Helpful Information

for your Event, Weekend or Holiday at

 Lower Damgate Farm

Ilam Moor Lane, Stanshope, Nr Ashbourne Derbyshire DE6 2AD 01335 310367 

We only recommend those that have the same ethos as us and please our guests. However this list is not finite and you can use any supplier as long as we have talked to them and they have signed our terms and conditions.

If you would like to book anyone below you are welcome as we already have their credentials and previous guests recommendations. However you are also welcome to use your own suppliers though before you do  please  inform us first as we need to speak to all suppliers on site to ensure all  insurance and health and safety documentation is valid.

We try and accomodate you as much as possible though please make sure that you are at the farm for all deliveries as we cannot be held responsible for returned or unsigned parcels. Thank you for your consideration.  

It is the responsibility of the Hirer to set up the barn, clear away and leave the venue and cottages clean and tidy. This includes your suppliers and guests on site with you.

Where to have your Ceremony

 Lower Damgate Farm is licenced for Legal marriage Ceremonies and civil partnerships

Once you have secured the venue you then need to contact the registrar below and book in your date and intent to marry forms. We are based in the Peak Park and our council is Staffordshire moorlands. Staffordshire council have put together a wonderful guide to getting married and you can find this on it has all the information you need plus a time line and how to book. We are also here to help and go through procedures with you so if you have any questions please email

Registrar Monday – Friday 08:00 – 18:00 Saturday – 09:00 – 13:00 Tel: 0300 111 8001

If you do choose to hold your ceremony at the farm you will have to have the ceremony in the barn. However if you would then like an outside blessing you are very welcome, and you can have it where you like, even at the very top of our hill with the stunning views this offers. Alternatively we have a wood at Bloor Pastures (Dovedale View). The wood is in a beautiful location with parking and overlooks, Dovedale, Ilam, Thorpe Cloud and Bunster (the hills above Ilam towards the farm) we have been told that this is one of the most spectacular views in the area

Blessings – Accredited Celebrant Marion Beloe. – on 01335 310253 or email

Marion only lives a mile from the farm and is one of those special people in life that is so in tune with you that she creates a complete bespoke and inspiring occasion.  Every blessing is unique and quite amazing, completely tailored to you. Marion takes time to get to know you personally (often meeting at the farm) and manages to create a blessing that celebrates your love for each other and those around you (Marion is also our church warden and clerk to the vicar see below)

 Accredited Celebrant – Hannah Wroe Gill – BHA
Tel: 01484 840757 mobile: 07790 458622 website: email –

Hannah is also one of those special people in life who oozes kindness and vitality and making any occasion she touches enchanting and wonderful.  Hannah designs entirely bespoke and original wedding ceremonies for couples who want something more than a little bit special for their wedding day. They are non-religious and inspired entirely by the people at their centre and so she would work with you to create an irreplaceable experience that will celebrate your love, your way. They’re not ‘alternative’, nor do they involve beards/chanting/robes or anything that would make your grandmother uncomfortable. They’re simply the wedding ceremony everyone should have a chance of having…

Alternatively our guests can marry at Ilam Church which is situated in a stunning setting in the village overlooking Thorpe Cloud and Dovedale, in the grounds of Ilam Hall by the River.

Local Churches:

 Ilam or Alstonefield Churches – Clerk to the Vicar Marion Beloe on 01335 310253 or email

Getting married in one of our local churches is actually a simple procedure, if you have any connection with a Christian church in any way and are happy to visit on a monthly basis for banns being read (Ilam only has a monthly service) then our vicar is happy to marry you.

Ilam Church and Alstonefield Church are both just 1.5 miles away.

Ilam Church is within our parish and I think one of the prettiest churches in England, It is an Anglo Saxon church and there are three Saxon crosses in the churchyard. There is also a triagonal section where Jess Watts Russell (who owned Ilam Hall) built a monument to honour his wife Mary. The church is just set back from the River in the grounds of NT Ilam Park with the views of Thorpe Cloud (entrance to Dovedale) in the distance; this church is an idyllic place to hold your wedding ceremony and gives the feel of being set in the times of Pride and Prejudice.

