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REVIEW

The Coolstone, Eyam in Derbyshire

By Molly Scott – 20th August 2020
The Coolstone buildings in Eyam
What I loved about The Coolstone bistro:

A true independent, The Coolstone prides itself on expert knowledge whether that’s the professional mixologist whipping up cocktails at the bar or the kitchen garden where everything from beetroot to edible flowers are grown. Those expertise and friendly service are a winning combination.

The Coolstone is a real destination in itself. Bar, bistro, sunny courtyard with pop up events, lifestyle store/deli and soon to have an Italian takeaway kitchen… you could while away most of the day here eating and drinking to your heart’s content.

If you want to make a day of it to justify the drive out (or perhaps to work up an appetite) Eyam is a really pretty village that’s lovely for a potter. In addition to everything on offer at The Coolstone, there is also a decent tearoom and a good coffee shop in the village.

Eyam is famous for isolating itself during the bubonic plague of the 17th century, there’s a small museum focused on this gory yet fascinating history not far from The Coolstone.

 

 

Worth paying a babysitter?

The courtyard and bistro downstairs are very family friendly. Personally I wouldn’t take my child up the spiral staircase to the upstairs dining area which hosts slightly fancier evening dining, but only because I’d rather soak in the beautiful ambiance undisturbed.

 

 

Expect:

Don’t make the mistake we did and assume you can drive into the courtyard. You can’t! There is dedicated parking just over the road but it’s a bit tucked away. Should that be full there’s a free council car park just up the road.

We received a warm welcome from George, the owner/manager as our contact details were taken. We felt entirely safe during our visit.

As it was lunchtime we dined in The Snug, an eclectically decorated room overlooking the courtyard.

I’d heard great things about the resident mixologist so knew we’d have to sample one of the cocktails. I went for a classic Bramble and it was beautifully executed.

Menus change regularly and are based on seasonal, mainly local produce. There’s an evening, bistro menu and an ‘easy time’ menu served from 12 until 8. We both opted for one of the loaded flatbreads. The combination of feta, beetroot, walnut and rocket was delightful. We hadn’t realised they came with skinny fries which unfortunately were just slightly overcooked.

We really didn’t need pudding but I thought we ought to sample one just to report back. Selfless, I know! We shared a strawberry parfait which was served with Pimms syrup strawberries and minted cucumber. The whole dish worked together wonderfully but the minted cucumber was utterly divine. An inspired dessert!

We followed with two well executed coffees and then had a mooch around the rest of the venue. I fell in love with the upstairs dining room. It would be a perfect setting for an indulgent date night and I’m sure it won’t be long before I return for dinner under the twinkling fairy lights.

My friend and I can’t resist a shop so enjoyed perusing the ‘General Store’. It’s small, but full of artisan, local products. I could have taken most of it home but was fairly restrained just purchasing an essential oil pillow spray and some basil oil for cooking. I regret not buying the multi-coloured dried pampas grass, but that’s a good excuse for a return visit!

We then sat in the sunny courtyard with an iced coffee watching the world go by. What a wonderful place.

 

 

Value for money: 9 out of 10.

Our very filling loaded flatbreads with fries were £9.95 and the dessert of dreams was just £5.95.

For more information visit: https://thecoolstone.co.uk/

Enjoy!

 

Molly x

REVIEW:

This is a Girl About review. I was invited by the management to dine at their restaurant free of charge in exchange for an honest and frank review. All my opinions are my own and in no way have they been swayed by their kind invite. Girl About reviews are always 100% honest. We only publish reviews that, for the most part, are positive.

Molly Scott Derbyshire
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