National Trust Tea Room - Penny Pot Cafe
�There are three National Trust tearooms in the Peak District - each one with its own character, and each one an ideal place for weary ramblers and tired tourists to rest and relax before heading off on their next Peak District adventure. Catering for every craving, the three establishments offer tasty panini, homemade pies, fresh soups and hearty mains, plus a range of exceptionally good cakes and other treats. Situated in the beautiful Hope Valley, the Penny Pot Café in Edale is a favourite for cyclists looking for a pit-stop, with convenient bike racks outside and hearty sustenance inside. It is also a great starting and finishing point for walkers exploring Mam Tor or the Alport and Edale Valleys.
Manifold Tea Rooms at Ilam Park sells a wonderful array of tasty food and drinks. Take time out in the characterful stableblock of Ilam Hall or sit outside and admire the views of Thorpe Cloud toward Dovedale and the beautiful Manifold Valley. Set amidst a picturesque landscape of waterfalls, wooden bridges and ancient packhorse routes, The Longshaw Tea Rooms at the lovely Longshaw Estate is housed in a stone barn overlooking the breathtaking ancient moorlands of the Peak District. It's cosy in winter, while the summer gives visitors the opportunity to tuck into lunch alfresco while enjoying the view.
On a recent visit, I devoured a Sheffield-made panini filled with creamy Buxton cheese and local ham, while my companion enjoyed a satisfying homity pie filled with mashed potato, onion and cheese. We also plumped for freshly baked scones with butter and blackcurrant jam. One of the secrets to Longshaw's culinary success lies in the gardens directly behind the estate, where fruit, vegetables and herbs for use in their seasonal dishes are grown. Wherever you find yourself in the Peak District, consider any of the National Trust Tea Rooms as the perfect complement to your day of exploration, or, indeed, relaxation