There are many great Derbyshire Restaurants within easy reach of  Heather Cottage

Where do you recommend for dinner?? Possibly the question we are asked most  often once guests have booked their accommodation with us.

The following is a list of local pubs and resturants  – some closer  than others, with a range of styles and prices. This list is by no means  exhaustive, but these are all restuarants  or pubs where we eat out ourselves. Of course, where we eat out depends  very much on the occasion – a special birthday would have a different choice  from a quick evening escape!!

Although as a family we really do eat everywhere listed below, some of  the recommendations are exceptional – The Saracens Head is brilliant – although by no means the closest, Darleys is unbeatable for a special lunch. If  you like Indian food, the restaurants below are superb!  Once you have  chosen it is advisable to make a booking as soon as possible, as these pubs and  restaurants are usually very busy.

As Heather Cottage is in a rural location, none of the places to eat are within comfortable walking distance, when dining out in the evening, although some can be incorporated into circular walks, and may be perfect for lunch. If in the evening you would prefer not to drive (like a glass of wine – or  two!! with your meal), please refer to the taxi companies listed below.

Please give as much notice as possible and do make sure to arrange your  return journey at the same time!

Scotts Taxis (Belper) 01773 880 880 or 07766 859 435

Belper Cars (Belper) 01773 828 384

K’s Taxis (Belper) 0786 6892 942

Redline (Belper) 01773 828 828

Greenway Cars (Ashbourne) 01335 342 964

The following is a list of restaurants to be found, close to Heather Cottage, within Derbyshire and The Peak District Darbyshire Dales area.

Le Mistral, Wirksworth, 01629 824840. 10 minute drive.

Rustic French bistro style food. Popular with the locals. Open 11am – 11pm every day. www.lemistral.co.uk/Le-Mistral-Wirksworth

The River Garden, Belper. 01773 822468. 15 minute drive.

Cantonese restaurant. Open every evening until late. Buffet lunch on Sundays. www.river-garden-rest.co.uk

The Hanging Gate, Shottle Gate. 01773 550467. 15 minute drive.

Good chain pub, large choice of wines. Recently refurbished. Open all day every day. No need to book but can get busy on Friday and Saturday evenings. Child friendly with a nice garden to the rear. www.vintageinn.co.uk/thehanginggateshottlegate

The Cross Keys, Turnditch. 01773 550263. 10 minute drive.

Excellent home-made food in a stylish village inn. Offering charm and character with a contemporary twist. Open Tuesday to Sunday: 12-2.30pm and Tuesday to Saturday for dinner: 6-9pm. Booking recommended. www.crosskeysturnditch.co.uk

The Bulls Head, Belper Lane End. 01773 824900. 20 minute drive.

Good traditional home cooked pub food. Local ales from the Shottle Farm Brewery. Open all day for food: 12 noon to 9pm (Thursday to Saturday). Carvery: 12 noon to 4pm on Sundays. www.bullsheadbelper.co.uk

Angelo’s (The New Inn), Milford. 01773 822338. 20 minute drive.

An extensive menu offering a range of Italian, French and English dishes served in a pleasant candlelit restaurant. Bar serving real ales. Open for dinner Monday to Saturday: 6-9pm, Sunday Lunch: 12-2.30pm. Booking essential. www.angelosthenewinn.com

Cafe Nonno’s, Belper. 01773 880401. 20 minute drive.

Good Italian and English food served in relaxed and friendly surroundings. Cafe Monday to Saturday: 9.30am to 4pm. Restaurant Tuesday to Saturday: 6pm to 9.30pm. Booking recommended, essential at weekends. www.cafenonnos.com

The Red lion Hognaston. 01335 370396. 15 minute drive.

Cosy old traditional village pub with good pub food. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Booking advisable. www.redlionhognaston.org.uk

The Matlock Balti, Matlock Bath. 01629 55069. 20 minute drive.

Excellent Indian food, open every evening until late, closed Tuesdays. www.thebalti.co.uk

Thailand No 1, Matlock. 01629 584444. 25 minute drive.

Authentic Thai Cusine, open for dinner every evening, also open for lunch every day except Sunday. matlock.thailandnumber1.co.uk

The Saracens Head, Shirley, Nr Ashbourne. 01335 360330. 20 minute drive.

18th Century Inn serving real ales, Newly refurbished, serving excellent homemade food. Very popular with the locals and so booking is essential. www.saracens-head-shirley.co.uk

Darley’s, Darley Abbey. 01332 364987. 25 minute drive.

Located on the banks of the Derwent in a converted mill, pleasant dining terrace over looking the water. Featured in the good food guide, booking essential. Can be pricey, but perfect for a special occasion. Extremely good value at lunchtime. www.darleys.com

Anoki, Derby city centre. 01332 292888. 25 minute drive.

Exceptional Indian food with a difference in stylish modern surroundings. Open every evening, booking recommended. Very popular. www.anoki.co.uk