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We’ve put together a list of 6 of our favourite Bakewell cafés, certain to entice you on your next visit to this lovely part of the Peak District.

With so much of the contrasting natural beauty of the Peak District National Park to explore, what better way to refuel than with a tempting treat on offer at one of Bakewell’s many cafés? From their famous Bakewell pudding to award-winning ice cream and specialty teas, find all the tasty treats the sweet-toothed among you could possibly want.

Read on to discover 6 of the best cafés in Bakewell…

1. The Lavender Tea Rooms

cup of coffee

Nestled away within a courtyard setting is this wonderful Bakewell café, promising to take you back in time whilst you indulge in one of their delicious choices of sandwiches, served on traditional English crockery. During the warmer months, step into the courtyard where your canine companion is welcome to enjoy a refreshment whilst you tuck into your lunch. For extra special occasions, treat yourself to a glass of fizz to compliment your afternoon tea.

Opening times: Mon 9.30-3.30pm; Tues-Fri 10am-3.30pm; Sat 9.30-4pm; Sun 10.30am-3.30pm.

Address: 6 Hebden Court, Matlock Street, Bakewell, DE45 1EE


2. The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

The Old Original Bakewell Pudidng Shop

Legend has it that the iconic Bakewell tart was accidentally made in the town’s local inn, when founder of The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, Mrs Wilson, former tenant at the The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, saw the potential these puddings had, secured the secret recipe and went underway with her businesses.

Today, you can choose to dine within the superb restaurant and treat yourself to a three-course lunch or a delightful afternoon tea. For those on the go, they also have a take-away delicatessen offering a range of sandwiches, toasties, soups and salad boxes. For a truly unique experience, test the kitchen and bake yourself an Original Bakewell Pudding yourself to take home.

Opening times: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm.

Address: The Square, Bakewell, DE45 1BT


3. The Old Smithy

The Old Smithy

Boasting a warm welcome within a building full of character is the family-run business, The Old Smithy Tearooms. Perched on the outskirts of Bakewell’s town centre within the village of Monyash, this former blacksmith café offers locally sourced hot and cold snacks promising quality and value. It is home to the famous “Smithy’s Breakfast”, award-winning ice-cream and even pints of coffee for the thirsty warn-out cyclist. One of our favourite Bakewell cafés.

Opening times: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

Address: Church Street, Monyash, Bakewell, DE45 1JH


4. The Lime Lounge

The Lime Lounge

This well-established Bakewell café is perfect for a relaxing afternoon coffee, yet it’s filled with a lively ambience, offering the best of both worlds. The welcoming team serve an outstanding selection of cakes, home-made scones and main meals to satisfy a hungry walker in need of refuelling.

Sink into the plush chairs that are ideally positioned for overlooking the bustling street whilst you sample their fine selection of speciality teas. Continuing to impress, this compact Bakewell café also offers a gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian menu, as well as a fine selection of beers and wine for a well-deserved treat.

Opening times: Mon-Sat 8.30am-4pm; Sun 9.30am-4pm

Address: Bridge Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DS

5. Upstairs Café

Cream Tea

Resting within a central location in Bakewell is the endearing Upstairs Café, boasting a varied dining menu to suit all tastes. Follow the staircase up to find a charming setting with a striking interior to ensure a wonderful place to enjoy your tasty meal. The coffee alone is worth the climb up the stairs! The enthusiastic staff are certain to make you smile and the superb WiFi is perfect for planning your next Peak District Adventure.

Opening times: Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30am; Sun 10.30am-4pm

Address: 3 Market Street, Bakewell, DE45 1HG


6. Wyes Waters

Wyes Waters

This dog-friendly Bakewell café offers a hearty menu with a courteous and friendly service to provide you with a memorable visit to Bakewell. The wide and varied menu ensures that all tastes and requirements are catered to within an atmosphere second to none.

If you fancy something extra special, why not have a traditional afternoon tea delivered to the door of your holiday cottage? Be impressed by the dainty finger foods served on a vintage cake stand which you can enjoy within the comfort of your own surroundings. Also, no need to worry about the washing up, once you are finished the team will pick up the crockery at a time which is convenient to you.

Opening times: Mon-Sun 9am-5pm

Address: Granby Road, Bakewell, DE45 1ES


Browse those our fine selection of Peak District cottages and pay one of these charming cafés a visit on your next self-catering holiday.

Image credits: John McLinden – (CC BY-ND 2.0), Brynn – (CC BY-SA 3.0)Jaggery – (CC BY-SA 2.0)Malmaison Hotels – (CC BY-ND 2.0), Elliott Brown – (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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