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The Tickled Trout, Barlow REVIEW

We’ve been coming to the Tickled Trout in Barlow fairly regularly ever since moving to Chesterfield five years ago and I have never had even a dud course, let alone a disappointing meal. It’s consistently great in every way – the food, the service, the ambiance. It’s definitely been one of my favourite places to […]

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19 Brilliant Derbyshire Playgrounds

A comprehensive list of the best Derbyshire playgrounds. We love a good playground. I am particularly fond of the ones where it’s easy to park and where I can combine it with getting a good coffee! Here’s my guide to the best Derbyshire playgrounds. The vast majority of these we have tried and tested ourselves. […]

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Thornbridge Hall Gardens REVIEW – go now before the masses!

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! Very […]

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Local Business

7 Reasons to Shop Local (when you can)

How I found my love of local Feel free to scroll straight down to the list if you just want to cut to the chase. If you’re of a certain age, you’ll appreciate how the word ‘local’ has come full circle back into being in fashion and desirable. When I was growing up, I had […]

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Lea Gardens – a Peak District Hidden Gem

Visit Lea Gardens’ beautiful rhododendron garden and wonderful tearoom near Matlock Lea Gardens is a pretty rhododendron garden in the Derbyshire village of Lea, not far from Matlock. I first visited late in the season last year but it’s quickly become one of our favourite places to visit. It never feels crowded and is easy […]

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Pushchair friendly walks Derbyshire

The best pushchair friendly walks Derbyshire, complete with where to park and where to get a great coffee after I don’t know about you but motherhood hit me like a ton of bricks. I loved it, but it was a huge adjustment. Suddenly just leaving the house became a massive achievement, and my world felt […]

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Derbyshire Gin – Reap & Sow’s Gin Shop

Explore the beautiful gin shop in Barlow, Derbyshire for a full range of gin related gifts from lovely, local, independent small businesses. Barlow is a pretty village situated on the edge of the Peak District, but easily accessible from Chesterfield or Sheffield. Tucked away in the farmyard of Church Farm is the craft distillery and […]

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8 Great Places in and around the Peak District

To celebrate its 70th birthday, I’m sharing 8 fabulous places in and around the Peak District from a local’s perspective, highlighting the lovely, local, indie businesses The Peak District is famed for it’s stunning scenery, and is immensely popular with walkers and cyclists. But there’s more to it than just the great outdoors. There is […]

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Food

Chesterfield Takeaways – 15 Favourites

Here’s the low down on the very best Chesterfield takeaways. No faceless chains, just lovely, local, independent restaurants offering delicious food for you to enjoy at home. A Friday night takeaway has become a sacred part of our lockdown week. Here’s my edit of the absolute best restaurants in the local area offering food for […]