The best restaurants in Derbyshire [2024]

Curry with half rice half chips at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Longnor.

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Surrounded by breathtaking scenery and miles of gorgeous walks, and home to picture-perfect towns and villages, Derbyshire is a county in the Peak District with many incredible bars, cafes, and restaurants. 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 in Derbyshire, there are plenty of spots to enjoy a delicious meal.

I’ve visited all of these restaurants over the past few years and they are some of my favourites. So, whether you’re looking for fine dining for a special occasion or a laidback pub meal, read on to find some of the best restaurants in Derbyshire.

Best places to eat in Matlock

Stones

Stones Restaurant Matlock

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!

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.

Best places to eat in the Peak District

A fillet of beef dish at Fischer's at Baslow Hall.

Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, Baslow

With three AA Rosettes and an inclusion in the Michelin Guide, the experts clearly rate the wonderful Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, and it’s not difficult to see why. Offering modern British cuisine with many of their ingredients sourced locally or even picked from their garden, the food is fine dining and it’s perfect for a special occasion.

They also offer special events like foraging courses and overnight stays in their boutique hotel rooms. This summer, they have launched their champagne terrace in association with Moet & Chandon and Gusbourne English sparkling wine which is an amazing place for a special celebration lunch with the girls.

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Pork fillet stuffed with chorizo main course at The George, Hathersage.

The George, Hathersage

Recently reopened, The George at Hathersage is a bistro pub that has undergone an amazing refurbishment following flood damage. The stylish bar and restaurant area has a fantastic ambience and there is an outside seating area for when the weather is fine.

The menu is a combination of hearty pub classics and modern fusion food and when I ate there the food was incredible. I went for the sweet and sour prawns followed by the pork fillet stuffed with chorizo and the flavours were fabulous.

The portions are also really generous and the wine list is impressive. I visited during English Sparkling Wine Week where they were selling Henners by the glass and I would definitely recommend if you’re a fan of bubbles.

Starters of sweet and sour king prawns and mini gyros at The George in Hathersage.

As well as the restaurant, The George also offers boutique-style hotel rooms so you can stay over if you like. The rooms are elegant and comfortable, with a blend of modern details alongside nods to the buildings rich heritage and location in the Peak District.

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Best places to eat in the Derbyshire Dales

Pesto at the Peacock, Oakerthorpe

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.

Gammon, egg, and chips at Oakhill in Cromford.

Oakhill, Cromford

Oakhill is a boutique hotel just outside the pretty village of Cromford. They offer fine dining in their restaurant and more casual pub grub in their bar area, although you can mix and match from each menu.

They use seasonal ingredients and locally sourced produce to create modern dishes and classic favourites. The portions here are very healthy and the food delicious. I had the gammon with chips, mushrooms, egg, and onion rings and there was plenty.

Dogs are welcome in the bar area.

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Best places to eat in Chesterfield

Calzone and Christmas pie

The Tickled Trout, Chesterfield

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, Winderworth

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!

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