I've never really explored much of Derbyshire, and this was the first time I've visited Ashbourne in particular. Ashbourne is a lovely little hilly town filled with retro looking storefronts and, on this occasion, also DRENCHED in swags of festive bunting.
I visited on the day of the annual Ashbourne Festival. The weather was kind to us so after our run, we ventured a little way into town and stumbled across a little cafe called the Artisan Cafe and Bottle Shop.
We were straight away greeted with a whole host of cakes so of course, I was in love. The cafe sells a mix of beers/ales/wines with a real emphasis on homegrown food and drink. I was lucky enough to meet one of the owners and she was so lovely and her passion for the business really shone through.
We sampled some beers and wine and as a post run treat I tried the Raspberry and Vanilla beer which was DELICIOUS (and very strong...!).
I was so impressed with the look and feel of the place, I wish they were on my doorstep! We had a 9yr old with us and he was offered free squash and as much fruit as he could which I was really impressed with as it meant we could have a drink and a natter whilst he was occupied with his freebies.
I can't wait to return one evening as I'd love to sample some of the foods on the menu, they don't serve hot food but the selection of local produce really made my mouth water and I hope this place thrives as it's so nice to see a local business start up with such a strong vision and passion to provide an excellent customer service.