Chesterfield is a quaint English town located in the borough of Derbyshire. Its population is around 105,000 people. It’s located 12 miles from Chatsworth Hall, 7 miles from Bolsover Castle and 47 miles from Manchester. Chesterfield is considered a “market town” surrounded by neighboring farm towns.
Pubs in Chesterfield:
There are some very friendly and typically English pubs in Chesterfield. They often have live music and happy hour. Many also serve food or snacks at the least.
We were invited to a birthday party here at the Chesterfield Arms. It was one of the nicer pub we had the chance to visit. It had a enjoyable outdoor area that was perfect for spring like weather. They had a good selection of beers, ciders and wines. We found the beer selection more unique than most pubs offering many styles such as stouts and pale ales. While we were at the pub we were lucky enough to meet and hang out with the mayor of Chesterfield! Oh one more amazing fact about Chesterfield Arms, they allows you to bring with your dog!
The Britannia was the first pub we visited during our trip to England. We were surprised by how many young children were at the pub. Apparently children at British pubs is not that uncommon of a thing. However, the day we visited the Britannia happened to be the same day the pub was hosting a charity event for a young child. So, I suppose all the children running around made sense. The pub was quite small yet cozy. The beer and cider but the company more than made up for it. This pub is slightly out of the heart of Chesterfield, but well worth a visit. They have a large covered outdoor area which featured live music the day we visited. The Britannia also allowed dogs. Which would have been a plus if we had one with us. 🙂
Rose and Crown
The Rose and Crown was one of the only pubs open on a Sunday night. We got there shortly before last call but the bartender was nice enough to keep serving us past that. We even got to hang out and have a beer with her after her shift ended. We met some really nice locals there and one guy walked us to grab some food after. Again, the beer here was limited in choice.
The Grouse Inn
We visited The Grouse Inn on Sunday of the Bank Holiday so of course it was crazy busy. It was pretty packed when we stopped in so I’m not sure how big it really is. They did have a big outdoor area that had live music. They also did not have a big beer selection.
When we first arrived at the Tramway Tavern it was pretty busy. They had a good unique beer selection that we enjoyed. Here, we met the former mayor of Chesterfield, which leads us to believe everyone has been the mayor of Chesterfield at some point. Regardless, the beer was great and the conversation was even better.
Restaurants in Chesterfield:
Popeye’s Pizza and Kebabs
What this place has going for them is that they are open late. Chesterfield is a relatively small town, and it is actually somewhat hard to find food past midnight on Sunday or weekday nights. So naturally stopping at Popeyes works out well after stumbling out of a pub at a late hour. Popeye’s is decently priced and the kebabs are big enough to share. The quality of the food here is nothing to rave about, but for the price and their hours of operations, this is a place to keep in the back of your mind.
The Market Pub
The Market Pub is very close to the city center and a great place to stop and grab a beer and some food. We decided to stop in for some lunch after visiting the Crooked Spire and the Chesterfield Market. The Market Pub had a lunch special that included 2 lunch dishes for 12 pounds. We decided on fish and chips and sausages with mashed potatoes and gravy. The food was nothing less than fantastic! They also had a pretty good real beer selection. This is a spot you could easily find yourself loosing track of time in. We will definitely come here again next time we are in Chesterfield.
Gulab’s Indian Cuisine
We had to try the Indian Food in England since curry is pretty popular there. We ordered, “take away” from here and it was delicious. It’s conveniently located on the main road and had many options to choose from. They were also open late night.
Koo Café and Deli
We stopped by Koo on our first day in Chesterfield. It’s a quaint café with cute décor. We had a tomato soup and some sort of open face sandwich. The food was very tasty but a little pricey. It definitely felt a little more upscale. It was located on the main road and next to a beautiful church. I would stop here again for a nicer lunch or dinner option.
Restaurants near Chesterfield
Monsal Head Hotel and Stables Bar (Peak district)
Our friend booked us for Sunday dinner here at the Monsal Head Restaurant. This little restaurant is located in the peak district national park. They had a “stable” area and main restaurant that served food. We enjoyed a beef Sunday roast that included veggies, mash potatoes and a Yorkshire pudding. The food was decent but the dessert was not very good and expensive at that. They did have a wonderful view overlooking the countryside and small farm below that was absolutely beautiful. We probably wouldn’t eat here again but would visit again for the view.
The Bluebell (Bolsolver)
We found The Bluebell on Google trying to find lunch after visiting the Bolsover Castle. It was an English pub with a few unique beers and a good lunch special. We had a cheesy potato and broccoli bake and a steak and onion pie for 12 pounds. We also had a piece of cake and tea for 2 pounds. The family running the pub were so sweet and made delicious food. It was a larger pub with a few tables outside overlooking the countryside. It was also conveniently located 2-3 minutes from the Bolsover Castle. We would definitely recommend this place when visiting Bolsover.
Barrel Inn (Eyam)
This restaurant was a little on the pricey side and in our opinion didn’t have impressive food. However, the reason why the Barrel Inn makes the list is because they have one of the best views we came across while we were in England. From the parking lot you get an amazing 180 degree view of the valley below. If you willing to climb up just a bit from the parking lot, you basically get a 360 degree view of the entire area. This alone makes it worth stopping in at the Barrel Inn for a visit.