I met my husband for our first date here at the Eating House 21 years ago when he was living in Sheffield and I was living in Manchester, and it still a favourite of ours on days out in the Peak District. We often meet friends from east of the Peak District here, and take other friends staying with us.
It can get quite busy at lunchtimes, and so it's worth trying to get there early if you plan to lunch there. The meals and cakes are excellent and good value, meals range from snacks like sandwiches to jacket potatoes with unusual fillings and heartier meals. They only do filter coffee, not espressos, lattes, cappucinos etc. But you get free refills of coffee and tea.
The atmosphere is quite characterful, a typical English teashop 'plus'. I agree with another reviewer who suggests that a conservatory on the rear would be a good addition, but on a warm day it is also nice to sit on the small patio outside. The attached craft shop has a wide variety of pretty gifts and accessories.
this is the perfect spot for setting off for a walk on Curbar Edge. If you take the semi-circular road which loops off the main road here, and then turn uphill, you will come in about a mile to a car park on the left (pay and display). If you park here, and follow the footpath up onto the moor, it will soon bring you to the dramatic edge at the top of Curbar Edge cliffs - a classic gritstone location in the Dark Peak. The views are wonderful across the valley to Eyam Moor, and along the valley to Chatsworth - from here you can usually see the jet of the water fountain at Chatsworth House shooting high into the air. The path is very easy to follow, and very easy underfoot, firm and sandy. You can wander in among the amazingly shaped rocks at the end, and watch the rock climbers at their efforts, we often just walk out along the edge till it starts to descend and then turn back again. Kids love scrambling among the rocks,a nd there are lots of great places for picnics.
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