Best Peak District Cafes : The Coolstone
Best Peak District Cafes : The Coolstone

The Coolstone is a warm, welcoming café and bar, situated in a beautiful old stone building right in the heart of historic Eyam. Here, you can enjoy a drink in the sunny courtyard or relaxed café, sample the delicious lunch menu or just treat yourself to a coffee and a delicious cake.

The Coolstone is the perfect place to relax after a day exploring in this wonderful part of the Peak District National Park – and your four-legged friends are welcome too!

Open from Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00am – 4.30pm.

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The Coolstone Bar

If you’re in need of something a little stronger than a coffee, The Coolstone has a fashionable and laid-back bar, serving local craft beers and fine wines. It’s the ideal location for an after-work drink, post-walk pit-stop, or simply a social chat.

The Well-Stocked Bar at The Coolstone
The Well-Stocked Bar
Curlew Cottage Great Hucklow

The Coolstone is Dog-Friendly!

Your four-legged friends are most welcome in the lower area right of the bar.

Private Dining at The Coolstone

Private Dining at The Coolstone
Private Dining

The Coolstone is also a great venue for your private dining function or special event. The elegant dining room is full of character, with wooden beams and a statement fireplace.

You can choose to hire out just the private upstairs dining room or the whole venue.

Delicious food at The Coolstone
Delicious food

The Coolstone Location

The Coolstone
Stunning Location

The Coolstone is perfectly located for a day out in this beautiful part of the Peak District! It’s set within a historic building in the courtyard of Eyam Hall, a beautiful Jacobean country house, which is open to the public. The courtyard is home to lots of wonderful artisan craft shops, so you can enjoy a great day out here browsing, with a lunch stop after all the retail therapy!

Eyam is a beautiful village with a fascinating history; its narrow lanes filled with pretty cottages and a wealth of interesting buildings. Best known as ‘the Plague Village’, Eyam was the site of an outbreak of the bubonic plague in the 1600s. It’s a tragic tale, but also an inspiring story of great courage.

In 1665 a local tailor took delivery of a bundle of cloth from London. The cloth turned out to be full of fleas which, tragically, came from rats that were infected with the plague. Within only a few days the tailor’s assistant had died, and others in the household were very sick. 

As more residents died over the following weeks, the community rector, Rev William Mompesson, persuaded the villagers of Eyam to quarantine themselves off from the rest of the world to prevent the spread of disease to neighbouring areas.

This huge act of sacrifice meant that nobody left or entered Eyam for the next 14 months. During this time at least 270 of the 350 villagers died of the plague, including Rev Mompesson’s wife. 

Supplies were brought in to the village and left on boundary stones, with the money to pay for them left on the same stones in exchange.  These stones were known as Coolstones, from which The Coolstone takes its name. One of the main Boundary Stones is still standing to this day and can be seen on a short walk from the village.

Their villagers’ bravery meant that the plague was contained within Eyam and didn’t spread to neighbouring areas, saving the lives of hundreds if not thousands more people.

Reminders and monuments to this period in Eyam’s history can be seen throughout the village. Many of the pretty stone cottages have markers denoting their previous residents during the Plague years, along with their fates.

The Miners Arms Eyam

The surrounding Peak District countryside is wonderful too, with rolling hills and wooded valleys.

For a walk around this lovely area before or after your visit to The Coolstone, check out the Let’s Go Peak District Walk from Eyam to Stoney Middleton (5.5 miles).

Contact The Coolstone

For more information please contact the friendly team at The Coolstone – they’ll be delighted to help!

The Coolstone