18 restaurants in Buxton
Restaurants in Buxton:
14 Cavendish Arcade, Buxton, SK17 6BQ [Map]
Pizza Express remains a hugely popular bedrock of casual eating. Its popularity is testimony to the fact that across the country, they have restaurants where you will always be guaranteed a good nosh, with children's tastes being well catered for.
Pizza Express has gone even more Roman, and following the success of that particular example of listening to their public have introduced Romana pizzas, including the scorching Etna and the hearty Siciliana.
These pizzas are now thinner, bigger and crispier, and if that sounds like a marketing line, it is. However, unlike many such lines, this one is true, and their quality is always consistent, though cleverly they have still managed to retain a homemade feel to their pizzas.
As an alternative to pizza, try their pollo pesto - cavatappi pasta with torn chicken breast, mushrooms, red onions and mozzarella in a creamy gruyere, parmesan and pesto sauce and finished with grana padano - or the niçoise salad with mixed leaves, yellowfin tuna, free range egg, green beans, potatoes and tomatoes with olives, anchovies, capers and house dressing.
Many of the big chains have come a long way, and Pizza Express is certainly amongst them. One of the first to be quoted on the Stock Exchange - in 1993 - Pizza Express is not a franchise operation and retains tight control through its own staff.
Their wine list - though short - contains some surprisingly good offerings, especially their intense Australian Chardonnay, and a big, full-bodied Merlot from Cusumano, Sicilia.
Pizza & Pasta
7 Hall Bank, Buxton, SK17 6EW [Map]
The Columbine Restaurant is a small privately run restaurant in the centre of the Peak District main town of Buxton. Situated just two minutes away from the Buxton Opera House, and one minute from the market square it makes an ideal spot for shoppers and opera visitors to have a quick bite before the show or a more elaborate meal afterwards. The restaurant offers a relaxed informal atmosphere with friendly, non-intrusive service.
The bill of fare changes seasonally and all the food is made to order, portions are large and the cooking is well skilled. Start your meal with a creamy natural smoked haddock and potato soup, and sesame crumbed strips of chicken served with sweet chilli sauce. For main course order arctic char sautéed with queen scallops in a herb and lemon butter or char grilled sirloin steak with smoked bacon and blue Stilton cream. Finish with hot chocolate pudding with fudge and hazelnut sauce.
Modern British, Modern European
Best Western Lee Wood Hotel, 13 Manchester Road, The Park, Buxton, SK17 6TQ [Map]
Privately owned and managed, the Best Western Lee Wood is an elegant Georgian hotel in the spa town of Buxton. Whether you're visiting them to stay or for a meal, rest assured you'll be welcomed with a warm smile at all times.
From the thirty-eight individually decorated ensuite bedrooms, to the Elements conservatory restaurant, and the bar and lounge, the facilities at Lee Wood are second to none.
When at the restaurant, nibble on Kalamata olives and herbs as you order starters of, say, smoked wood pigeon with pepper caramel and quail egg, or steamed mussels with Asian spices and coconut cream. With main courses of Thai green curry with chicken and rice, Gloucester Old Spot pork chop, mustard mash and caramelised apple, and Haloumi cheese with Moroccan spices, peppers, and couscous, get set for some culinary globetrotting at Elements. The chocolate pot with cookies and strawberry milkshake serves as a brilliant way to finish.
The restaurant happily hosts large and small parties and 'any other good excuse for enjoyment!'
Chelmorton, Buxton, SK17 9SL [Map]
Dinner, English, International
1-2 Burlington Road, Buxton, SK17 9AS [Map]
This hotel and restaurant is run by people who are not as others are - something that makes them interesting and unusual, some might say mildly eccentric, but so what, there should be more of the same. Let's get away from this 'sameness' that grips our country.
The Buckingham is nice and handy for the Buxton Opera House so a pre-theatre supper is served at 6.15, with the main event at 8.00. The menu is straightforward with starters of, say, Greek salad with feta cheese and olive oil dressing, or deep fried gougons of plaice with tartare sauce.
Main courses could offer roast sirloin, breast of chicken wrapped in bacon with Madeira sauce. Desserts follow the same pattern.
The range of beers, ciders, brews from abroad, including the famed Festival Doktor, is impressive and the wine list is perfectly adequate.
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