Light Lunch at The Pavilion Café in Buxton in Derbyshire

The Pavilion Café in Buxton


The Pavilion Café, The Pavilion, St John’s Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6BE.

Initial Impressions

The Pavilion Café is located in The Pavilion Gardens in the centre of Buxton, Derbyshire. The Pavilion Gardens were designed during the Victorian era and are situated within 23 acres of parkland that has been recently restored. There is limited street parking as well as a Pay & Display car park nearby.
There are several places to eat within the main building, one of which is The Pavilion Café. The Café has a Breakfast Menu from 9:30 AM TO 11:30 AM, and a Light Bites and Main Menu available from 11:30 AM until 4:30 PM, as well as a range of desserts. As much of the produce used to prepare the food as possible is sourced locally within the Peak District National Park.
The Café was visited at about 3:00 PM on a Monday afternoon, outside of the busiest times to visit it, and as a consequence was nearly empty. Once entering, you make your way to the centre of the Café – there are three entrances, one from the park outside and two from different sections of the Pavilion – and wait to be seated. The café has table service, so there is no need to leave your seat after getting a table. Overlooking the ground floor café is the Art Café on an upstairs balcony.

Main Course

The food ordered was the Mediterranean Platter from the Light Bites menu. This is available for one or two people, and was ordered for one person. The drink was a pint of draught Coca Cola.
The platter consisted of 3 slices of mozzarella, 3 slices of white bread, 2 pieces of, presumably, goat’s cheese, a breadstick and a small salad consisting of cherry tomatoes, sliced celery, red and yellow peppers and cucumber with mixed salad leaves on a wooden platter. There were three small containers on a separate plate, one of which contained mixed pitted olives, another hummus and the third chopped sundried tomatoes. Another plate was provided to eat from, meaning that you weren’t struggling to find room. Cutlery was brought to the table with the food, and there were packet condiments and sauces already there.
The draught Coke was as good as can be expected from draught, as this is usually below the quality of canned and bottled. The platter itself was nice; there was a substantial amount of food for a light lunch and everything was fresh.

My Opinion

The cost of the meal, including drinks, came to £9.60. This is on the high side for a light lunch, but it is a nice location with a pleasant view of the park outside. The café has a lot of windows and skylights, so it is very light, especially on a sunny day. The service was fast, especially considering the time of day, as it is not unusual to have to wait longer during off hours. Having table service is always an advantage, especially if eating by yourself. Overall, a pleasant, if slightly pricy, place to eat. 3/5.