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The Family Tree - Coffee Lounge & Tea Rooms
Ranked #1 of 16 Coffee & Tea in Matlock
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$9
Cuisines: Cafe, British
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Good for: Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Derby, England, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“FAB.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

My favorite places are tea rooms.Found this by accident.Had an afternoon tea which was fabulous.Everything is homemade.Will be visiting again this week.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank Molly A
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
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“Friendly, tasty, good value, well located for walkers and cyclists”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

Heard good things about The Family Tree from friends in the area, having recently passed it when it was being refurbished. It was formerly a down-at-heel pub, a shadow of its former incarnation as the Derwent Hotel - a fine late 18th or early 19th century range of stone buildings that probably date back to when the turnpike road was pushed through the pretty, wooded Derwent valley in Georgian times. As the renamed Family Tree, it's light, roomy, cleanly styled and nicely furnished, with a warmth that extends from the new heating system through to the hands-on and totally customer-friendly family that has brought it back from the edge of extinction...

There's a range of offerings that take you from breakfast through to tea and beyond - light lunches, panini, jackets, sandwiches, well priced salads such as chicken and pancetta and poached salmon (both under £6). Much of the cooking is homely - dad's in the kitchen, mum and daughters do most of the the waiting on - and everything is freshly prepared with care and love. We only stopped for a snack - a good cappuccino, hot chocolate and slices of light, moist carrot cake and lemon drizzle cake, all for under a tenner - but fully intend to try their lunches, too. They have an alcohol licence, too, and serve ales from the nearby Shottle Farm micro brewery.

Although our visit was on a blustery March day and we sat inside, there's a large secluded walled courtyard seating area, too, with picnic tables and some children's play equipment.

Situated on a popular main road at the gateway of the Peak District, The Family Tree is a convenient stop-off whether you're on four wheels or two. And if you're walking the Cromford Canal towpath or the long-distance Derwent Valley Heritage Way footpath, the cafe is just a few steps down from the canal bridge at Whatstandwell.

  • Visited March 2014
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Nottingham
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Welcome new cafe”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

Have visited for coffee or tea twice in the last couple of weeks. It's in a former pub on the A6, by the bridge over the River Derwent, and apparently opened a month ago. Friendly, helpful service, and the carrot cake – home-baked – was excellent. Haven't tried its light lunches but it's certainly a welcome addition to Derbyshire's coffee and tea stops. Good walks in the area. Parking isn’t very obvious: its main car park is immediately on the right after turning up the B5035 towards Crich.

Visited March 2014
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Cromford, United Kingdom
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“Welcoming cafe for walkers and families”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

Stopped off here on a wild, windy wintry day. Warm stoves and cosy furnishings in this converted 18th century pub gave an immediately welcoming impression. So did the friendly family owners who have apparently only just opened the place. It's just trading as a cafe at the moment - hot drinks, light hot and cold snacks - and welcomes kids and dogs. They have more ambitious plans for evening meals and outside seating down by the riverside in the summer.

All ages were there when we visited on a weekend afternoon. Prices are reasonable, food is good, service is caring, and there's a lot to like. Mentioned it to a friend locally, who said she'd been there yesterday and was impressed that her friend's child had been offered colouring materials etc as part of the service.

It's convenient for walkers on the Cromford Canal and Derwent Valley routes, visitors to Crich, and cyclists or motorists passing by on the main A6 road - there's plenty of parking just by the road junction across from the cafe.

  • Visited February 2014
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