Review Summary

8.9 based on 18 reviews
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  • Value

  • Ambiance

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    We had a wonderful lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. Three courses for £12. The food was beautifully cooked and presented. We were served by the students who were all very professional. Couldn't fault our food or service and looking forward to another visit.
    Allow approx 2 1/2 hours for the meal.

    There was a good choice on the menu. The students were very attentive. The only very slight downside was music playing in another part of the Done at Buxton.

    2.5 hours for lunch is far too long.
    Main course (lamb) was not hot enough and needed more fresh vegetables.
    The chocolate sweet (on the menu) was not available - run out.
    Service very friendly.
    Dome was noisy - setting up for a wedding?

    Very good food and service. Good quality.

    Firstly you have to allow for the fact that it is students who are learning the catering trade. The restaurant is set out beautifully within the Devonshire dome. There is noise from students going about their schooling so it will never be peaceful. The food produced was exceptional and well presented, the service on this occasion was provided by students on their first experience of customers and was very nervously executed, for us this did not detract from the dining experience as a whole. I would recommend this restaurant for lunch as it provides super food for a very reasonable price.

    A most enjoyable experience.The attention to detail, was second to non. A credit to the catering students, and their tutors, of the university. M.D.Whittaker

    We were recommended the dome by a relative who said it was really nice.
    I couldn't agree more. My partner and I had a lovely meal and the students were very friendly and helpful. Yesterday we recommended it to go dine friends who will be booking and I'm sure we will be returning
    thank you and good luck to all the students!

    Four of us really enjoyed our lunch. The food was well presented and delicious. It is exceptionally good value for £10. Be prepared, service was slow but worth the wait; the students are training on the job. Would definitely go again.

    Very pleased with our meal at The Dome restaurant. Will go again, soon!

    Students were cheerful, polite & helpful. Food looked attractive and appetising on arrival and did not disappoint on eating it! The cocktail (Blue Demon) was to die for! We felt "at home" and comfortable with the atmosphere. Will go to the Restaurant at the Dome again.

    What a wonderful experience my family and I had here. My sister is interested in attending University of Derby so we visited and decided to try the Dome restaurant Buxton. Attentive staff and beautifully presented food. Would definitely return if we lived closer!

    I was a little apprehensive when I found out that students use this as training, but as soon as I tried the food my mind was changed. Cooked to perfection and the wait staff were very friendly and polite.

    Excellent meal and service. One of our party is a Ceoliac and he was catered for very well. Thank you.

    Fantastic venue right in the heart of Buxton. Food was cooked to perfection and the students were very attentive and young! Excellent value for money on a three course lunch.

    Service attentive, venue fantastic, food perfect & great value!

    We enjoyed our day but didnt feel it was quite up to the standard we have experienced previously. Staff polite and helpful.

    We had a great meal and your organisation was excellent-thank you

    Another excellent meal at the Dome, Buxton.

12pm-2:30pm (last orders 12:30pm)
12pm-2:30pm (last orders 12:30pm)
12pm-2:30pm (last orders 12:30pm)
12pm-2:30pm (last orders 12:30pm)
Private functions only.
  • Ranked #25 of 226
  • Avg. main course: £15
  • 0.14 miles from Buxton
  • British

We say…


The Department of Hospitality, Catering and Tourism welcomes guests to The Dome restaurant. A stunning venue built by John Carr of York in 1779, The Dome now forms the centrepiece of Derby University’s Devonshire Campus. Situated in the heart of Buxton and just two minutes’ walk from Buxton rail station, The Dome is a popular, and iconic, venue for residents, students and visitors alike to visit.

The Dome is a unique concept that sees degree calibre catering and hospitality students exercise their passion for good food under the watchful eyes of their tutors and lecturers, all of whom have many years’ experience working front of house and as Chefs. As guests enter The Dome through the imposing main entrance, they are able to marvel at the sheer scale of the building and the complexity of the architecture before heading up to the balcony café area and through into The Dome dining room. The main restaurant offers a contemporary and chic space to enjoy a meal. With blue carpets, pristine white table cloths and eye-catching flower arrangements, it provides a formal dining experience that guests can savour.

The young and determined talent that resides in The Dome’s kitchen creates modern British dishes that are packed with flavour and presented beautifully. You can expect to find dishes such as Tuna Carpaccio to start followed by roast supreme and confit leg of guinea fowl with lentil du pay, and freshly prepared pastries for dessert. The students have a real passion for food and this shines through in every dish and who knows, in a few years’ time you could be dining at their own restaurant. The cuisine on offer is exceptional value for money and combined with the stunning historical venue, you have a complete steal.

The Dome is perfect for those looking for exceptional British cuisine served in a beautiful building that forms part of the heritage of Buxton. Ideal for large groups as well as couples, The Dome restaurant at the Devonshire Campus, Buxton, will provide a memorable meal whatever the occasion.

last updated: 26 Feb 2019
1 Devonshire Road, The University of Derby, Buxton, SK17 6RY
01298 330 345