Ashbourne Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Ashbourne

December 12, 2017 Tonie Szymanski

Discover the best restaurant in Ashbourne, United Kingdom (UK) including Rose and Crown, Thai Basement, Lamplight Restaurant, Coach and Horses Inn, The Saracen's Head, The Royal Oak Hotel Restaurant, The Okeover Arms, The Bowling Green Inn, The Lighthouse Restaurant, The Old Dog
Things to do in Ashbourne

1. Rose and Crown

Main Road | Middle Mayfield, Ashbourne DE6 2JT, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi French, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast HK$102 - HK$212 +44 1335 342498
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 270 reviews

Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown is a friendly village inn where we pride ourselves on serving restaurant food at realistic prices. Our menu changes frequently with a focus on freshness, flavours and quality seasonal fare. These can be accompanied by our varied selection of New and Old World wines or our traditional ales.

Reviewed By seniorswimmer - Uttoxeter, United Kingdom

We returned to our favourite dining spot in our area for a birthday meal. We were not disappointed. What we enjoy at the Rose & Crown, is above all the tasty home cooked meals. In addition we appreciate the warm friendly atmosphere and service. This...MoreThank you once again for your lovely review! We're delighted that you chose to celebrate your birthday at the Rose and Crown and so pleased that you enjoyed the specials. We look forward to seeing you both again soon! Best wishes Henrietta

2. Thai Basement

St. John Street | Middle Cale, Ashbourne DE6 1GP, England Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$47 - HK$793 +44 1335 300305
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 236 reviews

Thai Basement

Reviewed By Rob W - Cornwall, United Kingdom

First time visit to this quirky location and we had no idea what to expect. Everything about it was a pleasant surprise. The building itself and the way the space had been used was unique and memorable. The service was friendly and efficient. The food was very good indeed. The portions are generous and we happily took some home for later. Will certainly be going back soon and recommending The Basement to our friends.

3. Lamplight Restaurant

4 Victoria Square, Ashbourne DE6 1GG, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1335 342279
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 365 reviews

Lamplight Restaurant

Reviewed By 27steve62 - Birmingham, United Kingdom

We went to the Lamplight to meet friends over lunch. We have been here a few times & never been disappointed. But today everything seemed more refined, with less veg sides than are normally served & it was a winner. The food is always of...MoreMany thanks for your comments. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your lunch with us. Also glad you like the way we now serve our main courses. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

4. Coach and Horses Inn

Fenny Bentley, Ashbourne DE6 1LB, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +44 1335 350246
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 386 reviews

Coach and Horses Inn

Reviewed By adviser266 - Yardley Hastings, United Kingdom

This is a great country pub - well kept, very comfortable and with great food and beers. Food is truly very good, with a great choice of imaginative but unpretentious dishes. Enjoyed perfect lamb steak with lamb sausage with red wine sauce on braised leeks, lots of good fresh veg and superb home made chips. Also salmon on roast fennel, plus drinks and an excellent pudding - £80 for 4 persons. Lots of good tables and open fires.
A level above normal pub grub, but with lots of standard dishes, such as pies, casseroles, superb gammon and eggs and house burger.

5. The Saracen's Head

Church Lane, Shirley, Ashbourne DE6 3AS, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$165 - HK$330 +44 1335 360330
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 479 reviews

The Saracen's Head

Award winning family run Derbyshire gastro pub close to the market town of Ashbourne. Listed in the Michelin Guide 2017 & Harden's Best UK Restaurant Guide 2017.

Reviewed By prunesquallor - Derby, United Kingdom

This was our second visit to this friendly, welcoming gastropub, with the local dogs warming up in front of the log fire. We passed on the starters, hoping to leave some room for a pudding, but all four of us were to full up after our mains to even look at the pudding menu! The crispy half duckling that three of us had was quite simply the best duck we have ever eaten anywhere. The fourth member of the party had boeuf bourgignonne and was equally impressed.
Well worth the short detour off the Derby to Ashbourne road, we are not surprised that this gem won the Derbyshire Gastropub of the year award last year.

