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Places to eat and drink close to Hathersage in the Peak District

For many years now the Peak District has offered great dining and drinking. The list below is not at all comprehensive, merely a selection of places that the owners have enjoyed and can recommend. We would encourage guests to try out new places and the let us know their experiences. 

Café’s

Colman’s Deli in ‘The Square’ in Hathersage has great coffee made by trained baristas. Cintra’s tea rooms is also good for coffee and teas. The greatest café in the area, though not a place to find artisan coffee is the ‘Grindleford Café’. This is in the old station house at Grindleford railway station. It can be reached by train, car and a brisk 1 hour walk.  It is the place where climbers huddle around the fire drinking large mugs of tea while eating chip ‘butties’, it is also the refuge of walkers who have be caught in a shower or who always planned to stop at the café.

Pubs

The Scotsman’s Pack, the Millstone and the Plough Inn are probably best for people wanting to have some real ale and very good pub-grub. The Little John is the best place if you want to watch sport that is not available on ‘free to view’ TV. All of these places are between 5 and 20 minutes walking distance from the cottage, though the Millstone is up-hill on the way to Sheffield. Slightly further afield, but worth the journey are the Peacock at Owler Bar (6 miles) and the Cricket Inn on Penny Lane at Dore  (8 miles). The Cricket Inn even smokes its own meats.

Fine Dining

The George Hotel serves very good food and has the advantage of being the closest commercial establishment to the cottage. Further afield is the Cavendish Hotel in Baslow (Tel: 01246582311) and Fischers at Baslow Hall (Tel: 01246583259). Both are around 7 miles away. Closer is the Chequers Inn at Froggat Edge (Dist: 5 miles, Tel: 01433630231). This has a fine dining side and a pub meal side.

If you are looking for somewhere that has held a Michelin Star then try the Old Vicarage in Ridgeway Village (Dist: 15 miles, Chef: Tessa Bramley, Tel: 01142475814). 

Wine Bars

H’s in Bakewell has always been great fun (Dist: 10 miles, Tel: 01629815107).

Indian

There are two Indian restaurants in Hathersage. We would recommend Mezzi’s which is next to the Coleman Deli at ‘The Square’. You can find a menu in the folder in the cottage.

Chinese

The New Golden Dragon is a Chinese restaurant in Hope, a few miles away towards Castleton. Tel: 01433623226. 

Fish and Chips

‘The Happy Plaice’ is a mobile fish and chip shop which stops opposite the petrol station in Hathersage on Tuesday evenings. We have not tried that but it appears to be popular.  There are also more permanent fish and chip shops in Castleton and a closer one in Bradwell.

Further afield

Many of the nearby villages, such as Castleton or towns such as Bakewell have an excellent selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants. Some are fussy about muddy boots and dogs, but most have made an effort to accommodate visitors to the area.


Places to go in the Peak District

This list is by no means complete. But it does provide a starting point from which you can explore further. 

Hathersage.

David Mellor’s factory and museum is about 15 minutes walk away, towards Grindleford. This is nothing to do with the politician, but everything to do with fine silver cutlery and imaginative industrial design. It is a pleasant surprise for all ages.

St. Michael’s church high on the hill behind ‘The Square’ is famous for housing the grave of Little John, Robin Hood’s close friend, in its grounds.

Hathersage Lido, in the summer is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. You can swim in the open air but benefit from the warm temperatures of the heated pool. The village is trying to raise funds to renovate the pool so your visit could help preserve a local treasure.

 

Eyam – Plague Village

Just over 5 miles away off the B6001 beyond Grindleford is the village of Eyam. This village quarantined itself from the outside world after the plague arrived there from London in1665. Walking around this historic village you can read the story of the village and the victims of the plague. It provides a fascinating insight into life in a time gone by.

 

Chatsworth House.

Home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the largest landowners in the region. This stately home cannot fail to impress the visitor. The building itself is surrounded by grounds that are the work of Capability Brown and include a maze where you can easily get lost for a while. There is also a great farm and adventure experience for children of all ages, as well as a good farm shop, deli and restaurant. The estate surrounding Chatsworth includes free roaming deer. The estate also includes Edensor Village, a collection of houses which all seem to be of a different design. Well worth a walk around.

 

Hassop Hall.

This is a 17th country house, but was originally recorded in the Doomsday book of 900 AD.  Now is has been converted to a hotel. It is almost 7 miles from Hathersage, on the Great Longstone road heading towards Bakewell. It has excellent gardens and is certainly worth an ‘afternoon tea’.

 

Sheffield.

