Celebrating the area’s diverse food and drink scene and the passionate people behind the products, our brand new 'Eat, Drink, Explore Peak District & Derbyshire' video showcases 20 local businesses and includes well-known faces from the local food and drink industry, together with ambassadors for the area.

From exceptional eateries to brilliant breweries, our latest campaign video promotes the fantastic variety of food and drink businesses in the Peak District and Derbyshire. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the passionate people who took a starring role...

Discover more about the area's fabulous food and drink here.

Rosemary, Bluebell Dairy

Rosemary’s family has been milking cows at Brunswood Farm near Spondon for three generations, so we were delighted to visit Rosemary on the Brown family farm to film the first line of our video! It was in 2008 that the family decided to expand from dairy farming into ice cream production. Ten years on and Bluebell Dairy has won numerous accolades including 7 Great Taste Awards. We were lucky enough to sample some of the flavours on shoot and let’s just say… those Great Taste Awards are well deserved!

Max, White Peak Distillery

In mid-2016 White Peak Distillery had no premises, partners, staff or permits. But owner Max Vaughan had a dream of making whisky and other spirits in the Peak District and Derbyshire and that’s exactly what he did! White Peak became the area's first-ever whisky distillery and now produces Shining Cliff Gin, offering distillery tours and merchandise. Excitingly, Derbyshire’s first whisky will be unveiled next year!

Lauren, Peak District Deli

Lauren and her husband Ralph are passionate foodies who launched peakdistrictdeli.com - an online shop that brings together the best food, drinks and gifts exclusively made in the Peak District. Lauren and Ralph’s focus is to deliver high quality, high welfare food while supporting the community and safeguarding the environment. They also offer unique Pop-Up Supper Clubs - a must-try when visiting the area!

Richard, Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop

Richard is the General Manger of the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop, which has been described as 'Britain's Best Farm Shop'. It was one of the first shops of its kind in the country and the characterful site, at the heart of the Chatsworth Estate, has been selling Chatsworth produce to the public since 1977. The farm shop is abundant with rustic boxes and baskets of tasty delights, earthy vegetables, freshly-baked bread and prime lamb and beef, more than half of which is produced or prepared at Chatsworth.

Barry, Amber Valley Wines

Barry opened Amber Valley Vineyards in 2011 and has been producing award-winning white, sparkling and rose wine ever since. Barry also welcomes visitors to the vineyard for tours and tastings. “Our beautiful vineyards are located overlooking the picturesque Amber Valley, where grapes ripen slowly on the hillsides, in sheltered spots, producing a delicious juice that is expertly turned into fine wine.”

Rob, Peak Ales

In 2003, Rob set up Peak Ales in a converted barn on the Chatsworth Estate. Since then they have grown in size, production and variety and they now operate a fantastic visitor centre - a must-visit for any beer enthusiast - where we filmed his sequence. Here, you can head behind the scenes on a brewery tour before sampling their famous brews ‘Bakewell Best Bitter’ or the honey-infused ‘Chatsworth Gold’.

Kay, Chatsworth

Kay is one of many friendly and welcoming guides at Chatsworth House – the area's most famous visitor attraction and one of Britain's best stately homes. Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been used as a backdrop for countless TV and film sequences including Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and The Duchess. Tours of the House and Gardens with one of the informative guides, such as Kay, run frequently.

Mark, Live for the Hills

Mark is a local tour guide who takes people from all over the globe on story-telling journeys of the Peak District and Derbyshire. When asked what makes the region so special, Mark said: “The Peak District offers an intoxicating blend of stunning landscapes and unique history. Our tours bring visitors to the National Park from all around the world and a key part of that experience is the opportunity to enjoy food from local producers. It’s not just the scenery that makes the Peak District so special, it is also the people and their passion. We are keen to promote local producers and suppliers as an integral part of our customers’ stay in the area.”

Jemma, Bakewell Bakery

Jemma has worked at the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop since 1999 and in 2006 she took over the business with her husband Nick. Since then they have also established Bakewell Bakery – a wholesale bakers based at the Bakewell Riverside Business Park. But it is at the Old Original Bakewell Pudding shop, where Jemma’s line was filmed, where you can learn more about the famous Bakewell Pudding and even have a go at making your own!

Thomas, David Mellor Design

We don't just boast great food and drink in the Peak District and Derbyshire... we have plenty of great heritage products too like Denby, Wedgwood and of course David Mellor cutlery. Thomas is Visual Merchandiser at the David Mellor Visitor Centre in Hathersage where you can shop, dine or go on a guided tour of the fascinating factory.

