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Hathersage is firmly establishing itself as a foodie base for the Peaks. It’s on the way to north Derbyshire’s most stunning locations so makes a perfect pit-stop for a pre-walk coffee and breakfast, or equally lunch after a morning hike. In the heart of Hathersage is the stand-out Colemans Deli, nestled behind the main Bank House building (look out for Molly’s review of that coming soon!) and in front of the impressive outdoor store Alpine Kit. It’s been an establishment on The Square for an impressive sixteen years, popular with locals and tourists alike.
We visited Colemans after a 5 mile walk around Ladybower one sunny Friday (we parked at Fairholmes S33 0AQ) and didn’t fancy a big lunch. We’d been to Colemans before and always had a fantastic experience- it’s a true family friendly cafe with tasteful decor; their tongue and groove panelling sits alongside gorgeous dried flowers and bench seating.
Drinks arrived quickly (which I love because how nice is a warm drink after an autumny walk) while we checked out the menu. My walking and cafe buddy had a white Americano- which I’m assured was excellent (we have an AeroPress at home and he is very particular) with the coffee coming from just north of the border in Sheffield. For me, I will never turn down a chai latte when I see it. Tellingly, the lovely lady serving asked if I wanted a shot of coffee (to make what’s known as a dirty chai) which is something I rarely see available and I am here for it.
For salad lovers like me the offerings here are just great. I’m a huge fan of a cafe that has something other than the standard panini or cheese sandwich, places which often rarely offer the option to make a healthy choice. I had the small salad at the recommendation of one of the staff (it was a brilliant lunch-size portion of lightly spiced cauliflower, house coleslaw and beautifully roasted tomatoes) with a portion of grilled goat’s cheese. My dream lunch I think.
My better half had pastrami on doorstopper granary with fresh rocket and a butternut squash mixed salad. The veggie lover in me is just overjoyed every time the side salad offered somewhere isn’t a quarter of a tomato, chopped pepper and a few slices of cucumber. Colemans is giving us proper cafe vibes without any fuddyness.
I wanted to sample a cake in the name of research. Duly the peanut butter blondie (my favourite) arrived and we diligently shared this (although on reflection I should have gone for another chai to wash it down!).
Just this week Colemans changed up for their cosy Autumn range (think apple pie porridge, traditional Derbyshire oatcakes (so good!) and red pepper shakshuka) with plenty of classics like bacon sandwiches and their well-know goat’s cheese and fig relish. I’ll definitely be back. In fact, watch this space for more on Hathersage as I’m off to their glorious open air heated Swimming Pool soon.
Colemans Deli, The Square, Main Road, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 1BB, 01433 650505
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