The loveliest cafés, restaurants, pubs with and bars with outdoor seating in Chesterfield and nearby
Since my outdoor seating in Derbyshire blog post has been so popular, I thought I’d write a version closer to home. Chesterfield has some real gems of independent bars, cafés and restaurants with some lovely outdoor seating. No faceless chains in this list! Some of my favourites are fairly small so you wouldn’t necessarily travel a long way to these, but if you’re local to Chesterfield these are gems! I’m sure you know most of them already, but I would have found something like this really useful when I was new to the area, so here’s my edit of the very best outdoor seating in Chesterfield…
Cafés, pubs and restaurants with outdoor seating on Chatsworth Road
The Café at Libby’s has some seating on its front yard but also has a really pretty garden (pictured above, their photo credit). An excellent choice for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake. Booking strongly advised.
Koo is right next door to Libby’s and is equally lovely for light meals and the absolute best coffee. Book advised. They’ve carefully staggered the arrival times to ensure social distancing.
Maison mes Amis is a popular French themed restaurant. The food is of exceptionally good quality and there’s a really nice vibe. In addition to the tables you can see at the front of the venue they have a pretty, quirkily decorated garden to the rear. They do have some walk in tables available on a first come, first served basis.
Meringue Bakery and Café is another great choice for café style meals. Beautiful food, most of which is made in house or locally sourced. They have some limited seating in their new courtyard area. No bookings taken, first come first served.
Junction Bar has some attractive outside seating. They’ve also quickly become the place for brunch (I’ve got my eye firmly on their avocado on toast with halloumi). They take limited reservations at lunchtime (11am-3pm, Monday to Saturday) by phone only, call 01246 277911. No reservations taken for drinks, just head down and they’ll seat you on arrival. I was really impressed with their safety procedures last time I visited.
Spotted Frog has some cute beach hut style booths which can be booked, and also lots of covered outdoor seating.
Outdoor seating in Chesterfield Town Centre
Einstein’s on Holywell Street has a lovely little beer garden to the rear of the pub.
The outdoor seating isn’t anything to write home about, but the food and drink at Qoozies is, so this deserves a mention on that alone. Fresh, healthy food served fast food style (and pancakes!). They have an app you can order on – I’d recommend downloading in advance.
The Rectory is a quirky pub with a pleasant beer garden near the twisted spire.
The rest of Chesterfield
Birdcage is such a good addition to Chesterfield. They serve breakfasts from 9am (think local farm sausage and bacon sandwiches and continental options), then sandwiches at lunch and then drinks in the evening with nachos or olives and feta. No bookings, walk-ins only.
Casa Hotel has an attractive terrace for al fresco drinking and dining so is a stylish option for outdoor seating in Chesterfield . They serve fresh pastries and coffee from 9am.
Not far from Chesterfield
The Hunloke Arms in Wingerworth has extensive outside seating with lots of pretty fairy lights.
The Bulls Head in Holymoorside prides itself on it’s freshly prepared, locally sourced menu. They’ve worked hard to create a range of outdoor seating, some under cover.
Fox and Goose Inn sits at the top of a hill so enjoys gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. I’ve not eaten here for a long time, but whenever I have in the past the food has been excellent.
The Peacock at Cutthorpe is a lovely, independent pub. All the food is freshly prepared and cooked to order. They have a nice beer garden with children’s play area.
The Peacock at Barlow has a sunny terrace with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. I’ve found the service and food a bit variable here but the location is undeniably lovely.
The Tickled Trout, Barlow is one of my all time favourites – read exactly why I love it, and my favourite things to order here. They have some lovely big picnic style tables as well as a covered area.
Hackey House Tearooms, Barlow has a lovely garden to the rear of the tearoom in addition to the seating at the front. Go for their delicious homebaked cakes, pies and breakfasts and lunches.
If you do find yourself in Barlow, the Reap and Sow Spirits Gin Shop is a wonderful hidden gem. Read my review here.
Marsh Green Farm Shop has a lovely sunny courtyard to enjoy their home cooked food and coffee and cake. If you love a good farm shop, read about my favourites here.
Peak Edge Hotel is open at weekends and bank holidays. This is one of my favourite places locally. It’s not cheap, but if you’re looking for refined dining and drinking in a casual setting it’s perfect. They have lots of outside seating.
Van Dyk, nr Clowne. Even if you haven’t been yourself, you’ll have seen Van Dyk’s Yule Lodge all over social media. You need to book to sit under cover and twinkling lights of the tipi but they usually have lots of availability for walk-ins to sit on picnic benches on the lawn.
Robin Hood, Baslow is an independent, traditional pub not far from Chesterfield and on the edge of the Peak District. It’s a welcoming family friendly place and children under eight eat free (T&Cs apply). They have a range of outdoor seating areas, some under cover.
The Bistro at Dunstone Hall Garden Centre has been completely refurbished. If you have children this is a good option as they have a lovely new play area, read my full review here and a more recent review of breakfast, here.
Stretton Hall Farm Shop is beautifully situated. There are picnic benches with parasols and some comfier seating near the entrance. There’s also covered seating for when the weather isn’t so great. Stretton Hall is one of my all time favourite farm shops, read why here.
8 replies on “25 Lovely Places with Outdoor Seating in Chesterfield”
I feel sorry for bars and restaurants that don’t have an outdoor space to capitalise on the lockdown rule changes
Yeah, it’s been such a tough time for hospitality. At least indoor hospitality is opening sooner rather than later.
Wow, so many places! When the weather is nice it is so lovely to sit outside x
Absolutely. Although I am glad we now have the option of indoors too.
I enjoyed reading your posts but it occurred to me it might be a good idea to say which of the venues you mentioned are accessible by bus or walking distance from a nearby town. Many people either don’t have cars or are walking or using bicycles for environmental or health reasons and it might help encourage these groups to visit the places you have listed. David.
Hi David. I did look into this a while back but finding the information was just taking me too long. From the market research I’ve done there wasn’t a huge demand from my existing readership. I’m just one person with limited time/capacity. Hopefully it’ll grow into a more viable commercial activity and we can review this.
Maggie May’s at Walton is a lovely cafe and bar in Walton at Breckland Road, S40 3LJ. It has outdoor and indoor seating. They also have a Facebook page. Check it out.
Thanks Denise. I’ve included Maggie May’s in my ‘dog friendly’ blog post. Check it out! x