Cafes in Ashbourne
Ashbourne is an old market town at the gateway to the Peak National Park and as such is a place that becomes full of tourists on sunny summer days. The rest of the time it is just an average sort of town .
The strange thing about the town is that it seems to have more than its fair share of antique shops and cafes. At one time it also had a huge number of pubs but these seem to have closed or become other businesses over the last twenty years or so.
Initially there were two main café, Spencer’s on the market place and the ‘AshbourenGingerbread Shop’, then Peter Cook’s opened a café up at the top of their shop which is now owned by Bennets of Derby.
I can’t remember the next but we now have a café above the art gallery, a café in a kind of marque on the car park in Shaw Croft, Costa Coffee have one, another café with a paint your own pottery element, the Green Man pub has a café as does the Bridge pub.
Just a few weeks ago another café has opened up that looks very nice where we used to have a great book shop. It is sad to lose the book shop but as it is so cheap and easy to buy books on line I guess we have done it to ourselves.
The thing that amazes me is that these cafes can all make money. It isn’t cheap to have a coffee out of home and yet in this time which is meant to be a recession all these cafes are keeping going and new ones opening.
I have been to most of the cafes in Ashbourne and they are all pretty good with small differences. I have yet to try the new one so maybe next time we are in the town we will pop in to see what they are offering.
The town is changing and now has a few more useful shops but still mainly caters for tourists or the wealthy locals with expensive dress and shoe shops. There is a Sainsbury’s supermarket and a Waitrose and in the small slightly out of town centre we have a small Marks and Spenser’s also with a café.
There is only one green grocer left, three bakers , a few sandwich shops, a number of jewellery shops, an art gallery, a couple of solicitors, Estate agents and dentists.
I don’t know why but we tend to head for Derby but really you can find most things you want in Ashbourne and enjoy several cups of coffee at different places as you shop.