Hassop Station Cafe

Derbyshire and the Peak District is brimming with charming cafes offering a refuelling retreat for shoppers and sightseers, meeting spots to catch up with friends and idyllic locations to sit and watch the world go by. If you’re keen to seek out some of the area's cosiest cafes and best places to eat, here's your guide to some of the most characterful cafes in Derbyshire and the Peak District...

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Hassop Station, Monsal Trail
Situated just off the scenic Monsal Trail, a traffic-free route along a former railway line from Bakewell to Chee Dale, Hassop Station is a haven for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Situated in the elegant Old Station building, the cafe serves a regularly-changing menu of freshly-prepared, seasonal delights ranging from soups and sandwiches to burgers, bagels and brownies (plus delicious freshly-made cakes!). There’s a great gift shop, a sun terrace and a large outdoor covered seating area too – perfect for visitors with dogs!

Design Museum Cafe at David Mellor, Hathersage
Grab a bite to eat in the stylish home of David Mellor cutlery, surrounded by stunning examples of the acclaimed Sheffield cutlery-manufacturer’s works. Designed by Corin Mellor himself, the striking Design Museum Café offers modern dining in informal surroundings, with the best David Mellor tableware. The café serves freshly-prepared lunches, including sandwiches, soups, quiches and salads, plus specialist teas, coffee and an irresistible selection of home-made cakes.

Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop Cafe, near Bakewell
Visit the award-winning Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop & Cafe to stock up on the finest local produce, before dining on delicious, seasonal dishes in a beautiful space overlooking sweeping views of the Chatsworth Estate. The brilliant breakfast menu includes Chatsworth honey muesli (freshly-baked on site), Derbyshire Oatcakes served with smoked cheese and Chatsworth bacon, and a great full English. Enjoy brunch or lunch (where choices include pies, puddings, platters, ciabattas, sandwiches and homemade fishcakes), opt for a special Afternoon Tea or simply a scone with jam and fresh cream. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

Grasshopper Café, Hope
This cosy and contemporary café, based in the heart of the Peak District National Park, is a walker's paradise – and visitor’s are just a stone’s throw from some of the most spectacular scenery in the UK. Sip on speciality coffees, savour homemade cakes and choose from a range of freshly-made light bites - including homemade waffles. Grasshopper Cafe is cycle-friendly and there’s also a brilliant rear garden with amazing views out to Win Hill.

The Pekoe Café at Northern Tea Merchants, Chesterfield
Tea-lovers, listen up! Enjoy the area’s largest range of teas and coffees at the charming Pekoe Café, based within Chesterfield’s famous Northern Tea Merchants on Chatsworth Road. You’ll be greeted by the aroma of freshly-brewed teas and coffees - with a huge range to choose from! Accompany your drink with a slice of locally-made cake, or if you’ve got more of an appetite, enjoy breakfast, a freshly-made lunch or cream tea.

Tagg Lane Dairy
Delicious ice cream, made from this family-run dairy’s famous raw Jersey milk, is just one of the highlights of visiting Tagg Lane Dairy ice cream parlour and café. Just outside of pretty Monyash, near the High Peak Trail, it’s an ideal pitstop for walkers and cyclists. All food and ice-cream is freshly-made on-site, and the menu includes Belgian waffles, homemade farmhouse cakes (made using free-range eggs), tea cakes, ice cream sundaes and American style milkshakes. We even think you’ll notice a difference in the taste of your hot drink down to the freshness of the farm’s creamy Jersey milk!

Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop
There’s more to the Old Original Bakewell Pudding shop than its famous Pudding, although it’s a good place to start! After sampling the famous sweet treat, dine in the fully-licensed, first floor restaurant where you can relax with a pot of tea and the daily paper or treat yourself to a three-course lunch with friends and family. Alongside a fully-licenced restaurant menu featuring breakfast, light bites, sandwiches, paninis and sweet treats, there’s afternoon teas and a courtyard menu – with a wide range of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, toasties, paninis, salad boxes and soups.

Wheatcroft’s Wharf, Cromford
Work up an appetite with a waterside walk and a browse around Cromford Mills at the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, before stopping for refreshments at this picturesque water-side café on the Cromford Canal. Situated in a beautifully-converted wharf shed, visitors can enjoy pastries, homemade scones and paninis, freshly-made oven-baked potatoes, pizzas and summer salads, plus delicious fresh ground coffee, ice-cream and cake. Wheatcroft's Wharf is also licensed, so why not quench your thirst with some locally-brewed Arkwright’s Ale? 

High Peak Bookstore and Cafe, Brierlow Bar, Buxton
Book-lovers shouldn't miss an opportunity to browse and dine in this characterful café just two miles outside of Buxton. It boasts one of the finest book stores in the country - with over 5,000 square feet of book-buying galore. High Peak Bookstore also has a café with serving freshly-ground local coffee, loose-leaf teas, breakfast, brunch and lunch including paninis, sandwiches, soups, quiche and salads. Almost everything is home-made - including the cafe's own pesto, dressings and warming soups!

Nourish at No.44, Belper
A cafe/bistro by day and restaurant and bar by night, Nourish at No.44 is located on Belper's bustling, award-winning High Street. Housed within an old pub, the characterful bistro dates back to the 16th century, with shabby chic décor, exposed brick walls and wooden flooring. There's even a 'secret garden' at the back! Enjoy a Full English Breakfast, sharing platters ranging from Seafood to Ploughman’s and a Mediterranean Veggie Meze, plus a brilliant choice of coffees, teas and cakes.

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