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Dining Out In Derbyshire


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Kedleston Country House

From the beginning of the 18th century Derby has had a reputation for fine town houses. A slow walk along Friar Gate and on to Ashbourne Road will reveal many fine examples but if you continue that journey out of town along the Kedleston Road you will come across the grade II*-listed Kedleston Country House […]

The Brasserie at Horlsey Lodge

The pretty lights which lined the drive over the narrow bridge leading to Horsley Lodge gave us a lovely welcome as we arrived with anticipation to enjoy an evening at the newly opened Brasserie Restaurant. We are not strangers to Horsley Lodge and have spent many a happy hour in these lovely surroundings, either on […]

Dining Out – The Sanam

Possibly my biggest failing when having an Indian meal out is to skip the starter.  I enjoy the popadoms and then go straight into the main course but, one rainy night in November, we decided to let Iqbal, the owner of  The Sanam Restaurant on King Street in Alfreton, present us with the full works. […]

Dining at Santo’s Higham Farm

Dining out with your partner, family or friends should be a memorable experience for all the right reasons; beautifully cooked food, pleasant surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere. What a delight when all these things come together as they did recently for my wife Susan and I on a chilly Autumn evening at Santo’s Higham Farm, […]

Dining Out – The Boot

I was really looking forward to our visit to The Boot at Repton, checking it out on the website the lovely hand drawn images set the scene and the menu looked innovative. Hence I was not deterred by the torrential rain and wind, and the distinctly chilly feel to the evening as we set out. […]

Lunch at Meynell Langley Gardens

I don’t know if it was the stillness of the air, the steel grey sky against the vibrant hues of the autumn leaves, or just that warm feeling inside when you buy out the time to enjoy a leisurely lunch that I experienced. I travelled past the now free flowing Markeaton island; or at least it […]

Dining at the Izaak Walton

When James and Amanda Keay bought the Izaak Walton (named after the famous author of “The Complete Angler”) in March 2014 it was a definite case of head and heart coming together. The head part was the fact that this was a great business opportunity to restore the Izaak Walton back to its former glory, […]

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Walking In Derbyshire


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A Walk around Riber & Dethick

The façade of Riber Castle stands proud, high above Matlock, despite the vicissitudes of weather that has been thrown at it for over 160 years.  Built of local stone, on a hillside 850 feet above sea level by John Smedley in the 1850s, who intended it to be the culminating feature of his hydropathic establishments […]

A Walk through Codnor and Ironville

In my recent winter warmer walk I mentioned about being puzzled by the strange tower-like pit head of Brittain Pit near Midland Railway’s Swanwick Junction.  As there is winding machinery apparently attached to the tower, it seemed an odd way to access the mine workings beneath.  I mentioned this to a friend who readily explained […]

Walk around Butterley

While this is intended to be used along with a ride on the Midland Railway from Butterley Station, it also makes a reasonably all-weather walk along the delightfully rural corridor that separates the industrial areas of Ripley and Alfreton. Quite short, it is only three miles long and there are no steep climbs on either […]

Grindon and the Manifold Trail

Of all the beauty spots in the Peak District, this western corner where it merges with the Staffordshire Moorlands is one of its hidden gems. The pretty village of Grindon where the walk starts, is little changed from a time when most of its cottages were the homes of agricultural labourers, when farming was more […]

Walk from Ilam Hall down the Manifold

Tucked away on a tree shrouded bend of the River Manifold, Ilam village was built in the 1830s on the instructions of Jesse Watts-Russell. The original Victorian houses forming the village still echo the fairytale image of the settlement, built at a time when skilful labour was cheap. It was also a time when people […]

Walk around Ashover

Ashover and the upper reaches of the Amber Valley has always been one of my favourite walking areas. Surprisingly it is not all that well walked, maybe it gets overlooked by its proximity to the Peak District’s moors and dales, but it does deserve to be better known. As an indication of its lack of […]

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Derbyshire Lost houses


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Lost Houses – Exeter House, Derby

In the early 17th century, the West bank of the Derwent was becoming very sought after for gardens and suddenly Full Street and Cockpit Hill became fashionable places to live. Exeter House, No. 1, Full Street, was the house occupied for three days and two nights by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. Derby has had […]

Lost Houses – Castlefields

With heavy machinery at work and much building going up in the tract of land between the Railway Station and Traffic Street in Derby, the site of the most ambitious country house close to Derby will be developed for the second time since its demolition nearly 180 years ago. The area is now called Castleward […]

