With winter rapidly approaching, finding top-notch places to warm up with hearty, comforting grub has never been more important. Whether you’re searching for a cosy, traditional pub in which to snuggle up next to a roaring fire with a Sunday roast, or you’re looking to sample some of the spiciest Indian food this side of the planet, the Peak District and Derbyshire offers a plethora of exceptional places to eat and drink that will please even the pickiest of eaters.

Fancy towering burgers filled with Sunday dinner staples? Derbyshire delivers! Or how about a bowl of hearty Moroccan beef stew? From roast pumpkin panna cotta and Chatsworth shoulder of lamb with Moroccan-spiced couscous to juicy steaks with creamy mash, whatever you’re craving, our picks for where to dine in the Peak District and Derbyshire won’t let you down.

For a more comprehensive guide to dining out in the Peak District and Derbyshire, be sure to pick up your FREE copy of our recently released Peak District & Derbyshire Food & Drink Guide 2019-2020 here (https://www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk/get-the-guide), or read a digital copy of the guide here (https://issuu.com/foodanddrinkguides/docs/derby).

The Soulville Steakhouse (Steak House)

21 South Street, Chesterfield, S40 1QX

Situated in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, as soon as you step through the doors to this trendy, retro-style restaurant you’ll immediately be transported back to the swinging sixties. As your favourite soul and Motown tunes blare out from the jukeboxes dotted around this characterful venue, sit within the dining room adorned with framed black and white photographs of your favourite musical legends from the era and dig into delicious, feel-good American-inspired fare.

From chunky lunchtime sandwiches and mouth-watering burgers made with the freshest ingredients to tender, juicy steaks cut to your liking and served with your choice of twice-cooked chips, creamy mash, or a jacket potato, this is comfort food at its very best – big, bold, and just the way they like it across the pond. If you’re not in the mood for the meat sweats, there’s also a choice of tasty pasta dishes available too, as well as refreshing salads and a selection of southern-inspired dishes like sweet potato and red pepper cakes and Creole chicken strips.

Slice of India (Indian)

Mansfield Road, Derby, DE21 4AW

You don’t have to fork out on expensive plane tickets to Asia when Derby’s very own Slice of India brings the authentic flavours of the country to this very English region. With a talented brigade of chefs who really know the ins and out of Indian cuisine heading up the kitchen, you can be sure that each and every dish they deliver is carefully chosen, diligently tasted, and crafted using the finest ingredients. Although Slice of India delivers buffet-style dining, the restaurant works on the premise that quantity should not impact quality, giving diners an extensive choice of exceptional dishes that can stand alone as culinary delights in their own right.

Whether you’re craving the tried and tested classics or would rather challenge your tastebuds to some lesser-known and more adventurous Indian dishes, Slice of India is the definition of a crowd-pleaser. As proprietor Ben Corner puts it, why play it safe with a chicken tikka masala when at Slice of India, your new favourite dish is just waiting to be discovered?

The Strutt Arms (Traditional)

Derby Road, Milford, Belper, DE56 0QW

Nestled in the beautiful village of Milford in Belper, Derbyshire, if you’re searching for tremendous fare, fantastic drinks, and warm hospitality, the recently reopened Strutt Arms is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. Following a million-pound refurbishment which impressively managed to perfectly incorporate modern touches while still retain its historic charm, sit within the tastefully decorated dining room on one of the pub’s cosy seats and peruse the extensive menu offering, brimming with all your traditional favourites with a modern interpretation.

If you’re searching for something a little more special than your standard fare, why not invite your friends and family to The Strutt Arms for a Champagne breakfast? With quality food, a stunning setting, and top-notch service which can’t be bettered, The Strutt Arms truly ticks every box. Your first visit to this rare gem of an established is guaranteed to be one of many.

Soi Kitchens (World Cuisine)

Derby Road, Milford, DE56 0QW

From Thai classics and Chinese-inspired dishes to Indian curries and Italian pizza, Soi Kitchens brings the finest cuisines from across the globe all under one roof to create a buffet-style dining experience that is guaranteed to completely alter your perceptions. Situated in the picturesque village of Milford, whether you’re tucking into a Malaysian prawn curry, a bowl of hearty Moroccan beef stew, or enjoying a delectable stir fry, you can be sure that your food has been freshly made in-house by chefs that are dedicated to doing justice to the authentic cuisine they are trying to recreate. All of this is perfectly complemented by the genuine hospitality of the team – servers are more than happy to provide a guide to the menu and take your party’s drink orders.

Recently crowned the best South Asian restaurant in the East Midlands and second in the country at the annual Tiffin Cup, held at the Houses of Parliament and judged by the likes of Ainsley Harriot and John Bercow, why take our word for it when these awards more than speak for themselves?

