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“Excellent value for tasty tapas”

The Market Place Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 10 Restaurants in Cromford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Family run restaurant, over 30 years in business, good food,well priced, awarded 5 stars again by environmental health
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Went to the upstairs Terrace Tapas Bar for an impromptu supper. Tucked away around the back of the long-established Market Place Restaurant, the room is a newly converted barn/workspace, well lit and rustic, and there's a big covered terrace outside for warmer days.

Tapas menu is short but features some old favourites - spicy chorizo stew, a fluffy-light and tasty tortilla served in an individual pan, prawns (either battered or in garlic chilli oil), calamares in a light tempura (made with soda water, the chef said), appetising torrados (a bit like bruschetta) with serrano ham and manchego. Only let-down was the bread, which really needs to rise above the bland white factory-baked sliced mini-baguette that was served - fortunately as a complimentary accompaniment rather than a menu item. There are two good artisan bakeries nearby, and a chunky mediterranean/rustic bread would have been a nice touch. And if I'm being really picky, I'd have to say the mayo squirted on to the spicy, tomatoey patatas bravas was a bit odd - haven't seen that elsewhere!

Prices are generous - special offer £16.95 for six dishes plus chips, a small green salad and bread, with (English-style) desserts priced at pub grub levels. Drinks are very fairly priced (£3.95 for a 250ml glass of very drinkable house wine, £3.30 for a beer). There are lots of other non-Spanish menu choices - panini, jacket potatoes, burgers, baguettes, sandwiches and even scones/cakes - so the place is really more of an all-day cafe than a full-on tapas bar. Then again, there probably isn't the demand for a purely Spanish offering in a small Derbyshire village, and the owners and chef are English and well attuned to their local clientele's tastes.

Taken as an Anglo-Spanish all-rounder (emphasis on the Anglo-), I can't fault this place. Very good value, nice room, pleasant people running it. As somewhere selling itself as a tapas bar, it has the potential to raise its game. Perhaps a larger range of tapas (maybe something using Spanish staples like chickpeas, white beans, stuffed peppers or tomatoes for vegetarians; albondigas, croquetas, flatbreads, mini-paella?)... plus a couple of inexpensive well-chosen Spanish wines (a good tempranillo or garnacha for meat-heads, a crisp white like an albariño to go with the seafood and veggie choices, and maybe a cava for special occasions)... some Spanish-style desserts (churros, crema catalana, orange or almond cake)... and better bread!

We'll definitely eat here again; and if the Spanish fare was wider-ranging but executed with the same flair and care as what we ate enthusiastically, we'd happily pay more to eat here again. Two of us paid under £40 for tapas, desserts and plenty to drink - a real bargain for diners but perhaps an indication that the establishment is under-selling itself slightly.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This is one of our favourite restaurants that we have been going to for at least 30 years.
The sizzling Steaks on the iron with Pepper sauce are great . There is a varied selection on the menu and the daily board including vegetarian meals.It is best to book because it is only a small resteraunt and can get quite busy.There is a good menu at Lunchtimes as well but we have never had time to try it but hope to soon.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

Restaurant was very good value. Food was OK, nothing special and is not a place to have a romantic meal. Restaurant stops serving at 09:30pm, so if you are having a late meal Cromford is not the place to go.

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

We went here on the recommendation of our B & B hosts, and ate there 2 evenings of our 3 night stay. The first time we arrived before it opened, and couldn't find opening hours anywhere outside. Went back later, and were pleased with our meal. Ambiance is great, staff were friendly and efficient, and food was good. The second evening, one of us wanted the roast ham, but they had run out, so they offered carvery ham instead, which was OK. Over all, a good place to eat and good value for money.

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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

We went for a family meal to cromfords market place restaurant.

The staff are friendly and welcoming into what is a compact place. The menu has a fantastic choice and gives you a great choice for even for the fussy eaters like myself.

The price and food is great that is why on a tuesday evening this place filled up fast.

I would of marked them five out of five but I felt the lasagne was nice but not too much too the dish. The staff did there best to cope with the walk in customers but as it fills up waiting times went up. Dont be put off by this as it was my first time there and I am looking forward to go back and hopefully give 5/5

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