Hassop Station is tucked away in the Peak District countryside, a short drive from Bakewell.  The station is part of the Monsal Trail and a great place to start your walk or cycle ride. I discovered this little place in an article in the Guardian on Derbyshire cheap eats.  We decided to start our day here as we wanted to hire bikes to do the trail.

We arrived first thing and ordered a Hassop Station breakfast to provide us with our fuel for the day (well that was our excuse anyway).  What a fantastic place this is.  The breakfast was really well cooked, with a decent amount of good quality bacon and sausage. However the highlight for me was the tomato.  Normally I am happy to skip the tomato in a cooked breakfast but here they had added thyme and lemon zest.  An inspired decision and one I am copying from now on. 

 

We hired our bikes and spent the day cycling 19 miles on and near the Monsal Trail and then returned to Hassop Station.
  

The Station cafe opens late three nights a week serving stone baked pizzas and a small menu of simple but tasty dishes.   I chose to have the fish and chips (it is often difficult for me to refuse fish and chips if they are on a menu). I am glad I did. The fish was full of flavour and the batter particularly tasty. You can tell that in this place, quality matters.
 

Mr Frivolitea opted for the special of local buffalo burger and chips.  The burger was really tasty and  it was great to see local buffalo being used on the menu. 

  

This is not somewhere to go for a romantic meal for two  but it is a great place for simple, good quality food and with the Monsal Trail on the doorstep, it is a great day out.  

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