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Members’ Favourite Cafes - the No Car Café at Rushop Hall

Dave Brown

This article is from Signpost 51, July 2016

Whilst you won’t be sent packing if you turn up here in a car, the great thing about the No Car café is the special welcome given to walkers, cyclists and horse riders. There are safe storage and wash-down facilities for bikes and an enclosed tying-up area for horses, with drinking water and water buckets available. Given this emphasis on the, let’s say, less well-groomed clientele, you might be excused for expecting a basic environment. Not so. The interior of this well converted farm building is immaculate with a beautifully tiled floor and plain painted walls. Solid wooden tables and chairs add to the ambiance and the wood burning stove is very welcome on a cold or wet day.

The menu is basic but top quality. Soup, welsh rarebit, sandwiches and a good selection of homemade cakes. I had a bacon sandwich – quarter inch thick local bacon on a ciabatta-type bread – and a pot of tea so generous that even I – a notorious “tea belly” – could not finish, for just over a fiver. The café is also licenced, selling wine by the glass and bottled local beers at very reasonable prices.

The café is on the Pennine Bridleway and is but a small diversion from The Roych track, Chapel Gate and Lords Seat paths. Although Neil and Jan are normally closed on non-Bank Holiday Mondays and on Tuesdays, they will open, by prior arrangement, on those days for organised groups. Well behaved dogs on a lead are also welcome.

The No Car Café, Rushop Hall, Rushup Lane, Rushup, Derbyshire SK23 0QT. NGR SK 095 821.
Telephone: 01298 816 218
Mobile: 07957 829 828
Open Bank Holidays and Wednesday to Sunday 1000-1700 and by special arrangement at other times.

We hope that members will write in with their own favourite walking cafes or pubs, so that we can make this a regular feature. If you would like to contribute, please send articles to Ian Salvage either by email (, or by post to Taylor House. Many thanks.

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