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Eat, Drink, Shop and Stay in Melbourne

The following businesses are supporters of the Walkers are Welcome scheme. Please visit them when you are in the area and mention that you saw their business information on this page.

The Coach House – Derby Road

The Coach House Melbourne
Walkers welcomed at this popular 4 star Bed & Breakfast.  Ensuite rooms, free WiFi & car park.  Fabulous breakfast with local bacon, sausage & homemade jams. Easy stroll to excellent pubs & restaurants. Ideally located for Calke Abbey (National Trust) & the National Forest Way long distance footpath.

The Hardinge Arms – Kings Newton, Main St

Carolyn and Kevin look forward to welcoming you to the Hardinge Arms. Dating back to the 16th Century, The Hardinge Arms is a very friendly pub offering great beers (usually one local) and wines, fine food and comfortable accommodation in a restored stables block opposite the pub.

We love to cater for walkers so why not stay with us or start or break your walk here? We have a small stock of walking books to view in the bar.

Springwood Fisheries, Ashby Road

Linda and Jeff at Springwood Fisheries look forward to welcoming you, whether you are fishing, glamping, caravanning, or camping, we aim to make your stay with us enjoyable and peaceful.

Located on the edge of the glorious National Forest, Springwood Fisheries offers the opportunity for you to come and relax and enjoy your favourite pastime. As well as 15 electric hook ups for touring caravans and an open field for tents, we also offer the opportunity to do some “Glamping” in our Deluxe Log Pods (with ensuite and kitchenette) and Standard Log Pods. There are washing up facilities, toilets and showers and a secure parking area. On site is also a cafe open throughout the week and  weekends providing hot snacks, teas, coffees and cold drinks.

Restaurants, Cafes and Food
Jack’s, Derby Road

As well as great coffee and a selection of homemade cakes baked daily on site, Jack’s offers a simple but mouth-watering lunchtime menu including salads, tarts and quiches, sandwiches, paninis and oven baked jacket potatoes, all freshly prepared

Jack’s is now offering a 10% discount to walkers and members of the CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club). Cards are available from us on our walks or from Jacks itself. Just mention Walkers are Welcome! You won’t be disappointed by the fabulous food on offer. Dining inside or outside on our lovely patio. Muddy boots – no problem! Jack’s is run by a family of walkers.

Melbourne Fish Shop, 29 Market Place

fish shop
Great hot food – fish, chips, kebabs, cold drinks and a gluten-free option for fish and chips for your lunch or evening meal. Ring ahead on 01332 865583 if you want your gluten-free meal ready for you on arrival! Telephone orders also welcome.

Opening hours: Monday 16:30-22:00, Tuesday to Thursday 11:30-13.30 and 16:30 to 22:00, Friday 11:30-14:00 and 16:30 to 23:00,  and Saturday 11:30-14:00 and 16:30-22:00.

Swarkestone Nursery Garden Restaurant

swarkestone nursery restaurant
Fresh locally-sourced ingredients, some of which are grown on site by the nursery staff, are used in our kitchen. We have in-house bakery, where all our cakes and pastries are made; fresh scones daily and always something new. We serve simple but wholesome food which is fresh and beautifully presented and full of flavour. We are also a great starting place for local canal and country walks.

Blue Bell Inn, Church St

Blue Bell Inn
Melbourne’s only pub in the 2014 Good Beer Guide. Julia and Kevin look forward to seeing you for a drink or a meal at their pub popular with walkers. The Blue Bell is the brewery tap for the Shardlow Brewery and usually has 8 draught beers or ciders on tap. The pub is also well located for visitors to Melbourne Hall and our stunning Norman parish church (12th century). Draught beers are reduced in price on Sundays!

The Chip and Pin, High St.

Chip and Pin High St
The Chip and Pin is centrally located in the old Midland Bank premises on High St and is owned by a group of local real ale enthusiasts who serve you at your table. The building has been sympathetically restored and consists of 2 rooms, a main drinking area and a meeting room for local groups.

It is South Derbyshire’s first micro-pub and usually has 4 gravity dispensed beers, real cider, wine and soft drinks on sale. There’s a range of snacks sourced from small producers and beers are available in third of a pint taster racks.

Walkers will love this pub with no games machines, background music or flat screen TVs;  just good honest conversation and great beer!

Opening Hours:
MON: Closed
TUE: 4:30-9:00pm
WED: 4:30-9:00pm
THU: 4:30-9:30pm
FRI: 12-9:30pm
SAT: 12-9:30pm
SUN & Bank Hols: 12-2:30pm

The Hardinge Arms  see Accommodation section above.

The White Swan

White Swan Pub
This is Melbourne’s oldest pub dating back to before 1682 when it was rebuilt. The front room is a small cosy lounge and there is a larger room on two levels at the back. A third bar (to the side) is occupied by a Thai restaurant (open most evenings). The first meeting place of the Melbourne Footpaths Group and a good place to have a drink at the end of a walk. No food and open from 16:00 weekdays; all day weekends. Always someone to chat to in the front bar!

Fair Trading Place, Market Place

We stock ethical gifts for everyone, delicious fair trade food and treats, gifts to suit all ages, tastes and budgets and unusual items not easily found elsewhere.

You can make a huge difference to somebody’s life simply by choosing fair trade. Buying fair trade goods ensures a better deal for producers in the developing world.

Why not come and browse when you are staying in or walking through Melbourne. Lots of tasty treats for your rucksack!

Melbourne Post Office, Derby Road


Not just stamps. Use our cash machine, get your foreign currency and a full range of Post Office services. Browse our large stock of greetings cards for all occasions, plus stationery and gift items.

Melbourne News, Market Place

Newspapers, cards, magazines, local walking books and guides, Ordnance Survey maps, lottery tickets, food (freshly made cobs) and drink for your walk. We have it all!

Visitor Attractions

Springwood Fisheries, Ashby Road

Linda and Jeff are the new owners of Springwood Fisheries and look forward to welcoming you. Whether you are fishing, caravanning or camping, we aim to make your stay with us enjoyable and peaceful.

See Accommodation.

Melbourne Parish Church

Melbourne Pool
Melbourne Parish Church, Church Square
 – one of the most important Norman churches in the country and is well worth a visit.

Your “walker friendly” business can be featured here for a small annual donation. Please contact us here if you are interested.