Bonsall is an old lead mining and farming village that's now bit of a backwater - bypassed by major roads but on the Limestone Way path that winds across the Derbyshire Dales. It has a quirky, un-touristy charm and some great views, and is surrounded by a web of footpaths linking it with Matlock, Cromford and other more remote communities.
The newly opened Fountain Tea Rooms benefit from a good location just out of the village centre at the point where the two biggest lanes converge - so it's difficult to miss. It's open all day, serving excellent light lunches, soups and an interesting range of baked goods including some unusual cakes - dandelion and burdock cake and ginger beer and orange last time we called in. Prices are very reasonable, presentation is good, service is willing and friendly, the interior is fresh and stylish with some good local art on the walls, and there's a sunny terrace outside.
There are also two nice rooms in the b&b part of the establishment. Although the tea rooms usually close at 5pm, good food and ale can be found within easy walking distance at the King's Head and the Barley Mow - the latter also hosts some great music evenings.
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