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Your guide to the best food & drink independents in Derbyshire

From small farms in the Peak District producing exceptional meats to fine-dining restaurants, country pubs, delis and cookery schools – if you know where to look, this beautiful county has so much to offer. With the help of our writing team we’ll guide you to more and more Derbyshire restaurants, pubs, shops and producers, and some exclusive member offers.

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Here are the food and drink independents we love in this region, with more coming soon…

  • Amalfi White

    Amalfi White is a two AA Rosette restaurant in Melbourne, South Derbyshire, situated in a impressively refurbished building…

  • Amber Valley Wines

    A new vineyard in the heart of Derbyshire that’s now producing wine – buy a bottle, take a tour or adopt your own vine today…

  • Anoki Derby

    Enjoy fine Indian cuisine in the unique surroundings of London Road’s Old Picture Hall with its gilded vaulted ceiling…

  • Arthur’s

    Leo Hill and Amelia Hawkins opened Arthur’s in 2018 and have created a fine dining experience, with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere…

  • Bank House

    Bank House in Hathersage opened in September 2018 after a stylish renovation that created a vibrant, attractive bar and restaurant…

  • Beaurepaire Patisserie

    Beaurepaire Patisserie is a charming little tearoom and cake shop in the centre of Belper – a quirky curiosity shop of delectable delights…

  • Bluebell Dairy & Ice Cream Parlour

    Multi-award-winning Bluebells Dairy is best known for its amazing ice cream but this working family farm near Derby has so much more to offer…

  • Bottle & Thyme

    Bottle & Thyme is a family-run independent restaurant in Chesterfield serving fresh and organic seasonal dishes from morning to night…

  • Buxton Pudding Emporium

    Buxton Pudding Emporium is a quaint and quirky café connected to a fabulous pudding shop and deli. Expect good food and friendly service…

  • Campfire Trailer Taproom & Street Food

    If you like quirky and unique venues, Campfire Trailer Taproom & Street Food is just the place. Delicious street food, great cocktails and music are always on the menu…

  • Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop

    A brilliant farm shop in a beautiful part of the world – a larder for some of Derbyshire’s best local produce…

  • Croots Farm Shop & Café

    Croots Farm Shop & Café was a finalist in the GFC Awards 2020/21. You’ll find an extensive butchery, cheese counter and lots of local produce…

  • Dancing Duck Brewery

    Dancing Duck Brewery of Derby was founded by Rachel Matthews in 2011 and brews some excellent beers. Two of our favourites are Ay Up and Abduction…

  • David Mellor Design Museum Cafe

    The David Mellor Design Museum Cafe on the outskirts of Hathersage is relaxing, spacious and fascinating, with good but simple food to match…

  • Derby Brewing Company

    The rise of Derby Brewing Company is a success story that should bring a rosy glow of pride to the cheeks of all beer and pub lovers…

  • Derby Pyclet Parlour

    Derby Pyclet Parlour makes delicious pyclets (a traditional Derbyshire food that looks like a flattened crumpet) and oatcakes…

  • Derby Pyclets

    Pyclets have quite the history, first appearing in Derby in the 1860s. Current owner Katie Gibson is taking this savoury snack into the future…

  • Derwentwater Arms

    The Derwentwater Arms is a traditional country pub. It exudes community spirit, dates back to 1708, and serves fantastic food and drink…

  • Edensor Tea Cottage

    Edensor Tea Cottage is a charming café serving delicious breakfasts, lunches and cakes. It has a sublime setting on the Chatsworth Estate…

  • Fischer’s at Baslow Hall

    The beautiful Peak District setting of Baslow Hall and its stunning gardens are matched by its fine dining. A special place…

  • Hackwood Farm Shop

    A friendly farm shop that’s well stocked with local produce, boasting an extensive butchery and adjoining tea room. Winner of Best Derbyshire Shop in the Great Food Club Awards 2015…

  • Hartingtons of Bakewell

    If you want to expand your cooking skills and artisan food knowledge, Hartingtons in the heart of the Peak District is just the place…

  • HIDE Burger Bar

    HIDE Burger Bar in Derby is a master of its art. Its burgers are excellent – some of the best we’ve tried…

  • La Rock

    An oasis of seriously impressive food hidden away down a backstreet in Sandiacre between Nottingham and Derby…

  • Le Mistral Bistro & Wine Shop

    Le Mistral in the market town of Wirksworth – ‘Gem of the Peaks’ – offers French bistro-style dining in a lovely setting…

  • Milk & Honey

    Think you’ve tried every cheese? Head to Milk & Honey where you’ll find more than 80 varieties and lots of other goodies…

  • Nourish at No. 44

    A popular shabby chic café-bistro in the bustling Derbyshire market town of Belper…

  • Owen Taylor & Sons Butchers

    Owen Taylor & Sons was named Great Food Club Catering Butcher of the Year 2020/21 and also has a retail shop. A family business since 1922…

  • Peak Feast

    Peak Feast is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly family bakery hidden away in the beautiful Derbyshire village of Youlgrave…

  • Price & Fretwell

    Price & Fretwell of Tibshelf won our Catering Butcher of the Year Award 2020. It triumphed due to consistency, excellent products and customer service…

  • Red Lion at Peak Edge Hotel

    The Red Lion in Derbyshire offers good food and bags of stylish comfort – stone floors, wood beams, lavish armchairs and open fires…

  • Robin Maycock Butchers

    Robin Maycock Butchers & Bakery near Matlock is an exceptional butcher’s shop. It was our High-Street Butcher of the Year 2021/21…

  • Rose Cottage Café in Castleton

    Rose Cottage Cafe in Castleton is a charming tea room in a building dating back to at least the 15th century. To the rear is a beautiful hidden garden…

