Time for tea and cake
Bakewell pudding, definitely not a tart!

Peak District cafes

...locally-sourced, homemade goodness

It’s probably fair to say there was once a time when cafés in this country – not least in rural areas – conjured visions of tepid tea in grubby cups, curly sandwiches and breakfasts swimming in grease.

Happily those days have all but gone, and the recent foodie boom and thirst for all things handcrafted has not escaped the Peak District - the Peak now boasts more than its fair share of excellent cafés and tea rooms.

We’re now in an age where young people are knitting again, folk are shopping at farmers markets, and locally-sourced, organic produce is highly sought-after. People like to know where their food has come from.

Most cafés in the Peak now embrace this approach, a philosophy which builds community ties and benefits everybody.

Upstairs Café & Gift Store in Bakewell is an aptly-named, modern coffee shop located above a farmers’ market shop. The café provides fresh food and offers a friendly and speedy service. A wide range of snacks are available from only £3.25 with added daily specials on the blackboard. A selection of House wine, cold continental and smooth beers are also available.

Hassop Station is a newly-opened cafe and cycle hire centre near Bakewell. Working closely with local suppliers, Hassop Station serves locally-sourced, homemade grub, with the café itself housed inside a spacious old station building. A cycle hire centre has recently been added, in good time to make the most of the soon-to-be reopened Monsal Tunnels.

The Yondermann Café on the A623 at Wardlow Mires is a Let’s Stay favourite, particularly its breakfasts. £3.99 for a hearty, big breakfast is definitely not to be sniffed at. Situated on the site of a former petrol station, this is an ideal drivers’ stop off.

Monsal Head is one of the popular vantage points/beauty spots in the Peak, and peering over the edge across the valley is Hobbs Café, serving delicious hot and cold food. The homemade cakes are a particular joy, and the café serves everything you’d expect. An added bonus comes in the shape of some super beers from the nearby Thornbridge brewery.

Indoor seating is supplemented by a log fire, but if you’re here in the summer then outdoor seating for over 50 people is where you’ll want to be, taking in the stunning views across Monsal Dale.

Penny Pot Café can be found in the glorious heart of Edale, ideally placed for a spot of respite after a taxing day around Kinder Scout and the Edale Valley. Penny Pot serves seasonal, home-cooked food – including produce from local farms. All are welcome – even those with extremely muddy boots.

Woodbine Café in Hope, near Castleton, is open seven days a week all year round. A welcoming log fire awaits on colder days, while an outdoor tea garden is ideal for the spring and summer. All food is freshly-prepared.

Housed inside the old station house, Grindleford Station Café overlooks the Hope Valley Line and Dore & Totley tunnel, and is always popular with walkers, bikers and commuters.

Cintra’s Tea Rooms claims to be the best-kept secret in Hathersage. Charmingly quaint and attractive, Cintra’s is a licenced restaurant and café serving everything you’d expect and more.

Sean Cummins


Last Updated: 5 Oct 2015