Best of: Lunch in the Peak District

Let me start this post by saying this will be the first of maaaaany about the Peak District. Firstly because this area is a walker’s/cyclist’s/outdoor-enthusiast’s Promised Land. Scrunched between Sheffield and Manchester, it has the best of both worlds: the bustling culture and industry on it’s doorstep, with stunning scenery that should surprise everyone at least once.

And secondly, for the many many months I am not travelling or in lectures; it is my home.

I thought I would share a few of my favourite places to grab lunch, brunch or afternoon tea, whether you’re stuffing yourself with a full English, or just grabbing a coffee:

1. Hathersage Social Club, Hathersage

A firm favourite for me and my friends is the Social Club in Hathersage. The menu is so amazing – every option is always right up my street so I’ve rarely had the same thing twice. Although I recommend it for brunch, the Social Club has everything from gourmet porridge (£7) to devilled prawns (£7.50) or an amazing halloumi and portobello mushroom burger (£12).

The food selection is also seasonal, meaning you are never bored of whatever fresh, flavoursome dishes they have on offer – and their waffles are basically legendary.

My faves: The veggie aligot brunch – complete with halloumi, peppers, spinach, poached eggs and basically everything good in the world (£11) or ANY OF THE WAFFLES (£6)

2. The Eating House, Calver

Attached to the Calver Craft Shop, The Eating House is another place I’d recommend to stop for food. If the weather is nice, there is outside seating and they allow dogs too. It’s also near the humpback bridge and Calver Weir which makes for a great route to walk off alllllllllll of the scones 🙂

Their afternoon tea is definitely one of the best I’ve ever had, so I’ve gone back a few times for the same thing. It comes with four different sandwiches and types of cakes, four mini scones, fruit and a huge salad – it’s definitely enough for two, as we are always full after!

I order: the afternoon tea shared with my mum or my sister (£10 each)

3. Hassop Station and Bookshop, Hassop

Hassop Station is an old-railway-station-turned-centre of gifts, books, bikes and food. This buzzing hub is just outside Bakewell and Chatsworth which is great if you’re wanting to make it a day of sightseeing.

The best part of Hassop Station is that it’s situated on Monsal Trail – one of the most picturesque routes through the Peak District. You can even rent bikes from the bookshop, and cycle the trail through the limestone hills through the former railway tunnels.

I order: ‘posh’ fries with truffle oil and shaved parmesan (£2.95), any of the toasted sandwiches, or homemade quiche and salad (£7.50)

4. Coleman’s Deli, Hathersage


Down the road from the Social Club, is another Hathersage gem: Coleman’s Deli. Not only is there an lineup of fresh produce, pickles and jams, but you can sit in for a meal and a hot cuppa with your shopping!

I order: fish finger sandwich (£5.25) or any of the homemade scotch eggs

5. Tilly’s, Castleton

One of the tastiest, and definitely one of the prettiest places to eat in the Peaks. This charming tea room is the perfect pitstop between the jewellery and chocolate shops that litter this picturesque village.

The menu is standard for a traditional English tea room, but the food is definitely above standard! There is even a gluten free and vegan menu with delicious options too. I recommend a pot of tea with a scone, (because you can’t really go wrong) and the homemade cakes are also delicious.

Just be warned – it’s very popular and not the largest place, so it can get busy!

I order: carrot cake (£2.50 takeaway) and a green tea or coffee.


There we have it – 5 of my favourite places to eat in the Peak District. Keep an eye out for more similar posts – about my second favourite place, Sheffield.


It’s one of my 2018 resolutions to travel domestically, so I am determined to see more of the UK this year.


If you’re from the UK or you have ever visited, what are your favourite places? Leave me a comment down below 🙂


Thank you for reading!

Hope you all have a good day buds, Holly x


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Check out this video I’ve made of my favourite places in the Peak District!


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