Belper Festival of Food and Drink

Sunday saw a trip down to Derbyshire with Paul and Carol to the Belper Food and Drink Fest. Belper is a small market town on the edge of the Peak District and famed for the ‘Fresh Basil’ delicatessen which really is an aladdin’s cave of lovely foodie things.

The festival was quite small and there were some interesting local food suppliers there – I bought some Chilli infused Pale Ale (which is very good) some fabulous chocolates and some thyme and lemon olives. But the damp conditions – for that read tipping it down – meant we went off seeking lunch in a nearby hostelry in the dry.

Paul had seen a likely looking candidate about 10 minutes away, The Hanging Gate. Early signs were good: a packed car park and a healthy 30 min wait for a table. In the end we only waited 10 mins to be seated, although the food was quite slow but there were a lot of covers and the quality was good.

I shared a starter of baked baby camembert with Julie and had the calves liver whilst Julie had the moroccan lamb shank. All excellent I have to say in a large pub that I think is part of chain and none the worse for it.

Wine was very reasonable with a bottle of house Shiraz at £9.50 ( we had two, because I wasn’t driving and nor was Carol!). 

Capped the day off with coffee and cake in a victoriana themed cafe in Matlock which was just like stepping back in time. Rubbish, thin coffee and chocolate cake that beggared belief.

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