St John's Street Gallery & Cafe in Ashbourne

Ashbourne is a very popular local market town, just 15 minutes’ drive from the Barn at Ivy House Farm.

With a market on Thursdays and Saturdays, it’s well worth a visit as it seems to have escaped much of the high street brand banality of many English towns.

Come lunchtime, after a morning of wandering around the town’s shops, you may find yourself longing for a tasty bite to eat and St John’s Street Gallery & Cafe is the perfect place for a lovely light lunch – they won Derbyshire Cafe of the Year 2009 and it’s no wonder.

The food is all cooked from fresh, locally sourced ingredients on site and they also cater for special diets including gluten free, lactose intolerance and vegetarians.

Their home baked cakes are legendary and they serve proper coffee and tea in surroundings far less corporate than the ubiquitous Costa coffee – we often stop in for a quick lunch while the kids are playing tennis and we are always delighted with the food.

Spread over 4 floors of a spacious Grade II listed Victorian building which once housed the town’s magistrates court, the added bonus of course, is that the cafe is also an art gallery displaying original canvases, prints and sculpture from local contemporary artists.

If you’re looking for a momento of your stay in the Peak District, this is a great place to buy one!

St John’s Street Gallery & Cafe is very family friendly (although smaller children may find the steps up to the top floor rather vertiginous) and we can’t recommend it highly enough.

Visit their website here