The Dome is a gorgeous feat of engineering, with a curved 560 ton domed roof, and it’s easily one of Derbyshire’s most beautiful and recognisable landmarks. Although it dates from the late 18th century, the building now houses a campus for the University of Derby and Buxton College.
As well as housing its own fantastic restaurant, the Dome can act as a great base from which to explore Buxton and the surrounding Peak District. Here’s our guide to the best places around, whether you’re a student looking for a break or are visiting the Dome and want to take advantage of the natural beauty of the area.
This fine dining establishment itself is actually a part of thw University of Derby’s training for their catering and hospitality degree students. Under the careful eyes of tutors and lecturers, the talented young chefs create amazing dishes from fresh, local ingredients. The menu is ever-changing, but expect to find delicacies like herb-crusted rack of lamb and roast guinea fowl, all excellently executed.
You might need to head 0.17 miles away from the Dome, but you’ll find the trip to Elements well worth the effort! This restaurant is situated in the airy, elegant conservatory of the magnificent Lee Wood Hotel. You’ll love the wide variety of classic British dishes, from steak and ale pie, to Taddington lamb cutlets, so make sure you tuck in when visiting this perfect setting. Make sure you book, though, as it can get busy with both tourists and locals!
Now, if you love the heritage beauty of the Peak District but if your tastes lean more to Peking than Peak when it comes to food, you’re in luck with Buxton’s fantastic Kwei Lin restaurant. Reviewers praise the ‘delicious food’ and ‘faultless service’, and you’re sure to be pleased with the bargain set menus on special offer at this authentic Chinese restaurant.
We’ve got plenty more on offer in Buxton and the area surrounding the Dome, so click here if none of the above quite take your fancy. If you’re heading into Derby town centre, or want to explore more of Derbyshire, check out our full Derbyshire restaurant guide on our website here!
Have you been to any of these restaurants near the Dome? Had any surprises or delights with the student chefs at the Dome? We’re dying to find out, let us know in a comment below!