Five foodie havens in the Peak District

From pubs, restaurants and cafes, to ice cream parlours, bakeries and farm shops, you’ll never be short of food options on a trip to the Peak District. Whether it’s a traditional Bakewell pudding you’re searching for, stock that’s been reared and prepared within just a few miles of the shop it’s sold in, or the local delicacy of an oatcake, your taste buds are in for a treat in this beautiful region.

We’ve done the hard work for you by seeking out five of the best places to visit on your holiday to discover the most delicious food that will have you heading back again and again.

The Samuel Fox

A fantastic atmosphere, gorgeous food, and a selection of local ales – what more could you ask for?! The Samuel Fox, located in Bradwell, is in the Hope Valley region of the Peak District and with easy access to many of the area’s larger towns and cities, plus fantastic local transport links. The restaurant and bar area is contemporarily decorated affording a wonderfully light and airy space in which to dine and enjoy spending time with friends and family, with a variety of set price menus available dependent on the time of day you visit and the occasion. There is also a tasting menu on offer, which boasts seven courses of carefully chosen, beautifully presented produce if you just can’t decide what to indulge in!

The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

What list of places to eat in the Peak District would be complete without this famous little gem? Encompassing the very definition of traditional, there is an abundance of history woven into the walls of this quaint building dating back hundreds of years. Pull up a chair on the first floor to enjoy the full restaurant experience; a variety of options are available throughout the day, from delicious cooked breakfasts to mouth-watering lunches, the obligatory original Bakewell pudding and some of the finest afternoon teas in the country. If you just want some treats to take away and enjoy in the comfort of your cottage, the bakery and shop offer an array of goods. Freshly baked bread, cakes and sweets are all popular choices, and don’t forget to take home some locally produced jams, chutneys, and honey to try!

Chatsworth Farm Shop

Award-winning and featuring a whole selection of counters and sections to explore, the Chatsworth Farm Shop showcases some of the finest produce in the Peak District. Situated in the village of Pilsley just a few miles away from Chatsworth House, the shop proudly claims that over half of the products they sell are either produced or prepared on the estate – you can’t get much fresher than that! Browse the huge range of wines and ales, or head to the store cupboard section for an abundance of jams, cereals and other essentials. Meanwhile the fish and butchery counters boast the highest quality catches and cuts, with a professional fishmonger and butcher always on hand to help. The extensive variety of fruit and vegetables on offer will have you serving up a rainbow of healthiness the next time you cook, whilst the delicatessen offers over 100 different types of cheese, fantastic local pies and some tantalising pastries. Is that a tummy rumble we hear?!

Cool River Café and Patisserie

Patisserie by day, restaurant by night – Cool River Café is exactly that. Cool. The bright, contemporary feel of the place means that it serves both its purposes perfectly, offering a social environment for your afternoon coffee and cake, as well as an intimate and relaxing setting for dinner. Using local flour, Fairtrade tea and coffee, and free range eggs, you’re in for an authentic and ethical treat in beautiful surroundings; why not try one of the fantastic fruit tarts, or maybe one of the magnificent macarons? Alternatively, pay a visit during the evening for such mouth-watering dishes as blade of beef, Cool River braised pie, and the restaurant favourite ‘Big Savoury Quiche’.

Bakewell Ice Cream Parlour

A scoop of Italy in the heart of the Peak District, Fredericks award-winning ice cream is highly acclaimed throughout the region. The Bakewell Ice Cream Parlour is tastefully decorated to create a chic space where you can enjoy not only the finest frozen goodies, but also indulge in an authentic cup of Italian coffee, sip champagne on the first floor, or choose from a selection of fantastic sandwiches and cakes. Amongst the traditional ice cream flavours of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, there’s plenty of more unique flavours to sample – like Bakewell Pudding!

If you’re looking for a trip that’s sure to tantalise your taste buds, the Peak District should be right at the top. We’ve got some beautiful cottages to stay in too – why not take a look?

Posted by Kirsty Fensome on 2nd May 2017