Alstonefield Church is larger and grander but nerveless a lovely old English village church and you can often hear the bells peeling away on a Sunday. Our vicar who resides over both the churches above lives in the New Rectory just next door to this church.

Both churches are stunning and well worth a visit; however most of my guests marry in Ilam Church.

There is a Qualifying criterion for getting married in church if you can show the one of you:

  1. Has at any time lived in the Parish for a period of at least 6 months or

Was baptised (Christened) in the parish concerned or

Was prepared for confirmation in the parish or

Has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish for a period of at least six months **

  1. That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

Has lived in the parish for a period of six months or

Has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish for a period of six months **

  1. That one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish

** If you attend the Parish church’s usual services at least once a month for a minimum of six months you will qualify to get married in the church you attend the services in. However at least one of the couple, must have been baptised in the Christian faith to qualify.

Catering and Food

Our catering recommendations are not finite and you are welcome to use any caterers who you like as long as they meet and sign our catering terms and conditions.  We do NOT take any commission for the services we recommend however with caterers it is expected that they cater for staff and suppliers who are with you for the day; this is normal practice at weddings.

  • When planning your food options please note that caterers set up with their own equipment outside of the barn.
  • No naked flame or gas is allowed inside the barn (This includes candles)
  • We do NOT supply electric for caterers other than one outside socket for lighting.
  • Caterers cook either in their own van or structure and use their own equipment including cooking facilities, tables to prep and serve food and other cooking equipment.
  • All tables serving food will need covering with table cloths or other before food or drink is laid out.
  • Food waste must be removed by them
  • There is No Washing up facility other than a rinse and soak away.
  • It is also important to remember that you cannot use the facilities or equipment in the cottages to cater for your event in the barn. The cottages are not professionally kitted out nor set up for numbers other than those staying in them.
  • We do have an abundant amount of equipment to hire such as polycarbonate glasses, crockery, cutlery, water jugs, drinks dispersers, Tea and Coffee options, heating.
  • You will need to bring black bags for waste, foil and cling foil or dispensers to wrap food,

 Please note that all the local supermarkets deliver to the farm. You will need to be here to sign for everything but this is a popular option for guests, or use for local produce.


Cameron Jack – Hog Roasts – Buffets – BBQ’s – Dinners – Canapé’s – Puddings – everything

Tel: 07584 200 567 (Please WHATSAPP Cameron as this is the best way to get hold of him)

Email 15-150 Guests in Cottages and Wedding venue – very reasonably priced

Cameron comes very highly recommended and is our preferred Hog Roast, BBQ, and HOT comfort food person, Chilli, Pie, Meat and Veg etc. He will cook anything you ask and he is so good that I used him for my own birthday party …. We painted the pig Gold (don’t ask!). Genuinely he is such a lovely person and will endeavour to achieve what you ask, very honest and reasonable. Many of our guests book Cameron so I recommend you book early! This is also his hobby as he owns and runs a garden nursery but would much rather cook! His attitude to everything in life is ‘relaxed’ but he delivers 100% every time. Please WhatsApp him as he’s a technophobe!

Cameron mainly caters for large groups, BBQs and Weddings. He comes with a big pink hog roast cooking barrel, he made it to look like a pig and of course it cooks a pig on site so you know it is fresh and ready to go. There are always veggie options and or anything you want to be honest! His canapes and puddings are also wonderful though you must chase him as he is very busy!

However he is very reasonably priced as well of going out of his way to make you feel special. You will love his food but also his amazing puddings J

 Dawn Rudd Catering – Tel 07715530784 or 01335 370011 email:  2-30 – Cottage Guests and up to 100 guests for weddings

Dawn is really very lovely and nothing is a problem for her and your event. She has provided bespoke mouth-watering food for so many of our guests and the guest book is full of fantastic comments. Perfect for large or small gatherings, Luncheons, Dinner parties, small weddings and canapés or just sandwiches, cakes and high tea. I have known Dawn offer so many dishes and will certainly try to accommodate your catering wishes as much as she can. There is so much choice and her food is mouth-watering and her attention to detail is the best there is.

