We are within reach of many places to dine out (if you can tear yourselves away from the spectacular view outside your caravan!). Here are some of our personal favourites:
(Click on the names for a link to take you to their website for more information)
HERD STEAKHOUSE – Set in an old bank on the banks of the river Derwent this place offers fantastic ambience, and a terrace overlooking the river! Upstairs there are uninterrupted views over the old bridge to watch the world go by with cocktail in hand…but book early to get the best tables and ask if they have one in the mezzanine extension by the windows for the best views! Fabulous steaks, hanging skewers, grills, salads and now doing Sunday Lunches ! Their Facebook page HERE has the most up to date menus and information.
THE MAAZI – a fabulous ambience in this local Indian restaurant with views over Hall Leys Park. Scattered rose petals, candles and waiters in traditional dress will make this an experience you will remember! (They also do a delivery service and can do curry-to-caravan on request!) But the dining out experience is definitely worth it!
BARRINGTONS – is situated just down in the village of Darley Dale. If you are feeling particularly adventurous you could walk the woodland walk from the farm and into the village…but remember..it’s all uphill back! You would be rewarded with great pub meals, with great grills and steaks and they usually have an offer for two 8oz rump steaks or two fish dishes with a bottle of house wine for £30 (Could be the decider on that taxi back!) They are also very dog friendly in the front room but not the Oak Room Restaurant as well as having a large beer garden. They are right next to The Whitworth Park with a play area, a lake and plenty of green areas.
THE THORN TREE– if you happen to be staying with us on a Wednesday, Pat’s Pie Night is not to be missed! A choice of home-made fillings and pastry ( just hope he has the curried chicken with bhaji pastry on when you are there!-wow!)..with a terrace with views to die for (You could almost be in the Hills of Tuscany!) Also does amazing real ales and bar snacks every night!
THE TIPSY TOAD – This is a great little contemporary bar just down the bottom of the hill on the A6 into Matlock. Often has live music and their ‘happy hour’ (5-7 pm)is not one to be missed where you get to call your drinks on the flip of a coin….if you win – your drink is free! Their amazing platters are superb and great value…with beautiful home made soups and melted Camembert our additional favourites. Make sure you are down before they stop serving food at 7pm though! It does get very busy at weekends but if great (sometimes loud!) music, food , a vibrant atmosphere in a contemporary industrial setting is your thing…..you wont be disappointed! And you can take the dog!
CAUDWELL’S CRAFTS AND CAFE – Why not combine a leisurely shopping trip, a visit to a historic flour mill and delicious home cooked food at this picturesque place just down the A6 at Rowsley. Renowned for their beautiful vegetarian dishes and in house baked cakes the cafe overlooks the pretty river and the craft centre is perfect for that something a little different to take home with you.
THE BOAT INN – A little further afield in Cromford is one of our favourite little haunts for the best steaks ! Lots of other pub favourites including a Sunday Carvery on the menu too, plus they have special menu nights during the week. Think log fires, beams great friendly atmosphere and very dog friendly! A great stop after a walk along the Cromford Canal across the A6. Plenty of car parking at Cromford Wharf.
STONES RESTAURANT – For a beautiful fine dining experience it doesn’t come much better than this. Situated by the bridge along the River Derwent , you will need to book very early for this popular family run restaurant. The menu is updated constantly to reflect the seasonal availability so expect fresh, modern British cuisine at its best.