Not strictly speaking a takeaway in the traditional sense but one of the Peak District’s poshest shops does a fine range of food which is perfect for a picnic in the nearby stately parkland.
With the weather warming up, the estate may well be a popular destination for a day out this weekend - and a stop at the farm shop, around a mile and a half from the house, saves the need to prepare some food in advance.
There is nothing average on the ready-to-eat menu at the award-winning store’s deli.
The scotch eggs are made with quail’s eggs, for example. And they’re pretty good, too, with a good thickness of sausage meat and golden yolks, although the eggs are smaller than hens’.
Other items we chose from the counter included pheasant pie, which had a deliciously-sweet topping of champagne and blueberry chutney, and half a chicken and ham pie. Both had light pastry and tender meat.
There’s plenty for vegetarians, too, with sausages and a range of other pies and tarts.
We sampled the tomato mozzarella pie and roasted Mediterranean vegetable and feta tart – delicious!
To accompany our little haul, we filled a large tub from the store’s ‘salad bar’ selection of antipasti, which ranged from different types of olives and sundried tomatoes to unusual items such as pumpkins and dates filled with cream cheese.
The shop stocks a range of freshly-baked breads and cakes and we chose crusty rolls, plus cherry and sultana scones, which were quite large and bursting with juicy fruit.
In total, the meal came to £16.29 (including five pence for a carrier bag) – quite reasonable. Most items from the deli cost between £2 and £3 despite being made with quite expensive and unusual ingredients. The most expensive was the tub of antipasti, at £3.55, whereas the scones were only 70 pence each and the quail scotch eggs £1.35 each.
Pricier than your average picnic but a cut above what you’d normally get from the supermarket in terms of quality and range – and there was plenty for two people.
We brought our own drinks but the shop has a huge range.
Chatsworth Farm Shop, Pilsley, near Bakewell
Opening times: Monday-Saturday: 9am - 5.30pm, Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Telephone: 01246 583392
Range: Huge variety of picnic food. The deli stocks pies, pâtés, cooked meats and vegetarian dishes, and items are freshly-made daily for the bakery. There are also knife, fork and serviette sets available.
Parking: On-site car park