It’s rare that a place ticks everybody’s box (well probably not my grandparents’!) but the Brewery Tap at Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell does just that. If you’ve got someone in your group who likes the kind of craft beer that is so rightly becoming mainstream then Thornbridge is definitely worth a visit.
Alongside the regulars like Lord Marples, there’s the new Mexican beer, Favorito, and the fruit beer. In fact, you might have seen their famous Jaipur sold nationally in supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsburys- yet they’ve managed to keep the local independent heart whilst also scaling up some serious industry.
We’ve visited here a fair few times before and so can heartily recommend on a number of levels- great beer yards from where it’s brewed, the pizza is super and children are more than welcome -however it must be noted there’s no children’s menu.
Pizza at Thornbridge Tap Room
In fact, the menu is a simple list of 7 pizzas with garlic bread so I shared a margherita with my 5 year old while her dad had the Hot One. Theirs are my favourite kind of pizza- thin base, not too doughy and the base not crispy. Service was super quick so you’re not waiting long- I guess this is the magic of doing a simple menu well.
The inside of the hall has got a great festival feel (in fact they do run Peakender in August- a lovely little local festival in Bakewell in August) with comfy armchairs, benches and old school tables. I really like the neon lights and the subtly integrated shop- lots of rustic wood and pallet shelves which stops short of feeling like you’re buying souvenirs.
A cracking pizza with friends who know their beer. If you don’t, Jaipur is your entry level pale ale.
Thornbridge Brewery, Riverside Brewery, Buxton Road, Bakewell, DE45 1GS. Telephone 01629 815 994
Within walking distance of Bakewell centre but plenty of parking. Thornbridge is set in the midst of the working brewery on a sort-of industrial estate on the Duke’s Drive (A6 out of Bakewell). Open everyday for beer and pizza. Live music monthly.
Thornbridge Hall Gardens is currently a little known secret and Peak District hidden gem Thornbridge Hall is a grade two listed stately home nestled in 12 acres of quirky, quintessentially English gardens with stunning views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside. Go for good, wholesome family fun. And don’t miss the hook a duck fountain! Thornbridge…