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