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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Derbyshire

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Derbyshire? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Stones Restaurant Matlock restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2548)
£26 to £40
British
Matlock
About the restaurant
Tucked away in the heart of former spa town Matlock, Stones is a cosy restaurant serving modern British cuisine. The restaurant’s interior is smart and intimate while the kitchen marries British produce with recipes inspired by international cuisine. Don’t be fooled by the apparent simplicity of the seasonal lunch and dinner menus, every dish demonstrates the culinary imagination, technique and flair of the vibrant kitchen team, led by head chef Kevin Stone. The additional tasting menu offers eight courses partnered with a carefully selected optional flight of wine. Catering for all dietary requirements, Stones offer distinct vegetarian and GF menu. Diners can enjoy views overlooking the coursing waters of the River Derwent. Discreet, informed service with an informal approach, allowing the food to take centre stage, Stones is one of the finest dining experiences in the area, carrying two AA rosettes for culinary excellence. ***Visit www.stones-restaurant.co.uk for up to date menus.***
Top review
Curlicue
Dined 1 day ago
Excellent lunch taster meal today. Stones has never let us down yet for quality food, beautifully presented by friendly staff.
A photo of Odyssey Greek Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (852)
£25 and under
Greek
Chesterfield
About the restaurant
Odyssey Restaurant is a little chunk of Greece transported into the heart of Chesterfield, offering customers a journey of authentic flavours, sounds and the atmosphere of Greece.

Owned and run by a Greek family, Odyssey is based in the centre of Chesterfield town on 1-3 Knifesmithgate, in a traditional English building and what used to be known as the old Queen’s Head. The owners have managed to bring the building back to life by marrying old English and Greek tradition, maintaining the beauty of the building, but also enhancing it with sites and the aroma of Greece.

Among the many menu choices, one can find lovely Greek salad (horiatiki) to chicken, pork, vegetable or prawn skewers or a classic moussaka, rabbit stifado or meatballs with goat’s cheese. Mediterranean flavours and love for cooking Greek authentic recipes is the menu inspiration.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Lovely food, excellent staff, will be back soon and highly recommend to others. Made dad's birthday very special
A photo of The Dovecote Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2009)
£41 and over
European
Derby
About the restaurant
Our chefs use only the freshest, local, and best quality seasonal produce. With delightful views over the golf course set in the Derbyshire countryside, the Dovecote is ideal as a venue for entertaining business clients at conferences, family celebrations or enjoying a quiet candle-lit meal for two. Situated within easy reach of Derby and Nottingham with ample free car parking facilities.
Our award winning Two Rosette restaurant is currently serving Champagne Breakfast, for that special treat Wednesday - Saturday. Afternoon Tea's are served Thursday - Saturday. Dinner is served on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we also offer a three course Sunday Lunch. A great selection of local drinks, fresh cocktails and a well-stocked cellar provides superb wine to accompany your meal.
We are currently not serving midweek lunch.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Champagne afternoon tea. The sandwiches were great and the cakes delicious. Highly recommended.
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4.7
4.7 (34)
£25 and under
English
Hope Valley
About the restaurant
All day dining from midday until 8:45pm. Varied menu with everything from pizzas, Thai curry, steaks, vegan and vegetarian dishes. Outdoor courtyard setting with the last of the sun, oak-beamed barn restaurant indoors. Dog friendly areas.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Absolutely wonderful. Fathers day treat for my husband and family. The food was so tasty . All it was wonderful. The waiter was so helpful , very polite and very much a gentleman. I would highly recommend 👌🏼
A photo of Cavendish Restaurant at Chatsworth restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2429)
£41 and over
British
Bakewell
About the restaurant
Enjoy a delectable afternoon tea served on beautiful Wonderlust Wedgwood tea ware or a locally sourced and passionately prepared three course set lunch menu. If you are redeeming gift vouchers, please make sure to bring the physical voucher and confirmation email with you on the day of your visit.
To enable us to prepare for your visit, please make sure to inform us on your booking or via the phone number provided of dietary requirements.
For further Government guidance information please visit https://www.chatsworth.org/your-visit/ & https://www.chatsworth.org/terms
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The service we received for our afternoon tea was exceptional we could not fault anything, in particular our waitress who advised us which tea would compliment the courses we were about to have, we will be back.
A photo of The galleon steakhouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1041)
£25 and under
Steakhouse
Chesterfield
About the restaurant
Contemporary steakhouse in the centre of chesterfield.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
The food was delicious and cooked to perfection. The staff were lovely and the decor was great. We ave ordered takeaway from here before but it was our first experience at the restaurant itself and we were impressed.
A photo of The Bluebell restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1869)
£25 and under
British
Alfreton
About the restaurant
The Bluebell is a smart, modern place to relax offering fuss-free food and drinks that retain the reputation for quality we’ve hopefully earned at Stones. Dogs are welcome in our outdoor space and bar area. No dogs will be allowed in the restaurant-style extension. Parking Please note we have a car park on-site however it can get very busy and is limited. Please respect the neighbours when parking on-street by not blocking their driveways. Please do not park opposite other cars therefore making the road too narrow to pass. Come and join us at this beautiful old pub very soon. Please note we are closed on Sunday evenings and all day on Mondays.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We booked at very short notice, but the Bluebell was able to accommodate us - and I'm so glad we chose this venue! The décor is modern but tasteful, sympathetic to the age of the building but comfortable, bright and clean. We received a very friendly and warm welcome and were seated very quickly. The staff were attentive, efficient and well-presented, taking our order soon after was settled. The menu was impressive, with a few choices for vegetarians/vegans. The food was outstanding, in terms of presentation, flavour and the standard of cooking. As one of my sons said, "I feel like I'm on MasterChef!". Overall, we had a fantastic experience here, and if we lived closer (rather than 100 miles away) we'd be regular visitors.
A photo of The Duncombe Arms restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2123)
£26 to £40
British
Ashbourne
About the restaurant
The Duncombe Arms is a beautiful, traditional country pub situated at the heart of the lovely rural village of Ellastone on the Staffordshire / Derbyshire border. Located on the edge of the Peak District near the towns of Ashbourne and Uttoxeter it is a great place to visit providing a delightful setting in which to enjoy a drink, some lovely food, as well as a chat with friends or family.

