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“Excellent lite bite cafe and amazing cook shop”

David Mellor Visitor Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The David Mellor Cutlery Factory, Design Museum, Country Shop and Cafe - all on the same site. Just outside Hathersage in one of the most beautiful areas of Derbyshire, they provide a uniquely stimulating and enjoyable day out in the Peak District National Park.
Reviewed 5 August 2013

One of our frequent haunts with the mother-in-law for a mid-day 'more than a sandwich, less than a meal', the food is spot on. Sometimes it's soup & sandwich, sometimes just a sandwich, more often than not it's the salad with things like trout pate, smoked duck breast or onion tartlet. The salad isn't too over the top neither is it boring.

Pudding comes in the shape of a variety of home cooked cakes like Lime & Coconut, Apple & Sultana, Orange & Earl Gray or a chocolate brownie or a piece of shortbread.

Good selection of teas, coffees, soft drinks and a well thought out selection of wine.

Service is perhaps a little too brisk, but friendly enough.

Arrive early, there aren't a huge number of tables so you could end up waiting.

The cook shop has an amazing range of pots, pans, china, glasses, crockery, knives and utensils - enough to keep any budding chef in new tools forever!

Sorry, can't speak to the tour at 3pm Sat/Sun, never managed to be there at the right time.

Thank Nick M
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"traffic lights"
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"for sale"
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"the kitchen"
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"cakes"
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"bus shelter"
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"worth a visit"
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"design museum"
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"interesting place"
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"cutlery set"
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"factory tour"
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

Not what I expected. Museum bit not working and just a shop really selling nothing more than i can get in Kitchenmonger. Sorry not worth the visit.

Thank CACGB
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Ground breaking silversmith and industrial designer is probably not known to most visitors to the Peak District. But he designed the UKs traffic lights and pedestrian crossings and many of the bollards in city centres which we take for granted. Visit his factory in Hathersage to see not only the industrial designs but the beautiful cutlery and tableware which grace British Embassies around the world.

Thank HughSpear
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

We had good tea and cake in the cafe. I loved looking at the cutlery. Unfortunately the workshop was not open when we were there. I would have liked to go in.

Thank sandraclaire
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Reviewed 20 July 2013

This place is so unexpected given it's location in an old gas works near Hathersage. We visit the Peaks regularly and have driven past it so many times before finally deciding to pop in. It is now somewhere we go out of our way to visit, even planning a walk to finish near there so we can pop in for lunch.
The cafe is airy: there are few places you will eat with working traffic lights next to you - one of David Mellor's designs. The food is excellent although service can be a little slow. Interesting soups and quiches for lunches, cakes and the coffee is one of the best you'll get in the area.
As for the shop, it's a real foodie heaven. Some very good quality knives etc as it'd expect as they are made at the workshop on site. Lots of good value kitchen items & knowledgeable staff.
Think my husband now regrets we ever visited as I always seem to find something I 'need to buy' when I go!

Thank Liz W
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