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Food for thought - supporting local Peak District Independents

When we go away, we like to seek out the good places to eat. To be honest, it'a a big part of our time away, we like our food & drink! It's not necessarily the places that are the most obvious, more the ones that have come recommended or we have stumbled across while out & about exploring, if we can ditch the car & they are walkable, even better. We aren't fussy, one vegetarian & prosecco fan, one meat & pale ale fan, we never have a problem being catered for, infact, quite the opposite. If they are small, unique, micro or an artisan business' all the better. From micro brewery's to farm shops, crab huts to gelattos, the list goes on. Supporting small independents is becoming more & more important, if we are to keep them, we must support them. & do you know what, in our experience, they are far more personal, & the service & their products are better too.

Here in Eyam, (with less than a 1000 residents) we have some great independent places to visit for food & drink both locally & on the doorstep. Posh nosh restaurants to Caribbean kitchens, Pubs & winebars to cafes & tearooms. It's eclectic & quirky & why we love living where we do & sharing it with you.

So, what could be better than a night or two away somewhere new, injected with some good food & a few drinks from places that come recommended by your hosts? The list of places we like is long & varied & hopefully includes something for everyone, as well as being within a 5 mile radius of us. Whoop whoop! Of course, they are places WE like, there's no guarantee you will too, but we'd be surprised if you didn't. Why not give a couple of them a go when you come & stay at #thehuteyam in the #littlegreenhut, we know they would all be really happy to give you a warm welcome,some delicious food & would be grateful for your support too. In no particular order:


  • The Coolstone - just a 2 minute walk down the hill, wine bar & bistro located in the historical courtyard of Eyam Hall. 10% discount for our guests.

  • Village Green Cafe - you'll find our favourite family run cafe in Eyam Square serving delicious homemade bakes & coffees, open thurs-mon

  • The Eyam Tea Rooms - popular tea rooms overlooking Eyam square

  • Stellas Kitchen - recently visited by #hairybikers Stella cooks traditional Caribbean food from her Peak District Farmhouse, closed Tues, BYOB

  • The Miners Arms - friendly local traditional village pub, serving food daily except Sunday

  • Ivy Cottage Vintage Tea Room - a hidden gem tucked away in the back streets of Eyam, open Sundays only 11-5

Within 3 miles & walkable

  • The Barrell Inn at Bretton - 16th Century country pub serving real food & good ales. It's well worth the hike up the hill for the exceptional views over 5 counties

  • The Bulls Head at Foolow - wander over the fields to this traditional country pub serving fresh food & fine ales

  • The Maynard at Grindelford - contemporary & sophisticated, outdoor music at weekends, traditional food & hand picked beers/wines by award winning wine merchant John Hattersley

Curbar Gap

  • Jollys Coffee Van - Louis the vintage citroen van & his owner Sarah serve homemade cakes & fresh coffee here most weekends. The perfect pit stop on your walk.

Little Longstone

  • The Packhorse - "proper rustic country pub" Does what it says on the tin! Our favourite place to go, locally sourced, seasonal food & Thornbridge beers.


  • Fishers - Award winning Country House Hotel majoring on fine dining with produce from their kitchen garden

  • Cafe on the Green - Good honest food in a warm & friendly environment on the doorstep of Chatsworth House


  • Lambton Larder - Deli of choice, you can order a picnic, bread, cheese & pastries from this cute little shop tucked away in the bustling market town of Bakewell

  • Thornbridge tap - Serving brewery fresh beer & pizzas next door to the Thornbridge brewery

Stoney Middleton

  • Toll Bar Fish & chips - cooked to order open wed - sat 11:30 - 20:00

  • Curry Cottage (eat in or takeaway) - authentic indian recipes at the famous Lovers Leap

Chatsworth farm shop - fresh, quality produce from the famous Chatsworth estate tenant farmers. Butchers, Deli, in house patisserie


  • Maazi (eat in or delivered) - aromatic curries served in authentic metal pots, traditional decor & delicious food

  • The Bank House - contemporary dining & cocktail bar

  • The George - honest, authentic, pub classics with a modern twist


  • Hopper cafe - home of the awesome grilled cheese! Sit in or takeaway

Little Hucklow

  • The Blind Bull - Newly renovated independent pub with tap room & dining


We hope you find this useful, as you can see, there's a lot to go at, & there are so many more than we have mentioned here. Click on the button to take you to our website page where you can get a quick link to some of our favorite places mentioned above. We hope you discover some new places, do let us know where you visit & if you find anywhere we don't know about to add to our list......................bon apetite, cheers & hutty hugs!

{All words & images our own}


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