The surrounding area of Chesterfield has much to offer, from quaint pubs to glorious outdoor spaces and everything in between. We head out through Newbold to Cutthorpe, Barlow and Homesfield, to give you a comprehensive guide to what you can enjoy.
We take a look at a few of the things that make this area of North Derbyshire so special and such a great place to live.
Local-man Chris Mapp transformed this old public house in Barlow into the award-winning Gastro Pub, known for producing dishes which can only be described as “deliciously Derbyshire”. The Tickled Trout specialises in dishes with an Italian inspiration that are prepared by talented chefs using only the finest artisan ingredients available.
If you’re in Barlow and fancy a delicious homemade scone or freshly made panini, this is the place to be. The Hackney House Café is situated inside a 300-year-old building – making it possibly one of the oldest tea rooms in the UK.
The café also has its own shop selling handmade gifts from local designers, including a wide range of beautiful homewares so be sure to have a browse after enjoying your lunch. You can easily spend an entire afternoon here!
This classic British pub has a wide selection of real ales and draughts, but it owes most of its reputation to the incredibly tasty food on offer. The Peacock Inn produces traditional English dishes like pan-fried Yorkshire gammon and battered cod, which have been delicately prepared from raw ingredients to ensure a homemade taste.
The Peacock at Barlow isn’t afraid to describe itself as the “perfect” English country pub, and it’s certainly got the looks to back it up. The building has a historic vibe with stone walls and timber, offset by beautiful views of the landscape. Whatever drink you fancy, The Peacock has you covered, with an impressive array of different beverages served by bartenders that are fully-trained in the art of cocktail-mixing and coffee-making.
If you fancy really treating yourself, you can stay the night in one of their boutique hotel rooms which are all full of irresistible charm and unique character. Just a stone’s throw away from the Chatsworth Estate and the Peak District, this is the ideal spot for a weekend getaway.
Linked to the Peacock at Barlow is the brilliant Collyfobble Brewery. Here you you’ll gain plenty of pint-knowledge, as well as getting to sample a wide range of different ales and be treated to a two-course meal. Not bad for just £24.95.
If cask ales are your thing, you won’t go far wrong at Chesterfield Arms. With a bank of 12 handpumps, there’s bound to be something to suit your taste – and with a constantly changing menu, you’ll likely discover something new on every visit. You can also put your skills to the test at the weekly quiz, just make sure to brush up on your general knowledge.
Specialising in fresh, quality meals, combined with a warm atmosphere and real ales, The Angel at Holmesfield is a lovely spot to spend a Sunday afternoon. With traditional pub grub on the menu, log fires, and a warm welcome, you won’t go far wrong here.
The supermarket might be the most convenient option for sourcing the centrepiece of your Sunday roast, but nothing can quite beat the flavour of a local bird bought from the very farm itself. Dunston Park Shop sells just that, offering hormone and chemical-free certified produce that is fully traceable, so you know it is definitely born and bred in the UK.
Get your garden ship shape by paying a visit to Dunston Hall Garden Centre. With everything you could possibly think of for your green space all under one roof, including a fantastic array of decorations and water features, your yard will be a haven in no time.
Holding a massive 240 million gallons of water, the three resevoirs at Linacre are one the best sights to visit in Chesterfield. This huge area has safe, wide paths that are surrounded by lots of lush fields and all different kinds of beautiful trees, ranging from bluebell to conifer.
At Commonside Alpacas, visitors will be treated to a personal Alpaca experience, where they can meet the animals and find out more information about the herd – you can take one for a walk and even get an Alpaca selfie!