  • Stones Restaurant

    Stones is a small and stylish fine dining restaurant in Matlock, located next to the River Derwent…

  • Tagg Lane Dairy

    Tagg Lane Dairy in the Peak District near Bakewell produces exceptional raw milk and ice cream from their herd of Jersey cattle…

  • The Anoki Express Van

    Anoki runs a trio of award-winning Indian restaurants. Its Express Vans deliver its popular ‘JustHeat’ ready-meals across south Notts & Derbys…

  • The Bookcafe

    The Bookcafe in Derby is a stylish yet quirky city-centre retreat, where the ambience is calming and inspiring. Expect wholesome, delicious food…

  • The Bridge Inn

    The Bridge Inn at Calver is a great pub in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, and best of all, the menu and the food are fabulous…

  • The Brunswick Inn

    A historic Victorian boozer and architectural gem that used to feed and water Derby’s Railway Village. Today it’s a shrine to cask beer with its own micro brewery, serving simple but tasty pub food…

  • The Bull Shed & Shottle Farm Brewery

    Rustic home-cooked food – pies, steaks and pizzas – served in an equally rustic setting next to a microbrewery. Text to book…

  • The Bull’s Head

    The Bull’s Head in Repton, Derbyshire, is a buzzing gastro pub serving wood-fired pizza and Japanese Yakitori skewers alongside pub classics…

  • The Chequers Inn

    Located directly under the imposing Froggatt Edge ridge in the Peak District, The Chequers Inn is a wonderful stop off for walkers and foodies, alike…

  • The Cod’s Scallops

    Want to try some award-winning fish and chips? Chances are there’s a branch of The Cod’s Scallops near you. And if there’s not, there will be soon…

  • The Devonshire Arms

    The Devonshire Arms in Beeley is a stylish 18th-century inn on the Chatsworth Estate offering award-winning food and drink…

  • The Devonshire Arms

    A former coaching inn located in the quaint village of Baslow offering excellent service, fabulous food, great drinks, tasteful décor, open fires and quality accommodation…

  • The Devonshire in Belper

    The Devonshire in Belper dates back to the 18th century. It’s a strong all-rounder, with a menu that has something for everyone…

  • The Exeter Arms

    The Exeter Arms in Derby is a proper, traditional pub serving locally brewed real ales and modern, interesting, creative food…

  • The Factory Kitchen

    Ilkeston’s Factory Kitchen is a contemporary cafe and restaurant serving dishes cooked up by a Michelin-trained chef…

  • The George at Alstonefield

    The George at Alstonefield in the Peak District is the quintessential country pub. And it offers excellent cooking featuring local ingredients…

  • The Greenman

    The Green Man in Ashbourne has been transformed into a fantastic town centre pub serving carefully prepared, locally sourced seasonal food…

  • The Hartington Cheese Shop

    The Hartington Cheese Shop near Buxton sells cheeses from Hartington Creamery and other local/regional artisan producers…

  • The Honest Wine Company

    Looking for a bottle of wine for that special occasion? Why not pop in to see Karl and Debbie…

  • The Kedleston Country House

    Set in the historic Kedleston Estate in Derbyshire, this stunning Georgian restaurant and hotel has rolling countryside views…

  • The Loaf

    The Loaf in Crich is a popular village bakery offering freshly-baked loaves, cobs, pastries and cakes. Its cafe is open six days a week…

  • The Miners Arms, Carsington

    Sunday lunch is a big deal at The Miners Arms with sharing platters of meat and all the trimmings…

  • The Old Dog

    The Old Dog in Thorpe near Ashbourne is full of rustic character but with a modern approach to food…

  • The Old Smithy

    Located a mile or so from Chatsworth House in the delightful village of Beeley, The Old Smithy serves freshly prepared, home-cooked food…

  • The Packhorse Inn

    A fantastic village pub in Little Longstone, Derbyshire, untouched by the trappings of the modern world – no frills just great ales, lovely local food, open fires and a warm welcome…

  • The Plough Inn at Hathersage

    The Plough Inn at Hathersage is warm and welcoming, steeped in history, and serves traditional pub classics as well as more modern, sophisticated dishes…

  • The Prince of Wales

    Rowley’s at The Prince of Wales in Baslow, Derbyshire, serves simple, seasonal, local ingredients cooked with skill in a laid-back restaurant…

  • The Quirky Cook

    Derbyshire-based artisan producer Kay Hawkins – aka The Quirky Cook – makes sublime black garlic relishes. Winner of Ambient Product of the Year in the Great Taste Awards 2018…

  • The Railway, Belper

    Lincoln Green Brewing Company do pubs and they do them well! And this Belper pub is a proper gem…

  • The Remarkable Hare

    The Remarkable Hare is a dog-friendly pub, popular with locals and visitors alike. The Sunday roasts are particularly popular…

  • The Royal Oak at Hurdlow

    The Royal Oak at Hurdlow is a stone-built Peak District pub serving hearty homemade classics and an array of ales…

  • The Samuel Fox

    This country inn in the glorious Derbyshire Peak District is named after a chap who invented the umbrella and serves food as beautiful as its location…

  • The School House Restaurant

    The School House Restaurant in South Normanton serves modern British cuisine in a 19th-century school hall. Open for takeaway and delivery…

  • The Tickled Trout

    A village dining pub with a passion for locally sourced ingredients and Italian cooking. Think Derbyshire lamb with spicy arrabiatta sauce and farfalle pasta…

  • Tori & Ben’s Farm Butchery

    Exceptional meat from prize-winning animals raised on a small scale by a passionate farming couple. Offering deliveries and Isolated collections…

  • White Peak Distillery

    White Peak Distillery is a craft distillery in the heart of Derbyshire producing small batches of handcrafted whisky…

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