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Top 3 places to dine al fresco in Derbyshire

By Molly Scott – 19th June 2020

When the sun shines it always feels a treat to dine outdoors. With the coronavirus threat still prevalent, outdoor dining has even more appeal. These are my favourite places to dine al fresco in Derbyshire.

Beer garden of The Dragon at Willington

The Dragon at Willington

(Willington, Derbyshire. Gastro pub)

Why I love it:

The Dragon is perfectly situated on the Trent and Mersey canal which affords a picturesque setting for the expansive beer garden and courtyard. From here, you can walk along the canal path to nearby Mercia Marina.

The 150 year old pub is a popular choice from breakfast onwards. If you’d rather dine at home for the time being The Dragon have expansive range of food to takeaway menus, ranging from champagne breakfast, to afternoon tea to host a roast options.

Find out more here.

Courtyard at Morley Hayes

Roosters Bar and Restaurant at Morley Hayes:

(Morley, Derbyshire. Traditional bar meals/coffee and cake)

Why I love it: 

Morley Hayes is a much loved destination in the Erewash area of Derbyshire. If you’re local chances are you’ve been to a wedding or conference here. I work locally so for many a year (until I became miserable and anti social) Morley Hayes was our (rather posh) post-work destination for a drink and a chinwag. In recent years, Morley Hayes has regained a special place in my heart after staying in their luxe hotel the night before my wedding.

If you’re looking for fine dining, The Dovecote has an excellent reputation locally. I’ve only experienced the champagne breakfast myself – which was exquisite – but there’s no dedicated outdoor space.

So if you’re looking to dine al fresco, you’re limited to Roosters which serves up coffee and cake, light bites and traditional bar meals throughout the day. Most of the food is homemade with ingredients locally sourced where possible.

The courtyard is delightful. Ample seating, beautifully landscaped with a backdrop of stunning parkland scenery.

Find out more here.



Terrace at The Peacock

The Peacock at Rowsley

(Rowsley, Derbyshire. Fine dining)

For somewhere special, The Peacock at Rowsley is an exceptionally good choice. Boasting three AA rosettes, the menu is innovative and beautifully curated from the freshest, local, seasonal produce.

There’s an attractive outdoor dining area overlooking manicured lawns.

You can read more about The Peacock  in my previous review or visit their website here.



Please note, these are my favourite outdoor dining places generally. I have not visited since before lockdown. It would be advisable to check with each venue before travelling.


Molly x

Molly Scott Derbyshire
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