An ugly picture in a beautiful frame, the greenest city in Europe, the fifth largest city in the UK and the Rome of the North (as it is set upon seven hills and with 5 rivers running through), are all phrases that have been used to describe this city.  Once famed for its steel, its cutlery and coal mining. Sheffield now is better known as home to the Arctic Monkey and a great University town with varied thriving communities in charmingly named suburbs such as ‘Hunters Bar’, ‘Sharrow Vale’ and ‘Nether Edge’.  There is something for everyone, with good sporting venues, cinemas and good city centre shops, plus Meadowhall by junction 34 of the M1.  

 

Buxton.

15 miles from Hathersage, beyond Castleton, in the High Peak, lies the beautiful spa town of Buxton. First frequentes by the Romans for its  medicinal spring waters, it is also now famous for it Opera House. It is well worth a day trip.

 

Bakewell.

11 miles south of Hathersage, lies the market town of Bakewell. It is fine for a stroll, a shop and and afternoon tea. Be sure to try the famous Bakewell tarts. The Bakewell Show is one of the UK’s oldest agricultural shows and takes place each August. It is well worth a trip.

 

Matlock Bath

17 miles due south of Hathersage lies the spectacular village of Matlock Bath. Built along the river Derwent, the village boasts many tourist attractions such as The Heights of Abraham (reached by cable car), Gulliver’s Kingdom, High Tor (for climbers) and the Peak District Mining Museum. 

 

Various.

During late spring and early summer many of the villages in both the White and Dark Peak will hold ‘Well Dressings’. These are well worth visiting and each village has a carnival like atmosphere and local schools and community organisations are heavily involved in the ancient pagan tradition which has more recently taken on a Christian flavour. You will need to pick-up a leaflet in a local shop, or read a local paper for the details of dates for each villages’ dressing.


Things to do in the Peak District

Hill Walking.

There are walks to suit ever taste and every level of fitness. From a short stroll across the railway line, some fields and the ‘stepping stones’ to the Plough Inn for lunch; to a fairly serious traversal of Kinder Scout at the start of the Pennine Way. Local shops have great book, there are also some walking guides in the cottage.

 

Rock Climbing.

Almost legendary gritstone crags such as Stanage Edge, Millstone Edge, Burbage, Froggatt Edge and Curbar are all a short drive or cycle from the cottage. Stanage Plantation Area and Burbage North and South both contain fantastic bouldering rocks also. If you are looking for some steeper, then the limestone cliffs of Stony Middleton and adjacent Horseshoe Quarry, is only a short 6 mile drive away. For somewhere more sheltered, go to Cressbrook Dale and visit Water Cum Jolly, Ravens Tor and Cheedale. There are some guides in the cottage, and local shops stock a far greater range, but climbing should not be undertaken without adequate ability, knowledge and experience.

 

Road Cycling

From Hathersage you can set-off in many directions. You can go from Jaggers Lane up Coggers Lane towards Stanage and then go via small roads to Bamford and return on the main road. You can head out towards Hope, turn to Edale and scale the almost alpine ascent to Mam Nick before descending the steepest of drops in Winnats Pass down to Castleton and then back to Hathersage. You can also head out through Bamford and towards Snake Pass beyond, before breaking off and following the line of reservoirs to the Kings Tree for a 25m circular route. You can also head in the direction of Grindleford and then scale the long climb to Abney, stopping for a well earned drink at The Barrel pub at the top, or you can head off towards Sheffield and cross over towards Chesterfield and descend down to Baslow and from there go to Bakewell, Chatsworth or return to Hathersage via Grindleford. All you really need is a map, suitable equipment, moderate fitness and a little time.

 

Mountain Biking

There are many off-road routes in the Peak District.  The best way to find these is probably to either get a book or a map or to follow someone else. The cottage should have one or two books and several maps. Local shops such as ‘Outside’ in Hathersage will have more up to date local publications. You can also hire bikes and get great guidance at The Bike Garage (Tel: 01433659345) in nearby Bamford.

 

Caving

Close by Castleton has four ‘show’ caves which are regularly open to the public. These include Peak Cavern, Blue John Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern.  Speedwell Cavern has underground boat rides. For the keenest speleologists who have local knowledge there are plenty of cold, cramped and damp entrances to caves very close by.

 

Climbing Walls

If the weather really is too bad to climb outside, or it is too dark. Then there are several climbing walls in Sheffield. These include The Foundary (Tel: 01142796331), The Edge (Tel: 01142758899) and The Works (01142509990). As it is some distance to travel to Sheffield, it is worth ringing ahead to find out whether the walls are open and whether you will be able to climb as a casual visitor.