchers Holloway, free-range eggs, local milk and cream from Woodthorpe Grange Tupton, and flour from Caudwell’s Mill Rowsley, a unique mill that has been standing on the River Wye near its confluence with the River Derwent at Rowsley for at least 600 years, Cool River Café truly celebrates the best of the local area. They also use the finest Belgian chocolate to guarantee indulgent sweet treats that will have you salivating.
But it’s the coffee here that is truly exceptional. Renowned for their true barista coffee that comes from Caféology, an exclusively ethical company that specialises in the finest fair trade beverages and hold the Soil Association and Rain-forest Alliance mark, Cool River Café uses the full-flavoured smooth and round espresso that has been medium to dark roasted, resulting in cups with a rich, sweet, and brilliantly balanced flavour with notes of burnt toffee and caramel.