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“A great place for a pit stop” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hobb's Cafe

Hobb's Cafe
Monsal Head, Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE45 1NL, England
01629 640346
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Ranked #25 of 61 Restaurants in Bakewell
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Cafe and craft centre with stunning views over Monsal Dale.
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“A great place for a pit stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We have been to the area over the winter a few times, but the tearoom was always closed. Now it is summer! and so we had to give it a try. Great coffee, wonderful scones and fantastic scenery, what more could you want.

Place very clean, friendly staff and a craft shop at the back with some lovely things, not the usual stuff everyone has.

Have already arranged out next trip up to the area, and another pit stop will be happening.

PS our New Zealand friend with us loved it too.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Friendly and efficient service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

I turned off the Monsal Trail after the Tunnel at the Monsal Viaduct and took the steep uphill trail for the Cafe. It is also accessible by road.

The building was erected during construction of the Derby to Manchester railway in the 1850s and was used as a bunkhouse for the navvies and as an office for the paymaster. It opened as a tearoom in the 1930s.

Pros:
-Short stay (max 1 hour) and long stay car parks available adjacent to premises
-Free WiFi (see staff for password)
-Shoe covers for muddy boots
-Clean and well-maintained premises.
-Spacious interior, so the tables aren't on top of one another.
-Numerous friendly & efficient uniformed staff.
-Food includes sandwiches, soup and cakes. Drinks include coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cold drinks. I had a latte (£2.30) and a scone (£2.90). Food & drink arrived in 5 minutes of ordering.
-Specials board.
-Multiple copies of the Peak Advertiser newspaper available to read.
-Local attraction leaflets.
-Wood laminate floor section and hard tiled floor section.
-Wooden tables and chairs.
-Some outside seating available in front of premises.
-Great views onto the valley below.
-Unisex toilet
-Attached shop selling international crafts.
-Two love birds in a cage!

Cons:
-Food and drink a little more expensive than nearby Bakewell.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Possibly the best tea shop in Derbyshire?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

As regular walkers around Derbyshire, we often make detours to this tea shop and craft shop. It serves the nicest caramel latees and hot chocolates this side of Italy and has the best view in Derbyshire. The welcome we get is lovely - as soon as I spoke today, the owner said that mine was a voice he thought he recognised and that it was lovely to see us once again (even though he doesn't know us by name!) Well worth either a drive up to from Bakewell or a walk up from the nearby Monsal Trail. The value for money is also amazing - The Derbyshire Cream Tea for two is well worth the money. Less than £10 for two light, warm scones, jam, clotted cream or butter and a pot of tea which gives 6 cups! Plenty to replenish those stomachs after a walk up from the valley. A superb tea shop - give it a try!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Eat your heart out Costa!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

This is a little gem with good parking and views to die for. They serve the best coffee around as well as delicious home made delights - ideal if you are on one of the many walks in this lovely part of the world and you are ready for a bit of a rest and some nourishment.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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“A welcome sight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Having walked up the Monsal Trail ,in Springtime blizzard conditions to Monsal Head, we came across the welcoming sight of Hobbs Cafe and Craft Shop .
After covering our boots with the covers supplied we walked into a lovely clean,warm and welcoming cafe. The owner was a really pleasent guy who quickly and politely served up coffee's and hot chocolate...mmmmm lovely.
A very welcoming place on a very cold day. We'll be back but not untill it warms up a bit..!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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raylambe, Owner at Hobb's Cafe, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Delighted to hear you made it back. Hope the Angler's opened on time.
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