The Pack Horse (Gastropub)

3-5 Market Street, Hayfield, SK22 2EP

Standing proudly in the picturesque village of Hayfield and overlooked by the Kinder Scout, The Pack Horse is a popular spot with ramblers and nature-lovers alike, and for good reason. With its delightful setting, mixture of traditional charm and contemporary style, and incredible, sumptuous menu which brings together seasonal and sustainable ingredients, this truly is one of Derbyshire’s most delightful hidden gems.

Inside the pub, the spacious interior houses local artwork, inviting Chesterfield sofas, and log burners, resulting in a relaxed and homely ambience that really enhances the culinary delights that await you. A real emphasis has been placed on ethical and sustainably sourced produce, and you can expect free-range meat reared to the highest welfare standards, alongside hand-dived scallops and sustainably caught seafood. When we visited The Pack Horse in Hayfield, we began with Isle of Wight tomatoes with burrata, croutons and garlic oil, followed by stone bass fillet accompanied by crispy kale, dill pickle, samphire and tartare sauce. Finishing with Bruce Farm strawberries with buckwheat bee pollen and Tunworth ice cream, we were already planning our return trip before we even put down our forks.

Annie’s Burger Shack (American)

Friary Street, Derby, DE1 1JF

Bringing the authentic taste of the USA to Derbyshire but with her own unique and quirky charm and character, owner Annie at Annie’s Burger Shack promises a dining experience just as loud and proud as the country from which she’s from. Born and raised in Rhode Island, Annie specialises in creating mighty burgers that can’t be bettered. In fact, the menu at Annie’s Burger Shack features an incredible 34 mouth-watering creations (as well as monthly specials), all of which can be altered slightly to ensure vegetarians and vegans don’t have to miss out on all the excitement.

Whether you’re after more traditional selections such as the highly recommended North Carolina burger comprising a succulent beef patty topped with slow-cooked barbecue pulled pork, melted Red Leicester and crispy fried onions, or want to try something a little more unusual like The Sunday Dinner burger, comprising a sumptuous burger topped with roast chicken breast, homemade Yorkshire pudding, a stuffing ball, mini roast potatoes and mini vegetables, all covered in homemade gravy, there’s really nothing quite like it. Annie even ships in her seasonings from America, so this really is the closest thing to a real American burger you’d be able to find anywhere across the UK.

The Devonshire Arms at Beeley (British)

Devonshire Square, Beeley, Matlock, DE4 2NR

Flanked by traditional stone cottages and with a babbling brook out front, the AA-rosette-awarded The Devonshire Arms at Beeley epitomises everything you’d expect from an inn that occupies such a stunning setting. Located within the historic Chatsworth Estate, when you step through the doors to The Devonshire Arms at Beeley you’ll feel right at home within the bar’s cosy atmosphere, with open fires and characterful features that reflect the 18th-century origins of the establishment.

Making full use of produce sourced from the estate such as Chatsworth Estate lamb and venison, chef Lewis Thornhill uses his culinary flair and unique style to come up with a delightful choice of seasonal dishes that certainly will not disappoint.  Take your choice from starters such as the Vale of Belvoir wood pigeon in sherry vinaigrette and served with quinoa salad, pomegranate and hazlenuts, mains like the Chatsworth shoulder of lamb with Moroccan-spiced couscous, and desserts like the dark chocolate mousse, and you might never want to leave – and fortunately for you you won’t have to as this lovely pub boasts 18 bedrooms and two charming cottages, all designed by the Duchess of Devonshire.

The Cavendish Hotel (Fine Dining)

Church Lane, Baslow, Bakewell, DE45 1SP

Nestled away in the quaint village of Baslow in Bakewell, Derbyshire and overlooking the Chatsworth Estate, the historic Cavendish Hotel boasts a range of formal and relaxed dining options with abundant charm and opulence. Step inside and let the elegant character of this venue cocoon you; glorious chandeliers and classical artwork create a setting fit for royalty. Whether you’re searching for an unforgettable setting for a special occasion or a more relaxed dining experience with stunning views of Chatsworth Estate, Cavendish Hotel boasts two exceptional dining options – the two-AA-rosette-awarded Gallery Restaurant and The Garden Room.

A finalist for the prestigious Roux Scholarship this year, executive head chef Adam Harper has created a menu that simply must be savoured, turning high-quality, seasonal ingredients into innovative dishes. Start with the likes of roast pumpkin panna cotta featuring pumpkin seeds, aged balsamic, goat’s cheese and pumpkin emulsion before moving onto the likes of Chatsworth beef fillet paired with buttered spinach, baby artichoke, pesto, goose liver, cheesy mashed potato and red wine jus.

For a more comprehensive guide to dining out in the Peak District and Derbyshire, be sure to pick up your FREE copy of our Peak District & Derbyshire Food & Drink Guide 2019-2020 here (https://www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk/get-the-guide), or read a digital copy of the guide here (https://issuu.com/foodanddrinkguides/docs/derby).

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