The Arches Artisan Market, which opened recently is arguably now Buxton’s most unusual shopping experience, with the market housed in an 19th century former stables block built by Duke of Devonshire.
The best thing about visiting The Arches is that you’re immediately greeted at the entrance by the Pig & Pepper Tea Room. Ideal for a spot of lunch or a snack before enjoying a good browse round the shops, all of which live in an ‘arch’. Visually the building is stunning and if you haven’t been here before, you instantly find yourself feeling a bit suprised when you walk in – am i really in Buxton?
We decided to have lunch at the Pig & Pepper Tea Room right away before any perusing of the goodies on offer at the various shops.
The menu offers sandwiches and toasties, snacks (crisps, nuts etc.), salads, small plates (light lunches) homemade cakes and scones (which change all the time), homemade ice cream, hot and cold drinks inc. freshly made coffee and Teapigs teas. Toasted tea cakes too – they looked delicious. We opted for a ham and cheese toastie as well as pitta with homemade houmous and olives. The houmous was lovely and plenty of it too. The toastie was really very good, the bread outstanding. All of the bread comes from various local artisan bakers inc. sour dough breads. Once thing we loved was the ‘Croissage’! A sausage roll in a sort of croissant – homemade, tasty and ideal for a quick snack. Dishes on the menu change weekly.
Laura and Aron Cheatle, owners of the Pig of the Pepper, recently moved to Buxton, having lived in Hackney, London for the last ten years and their passion for good food and a yearning to return to the north bought them back both here. Laura said “We wanted to offer tasty food and we feel really passionate about that – when you visit somewhere you want to know that you’re going to pay for food that’ll fill you up that you will really enjoy. It’s important to us we use local suppliers too such as Mycocks”.
Upon finishing our food, we had a wander round the ‘arches’ and there’s quite a few new retailers here since it first opened, with just a few units reserved for pop-up stalls.
There’s a great mixture of everything here – from home interior accessories, make-up & beauty products, vintage & shabby chic furniture, women’s clothing, handmade chocolate, jewellery, giftware and more.
There’s some lovely tranquil seating outside the tea room (with the River Wye flowing right by) so before heading off we enjoyed a pot of Earl Grey Tea in the sunshine.
If you haven’t visited yet then do – for any lover of decent food and a proper cup of tea, accompanied by some reasonably priced and unusual shopping, you won’t be disappointed. The Arches Artisan Market is unlike anything else in Buxton really and it’s great to see this historic and rather unique building being used this way.
If you’re interested in a stall here for your business, The Arches Artisan Market offer both longer term opportunities from £50 per week and short terms pop-up stall lets where you can rent space for 1 day or more. For more information, prices & terms, call 01298. 27069.
Location and parking:
The Arches is located across the road from Ashwood Park and Weatherspoons, at the bottom of Fairfield Road. Parking is available round the corner at the start of Spring Gardens and across the road at Sylvan Park Car Park.
Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. Also open on Mondays during Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm.
The Arches Artisan Market at Hogshaw Mill, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 7DJ
Tel: 01298 27069