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Traditional English tea rooms
hey take their tea very seriously in the Peak District but that just means you’re never very far from a good brew. Like at Hobb’s Cafe, where you can warm your hands over a genuine log fire or wrap them round a large mug of milky tea. This pretty cafe looks out over the Monsal Head and the elegant viaduct, so you can sit back and relax in comfort with a picturesque view.
Bookworms might prefer the Music Room at Scathin Books, with its cosy tables, where the walls are cluttered with everything from ancient maps to a pair of antlers. Of course, if you’re engrossed in the pages of your favourite novel, you might not notice these. The same can’t be said, however, about the café’s organic fruit scones or its yummy lemon polenta cake – which are definitely worth your close attention.
Meanwhile, if you fancy some music while you sip, try the Old Smithy on the edge of the Chatsworth estate. It was once a Blacksmith’s shop, but has now been converted into a popular café. So instead of horses being shod, the sound you’ll hear these days is the occasional chink of china cups, accompanied by the Smithy’s Brew Folk Club who regularly put in a performance.
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