It’s funny how sometimes we can miss things that are under our own nose. We were reminded of that recently when we were out in Buxton, in need of a pit–stop and looking for somewhere a bit different to refuel. Looking around for inspiration, the answer was in fact there in plain sight, dominating the skyline – the Devonshire Dome.
The largest and arguably most iconic building in town is also something of a hidden gem if you’re looking for refreshment, a moment of ‘time out’ and a venue with something to say about itself. The location is ideal – right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of town, a short walk from the Pavilion Gardens and a stone’s throw from the station. Whether you’re visiting Buxton as a tourist, with family on a day out, shopping or looking to take break from lunch at your desk – it’s time to put The Dome on your map.
There’s a sense of place as soon as you walk in through the impressive doorway and step out under Europe’s largest unsupported dome with its 44 column colonnade. While the Grade II listed building is part of the University of Derby (how lucky are those students to have this as their classroom!) the café is in fact open to all, and that’s one of its charms; it’s welcoming and caters to all tastes and timetables.
From breakfast, morning coffee (with the obligatory sweet treat!) a hearty delicious lunch or an afternoon ‘little something’ – there’s something on the menu for any time of the day – Monday to Friday – from 8.30am to 3.30 pm* with hot food served from 11.30am.
Coffee and cafes can sometimes be hit and miss – with instant powder masquerading as the real deal but here ‘proper coffee’ is very much on the menu with the café offering a wide selection of Costa coffees. For those not looking for a caffeine hit there’s a choice of teas and cold drinks available too. And younger visitors aren’t forgotten either with an offer their own – free juice and biscuit with when you purchase of a hot drink.
The delicious tray bakes and cakes are either handmade on site, or come from the Bakewell pudding company. All of which are well worth a try!
It was great to see a menu supporting local suppliers and business, reflecting the strong links the café and the University has with the town.
We did consider whiling the time away to stay for the perfectly priced daily carvery lunch – the aroma alone was so tempting!
So next time you find yourself in town step into Devonshire Dome Café in Buxton – look up – drink in the amazing architecture and refresh your tastebuds and your mind too.
 Guardian Newspaper – University League Tables 2018/2019
* Café closes at 3.00pm on Fridays.