The Box and Hound – Laura and Anna – Phone: 07977 151486  email  Authentic Wood-Fired Pizza from a Quirky Vintage Horsebox

This is a fabulous idea and run by the girls at the old Village stores in Hartington. One of the best pizzas I’ve ever had and the layout, choice and service is amazing. Definitely worth the unique factor that these girls go to, it’s above and beyond plus the Pizzas and food are scrumptious. The Pizzas are made on site in an old converted Horse Box. You can have any choice, plus Laura and Anna do other food as well …. Prices are really reasonable and menus range from simple to flare! They even have a lower Damgate Pizza! Really worth looking at and I just know you won’t be disappointed, we never have been.

 Peak District Deli – Lauren Tel: 07935 070147 email:

Lauren is such a lovely person and she has the same ethos as we do in so much that nothing is a problem. I hardly know where to begin with the food she offers along with her husband Ralph who is an exceptional chef. From big table platters, home cooked food, afternoon teas, specialist ideas including every taste imaginable, Meat, veggie, vegan, celiac, everything is catered for from street food to good home cooked food…..this duo do it all and they do it well.

You can also shop for locally produced foods on their website to have delivered to the farm waiting for your arrival, all unpacked and ready to go. We use them regularly and hope you do too. 

 Tabby at mode4events. Email: Tel: 07901 672598 Tel: 07846 996597

Another fabby foodie and a firm favourite of ours at Lower Damgate Farm. Tabby started catering by hosting her own wedding and doing it herself. (You can always do that!) Tabby’s attitude is similar to ours and her relaxed approach refreshing. As an exclusive cook for a few other venues tabby may not always be available but she tries her hardest for us, so please look her up.

 Tom and Simon’s Kitchen – Phone: 0778 030 9641  Catering Van

Another firm favourite and though a little further way they are so good that they are on here…. This is the perfect Fish and Chip van, (plus extras) so not just fish. Very well presented, clean and a little bit different. The food is award winning and very good.

Local Meat Delivered to the Farm – Joanna Billings 07855 814291 Town End Farm Alstonefield.

A perfect option if you would like to cook or BBQ yourself or have a chef in the family! Joanna’s meat is 100% organically reared, 100% traceability and 100% loved, they are extremely well looked after, they have no stress and though you may not like the idea you can often see them on the hill tops overlooking the farm….. They have the very best life which accounts for so much in our book.

Joanna lives a mile away and can deliver directly to the farm in any quantities small or large depending upon your number.

 Fish and Chips for Late night supper, Market Place, Ashbourne   DE6 1EU, Tel 01335 344780

This is an extremely good takeaway in the middle of Ashbourne; they will deliver if the order is high enough.

Sometimes guests like the old fashioned fish and chips late into the evening. The market place fish and chip shop will wrap fish or sausages plus chips in individual servings, deliver and leave for us to serve. Perfect! And they are still hot at the end of the evening!

Dodson’s Mobile Fish and Chips –

 Puddings, Sweets, Cakes & Ice Cream!

 One of the cheapest and loveliest ways to provide puddings other than your wedding cake (whatever type it is!) Is to ask your guests to bring a pudding or cake and have a “Bake Off”

From our experience guests like to feel that they have contributed.

We also have an old market barrow on wheels which is beautiful and very useful for a “sweet cart” or to place you cake on.  

 The Pudding Room – Angie Cooper   Tel – 01629 540413 – Carsington Nr Ashbourne. Mob 07866415030 

Angie provides amazing puddings at affordable prices, which are all on her website so nothing is hidden. You can go for a tasting at her tea room and it is quite a delight.

 Molly’s Ices – Molly Miller   Tel – 01335 310325 – Ilam

Molly provides a full working Mr Whippy type ice cream van for your event which is a novel way of offering something a little different for puddings, or in addition to. It also gives the day that fete feel. Really great if the weather is scorching! Here hoping! You can also find Molly in Ilam as it is one of her ice cream vans you can hire.

