It’s Time to Take a Break in and around Matlock!

If you’re out and about with an older relative or friend in Matlock and the surrounding area, you’ll find plenty of places where you can enjoy a quick break for refreshments.

Care Professionals at Home Instead Leek and Moorlands love to be able to take their guests out for a welcome break away from their homes – which often also includes a welcome break for a cuppa and something to eat! We’ve therefore come up with our own short guide to some of the lovely little cafés and coffee shops you can find around Matlock, Cromford, and Bakewell.

Cromford Mills

If you’re visiting Cromford Mills, you have a choice of three cafés where you can take an older guest. There’s a historic mill with shops and a Visitor Centre, and the area is easily accessible. There’s also a viewing area for wheelchair users.

Arkwright’s Café is a licenced venue serving food and drinks. It’s open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with indoor and outdoor seating. There’s level access from the main entrance of Cromford Mills to both this café and Wheatcroft’s Wharf Café.

At Wheatcroft’s Wharf Café, you can relax and enjoy picturesque views while having coffee and cake or perhaps lunch. It provides vegetarian and vegan options. It’s open daily, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with indoor and outdoor seating.

The Counting House Coffee Stop is a ‘grab and go’ facility, across the road by the canal. Pop in for a quick takeaway. It’s open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekends and peak days.

Three generations enjoying outdoor tea party with cake, tea, and sandwiches in a sunny garden setting. - Home Instead

196 Coffee Lounge

If you’re looking for a wonderful and friendly coffee shop, try the 196 Coffee Lounge in Matlock (formerly the M and A Café). And if you’re wanting a cream tea with delicious scones, clotted cream, and jam, this is the place to go! There are also milkshakes, luxury hot chocolates, toasties, paninis, sandwiches, and much more. The lounge has received a rating of 4.9 out of 5 on Facebook, with one visitor saying, “Best scones I have ever tasted!”

Take your older guest along and sit outside and enjoy watching the world go by on the South Parade. Or sit inside, where the décor is relaxing, with some lovely prints on the walls. Our Care Professionals think it’s definitely worth a visit – however, access will be difficult for those with mobility issues, as there are two steps up to the only entrance.

Two sandwiches filled with vegetables and greens on a plate, with a bottle of oil and a bowl of vegetables in the background. - Home Instead

Forget Me Not Coffee Shop

The Forget Me Not Coffee Shop can be found on Matlock Bath’s North Parade – and there’s a choice of food and drink to suit every taste. It serves tea, coffee, delicious home-made cakes, soup, paninis, and jacket potatoes, as well as breakfast, brunch, lunch, cream teas, afternoon tea, and dinner. There are vegetarian and vegan options available. And if your older guest has a canine companion, the coffee shop even offers doggy milkshakes!

Cars can be parked on the street outside. The café is also just a short walk from the Matlock Bath Station Car Park. There’s indoor and outdoor seating available and the coffee shop is wheelchair-accessible. Our Care Professionals think that this is a lovely café offering a great choice of refreshments and excellent service. The coffee shop has a rating of 4.9 out of 5 on Facebook.

Scones with chocolate chips next to a bowl of cream and a cup of tea on a white surface. - Home Instead

The Bakewell Tart Shop and Coffee House

The Bakewell Tart Shop (not surprisingly, in the heart of Bakewell!) was beautifully renovated in early 2020, with modern facilities – but it still retains much of its original charm and history. The shop claims to have been the home of the traditional Bakewell tart for over 100 years. It still sticks closely to the century-old recipes for Bakewell tarts and puddings. The shop is famed for its locally made pies and mouth-watering desserts. It also offers tasty cakes, scones, local jams, biscuits, confectionery, and freshly baked bread.

The walls of the coffee shop are adorned with paintings by Michael Groves, a renowned local artist. The shop and coffee house can be accessed by wheelchair and are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Mondays to Fridays, from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturdays, and from 10:00 to 5:00 pm on Sundays. There’s also a courtyard with outside seating.

Close-up of six freshly baked Portuguese egg tarts on a tray lined with foil. - Home Instead

So, why not give your older friend or relative a treat and take them out for a cuppa (or more) in one of the many coffee and tea shops around the Matlock area? It will give them a welcome break – and should also be an enjoyable experience for you, too!

And if you’re interested in the possibilities of home care in the Leek and Moorlands area, please let us know – just pick up the phone for a friendly chat!

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