13 of the best restaurants in the Peak District

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It may be best renowned for its stunning scenery and superb country walks, but the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District also play host to some of the nation’s finest food and drink establishments.

In conjunction with Sheffield Telegraph food critic Lesley Draper, we take a look at 12 of the best restaurants in the Peak District.

Monsal Head Hotel

Monsal Head Hotel

Spectacular is not an adjective to be used lightly, but nothing else would do justice to the setting of the Monsal Head Hotel. The majestic view overlooks hills, river and viaduct, and there’s a tempting menu to boot. A good step up from pub grub, with a definite cheffy touch, portion sizes are hearty and the food delicious. (Full review)

Monsal Trail, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1NL (01629 640250, www.monsalhead.com)

Devonshire Arms, Beeley

Devonshire Beeley

This popular country pub boasts old stone walls, beamed ceilings and roaring log fires, offset by bright colours and jazzy stripes. Its food has a big reputation – the place has recently been named Best Gastro Pub in the Derbyshire Food Awards for the fourth year running – and it’s fair to say it doesn’t disappoint. When you take your seat in the stylish dining room to sample the game, wine and roasted figs, brace yourself for delights to come. (Full review)

Devonshire Square, Beeley, Matlock, DE4 2NR, (01629 733259, www.devonshirebeeley.co.uk)

Maazi, Hathersage

Maazi

A true master of attention to detail, especially when it comes to service, this new Indian eaterie has a distinctly Moorish ambience: rustic metal lanterns, fretwork screens and textured wallpaper studded with crystals that shimmer like frosted bark. The menu is diverse; including most of the usual favourites plus some more unusual combinations – and surprises such as the occasional theatrical, Blumenthalesque touch. (Full review)

Main Road, Hathersage, Derbyshire S32 1BB, (01433 650725, www.maazi.co.uk)

Plough Inn

Plough Inn food
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The Plough Inn is a proper pub – with a spacious lounge bar, dining room, tap room and snug – and it serves pub grub in the best tradition: home cooked, much of it using local produce. Sandwiches, jacket spuds and old favourites are boosted by a wide choice of pies and burgers, and there’s a good range of ales too. (Full review)

New Rd, Low Bradfield, S6 6HW, (0114 285 1280, www.theploughlowbradfield.co.uk)

Fischers at Baslow Hall

Fischers

Michelin-starred Fischer’s is a place that simply oozes decadence and ambrosial delights. The style is essentially British, with an emphasis on quality ingredients, balanced flavours and contrasting textures, all beautifully executed and superbly presented. The dining room is formal as the service, dominated by stone mullions, acres of white napery and a vast bowl of flowers, fresh from the garden. (Full review)

Calver Rd, Baslow, Derbyshire DE45 1RR, (01246 583259, www.fischers-baslowhall.co.uk)

Chequers

Chequers

The award-winning Chequers Inn has received an AA rosette for its cooking each year since 2004 – and was even chosen to appear on the front cover of this year’s Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide. Priding itself on good food, good beer and good service, it’s comfortable and attractive, a pot pourri of polished wood and hanging baskets. (Full review)

Froggatt Edge, Calver, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 3ZJ, (01433 630231, www.chequers-froggatt.com)

Rowley’s

Rowleys

Star quality cooking in a stylish, informal setting. The à la carte offers a fine, eclectic choice, the wine list is impressive, and the service is good here: friendly and efficient, but not over-zealous. Here you can enjoy Michelin-standard food without all the pomp and ceremony – and for a fraction of the price. (Full review)

Church Ln, Baslow, Bakewell, DE45 1RY, (01246 583880, www.rowleysrestaurant.co.uk)

Devonshire Arms, Baslow

Devonshire Baslow

The reborn Devonshire Arms has a bright new look and a fresh appeal to match. An eclectic choice of dining and seating areas and face-lifted bar boast an element of rustic charm: a newly-installed real fire adds to the cosy feel and a mural map embeds it firmly in the Peak District landscape. Good, home-cooked food complements these surroundings in hearty, satisfying style. (Full review)

Nether End, Baslow, Derbyshire, DE45 1SR, (01246 582551, www.devonshirearmsbaslow.co.uk)

Samuel Fox Country Inn

Samuel Fox

Classic dishes, lifted by touches that add to the experience rather than just gussy them up, go hand-in-hand with excellent service. Expect accomplished cooking in a welcoming environment at this top-notch country pub. (Full Review)

Bradwell, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 9JT, (01433 621562, www.samuelfox.co.uk)

Red Lion at Peak Edge Hotel

Red Lion

Winner of ‘Gastro Pub of the Year’ at the Derbyshire Food and Drink awards three years running, the Rosette-awarded Red Lion – located within the historic surroundings of a 17th century coaching inn – is renowned for its locally-sourced menus and specials, as well as a famous mouth-watering Sunday roast. (Full review)

Stonedge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 0LW, (01246 566142, www.peakedgehotel.co.uk)

The Peacock

Peacock

The Peacock at Rowsley is renowned for its classy surroundings, its top notch food and its celebrity customers – recent visitors have included film stars Dame Judi Dench, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley. This fine dining venue is the kind of place where you’re greeted by name, treated as royalty and pampered like a movie star. Perfect for a special occasion. (Full review)

Bakewell Rd, Rowsley, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2EB, (01629 733518, www.thepeacockatrowsley.com)

White Lion

White Lion

Possibly the finest après-walk watering hole around, this is a great place to go anytime, whether you’re after a quick lunch or a full-blown three-course meal. Fresh local food and a warm welcome are assured in this cosy gastro-pub. (Full review)

Main St, Great Longstone, Derbyshire, DE45 1TA, (01629 640252, www.whiteliongreatlongstone.co.uk)

Losehill House

Losehill House

Losehill House Hotel is one of the area’s best kept secrets, complete with breathtaking scenery and sublime food. The menu is ‘modern country house style’, using delicious locally sourced meat and vegetables. It’s the perfect country house retreat where the food is as good as the view. (Full review)

Lose Hill Lane, Edale Road, Hope, Derbyshire, S33 6AF (01433 621219, www.losehillhouse.co.uk)

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