Explore Fine Dining in Derbyshire and the Peak District

Exploring the fine dining of AA rosette restaurants in Derbyshire brings the added joy of a scenic tour of beautiful countryside in the Peak District. It’s no co-incidence that some of Derbyshire’s finest restaurants are situated in the picturesque towns and villages of the Peak District. With so many visitors coming to explore the delights of its hills and scenic valleys, good food is much in demand. By using the AA rosettes as a guide visitors will not be disappointed in this beautiful area.

A restaurant with an AA rosette has been visited by an inspector and found to stand out in its local area for its good quality food carefully prepared with skill and understanding. Two rosettes indicate a higher level of excellence in the chef’s skill and care. While you can find really good food in restaurants that haven’t yet earned a rosette, these awards do help visitors and locals to choose when they are looking for excellent food.

Two restaurants in Derbyshire with two AA rosettes are both in the Peak District fairly close to each other. George’s Restaurant in Hathersage has been serving top quality food for many years and its imaginative and well conceived take on local ingredients is sure to please. An intimate and elegant atmosphere makes it an excellent choice for a romantic celebration. The contemporary ambience with sweeping views over the Derwent valley is only one attraction of The Maynard restaurant in Grindleford. Its creative menu uses the finest of Derbyshire produce and just one taste is enough to show why it has earned its two stars from the AA guide. A double rosette also goes to a hidden gem of a restaurant in Matlock on the edge of the Peak District: Stone’s restaurant works wonders with the local produce creating artistic plates full of flavour.

We can continue our tour of the Peak District with its one rosette restaurants, all well worth a visit. The Orangery at Losehill House isn’t far from the previous two restaurants in a truly rural country house retreat with spectacular views and fine locally sourced food expertly crafted. Elements Restaurant at the Lee Wood Hotel in the spa town of Buxton has a light and airy ambience with excellent cuisine on offer and green views over the gardens. Nat’s Kitchen in the centre of Buxton concentrates on excellent local produce simply prepared. Crossing the Peak District back to Bakewell, a visit to Piedaniel’s is essential. Modern French cuisine from this innovative chef brings local ingredients a delicious complexity and offers great value for money.

Heading out of the Peak District now we reach Chesterfield where the Old Post Restaurant is an excellent family-run establishment in a historic 15th building. Quality local produce is cooked with elegance to give fine flavours. And of course we can’t ignore Derby itself where Opulence in the Cathedral Quarter Hotel has earned a well deserved AA rosette. High ceilings and lavish decor create a fantastic ambience and the food really does live up to its setting.

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