Whether it’s authentic Greek or Japanese cuisine you’re after or the familiar comfort food of a traditional fish and chip restaurant and steakhouse, you’re in for a treat in Chesterfield.
Places to eat in Chesterfield
Chesterfield is a fabulous location for vegetarians, with many of its popular eateries also offering vegan specialities. A good place to start would be Lombardi’s, a vibrant restaurant run by a family originally from near Naples who aim to bring an authentic taste of that part of that world to Derbyshire.
For more fine dining Italian-style, head for Nonnas on Chatsworth Road, which has been a fixture in the town since 1996 and offers a dazzling array of gins to go with your meal. The restaurant even runs its own cookery school, with courses designed to help you master the art of Italian cuisine.
Both these restaurants are vegetarian-friendly, but we wouldn't want you to think meat-lovers were neglected in Chesterfield. Far from it - Chester's is at heart one of the most popular fish and chip shops around but it’s much more than that. As well as doing takeaways, it has a restaurant menu which has an extensive range of steaks, burgers, pies and chicken dishes, and it’s only 10 minutes’ walk from our Chesterfield North hotel.
If you like to push the boat and sample some exotic drinks when you go out for a meal, look no further than Bottle & Thyme on Knifesmithgate, which aims to serve up a combination of rustic food and botanical cocktails. Its culinary highlights include crab parcels and jerk chicken and pineapple skewers but it's the Bottle & Thyme drinks menu where things get really interesting. Drinks range from Mango Moonshine and About Figgin' Thyme (made with fig liqueur) to Elderflower and Basil Mojito and Salted Caramel Espresso Martini.
For flavours of authentic Japanese food, try O-Tokuda, also on Knifesmithgate, which aims to create genuine Japanese cuisine following traditional recipes. It specialises in sushi and sashimi delicacies and if you’re feeling really hungry there’s also an all-you-can-eat buffet.
From slightly closer to home are the Greek treats on offer at Odyssey. If you've been on holiday to Greece recently, here's a great chance to recapture favourite dining experiences such as moussaka, rabbit stifado, stuffed vine leaves and grilled aubergine. Odyssey also has a small market stall selling Greek teas and Greek cooking herbs.
Restaurants in Chesterfield
Cafés in Chesterfield
If you're on the look-out for a cuppa and a snack, why not start at Stephensons Tea and Coffee House? Three-time winner in the Café/Tea Room of the Year category at the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards, it serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas with a daily cafe specials board. Although dogs are not allowed, the café has teamed up with a local doggy daycare business who will take care of your pet during your stay.
Koo, on the road heading towards Chatsworth House and just a few minutes’ drive from our Chesterfield West hotel, is located in a building which was formerly a delicatessen dating back to 1928. As well as offering a mesmerising selection of exotic teas, including Persian Pomegranate and Egyptian Peppermint, it holds regular events giving customers a chance to try Spanish Wine tasting, rum tasting and other tastes from around the world.
Slightly off the beaten tracks is H&F Vintage Tearooms, an offshoot of the family-run furniture and interiors business H&F. An oasis away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, it specialises in loose teas, gourmet coffees, traditional British cakes and afternoon teas set against a background of vintage decor.
For something slightly adventurous, try The Lilypad on Soresby Street, whose owners drew their inspiration for the café from their time working in Melbourne. Its menu features unusual treats such as crispy duck & sweet potato waffle and pea & kale fritters.