Come inside and enjoy a roaring log fire, sample our excellent range of beers and wines or enjoy fabulous food from our award-winning chef Jake Boyce. Or in the summer you can laze in our large garden overlooking the view to Worthy Island Wood.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Excellent menu choices, well cooked and beautifully presented Staff were friendly and welcoming and provided very good service. Would highly recommend, especially for a special occasion. Lovely garden and high standard of furnishings in restaurant make for a very enjoyable experience.
A photo of The Peacock At Rowsley restaurant
4.6
4.6 (254)
£26 to £40
British
Matlock
About the restaurant
As you walk into the Peacock you get the feeling of history, built in 1652, the hotel was originally used as a dower house for Haddon Hall. The link between the two survives today as Lord Edward Manners brought the hotel back into his estate in 2004, the hotel has many pieces of unique furniture and art work from the Estate. The Bar is another step back into the past with a copper topped bar and untouched surroundings, the extensive cocktail and drinks list can be enjoyed in the bar or lounge before dinner. Our restaurant team have been the proud bearers of three AA rosettes–the top ten percent in the country. We offer both an indulgent, fine dining menu & a more relaxed bar menu to suit most tastes or moods. We serve truly local ingredients including organically-reared beef & lamb from the Haddon Estate. We are open for lunch in our bar and restaurant Tuesday to Saturday and dinner in our bar Tuesday to Friday and dinner in our restaurant Tuesday to Saturday.
Top review
DavidF
Dined 6 days ago
Return visit with my wife, after the previous one in Summer 2021, to celebrate joint birthdays and wedding anniversary. Excellent meal for the most part, especially the salmon starter and the Derbyshire lamb main - both delicious, interesting and morish. My wife enjoyed the vegetarian options too. Dessert / cheese - my wife had the crème fraîche mousse and thought it rather bland. I had the 3 cheeses, none of which were described by the server, unfortunately. Service was largely professional, informative and efficient. The decor of the back dining room could do with some t.l.c., as it appeared a little tired and flat and "lacked warmth" (re: colour scheme), according to my wife. Our main reason for coming back, however, was to have another bottle of the Domaine St Baillon, Cotes de Provence 2020, Syrah, Grenache. Oh my word - still as amazing as last time. Like nectar! Overall, the pricing was on the high side, but worth it for the celebratory aspect of our visit. I'm sure we will be back, even if just for the wine!
A photo of The Bulls Head restaurant
4.6
4.6 (82)
£25 and under
Contemporary British
Belper
About the restaurant
Do you ever imagine yourself having a post-walk locally-brewed pint overlooking the rolling, green hills of Derbyshire or picture yourself gazing at a roaring fire with your perfect pooch nuzzling at your feet in a cosy snug – with freebie doggie treats a must?

Do you enjoy a good natter with your mates at the bar whilst sampling an array of tasty bar treats or take delight in quizzing the manager about his knowledge of the carefully chosen wines on offer?

Having taken off your muddy boots (and maybe even glammed yourself up a little), can you picture yourself tucking into contemporary British cuisine, crafted out of locally produced products, in our charming, relaxed dining room?

What more could you ask for?

Well, we might just have the perfect place in mind . . .
Top review
SimonF
Dined on May 27, 2024
Excellent new venture - we went on Bank Holiday Monday and had food from the BBQ - really good - lovely staff - nice ambience - lovely garden
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