Lucie, Old Cheese Shop in Hartington

At the picturesque Old Cheese Shop in Hartington village centre, where Lucie works, you’ll find over 100 varieties of cheese including the award-winning Dovedale Blue and of course, Hartington Stilton. At one time, this tiny parish provided over a quarter of the world’s Stilton. We were lucky enough to sample some of the cheeses on the day of the shoot…delicious!

Simon, Spencers the Bakers

The Spencer family has produced Ashbourne Gingerbread since the early 1800s. It is said that during the Napoleonic War a French prisoner of war, who was being held in Ashbourne, gave the recipe to a member of the Spencer family. This crisp and delicious gingerbread has the texture of a shortbread but with the spice of ginger, and yes, we got to sample some too! Highly recommended.

Denise, H&D Exotic Teas

Denise is owner and founder of H&D Teas, based in Tideswell. The tea shop was set up five years ago but is now a busy bistro open six days a week and offering food from different cultures each weekend. Denise is a big foodie herself and says “Food and drink in Derbyshire is great because it is very diverse. With everyone having busy lifestyles, we often do not have time to sit, eat and relax over food so part of a holiday is finding time to relax and enjoy food.” Well said Denise!

Sarah, Peak District National Park Authority

Set to celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2020, the Peak District was Britain’s first National Park. The Peak District National Park Authority runs four visitor centres at Bakewell, Castleton, Edale and the Upper Derwent Valley where you can find out more about the area and even purchase your own #MyPeakCup. Sarah is Chief Executive of the National Park and met us up on Curbar Edge on a glorious Wednesday afternoon for her contribution to the video.

Sir Richard, Tissington Hall

Sir Richard lives at Tissington Hall and is a great ambassador for the area; “Derbyshire is the most wonderful county with lots of opportunities for adventure whether by foot, cycle or car. The rewards are the many eateries all over the Peak District and that is why we at Tissington support local businesses from Peak Ales at Chatsworth, Bradwells for Ice cream and our own village butcher, Andrew Holmes based at the Old Slaughterhouse on Chapel Lane. Come and visit us and taste for yourself.”

Max, Fischer’s at Baslow Hall

Fischer’s Baslow Hall not only serves up some of the best food in the county, but it also grows many of its own ingredients, and has done for years. In fact these days owner and executive chef Max is as happy in the garden as he is in the kitchen. Fischer’s has long been a cornerstone of the British dining scene and this year marks the 30th anniversary of its opening and 25 years since it was first awarded a coveted Michelin star.

Kirsten, University of Derby

Kirsten has just graduated from the University of Derby having completed a Hospitality degree at the Centre for Contemporary Hospitality and Tourism campus in Buxton. This is where the next generation of hospitality sector staff hone their skills in the world of all things food and drink. Brendan Moffett, Director of the CCHT, says: “The University of Derby has a global reputation for industry relevant programmes, and is ranked in the Top 5 Universities in the UK for hospitality, culinary, tourism and events courses.”

Jim, Thornbridge Brewery

Exported across the world, Thornbridge beer is perhaps one of our best-known local brands and founder Jim is all for promoting the local area. “We’re delighted to be an ambassador for the Eat, Drink, Explore campaign! Showcasing our region is something we’re incredibly passionate about, so much that we regularly take inspiration from the Peak District for our beers. We’re proud to be part of a region which has such a fantastic and varied food and drink offering.” Visit the Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell to see behind the scenes in the brewhouse and hear the Thornbridge story from one of their friendly guides.

Andy, The Devonshire Arms at Beeley

The Devonshire Arms at Beeley on the Chatsworth Estate is one of many relaxing places to stay in the area. Andy is General Manager at this charming 18th century village inn which is only a short distance away from Chatsworth House itself! From boutique hotels to cosy B&Bs, glamping pods and luxury lodges, you'll find accommodation to suit all tastes in the Peak District and Derbyshire. Click here to find perfect places to stay.

Rory, The Wheatsheaf at Bakewell

Situated in one of our most-loved market towns, The Wheatsheaf at Bakewell, provides home-cooked food, afternoon teas and drinks. It’s one of many eateries in the area where you can sample local produce or drink beer brewed in the surrounding areas - and manager Rory was delighted to deliver the last lines in our video!

Chefs at the Tickled Trout, Barlow

A final mention goes to the enthusiastic and skilful chefs at The Tickled Trout in Barlow, who let us in to their kitchen to film them making their early dinner orders. TheTickled Trout loves showcasing Derbyshire producers and pretty much everything eat here has been locally-sourced...

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone that appeared in our food and drink video. If you, like us, want to see, hear or taste more from them, then come and stay in the Peak District and Derbyshire and plan your own food adventure with us!




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