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.
-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.
-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.
-Attached shop selling international crafts.
-Two love birds in a cage!
-Food and drink a little more expensive than nearby Bakewell.
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