The Eating House
Run by chef-proprietor Katrina Locke for 20 years, The Eating House occupies a fantastic spot amid Derbyshire’s rolling hills. It’s a firm favourite in the region, not only drawing in scores of locals, but also attracting visitors from outside of the county, who come to visit this much-loved foodie haunt and the adjoining Derbyshire Craft Centre.
It isn’t difficult to see why visitors make the journey. The Eating House’s pleasant outdoor seating area is an idyllic spot for whiling away an afternoon – perhaps with a four-legged friend in tow – and being wowed by the stunning Hope Valley scenery. There are even cosy blankets and heaters for when the weather isn’t playing ball. Inside, Katrina and her talented team serve wholesome, homemade fare made from scratch using locally sourced produce.
Tempting specials such as baked Camembert and cottage pie can be had, as can lighter bites like jacket potatoes and generously filled baguettes. Breakfast features the good old full English as well as kedgeree, eggs Benedict and omelettes, all made with free-range eggs. Katrina can cater for dietary requirements and a great deal of thought has gone into an impressive healthy eating, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu. The vegan menu offers jeweled quinoa salad and falafel and hummus meze. The apple and pear chutney and onion marmalade that accompany many of the meals are made on-site, and if you don’t have time to linger, a takeaway menu is also available. We thoroughly enjoyed our delicious entrées of mixed olives, hummus and prawn cocktail, followed by the popular beef and beetroot casserole. Our squash and Yorkshire charcoal Cheddar salad was creamy in texture and a real delight.
Every day, up to 25 different cakes jostle for attention in the display cabinet. No visit here is complete without sampling something from the range, at least three or four of which are vegan or coeliac. Katrina runs a reward card scheme where points can be collected each time you visit, culminating in a free piece of cake on your tenth visit. If you are looking for a true slice of Derbyshire, try The Eating House.