Situated on the doorstep of the Peak District, The Lion Hotel has been part of the Belper community since the 18th century, providing fond memories for those who have visited, both past and present. The effort that owner John Crooks and his family have put into running this hotel is clear. The hotel is currently undergoing refurbishment – which the downstairs and dining area have already been treated to – with the aim of restoring it to its original beauty. The lunch and dinner menus feature local produce, while the tasty stone-baked pizzas that are served in the pizzeria are made fresh to order. Expect to find treats like the Cajun chicken burger, trio of lamb chops, beef Stroganoff and slow-roasted pork belly on the gastropub menu. For something a little lighter, opt for a fresh salad. In addition to serving a popular roast, Jonny has introduced live music on a Sunday, as well as on the second Friday of each month and on special occasions. When the sun comes out, relax in the hotel’s courtyard with something delicious to eat, like a fish or meat sharing platter. This summer, the hotel will also be opening a secret garden. If the weather isn’t looking so good, the indoor picnic platter – think Scotch eggs, quiche and chutney – is the perfect option. The function room can cater for up to 80 diners and, if you wish to extend your stay, there are 22 bedrooms available.