Derbyshire Food News this November

Here’s my round up of the most exciting food related news in Derbyshire this month. From pop-up events and special collaborations to the most exhilarating new launches and the best offers on eating out around Derbyshire, here’s what Derbyshire foodies need to know this month…

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Fischer’s at Baslow Hall

Derbyshire food news

A few days ago, Visit Peak District and Derbyshire announced the finalists of the 2024 Tourism Awards. Of particular interest to foodies will be the Taste of the Peak District, Derbyshire & Derby Award, for which Fischers at Baslow Hall, The Maynard and The Pattenmakers are all finalists, and Pub of the Year, for which the finalists are The Blind Bull, The George at Hathersage and The Prince of Wales in Baslow.

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Goat’s cheese and beetroot salad with candied walnuts at The Pattenmakers Arms in Duffield

On a more sombre note, I was incredibly sad to hear that the wonderful The George in Alstonefield has made the difficult decision to close the business. It will be a great loss for the local food scene. Last service is on 12th November and then Graham and Shiv will be on to pastures new. I wish them every success for the future.

The closure of The George at Alstonefield is a great loss to the Peak District food scene

The best offers on eating out in Derbyshire

Please double check the full Ts & Cs directly with each establishment.

The Maynard have a cosy November three course set menu to enjoy with a bottle of wine to share for just £29.95 each. Monday to Friday, 5pm – 9pm.

Gorgeous Lovage in Bakewell is running an early bird menu on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Lovage quality for just £23 – including their homemade bread and butter. Only available for a short time and must be pre-booked.

Amalfi White in Melbourne, South Derbyshire is offering 25% off food this month every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until 7pm (excluding their express lunch menu).

New gastro pub, The Machine Inn in Ashbourne is currently offering 30% off their evening menu every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Many of the offers listed in October food news are also continuing too.

A lovely autumnal evening at The George – just before the flooding.

Where and what I’ve enjoyed eating recently

This month I’ve enjoyed some very lovely PR invites, including to The George in Hathersage to launch their new autumn menu. Sadly the terrible floods have meant that The George is now shut for repairs and refurbishments. It will be greatly missed but in the meantime I would urge anyone reading this to try The Maynard in Grindleford which is run by the same lovely, local team and has a very similar vibe but is a bit more tucked away.

Another invite I was delighted to receive was to Rafters at Riverside House who asked me to review their new afternoon tea menu. My Mum and I had the most delightful afternoon sipping prosecco and then speciality tea, and gradually working our way through the most divine array of decadent treats including a superlative cheese scone.

Afternoon tea at Rafters at Riverside House

A few weeks prior I enjoyed another afternoon tea, this time cosied up in a gorgeous little tea room overlooking the Monsal Valley (surely one of the best views ever) at Hobbs Café. New owners, Kim and Nick have set about transforming the café. If you’ve not been for a while, it’s definitely worth a visit.

A few days after this, we celebrated my brother’s birthday at Sicily in Chesterfield, a bustling family-run restaurant with seriously delicious Italian food.

‘The Magic Forest’ book event at Reunion Deli

Then it was time for my own event, co-hosted with Si Homfray from Park Designs who I have been helping with some PR support, particularly in terms of launching his new book, ‘The Magic Forest and the nature of wellbeing’ which is also available on Amazon (affiliate link).

Together we put on a ‘Meet the Author’ event at Reunion Deli in Belper. It was well attended and wonderful to see the book resonate so quickly with people.

Si Homfray setting up for his The Magic Forest book event at Reunion Deli in Belper

Reunion proved an excellent place to host an intimate event. Twinkling fairy lights, colourful, contemporary art on exposed brickwork – it’s such a charming setting. Even the nibbles they put on were such good quality (think plump, salty olives and artisan tortilla chips) and the carrot cake I took home was the best I’ve had in years.

Thank you so much to everyone who came or who helped me promote the event. We are hoping to host some more book events next year so if you know of anywhere similarly lovely – or you’d like to come along please do let me know.

That concludes this issue of Derbyshire food news. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and look forward to next month’s festive edition!

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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.

One reply on “Derbyshire Food News this November”

So much great food! Seeing the goats cheese and beetroot salad right at the beginning was a treat as I really love this kind of dish—I’ve had it at various restaurants or try to make it at home. The selection of places and meals/treats you have had looks incredible—I must get to Derybshire when I am back in the UK!

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