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Host Coffee Clay Cross REVIEW

Just under six months ago, Host Coffee opened in Clay Cross. It has been an exciting addition to the North East Derbyshire historic mining town, situated between Chesterfield and Alfreton. In the short time its been open Host has gained a loyal following for its speciality coffees, epic cakes and delicious brunch menu.

Inside, Host is light, airy, cool and contemporary. The décor has a Scandi vibe and there’s loads of greenery. It’s a thoroughly nice place to be. The staff are welcoming and the food is amazing but the star of the show is the coffee.

Host Coffee Clay Cross interior
Gorgeous décor and contemporary dried flowers on every table

Specialist Coffee in Clay Cross

There’s a good menu of coffees. In addition to all the obvious choices: americano, latte, cappuccino, mocha and flat white there are also some that are harder to come by in Derbyshire like cortado.

close up of coffee at Host Coffee Clay Cross
Perfectly made flat white at Host Coffee Clay Cross

If coffee’s not your thing there’s matcha latte, spiced chai latte and decadent hot chocolates, a range of artisan teas and a good range of soft drinks. There’s even some brunch style bevs – a small but perfectly formed cocktail list (Aperol spritz, espresso martini, mimosa and bloody Mary), a few gins and a small selection of beers and wines.

espresso martini at Host Coffee Clay Cross
One of the brunch cocktails, espresso martini. Photo credit: Host Coffee

Food at Host

The food at Host lends itself to grabbing and going – paninis, salads etc. Check out the Hostie, a four cheese grilled sandwich and the house granola. There’s also a small range of food made to order. This menu includes a seasonal soup, homemade mixed beans served on toast with crème fraiche and the option to add on halloumi, bacon and/or an egg.

The Hostie – Host’s popular cheese toastie

Host have recently added pancakes to this popular menu. A fluffy stack of American style pancakes are served with either bacon and maple syrup or banana, blueberries, Lotus spread and mascarpone.

bacon pancake stack at Host Coffee Clay Cross
Bacon pancakes with maple syrup. Photo credit: Host Coffee

I recently tried the avocado on sourdough with a poached egg and added halloumi. This was honestly the best plate of brunch food I’ve eaten in a very long time. Decorated with an edible flower and a scattering of pomegranate seeds this is next level brunching. Grab some friends and go for a boozy brunch.

avocado toast
Beautifully presented avocado on sourdough with poached egg and added halloumi

Go for:

Great coffee, (a limited menu but) delicious light breakfasts and lunch in a lovely contemporary environment.


Host Coffee, 13 – 15 Market Street, Clay Cross, Derbyshire, S45 9JD.

Closed Sunday and Monday. No bookings – walk ins only.

There are some free parking spaces nearby on the same street.

Dogs welcome. Bowls and treats available for four legged friends.

Also in the area:

There’s a gorgeous plant shop, 5a Botanicals just a few doors down. Selling a wide range of houseplants, pots and dried flowers, this is a must visit for any interiors fan. And is lovely for a wander round before or after a visit to Host.

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By Molly Scott

Derbyshire blogger - bringing you the best places to eat, drink, spa and stay in the wider Derbyshire area. Champion of the most fabulous independents.

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