Want to know the best places to eat in Derbyshire and the Peak District? If you love tempting your tastebuds over pictures of mouthwatering dishes, feast your eyes on these tantalising images of the very best local food and drink and start planning your edible adventures!

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1. Bakewell Pudding

Nothing says Derbyshire like the famous Bakewell Pudding. Accidentally created by a local cook in the 1860s, the sweet treat (which is coincidentally nothing like a Bakewell Tart) is a succulent mix of jam, almonds and egg on a flaky pastry base. The ‘secret recipe’ is held by the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop in Bakewell town centre, where you can purchase freshly-made puddings even make your own at a pudding-making workshop!

2. Fine Dining

When your food resembles a work of art, you know you’re in for a special experience. Derbyshire’s only Michelin-star restaurant, Fischer’s Baslow Hall, has held the prestigious Michelin-star for 25 years. Situated in beautiful surroundings at the end of a winding chestnut-tree-lined driveway, the kitchen team uses top quality ingredients in its inspirational dishes for a meal to remember.

3. Brilliant Beer

Derby was once voted the best place to drink real ale in the UK, so it’s no wonder that Derbyshire and the Peak District has a thriving craft beer scene. Tasty local brews produced by Peak Ales near Bakewell include Bakewell Best Bitter, Great Ridge (supporting the Peak District National Park) and Chatsworth Gold, brewed with local honey from the Chatsworth Estate. You’ll find their beers in local shops, pubs and restaurants, and at the Visitor Centre near Chatsworth.

4. Comfort Food at its Finest

If there’s one thing better than a walk in the Peak District, it’s a walk in the Peak District followed by hearty comfort food – and what better way to nourish your appetite than with a homemade pie?

5. Derbyshire Cheese

Bursting with flavour, the area has a delicious reputation when it comes to local cheese. Hartington Creamery is the world's smallest Stilton cheese producer – and the Old Cheese Shop in the centre of the quaint Peak District village of Hartington is one of the most photogenic food shops in the country.

6. Fish 'n' Chips

Here in Derbyshire we take our fish and chips very seriously. Fried in golden, crispy batter with thick-cut chips bursting with fluffy potato, this delicious dish from the Cock Inn at Mugginton is the ultimate modern twist on an English classic.

7. Derbyshire Wine

Think of wine and France or New Zealand might spring to mind, but did you know there’s a thriving wine scene right here in Derbyshire? Renishaw Hall Vineyard near Sheffield was once the most northerly vineyard in the world! See where the vines are grown on a vineyeard tour and talk with English Wine Project, before sampling the delicious tipple yourself.

8. Local Lamb

If you love locally-raised meat, then Derbyshire is the place for you. Local lamb, beef and pork are regularly on the menu at local restaurants that pride themselves on serving the highest quality fare. Cooked to perfection and infused with seasonal ingredients, this local lamb dish from the Old Hall Hotel in Buxton – England’s oldest hotel – is a perfect example of a picture that looks good enough to eat!

9. Homemade Ice Cream

No matter what time of year it is, no visit to the area would be complete without sampling some local ice cream. Luckily, Derbyshire and the Peak District is home to great local ice-cream producers. Bluebells Dairy, near Derby, is one such place: this traditional dairy farm uses their creamy milk and the finest ingredients to create a wide range of freshly-made, award-winning ice cream. Cookies and cream, honeycomb crunch, lemon curd and devilishly chocolate are just a few of the flavours on offer.

10. Glorious Gastropubs

If you love great pub food, you won’t be spoilt for choice. This mouthwatering chocolate delice from the season-led menu at the Three Horseshoes near Ashbourne is accompanied by a pistachio crumb, griottine cherries and a perfectly scooped wild berry sorbet.

11. Derbyshire Gin

You won't just find great local beer and wine - Derbyshire has several gin producers too! Ispired by the Shining Cliff woodland near Ambergate, White Peak Distillery crafts Shining Cliff Gin, which is distilled and bottled by hand. With thirteen carefully selected botanicals distilled to create a smooth balanced dry gin, it’s practically Derbyshire in a glass!

12. Perfect Produce

Whether you're a visitor looking to try fresh produce, or a local looking to support passionate producers, why not purchase your own tasty ingredients from Peak District Deli? Stock up on cheese, steak, coffee, gin, eggs, wine, bread, pies and pastries – and create your very own Derbyshire dish. Proud supporters of the producers who live and work here, they also run Pop Up Dining Experiences where you can sample the very best local food in unique surroundings.

Has reading this made you hungry? Learn everything there is to know about food and drink in Derbyshire and the Peak District, and share all you culinary discoveries with us at @eatdrinkexplorepdd on Instagram using #PackYourAppetite.

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