Visitors have been flocking to this part of the Peak District since the fourteenth century, and today Buxton is one of the region's biggest tourist destinations. Boasting beautiful Victorian and Georgian architecture, landscaped gardens and a vibrant cultural scene, it offers something for everyone. The town centre has a very attractive commercial and retail offering, with plenty of bustling Buxton restaurants, bars and cafes to enjoy. Whether you love spicy South-Asian food, sophisticated French dishes, homely Italian or exciting fusion cuisine, you'll find plenty to tempt your tastebuds!
The town has a busy events calendar of theatre, music and festivals. Key fixtures include the World Cinema festival in April, the Big Session folk festival in May, the Festival of Opera, Literature and Music, and the Fringe. When the festivals are on, the restaurants in Buxton tend to be busier than ever, with special menus and offers that are designed to tempt hungry visitors in through the doors. Look out for early-bird deals, set-menus, two-for-one deals and happy hours at the most desirable eateries across town. Don't worry about queueing though, because you can book your table two hours in advance with Quandoo and avoid any disappointment.
The town is a great destination for families too, with the Pavilion Gardens, Cavern caves and the aerial ropes of Go Ape all providing plenty to see and do. As a gateway to the wider Peak District, there's also ample opportunity to get involved in outdoor sports and leisure pursuits such as cycling, walking, canoeing and more. When everyone gets hungry, look for the restaurants in Buxton that offer child-friendly menus and hearty portions for active adults. There are plenty of gastropubs on the outskirts of town that are easily accessible if you've been exploring the surrounding countryside, and they offer fantastic British and European classics.
South 16 is one of the Buxton restaurants that always draws in the crowds at the weekend. It's a hot favourite with lovers of craft beer and fine food alike, and it offers excellent British cuisine with an extensive drinks menu. Sit by the open fire on a cool evening and settle in for a delicious meal – tapas, homemade burgers and plenty of vegetarian options all featuring heavily on the menu. Gilberts is another wonderful little spot and a stylish little venue that is ideal for couples. Find it on the High Street and enjoy locally-sourced British and European dishes, with a private beer garden and a wonderfully warm welcome from the owners. With so much fine cuisine to enjoy in town, which of Buxton's restaurants will you choose first?