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Mercia is a stylish little venue in the middle of Wirksworth. A family-run cafe-restaurant, it’s excellent for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a relaxed, inviting atmosphere.

Partners David and Ayesha Spencer opened this Derbyshire eatery in 2016. They say: “It has three simple ideas at its core: high quality local produce, wholesome food and great service”. As a result, Mercia only uses the best local produce from suppliers within a 30-mile radius.

The décor is a stylish mix of eclectic antiques, original artworks and up-cycled furnishings by local craftspeople. Meanwhile, quarry tiles and a lead range provide a rustic ambience. The service is super-friendly and nothing is too much trouble. And you’ll love the outdoor seating area at the front sloping down towards the town centre: it’s great for people watching.

Mercia’s menu offers breakfasts for all tastes, brunch dishes (check out the Champagne brunch), and lunches including salads, sandwiches, burgers, ‘pie of the day’ and ‘poke bowls’. The kitchen caters well for dietary requirements and delivers on both taste and substance. What’s more, their dinner menu is seasonal and concise, served Tuesday to Saturday 5pm-9pm (booking advised). The drinks menu is as diverse as the food, including world wines and local beers.

Look out for Mercia’s special evenings, such as ‘Caribbean Night’ and Wine & Cheese evenings.

By Steph Walsh, Derbyshire correspondent

Useful info
5 Market Place, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4ET
01629 259 342

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