Cafes in the Peak District
A recent visit to The Old Coach house tearooms in Summer 2013 has led this review. This is a great place for lunch or afternoon tea as you can get salads, hot meals, desserts as well as a good range of cakes, scones, cream teas, coffees, teas and soft drinks. There is plenty of space indoors in the lovely old coach house of Tissington Hall, but in the warmer months do sit outside and take advantage of soaking in this lovely village and the green. Parking does get tricky in the summer but when we visited one of the fields was open for additional parking so as long as you don't mind a 5 minute walk on slightly bumpy ground you will be fine. Dogs are welcome outside and children and very welcome with high chairs provided. Take a walk around Tissington too to visit the duck pond with little ones and a selection of shops selling crafts, home made items and ice creams for the whole family. We planned a walk to start and finish in Tissington and there are plenty to choose from to suit all abilities.
A café in the heart of Tideswell and with plenty of parking along the road, which serves a range of food including sandwiches, paninis and homemade cakes all made with fresh, local ingredients prepared in season. It is also very good for vegetarians and there's a handy covered outside area if you want to sit with your four legged friends too. The coffee served is organic and fair-trade and very delicious as well as great hot chocolate for kids and adults alike. Children are more than welcome – high chairs and baby changing facilities are provided. Very friendly and helpful staff. We've used Vanilla Kitchen plenty of times as part of our walks from Riverside House holiday cottage and would thoroughly recommend it.
After a long walk along the river Dove from Valley View holiday cottage it was a real treat to come across two cafes in this lovely village. We stopped in the larger or the two, The Village Stores with our dog and were made very welcome. It also serves as the local shop and deli with a good range of quality ingredients as well as pot plants and of course teas, coffees and home made cakes. Sandwiches are made fresh and local ingredients used where possible. Local beers are available (my husband was very upset that he couldn't carry a cask of beer with him!) as well as a good selection of wine. There is some seating outside, which we enjoyed as the weather was warm and watched locals coming and going in this pretty spot. There is also a second cafe The Beresford Tea Rooms that we didn't visit, but with a choice of two we would recommend stopping off here. There is plenty of parking around the village on the side of roads and if you pack your walking boots in the boot of the car there are plenty of lovely walks too.
Another cafe that we visited over the summer of 2013. This is a lovely corner cafe, family run (next to the market square, so handy for parking but not on market days!) and with a delicious range of cakes, breads, lunchtime soups and specials and Fair trade coffee. We loved the fact that all the tables were given the name of a flower when you place your order. We all tried something different from toasted tea cake, coffee cake to Bakewell pudding and had a range of teas and coffees. Even though it was busy service was pleasant and speedy. Dogs are also welcome as too are children. Toilets are downstairs and the steps might be a tricky for older or mobility impaired guests. All ingredients are locally sourced, flowers and seeds are on sale as well as locally made honey and there's also a range of gluten free soups, breads and scones. Daily specials are available for lunch. If you are staying at Valley View holiday cottage and take a trip to Ashbourne we would recommend a refreshment stop at The Flower Cafe.