As well as the area’s many farmers’ markets, which sell a huge range of high quality local produce, including award-winning ice-cream, cheeses, meat and fresh produce, the area has its fair share of world-renowned products such as Bakewell Pudding, Ashbourne Gingerbread and Buxton Mineral Water – enough to give you a real flavour of the Peak District!
Food lovers with an eye for the finest local produce should look out for pubs, cafés, hotels and restaurants displaying the Peak Cuisine symbol, which signifies that their menu carries at least one dish whose main ingredient is sourced locally.
Detailed in this section are all the best local places to buy food, collect takeaways and restaurants. We have focused on those that supply local food and in many cases organic selections are available as well.
Buying local is:
- A rewarding way for everyone to support local businesses, farmers and protect the Peak District
- A tasty way to save food miles
- A delicious way to support local businesses
- A fascinating way to get to know about the area and its local dishes
The Peak District National Park is an internationally valuable landscape. There is a growing interest in connecting food production and environmental management. By savouring the distinctive local foods of the area you are helping to care for that wonderful landscape formed by centuries of food production.
We will add new shops, takeaway’s and restaurants as they come to our attention and are of good quality, by no means is this a fully comprehensive list.
Local food shopping
Sauced Here, Bakewell – Offers the convenience and similar choice that you might get from an online supermarket experience however everything at Sauced Here is hand sourced from the area’s top providers. Guests can place an order and Sauced Here will go to each of the purveyors, collect the items selected and deliver to their cottage during their stay or ready for their arrival … supermarket convenience, with artisan quality – fabulous.
Chatsworth Farm Shop, Pilsley – Plenty of choice with good meat, fish, deli and bakery counters offering fresh produce as well as other store cupboard essentials. It also sells touristy gifts like Chatsworth t-towels and Chatsworth tea but I’m pretty sure the tea isn’t grown at Chatsworth.
E W Coates – Butchers, Two Dales – Our local butcher who is so keen on getting the best for his customers – he goes to Bakewell livestock Markets to choose his animals, so he can tell you which farm your meat has come from. Contact: 01629 733504
Marsh Green Farm Shop, Kelstedge – Excellent range of local produce, some produced on the farm other items from local suppliers.
Winster Village Stores – Our very own community shop – selling newspapers, off license, fresh bread and all the produce you’d expect to find in a corner shop … oh, and the Post Office is there too.
The Old Cheese Shop, Hartington and Cromford – Shops in both villages selling a wide range of cheeses and goodies to go with them!
Scotland Nurseries Deli, Tansley – The farm shop offers a selection of home-produced and local food – fresh fruit, vegetables, local beef, pork, lamb and poultry, award winning sausages, pies, quiches, slices, free range eggs, freshly baked bread, home made cakes, organic produce, local ice cream, English wines and locally produced bottle beers.
The Loaf, Crich – A vibrant artisan bakery, delicatessen and café in Crich. Selling a wide range of specialist bakery products, home made café food and deli-style groceries. They make bread, cakes, pizzas, pies, quiches, salads, hot and cold snacks, soups and a whole load more deliciously irresistible, top-quality goodies. Most of what is served is made from scratch and contains no additives or preservatives.
Bakewell Farmers Market – Held the last Saturday of the month* – this used to be the 2nd largest farmers market in the country, I’m not sure if this is still the case but it is brilliant, most of the contents of your welcome hamper can be bought here, it’s also good for fresh veg, wild mushrooms, meat and dairy produce, jams, cakes and ice cream… well worth a trip.
* mostly – sometimes moves for big events in the town!
Just a selection of some of the best local restaurants in the area … in no special order, I hope it gives you a flavour of what’s available:
East Lodge – Rowsley 5 miles – voted best restaurant in Derbyshire – a dress up venue, white linen table cloths etc – good food.
The Peacock at Rowsley – Rowsley 5 miles – where all the stars stayed and ate during the filming of Pride & Prejudice – food, a bit pretentious and “dainty portions”.
Hassop Hall – Hassop 12 miles – fabulous setting, dress up place, very traditional food, silver service waiters … and a sweet trolley – it’s like stepping back in time. You expect to see Victoria Wood pushing the trolley over and saying “is it on the trolley”! I love it.
The Devonshire Arms – Beeley 6 miles – gastro food … owned by the Duke and Duchess … the “great and the good” like to be seen here.
Fischer’s Baslow Hall – Baslow 8 miles – fine dining Michelin star restaurant, beautiful setting.
Rowleys – Baslow 7 miles – gastro pub … good food, relaxed atmosphere.
Piedaniels – Bakewell 5 miles – a fine French restaurant and cafe bar in the heart of Bakewell offering a selection of good French and English cuisine, in beautiful surroundings.
Local public houses
The Bowling Green pub – Winster 1 mile by road – less if you take a walk form Blakelow across the moor – traditional English food – landlord is the chef, food is home cooked, locally sourced, not microwave … log fire.
The Royal Oak – Hurdlow 12 miles – gastro pub, good food, well priced, huge portions, casual dress, very attentive staff, log fire.
The Druid – Birchover 4 miles – gastro pub newly opened in March 2013 following a refurb by new owners.