10 Best Tea Rooms & Cafés in the Peak District & Derbyshire
England is well known for its traditional tea rooms where you can really go to town with Englishness and eat scones and jam, drink lashings of tea and indulge in lots of cake. Lemon drizzle cake, Victoria Sponge, carrot cakes, Chelsea buns and eccles cakes are some of our firm favourites when it comes to cake in our beloved tea room. Other places go further and little more extravagant offering something a bit different. We’ve picked a handful of our favourite tea rooms and cafes in the Peak District and Derbyshire, some traditional, some more contemporary.
If you’ve visited somewhere we haven’t listed and think it really deserves a mention here – get in touch 🙂
Formerly an old railway station, this café is ideally located along the popular Monsal Trail – which opened in 2011. The old station is spacious and airy with plenty of seating and you can also hires bikes for the trail here. The book and gift shop is very good too. It does get busy but the turn over is quick to you should get a seat even during the height of summer. The food is a standard menu with nothing too fancy but everything is very fresh and tasty and they have fresh coffee and a range of teas. A firm favourite of ours.
Hassop Station, Hassop Rd, Bakewell, DE45 1NW
Established in 1959, this place is probably regarded an institution locally and there’s a distinctive traditional feel to it with a good standard fayre menu but it’s decent. They have a huge range of teas more to the point with many you wouldnt see in many of tea rooms; the Indian, Ceylon and China tea selection is superb – and you can see ones here you’ve never heard of. Don’t worry though they do have standard issue tea if you’d prefer.
193 Chatsworth Rd, Chesterfield, S40 2BA
A simple tea room with simple decor and a simple menu but it’s always lovely and warm inside, the staff are friendly and it’s dog friendly and treats are on offer for your four legged friend which is nice. The menu is generally light snacks but there is a specials board. Expect good old English toasted tea cakes, scones (freshly made) and English breakfasts as well as yummy puddings such as Lemon Meringue Cake, Treacle tart and the famous Bakewell Pudding. Good stop over during a walk and right in the town centre too.
Unit 8, Granby Rd, Bakewell, DE45 1ES
Located in The Square, its unbeatable location means you’re right at the heart of everything in Buxton – so you can tie up lunch or a cuppa with seeing some of Buxton’s best (and scenic) sights. The menu is traditional English with everything homemade using local produce and they cater for gluten free very well too. Homemade quiche here is superb. The feel of No.6 is cosy and the collection of tea pits is quite something. Booking ahead is recommended – even if you’re booking for later in the day, it’s always very busy.
6 The Square, Buxton, SK17 6AZ
The cobbles serve up some pretty oatcakes and Longnor is a lovely little place to stop off if you’re passing or exploring the Peak District. Popular with hikers, cyclists and the like too. Scones and Afternoon Tea is also on offer too, a favourite English Tradition. The TripAdvisor reviews are pretty amazing too.
Bank House, Market Place, Longnor, Buxton, SK17 0NT
Originally the old engine shed along The Leek and Manifold Valley Light Railway, this is a grand little spot to enjoy the Peak District. Conveniently located opposite is the Hulme End Visitor Centre, the original ticket office and waiting room for the Manifold Valley Light Railway, which now houses railway books and books of local interest, railway artefacts, some gift items, and much information about the area. Lovely atmosphere in a unique setting as well as a cracking traditional English menu.
Hulme End Near Sheen, Buxton, SK17 0EX
A real gem of place, the Village Green Cafe is a modern tea room that does everything you’d expect but with a bit of a twist. It’s lovely inside and the menu offers plenty of cakes, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and various snacks. What’s great about this place is there’s some thought gone what’s on the menu and snacks on offer. There’s a superb vegetarian selection too as well as gluten free and also soya milk too if you prefer it. The sourdough bread they use is just delicious. Takeaway is available if you’re on the go – the soups are always really tasty on a chilly day.
The Square, Eyam, Hope Valley, S32 5RB
Over the years, this place has been mentioned in the media, often named as one of the best cafes in the area. It’s old skool with a no-nonsense menu. Don’t expect to find a latte – more like strong tea and milky coffee and English breakfast and bacon baps. Tasty, generous portions too. Located close to one of the Peak District’s prettiest spots – Padley Gorge, this makes for a grand afternoon out in the area.
Upper Padley, Grindleford, S32 2JA
The location is a winner to begin with – right on the edge of the park, with lovely views of the surrounding Peaks. Wraps, sandwiches, jacket potatoes and Afternoon Tea are on offer (Afternoon Tea features lots of really indulgent cake treats and the usual clotted cream scones and traditional sandwich fillings – presented nicely too). There’s a parents and tots activity morning which is great.
38 Causeway Lane, Hall Leys Park, Matlock, DE4 3AR
This licensed cafe in the idyllic village of Edensor on the Chatsworth estate is a lovely old stone building with farmhouse kitchen feel inside. There’s plenty of homemade food, English breakfast, Afternoon Tea and homemade scones too. Definitely worth teaming up a wander round Chatsworth to make a grand day out.
Edensor, Bakewell, DE45 1PH