Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

My Favourite Café - Scarthin Café

Mel Bale

This article is from Signpost 52, Autumn 2016

Scarthin café is unique in the Peak District. Not only is it one of the only vegetarian and vegan cafés in the National Park but it is also located within what is arguably the most eclectic book shop in Derbyshire if not the North Midlands.

The café is in Cromford village, itself part of the Derwent Valley UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an ideal location from which to explore very popular areas of the Peak District and some of the less well known ones.

It serves a wide range of vegetarian and vegan meals and cakes, at very reasonable prices. he food is full of flavour, very tasty and filling. Recent visits with meat- eating friends have prompted comments such as 'I didn't realise that veggie food could taste so good' and 'Can I have another slice of that gluten free cake!' The service is excellent, friendly and helpful. The café also stocks a wide range of magazines and journals which you are free to peruse during your meal.

One word of warning - you have to pass through the bookshop to get to the café and ts new and second hand stock is just as tempting as the food upstairs!

Scarthin Bookshop & Café, The Promenade, Cromford, Derbyshire DE4 3QF
National Grid Reference: SK 294 569
Telephone: 01629 823272
Open Monday to Saturday 9:30 to 5:15 (lunches 12:00 to 3:00), Sunday 10:00 to 5:15 (lunches 12:00 to 3:00). Closed Christmas and Boxing Day

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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