9 cafes and pubs with fantastic views in Derbyshire
- Credit: Riverside Kitchen
Whether it’s a pint of your favourite ale, preferred loose-leaf tea or coffee roast from your favourite café, you’ll be guaranteed gorgeous views at these Derbyshire venues.
The George at Alstonefield, near Ashbourne
This Michelin-recognised restaurant uses wild produce and local ingredients to create perfect plates.
This award-winning 18th century inn, owned by Graham and Siobhan Penrose-Johnson since 2017, has its own kitchen garden and a restaurant in the perfect picturesque spot for relaxed fine dining in the tranquil scenery of the White Peak.
This summer, the restaurant will be ready for the ramblers, eager to rest their weary feet, along with the village cricket team who frequent the tables outside.
Graham and Siobhan will also be reinstating their much-loved supper clubs, serving a menu which celebrates their passion for using local, wild and sustainable ingredients.
Thorn Tree Inn, Matlock
Take your breath away views from the outdoor terrace are one of the many reasons to stop at this country pub that dates from the 1800s.
On Matlock Bank, the windows and its terrace overlooks the Derwent Valley towards Riber Castle.
The Barrel Inn, Bretton
This traditional inn with lots of old-world charm dates back to the 1500s and is located at the head of Bretton Clough.
The highest pub in Derbyshire, you’ll be guaranteed spectacular vistas while you enjoy a pint of real ale.
Rambler Inn, Edale
This popular village pub is in the heart of Edal near to some of our county’s best walking routes – and incredible scenery to boot.
Once you’ve explored some of the routes, head to the beer garden overlooking the nearby peaks and fells.
Riverside Kitchen, Bakewell
Sit on the outdoor terrace and you can spot kingfishers, dippers, wagtails and all kinds of local wildlife on the banks of the River Wye.
Food made in Derbyshire also features prominently on the menus with grass fed, slow-reared beef from Derbyshire farms, bread and pastries from Wye Bakehouse, pickles from Chesterfield-based Crooked Pickle Company and chocolates from new business, Yohan’s Chocolate Shop in Tideswell and Buxton Coffee Roasters have created a specific Riverside Kitchen blend.
The Little Shed, Ashbourne and Allestree
Take a short stroll from lovely Allestree Park to discover The Little Shed, a gorgeous tearoom founded in 2014.
Feast on their new menu, put together for reopening, with treats including their popular ploughman’s platters, afternoon teas and must-try cakes.
In December 2020, The Little Shed expanded to Ashbourne and the former old Ashbourne Council Offices after being fully renovated to create a light, bright, modern space.
Although the tearoom is on the high street, it is close to the end of the Tissington Trail, making it a popular pitstop for walkers and cyclists.
Grasshopper Café, Hope
Opened in 2016, local and seasonal is at the heart of the menus here, with ingredients from producers like Mettrick’s Butchers in Glossop and a raft of local brewers.
Popular with everyone from students to cyclists – and known for their packed-with-taste grilled cheese sandwiches, you can sip on speciality grade coffee.
Next month sees Grasshopper’s popular wood fires pizza nights return in their lovely courtyard garden, the perfect spot to take time out.
It has gorgeous views of Win Hill and this cosy café is also a stone’s throw from some of the best scenery the county has to offer. grasshoppercafe.co.uk
Hassop Station Cafe, Monsal Trail
Just a short distance from the scenic Monsal Trail. Their characterful café is located on a peaceful, traffic-free route on the former Bakewell to Chee Dale Railway Line.
Due to its proximity to the trail, this café in the former station building is a very popular spot with walkers, cyclists and horse riders seeking out seasonal treats.
You’re surrounding by gorgeous countryside so pick a spot on the sun terrace or the large outdoor covered seating areas.
Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop Café
It is no surprise that a café on the glorious Chatsworth estate would have fantastic views.
A place that celebrates local produce through its menus, you can expect Chatsworth honey muesli or Derbyshire Oatcakes with cheese and bacon for breakfast, pies, pudding and platters for brunch or lunch or, for a special treat, there is a decadent afternoon tea.
All this while overlooking sweeping views of the Chatsworth Estate. Could it get any better?