The best restaurants in Derbyshire
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I’m a bit of a foodie and I absolutely love eating out (well, it saves on the washing up, right?) and luckily where I live, there are plenty of spots for a delicious meal. Here’s my guide to the best restaurants in Derbyshire.
The best for fine dining: Stones
If you like your food fancy and full of flavour then Stones in Matlock is the one for you. This is my favourite restaurant – I love the atmosphere, the service, the location and, of course, the food. When the weather’s fine you can start with cocktails on the terrace followed by haute cuisine. There’s also lots of little extras like delicious canapés and homemade breads and butters – yum!
The best for: a good steak: Herd
I’ve been to Herd in Matlock quite a few times recently and I’ve tried the rump steak, the sirloin steak and the fillet steak – all of which have been nothing short of delicious. Flavoured to perfection and perfectly cooked (I like mine rare), plus there’s a delicious selection of sides, including halloumi fries – winning.
The best for bottomless brunch: Pump & Grind
Bottomless brunch – another one of my favourite meals! I tried out Hip Hop brunch at Pump & Grind in Chesterfield with one of my friends last year and loved it so much that I’ve just booked it again today. Bottomless brunch here comes with two hours of unlimited gin and juice and a DJ spinning hip hop tunes all day. The food’s tasty and suitably hipster too. Cool AF.
The best for tapas: Pesto
Ok, so I may be cheating a bit here. I love traditional tapas but Pesto at Oakerthorpe does Italian tapas. Think mini pizzas, mini dishes of pasta and delicious meats. If you’ve ever felt like you can’t make up your mind as to what main course to order, Pesto has the answer. They recommend you choose three or four dishes each and share between the table for the ultimate Italian buffet.
The best for pizza
Seeing as pizza is my absolute favourite food (I’m eating one right now as I write this!) I couldn’t stick to just one recommendation so I’ve given you two.
The Tickled Trout
We started a new Christmas tradition a couple of years ago where we go on a Christmas Eve dog walk followed by a pub lunch and The Tickled Trout at Barlow has been our venue of choice. The pizzas have a thin base and pools of creamy mozzarella and they even do a Christmas pizza for the festive season with pigs in blankets!
The Hunloke Arms
The Hunloke Arms in Wingerworth is one of my locals and they serve huge stone baked pizzas on wooden boards. They have countless toppings so there’s something for everyone and if you don’t eat it all at dinner (and they’re huge so you probably won’t), you can take the rest home with you for a midnight snack…or even breakfast!
The best for breakfast: Cool River Cafe
With local fresh ingredients, the full English breakfast at the Cool River Cafe in Matlock makes for a great start to the day, especially if you’ve got a day full of walking or exploring Derbyshire ahead of you. Situated on Matlock’s Dale Road, it’s surrounded by quirky vintage shops and just next to the park so it’s also a good stop off for lunch.