The Hydro Café has been a staple of Buxton’s town centre for many years and has built up a reputation for good food, providing thousands of Buxton’s annual visitors with some much-needed fuel to tackle all those hills. The very name Hydro conjures an image of Buxton’s heyday as a luxury spa resort and with the recent re-opening of the Crescent Hotel, there is a collective endeavour to restore that status to the town. The Hydro want to continue feeding hungry visitors and maintain the great online reviews but they also want to reach out to the local community.
“Where do you get a decent burger in Buxton?” is a question met with a scratch of the head. The Hydro are keen to fill a gap in the local market with its homemade burgers (there’s eight on the menu to choose from!), the latest culinary creation often occupying the specials board and using local produce. Now operating a new online takeaway service so you can take your burger home and get your stretch pants before tucking in.
Of course, being a traditional café with a modern sensibility, the Hydro has something for all the family, including a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The café was in fact the first in Buxton to offer such a comprehensive menu catering for different dietary requirements such as GF.
The Hydro Café’s standing as a family café is something the owners have taken to heart. If you check out their website, you can see there is now a senior citizen menu. A member of the family that often gets overlooked by cafés is one of the four-legged variety. The Hydro welcomes dogs and the pooches even have their own menu! Many dog walkers come to the gateway of the Peak District to share their love of the outdoors and it seems crazy that we’ve had to wait this long for an establishment where they can sit down together and both enjoy a scrumptious bite to eat. Your dogs will wag their tails when you mention Buxton.
As well as tapping into the local community, the ‘new’ Hydro very much sees itself as part of a global community facing world problems. The cafe is part of the Too Good to Go scheme which allows its participants to ‘rescue a magic bag of food’ so it gets eaten instead of wasted.
Whether you’re a visitor to Buxton or a resident, feeding a whole clan or just yourself, we recommend the revamped Hydro. They serve drinks from local producers such as Peak Beans, Vintage Teas and Buxton Brewery so you can help the local economy and the planet while you’re at it.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday, 8am – 5.30pm, Sunday 9am – 5pm
75 Spring Gardens, Buxton, SK17 6BP
T: 01298 938230