I have combined the two nights we spent in Chesterfield into a single entry for ease of posting. We didn’t walk around anywhere near as much as in Edinburgh and it was mostly family time, Dee-Anne’s first experience of the Heathfield’s over here!
On the first day we had a look through town to see what had changed… short answer, not a lot. No trip to Chesterfield is complete without checking out the Crooked Spire, though which story you want to believe on its origins is up to you.
A lot of time was spent looking back through old photographs and we even found an old photo of my grandmother, Bet, with the current leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn. A small world of connections it turns out to be.
Friday evening took us to The Peacock Inn Cutthorpe for a family dinner, where they successfully pulled off the “beef fillet tartare” (as seen below) but failed miserably at a “‘blue’ rib eye steak” and the adventurous “blue cheese panna cotta” (notably, not seen below). After dinner we had a brief game of Cards Against Humanity, always good for a laugh.
The next day we went up to Curbar Edge, another not to be missed past time whenever I visit. The weather was great, but that turned out to be the issue, as not only was it busier, but also strangely hot!
We had a lovely lunch in the garden at Dukes Drive before heading back down to London in the late afternoon.
First up, The Chesterfield Hotel… as my mum would say, “going from the sublime to the ridiculous”, it’s definitely a change from Enigma in Santorini. Everything creaks, the doors don’t auto lock, there’s an ironing board and iron hanging on the road, as if a feature. As far as hotels go, it seems a joke, but it’s what we can afford after Greece.
This morning mum firstly needed to get some cash out, before she dropped us at Jonathan and Julie’s and she headed to see an old friend across the country. Sze Sze and I lounged around a bit, happy to finally connect to some decent wifi, before heading out to Curbar Edge to have a walk around and remember years past. Almost as if nothing has changed. On the way back we had a beer at The Gate Inn (tripadvisor).
We also ordered a SIM card to be delivered tomorrow, to combat the dreadful wifi at the hotel and lack of internet connectivity around town.
Sze Sze at Jon & Julie’s
Jon & Julie’s garden
Sze Sze & Penny at Curbar Edge
Joe and Sze Sze at Curbar Edge
Sze Sze at Curbar Edge
Sam at Curbar Edge
Jon at Curbar Edge
Jon at Curbar Edge
Sam, Sze Sze & Penny having a beer
Back at ‘home’ we watched the World Cup and ultimately went out for dinner at The Fox and Goose (tripadvisor), which was only chosen by chance, as no one had been there before. Ultimately it turned out to be a good choice, the food was very good with lovely views to match, and due to it being a Thursday night, was quiet.
More football when we got back, before heading to our hotel shortly after the match had finished. Wifi worked for about 15 minutes before crapping out.