Possibly the question we are asked most often once guests have booked their accommodation with us is “Where do you recommend for dinner?”.
On this page is a list of local pubs and restaurants – some closer than others, with a range of styles and prices. This list is by no means exhaustive, but these are all restaurants 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 Indian restaurants listed 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 Dannah 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 our circular walks (from Dannah), 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 Dannah, within Derbyshire and The Peak District Darbyshire Dales area.
Le Mistral, Wirksworth, 01629 824840. 15 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. 10 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. 10 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
Angelo’s (The New Inn), Milford. 01773 822338. 15 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. 10-15 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. http://nonnos.co.uk/
The Red lion Hognaston. 01335 370396. 20 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. 25 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