Lost Houses – Crich Manor House

Crich is really rather a confusing place, not least in respect to its country houses. The descent of the manorial estate since Hubert Fitz Ralph, the Domesday proprietor has been something of a saga, and many of the subsequent lords were non-resident. This phenomenon certainly would have put paid to the original manor house, built, […]

Lost Houses – Oldcotes

On the vast, exuberant and lavishly decorated monument in Derby Cathedral to Bess of Hardwick is an inscription, lauding the late Derbyshire grande dame, which includes the lines: ‘This most illustrious Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, built the houses of Chatsworth, Hardwick and Oldcotes, highly distinguished by their magnificence.’ In fact, this is only some of […]

Bradshaw Hall Eyam

If one parks one’s car in the car park in the centre of the historic village of Eyam, one cannot help but noticing the untidy and folorn ruin of a building, the remains sporting some low mullioned windows, the whole enveloped in weeds, nettles and a couple of small trees. Or at least that was […]

Lost Houses – Hasland House

Hasland is one of the many outliers of the Manor of Chesterfield, and was long held by the ancient family of Linacre, under whom it was, in the 15th century, tenanted by a cadet branch of the Leakes of Sutton Scarsdale. Thomas Leake of Hasland, for instance, was Bess of Hardwick’s maternal grandfather. After the […]

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Tried & Tested – Benefit Cosmetics

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TIGI Catwalk Haircare Review

Look Good Enough for the Catwalk Your Highness Shampoo For body and movement Features: Sweet almond oil, glycerin, conditioning agent (polyquaternium-10) Benefits: Enhances volume and body whilst delivering weightless moisture. Helps defend against statics and flyways. Designed to be colour safe. Headshot Conditioner For chemically treated hair Features: This intense reconstructor, with ingredients that penetrate the hair fibre, […]

Lipomassage at Prestige Beauty

Prestige beauty is a very stylish and visually opulent salon that dominates the Market Place in the very historic and popular, up and coming town of Belper. The entrepreneurial owner of this fabulous establishment, Susan Basile, has spent over 16 years in the industry and has a wealth of valuable knowledge within her field of […]

Tried & Tested – Liz Earle

We are a Great British beauty brand founded in 1995. Passionate about all that we do, we create products that really work for all ages and skin types by harnessing the potent powers of the finest quality naturally active ingredients. Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash £12 200ml Containing uplifting citrus aromas, this gentle body wash […]

Featured Articles


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Derbyshire Antiques

Joseph Wright looms so large over the firmament of later 18th century portraiture that we rather lose sight of what happened if a potential sitter either couldn’t get hold of him or couldn’t afford him. And, indeed, who came after him locally? One artist who captured the local portrait market as the 18th century turned […]

Bringing Water to your Tap!

Without seeming to inconvenience anyone, a huge building site high above Ambergate on the outskirts of Crich has been well under way since October 2014.  When it is finished in 2017 there will be two massive underground concrete reservoirs capable of storing water to supply most of the top-up needs of Derby, Nottingham, and Leicester […]

Derbyshire Antiques

Denby Pottery by Glyn Colledge The great published expert on Denby pottery, Gordon Hopwood wrote in Glyn Colledge’s obituary in September 2000 that Colledge ‘was both the heart, and at the heart, of the famous Denby pottery design for almost 50 years’. I first met him at Derby Museum when I was deputy to Senior […]

Peak District Canals Served by Railways

Despite its hills, the Peak District is surrounded by a canal network.  Those to the east such as the Chesterfield and Trent and Mersey canals are linked to sea ports.  But in the west, mainly to connect the east Midlands to the rapidly growing industries of Lancashire and Cheshire, canals were faced with the impossible […]

The Farne Islands

Now run as a wildlife sanctuary by its present owners the National Trust, the tiny group of mainly uninhabited islands can only be reached by one of the small ferries operating daily from nearby Seahouses throughout the summer months. Brian Spencer joined one of the frequent cruises. In all innocence we thought that the Tuesday after […]

Images Numbers Quiz

Welcome to Country Images 2016 Numbers Competition! This year, Derbyshire best magazine brings you a quiz based on numbers. They may be notable dates, film or song titles and  maybe things you learnt at school! For instance question one is Red Balloons and the  answer is 99. What could be simpler? If you get that one […]