6. The Royal Oak Hotel Restaurant

Hanging Bridge Mayfield Road | The Royal Oak Hotel, Ashbourne DE6 2BN, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch HK$39 - HK$118 +44 1335 300090
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 204 reviews

The Royal Oak Hotel Restaurant

Reviewed By John S - Bedford, United Kingdom

It is always a good sign when a restaurant is heaving with local people - the atmosphere was great, every table taken and the staff were clearly in their element, ensuring people were having a good meal and enjoying themselves! We were staying nearby and were looking for a pub meal - this was just the right place. Wide choice of pizza, grills, Greek food and English pub standards - we chose whitebait and calamari for starters, both came with generous Greek salads and were VERY good. We fancied kebabs and were not disappointed when the dishes arrived - four skewers of chicken and lamb on each plate with french fries and pitta with salad. Fantastic value.

7. The Okeover Arms

Mappleton, Ashbourne DE6 2AB, England Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$126 - HK$188 +44 1335 350305
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 452 reviews

The Okeover Arms

Reviewed By StarsForEyes - Cambridge, United Kingdom

When we walked in we weren't bowled over, and it's true there are prettier, more atmospheric pubs in the area. The faded plastic flowers in the loos could go, too.
However the service was mostly friendly and the food fantastic, and we could see why the place was so popular. We had the squash curry and the three bean chilli and really enjoyed both. It gets very busy on Saturday nights (we were squeezed in as it was so early in the evening when we arrived but the phone rang a lot and larger groups had to be turned away) so although we were lucky, would recommend booking in advance!

8. The Bowling Green Inn

2 North Avenue, Ashbourne DE6 1EZ, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$63 - HK$212 +44 1335 342511
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 809 reviews

The Bowling Green Inn

Reviewed By SpecieMigratoria - Messina

With this many reviews and this many high ratings my expectations were raised high. So maybe it's not so surprising to have come out disappointed. The servings are plenty and the meat was good. But if you aim to be an good restaurant you can't just dump boiled and rather tasteless vegetables on the plate. The apple pie added much to the disappointement. Nevermind that it looked like it had been violently slapped on the plate for punishment. Presentation doesn't matter so much if you finally serve something delicious. The pastry not sweet, which could be considered a minor mistake, and it was basically raw / unedible, save for the outermost 5 millimiter of it. They were supposed to have a guest ale, but they had ran out of, so I can't comment on the that. The remaining offer of beers on tap was uninspired.

9. The Lighthouse Restaurant

New Road | Boylestone, Ashbourne DE6 5AA, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +44 1335 330658
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 486 reviews

The Lighthouse Restaurant

Reviewed By timtruett - Abbots Bromley, United Kingdom

Boylestone is a lovely, very small village midway between Ashbourne and Uttoxeter in pretty Derbyshire countryside. It's 15 minutes off the A50, a major road. Frankly, it is worth every minute of your journey even were you driving from London.
I'm a Californian first introduced to tasting menu dining at Thomas Keller's French Laundry in Napa Valley, which for a couple of years was judged the best restaurant in the world until surpassed by Ferran Adrià's elBulli. Owner-Chef Jon Hardy is not yet in Keller's and Adrià's league, but his basic instincts, talent and ambition are, and on full display: A dozen tasting dishes of beef, lamb, fowl, fish and vegetable, each beautifully crafted and presented, are stylishly served by a well trained, knowledgeable staff member who will make you feel welcome and comfortable. Each of the 10 to 12 courses is designed to present the diner with a unique look, taste, texture or combination of features that in a couple of bites will delight your senses and spark your curiosity. Yes, each plate is quite small, but in combination the meal is physically, visually and emotionally quite satisfying. I am confident you will enjoy it. The menu is changed often as seasonal ingredients become available. Occasionally special menus are also offered, such as an Indian menu in March.
The restaurant features a small well stocked bar, unfortunately without a trained bartender to provide you with a range of cocktails. There is a very good but small, reasonably priced wine list expertly selected to accompany dinner.
On the weekday evening we attended the restaurant was full, so Reservations are advised. We found the diners well dressed but comfortable. The Lighthouse is located in an attractive new building not visible from the road, but immediately behind The Rose & Crown pub. Adequate, adjacent parking is available.

10. The Old Dog

Spend Lane, Thorpe, Ashbourne DE6 2AT, England Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks HK$24 - HK$165 +44 1335 350990
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 346 reviews

The Old Dog

Reviewed By OX14 - Abingdon, United Kingdom

Stopped off after a 4 mile walk around Dovedale. Sadly missed the lunchtime food offer by 15 minutes. No matter, a pint, with a homemade pork pie and fries, in the courtyard was sufficiently delicious; accompanied with English mustard and chutney, just to add to the experience.
Definitely will return, and will make sure to time my walk, so I’m back whilst lunch is being served.

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