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The High Peak Bookstore

“Can I come?” I would ask when my Dad announced he was going to ‘Foggy’ Bagshaws to pick up a part for his car. Moving forward half a century, it’s quite a bizarre feeling to be sitting in the High Peak Bookstore (formerly Bagshaws Garage) at Brierlow Bar on the Ashbourne to Buxton Road talking […]

The Blacksmith’s Loft

A traditional Sunday lunch is still a firm favourite with me. What could be better than roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, fresh vegetables and a boat of gravy all accompanied by a glass of red wine? So when Victoria, a Director from The Blacksmiths Loft, Blacksmiths Yard, Sadler Gate, Derby invited us to try their new […]

WHO SAID THAT? COMPETITION

Win a meal for two in our WHO SAID THAT? COMPETITION There have been many famous ‘quotes and sayings’ throughout history. All you have to do is tell us who said them. Fill in as many as you can and send your answers to: Who  Said That? Images Publishing Ltd, 5 Keypoint Village, Keys Road, […]

Errwood Hall

When I was young, especially when visiting relatives in Ireland, ruined country houses were virtually commonplace. Tax, bankruptcy, pessimism and misfortune led many owners post World War Two to abandon their homes and live somewhere cheaper to heat, and generally more convenient. Contents were sold and most often the house pulled down, but many were […]

Kedleston Country House Boutique Hotel

Stepping over the threshold at The Kedleston Country House Boutique Hotel I realised that the last time I had been here was with work colleagues, some sadly no longer with us, for happy hour in 1989. In honesty I didn’t recognise the place as so much has been done to make this a truly splendid […]

Neil Heldreich – Celebrates 30 years in business

Derbyshire has always been home to fine craftsmen and one of them, furniture restorer Neil Heldreich, is celebrating his 30th anniversary in business. It’s a milestone reached thanks to help from the Prince’s Trust, which this year marks its 40th anniversary. Traditional furniture restorers and French polisher, Heldreich, based at Hollington, near Ashbourne, has come […]

The Knoll, Littleover

I have tramped the streets of Littleover many times over the last decade, canvassing or delivering leaflets, and have often wondered, when entering Knoll Close from Swanmore Road, on the south western slopes of the village, whether the inhabitants were aware of the reason for their street’s name. The street itself was built in the […]

Pollyanna paints the Dawn of Time

Legend has it that the very last wild wolf in England was killed in the Derbyshire village of Wormhill in the sixteenth century. Hearing this piece of local lore inspired award winning wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering to create a brand new collection of paintings.  She envisioned a time when the Peak District and wild woods […]

Harpur’s of Melbourne

Derbyshire’s newest 2 AA Rosette restaurant Derbyshire is a county of contrasts. From the dramatic vistas of the gritstone edges scarring through the purple heather, to the gentle rolling pastures and the newly created National Forest along the meandering Trent, the landscape could not be more different. The towns in the county reflect this diverse […]

Matlock Gurkha Inn

A few weeks ago the old Royal Oak in Tansley finished its transformation from a country pub to a new Nepalese and Indian Restaurant, and in keeping with this, it changed its name to the Matlock Gurkha Inn. You can’t miss the restaurant on the main road from Tansley into Matlock with its brightly painted […]