Tea rooms, cafes, country pubs, gastro pubs, pubs for walkers, pubs for dogs, pubs for families and fine dining pubs mentioned in Sawdays and Michelin guides. Curry, Thai, French restaurants. You’re spoilt for choice locally when it comes to great places to eat.

Pictured above – Wetton Mill cafe.

Eating IN

Ashbourne has an incredible green grocer, butchers, fishmongers, baker and amazing delis if you are looking to shop local. Make up a picnic or cheese board at The Cheddar Gorge and buy the best sourdough at The Ashbourne Bakehouse.

Aldi, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer Food Hall, Waitrose and Co-op are all within 2.5 miles.

Eating OUT

Pubs

You’re spoilt for choice for local country pubs/restaurants, opening times can vary with small family run pubs, most country pubs close between lunch and dinner, so it’s always worth googling them, and in many cases, booking ahead.

The Rose and Crown in Middle Mayfield

This is a pretty family-run Grade Two pub with exceptionally good food and a warm welcome from a husband and wife team. Danny has been Head Chef at the Houses of Commons. It’s on the route of our favourite local walk, a lovely 5km circle that takes in the three Mayfields. Young diners welcome!

Main Road, Middle Mayfield, Ashbourne, DE6 2JT. 01335 342498

The Old Dog, Thorpe

Big beer garden, or more accurately, a yard with two barns, so perfect for eating out whatever the weather. Inside is cosy and romantic with log fires, candle sticks, faux fur throws and candles. Family and dog friendly. The menu is gastro burgers and fries, but caters well for low carb, veggie, vegan and gluten free diners too. Courgette, sweet potato, cajun and halloumi fries and all kinds of awesome burgers. The only pub you can’t book, but you can usually squeeze in and dogs are welcome in all areas.

Spend Lane, Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AT. 01335 350990

The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone.  Perfect for special occasions and foodies. A fine dining restaurant in a warm and welcoming pub setting with lots of nooks perfect for couples and groups. It’s swish but staff won’t bat an eyelid if you’re not dressed up. ‘The local we all wish we had.’ according to Tom Parker Bowles, The Mail on Sunday, April 16 2017. Dogs allowed in the bar.

Main Road, Ellastone, Ashbourne DE6 2GZ. 01335 324275

The George at Alstonefield

An unspoilt, award winning family run pub in the Peak District village of Alstonefield, above Dovedale and a stones throw from Milldale within the Peak National Park. Well kept real ales, carefully selected wine list and exceptional food; recognised in The Good Food Guide since 2009; Michelin and Sawdays. Dogs allowed in the bar during the week.

Alstonefield, DE6 2FX01335 310 205

The Okeover Arms, Mapleton.

You can walk from Mayfield Hideaway, across the fields, through the Okeover estate to the this pub, it’s a lovely 6km out and back walk in good weather. Serves good pub grub with lots of choice and a friendly welcome. Families very welcome, and dogs very welcome in the bar, but worth booking ahead to ensure a dog space. Beer garden and play area.

Mapleton, DE6 2AB. 01335 350305

Taxis need to be pre booked: Ashbourne Taxis 01335 345198  ACT Taxis 01335 343928

The Royal Oak, Mayfield. 

Our nearest pub, relaxed atmosphere. A fire, fairy lights, cosy interiors, cushions I want to stick up my jumper and bring home. Good homecooked pub meals, veggie meals and a children’s menu.D

Hanging Bridge, Mayfield, Nr Ashbourne, DE6 2BN. 01335 300090

Restaurants, Cafes and Takeaways

Ashbourne

Anayas in Ashbourne serve pretty special curry in glitzy surroundings

Red Chilli is a more casual curry house and also will deliver takeaway to the barn and caravan. 1-5 Dig St, Ashbourne DE6 1GF 01335 343232

Mehek on the way to Leek is a fun experience if you fancy curry in a cottage setting, in the middle of nowhere! Ashbourne road, Bottom House, Leek, ST13 7QN 01538 304444

The Basement Thai in Ashbourne is great, book ahead if you can as it does get busy at weekends. Middle Cale, St John Street, Ashbourne DE6 1GP. 01335 300305

The Lamplight is lovely for a chilled out, romantic evening or catch up with friends. It serves traditional French/English cuisine and they do excellent veggie options. 4 Victoria Square, Ashbourne DE6 1GG. 01335 342279

Dillons cafe in Ashbourne, an independent family friendly coffee shop with huge cakes and traditional afternoon teas. 5a St John St, Ashbourne DE6 1GP.

Jack Rabbits is another excellent cafe, tucked down an alley/ginnel (whatever you call them in your part of the world), behind the Green Man Hotel which also now serves food. Green Man Hotel, 10 Saint John Street, Ashbourne DE6 1GH

The Flower Cafe has a relaxing, homely environment, freshly cooked and prepared food and cake, lots of gluten free options. 5 Market Place, Ashbourne DE6 1EU

For fish and chips the Riverside Cafe in Waterhouses (10 mins drive along the main road after turning right out of the property) also does deep pan pizza and will also take phone orders for (cash only) collection, or you can eat in. 01538 308434

Tea Rooms

Betty’s Vintage Tea Room is lovely, especially if you love vintage, crafts and sewing as Betty’s Sewing Box is a little handicrafts shop and lots of craft courses run here. Cokayne Avenue, DE6 1EJ Ashbourne

Ilam, Tissington and The Roaches Tearooms all come highly recommended if you are walking out there. The cafe at Wetton Mill offers simple sandwiches, teas and cakes but it’s hard to beat as a picnic stop by the river (pictured above).

Leek

We love the Foxlowe Arts Centre cafe and Spout.

Ashbourne Taxis 01335 345198  ACT Taxis 01335 343928