Enjoying a refreshing pint, sharing previously undiscovered cheeses, sipping on a glass of bubbly…how do you enjoy food on holiday? When exploring a new place, tucking into tasty local treasures can be just as exciting as the big outdoors, but if you’re not local, you’ll need a guide to show you where to eat. Whether you’re indulging, wanting to try the best of the best, or have a dietary requirement, we’re here to help! Using our local knowledge, we’ve collated THE list of places to eat, sharing all of our best kept secrets and making your local dining experience in the Peak District & Derbyshire a piece of cake!

Best Pub Grub

The Peak District is full of quintessentially British pubs. From warm cosy fires in the winter, to full bloom beer gardens in the summer, our pubs are perfect for any time of the year! With countless pubs to choose from, you’re spoiled for choice but we’ve selected our two of our favourites to make it a little easier for you:

The Royal Oak is a traditional charming country pub near Buxton. Rated #1 on Tripadvisor, their award winning pub offers a cosy atmosphere, cask-conditioned ales, and a fine selection of wines makes The Royal Oak a very enticing pub indeed! This sentiment is mirrored in their hearty English menu, as it provides ample options for all, including vegetarians, vegans and celiac alternatives. But if you want to truly taste the Peak District, we highly recommend trying ‘The World's Best "Oak" Ploughman’s’ or their steaks, which are sourced locally from Critchlow’s Farm shop of Bakewell.


The Yorkshire Bridge Inn – This friendly pub welcomes everyone from walkers and cyclists to families with pets, all of whom are invited to relax and unwind with them in the beautiful Hope Valley. They pride themselves in sourcing local produce wherever possible. Their menu covers everything from the ‘Yorkshire Classics’ to Daily specials which on Wednesday’s includes the ‘Seven Hour Slow Braised Lamb Shoulder Hotpot’. Their popular ‘Sunday Roasts’ are not to be missed and for veggies, we highly recommend the ‘Warm Derbyshire Oatcake’. 

Local Produce

One unique aspect of Derbyshire and the Peak District is that it’s a working National Park, so therefore you can find amazing local businesses, creating the highest quality local products. So many create stunning food and drinks which signify the distinctive flavours of Derbyshire, but below are a couple of the best places to sample some of these local treats:

The Tickled Trout - If you’re a food buff looking for THE Derbyshire tasting experience, look no further than this fine Gastro pub and restaurant. Their proud tagline ‘Deliciously Derbyshire’ showcases the best of what Derbyshire has to offer, their menu even includes a map detailing exactly where their foods are sourced from. We recommend the ‘Derbyshire charcuterie’ and the ‘Tickled Trout burger’ to really get a taste of just how delicious Derbyshire really is.

Sauced here have created an online supermarket which only sells the best local produce that The Peaks and Derbyshire has to offer. If you’re self-catering, they even deliver to holiday cottages, caravans, and tents! All you have to do is book a delivery spot. They supply everything from locally sourced BBQ food to toiletries and gifts. We recommend the ‘One Click Shopping, Holiday & Group Packs’ and the ‘Free From & Selective Diet’ ranges.

We have a page dedicated to local produce, so for more details click Here’.

Best Afternoon Tea

Whether it’s an indulgent treat or a gift for someone you love, Afternoon Tea has become the perfect way to spend time with loved ones during a break away. For anyone visiting from overseas, the tradition is steeped in history and considered THE British dining experiences. So, here are our top recommendations:

Chatsworth - If you’re looking for ultimate indulgence, we recommend the ‘Wedgwood afternoon tea’ at Chatsworth, near Bakewell, where you can enjoy Earl Grey cured salmon and gold leaf macaroons whilst sipping on a glass of Laurent-Perrier Brut NV.

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Roaches Tea Rooms - For those looking the traditional cosy tea room feel, these are an excellent choice. They provide a whole range of teas, ethically sourced coffees, and they also have a very extensive Gluten Free menu with lots of Gluten Free cakes to choose from! For something different, we recommend trying the unusual ‘herb scone’ or the Derbyshire classic ‘Pikelets’!

For more cafes and tearooms, search on our website here.

Fine Dining

For those extra special moments, you can experience the Peak District in an atmosphere of sophistication, in one of the gorgeous fine dining restaurants. Entering the world of luxury, they offer ultimate dining experiences with food cooked by noted chefs, serving award-winning cuisine with impeccable service.

Fischers – Located in the beautiful Baslow Hall, Fischers is Derbyshire’s highest awarded restaurant. Every dish is immaculate and perfectly executed using Britain’s finest ingredients. Uniquely, they’ve designed two vegetarian menus, one of which is seasonal. We recommend ‘The Kitchen Bench’, a chance to witness a first-class chef and kitchen in action, whilst you enjoy the Taste of Britain tasting menu prepared in front of your eyes.

Rowleys – As seen in the Michelin food guide, Rowley’s is the sister restaurant to Fischer’s and offers top quality food and great value for money. With contemporary takes on the classics, it has something for everyone. Keeping local tastes in mind, we recommend the ‘Derwent Rainbow Trout’, ‘Derbyshire Lamb Chump and Shoulder’ or the ‘Derbyshire Born & Bred steaks’.

To find more restaurants in The Peak District & Derbyshire, click here.

So there you have it, all of the best kept dining secrets of eating in Derbyshire and the Peak District. If you’ve been inspired by our blog and are out there trying the local food, we’d love to hear from you. If you’re sharing the love on social media, don’t forget to tag us in your food pics using our #UniqueDistrict

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Bonne Appetite! 




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