In the beautiful setting of the Peak District, the small market town of Buxton has plenty to offer tourists and locals. Home to plenty of great places to eat, Derbyshire has a reputation for quality dining and food prepared using local and seasonal produce. One such place is the Columbine restaurant, an independent venue in Buxton, which has served excellent cuisine since 1997.
Calming simplicity in a relaxed setting
The restaurant features a ground floor dining room and a separate cellar area. A picture of simplicity in calming lavender and billowy white the room exudes an air of natural serenity. The cellar area is almost monastic with stone walls and flooring, whilst the odd floral touch adds colour and interest. The Columbine Restaurant has gained local recognition through their love of local produce with a daily changing specials board that highlights foods from local breeders and growers.
The menu is billed as Modern British and features a range of worldwide flavours and techniques. An impressive feature of this menu is the separate vegetarian a la carte that offers a fully focused vegetarian meal with a number of choices; something that you will not find in many places. Vegetarian starters include sun dried tomato and black olive pate with toasted herb bread or red onion and goat’s cheese tart with bitter leaves in balsamic dressing. For vegetarian main course you can expect to see a spiced tart tatin of vegetable dopiaza under crisp puff pastry served with mint yoghurt and mango chutney. Another popular vegetarian dish is a corn tortilla filled with creamy mushroom, green pepper and grain mustard fricassee.
A 2 course pre-theatre menu for £19.00 per head
A popular pre-theatre venue, the Columbine offers a separate menu for theatre goers. Starters may include slow cooked belly pork with caramel baked apple and red wine sauce or melon with gingered oranges and fresh fruit water ice. Main course includes dishes such as dry spiced local lamb with pilau rice and minted yoghurt or salmon tartare fishcakes with a light basil and tomato ragout.
The a la carte menu features, for starter, terrine of pigeon, sage leaves and green apple with Cumberland sauce and toasted herb bread or smoked Ribblesdale goat’s cheese marinated in basil aoil with walnut and orange salad. Main courses may include sautéed fillets of sea bass with Cajun tiger prawns on a lime butter sauce or chargrilled medallions of beef fillet in a stilton sauce with garlic mushrooms.
Booking now for the Christmas menu
The Columbine Restaurant is open for dinner service only 6 days a week and they are currently advertising their Christmas menu at £24.50 a head for 3 courses plus mince pies and coffee. A 3 course meal here will set you back about £30.00 per head, excluding drinks, and as shown you can expect the best of British produce with some flavoursome ideas and exotic touches. You can book online with Go dine; which may be prudent as this is a popular local restaurant, or search our extensive guide to eating out in Derbyshire for other ideas.