Sweet ‘Arts of Ashbourne

Email  Tel 07496 814716

Jacqueline Brooks is a new business in Ashbourne, specializing in wishing well hire, sweet and chocolate Centre pieces and favours

Green Kitchen Cakes- Tel: 0115 9635699

These cakes are amazing with lots of different styles; the last one was a bespoke organic cake with lots of fruit and quite plain but tasted delicious.

Cakeface – Tel 01782 436169 M 07714 165918 email:

PUB’s, Restaurants & Tea Rooms!


We have lots of pubs within walking distance of the farm (though there are many more) as well as a couple of hotels Tea Rooms. Plus the Youth Hostel at Ilam Hall has a bar.  Please say you are staying here and you will be treated really well. I am happy to book for you; with large numbers it is preferable if you book in advance, to avoid disappointment.

 1 mile – The Watts Russell at Hopedale. Bruce and Christine 01335 310126.

Slightly less than 1 mile, between Stanshope and Alstonefield – Turn Right out of the Farm Drive, or walk to Hall dale and down into Hopedale where the pub lies.

Please call them to see if the pub is open as they have unusual opening hours! However Bruce and Christine are very welcoming and will happily cater for large groups, book if you can but you can also turn up (if they are open!) The pub is a little quirky and rustic! It is a free house and beer is sourced locally. Bruce cooks all his food from scratch and if you are fussy with your food then he will accommodate you as much as he can. Though he is not a pie and chips person! The pub sometimes closes early or is not open! If you ring in advance then he will definitely open for you and they are quite happy for you to “take over” the pub. This pub is like marmite! You either love it or hate it!

 1 Mile – The Manifold Tea Rooms at Ilam. Open daily most of the year call for details 01335 350245

Manifold Tearooms at Ilam Park sells a wonderful array of food and drink. If you sit outside you have the most amazing views of the park as well as the church with Thorpe Cloud in the distance. This is one of the most magical views around.

 1.5 miles – Polly’s tea room – Milldale – This is a hole in the wall shop! No tables… just go and sit by the river

Really lovely ‘pit stop’ on the rive dove, half way point to home if walking down to the River via Halldale then on to Milldale.

It’s a great little circular walk, easy downhill on the way and then an uphill climb from Milldale to home! From the tops there are stunning views so well worth doing this walk from the farm. You can stop off for hot sausage rolls, cobs, Ice cream, hot and cold drinks etc.  Plus you’ll get to feed the ducks on the river, its fun!

1.5 miles – Wetton Tea rooms – walkable and next to the Royal Oak and by the church. They work together with the Pub so if one is closed the other is open. Just ask for Ian and Julie and say you are staying with us, they’ll look after you. Julie makes homemade cake, and this is served with scrumptious afternoon tea. Also great for breakfasts and if you call in advance they will cook and serve you breakfast …..

1.5 miles The Royal Oak at Wetton –  01335 310287

The Royal Oak is a lovely country village pub, very welcoming and children friendly! It is an easy walk from the farm 1.5 miles on foot. (2 miles by road).  Please ring and say you are staying with us, they are happy to book in large groups from the farm but because it’s a big order it may be better to pre-book as it gets busy with walkers at the weekends.

 1.5 Miles – The Izaak Walton Hotel – Dovedale – Ilam Shura on 01335 350981

Another easy and walkable pub, though it says it’s a hotel the bar area is welcoming to all. This is lovely walk from the farm over Bunster Hill and taking in the views of Ilam, from the Izaak Walton you can then walk along the Dove until you get to Ilam Bridge (bridge by Ilam Rock) go over the bridge and back up Hall Dale to the farm.

The Izaak has a great Pub as well as serves afternoon tea on the lawns overlooking Thorpe Cloud and Dovedale. Please say we have sent you J

1.5 miles The George at Alstonefield – 01335 310205 Graham Pre booking is a must at the George,  If your group is large then you would have to book the upper floor of the Coach House, to the rear of The George, this is an intimate space for up to forty guests and there is an additional charge.

Beer is from Marston’s Brewery. There are many good walks to Alstonefield from here; one of the easiest routes is to walk to Milldale via footpaths from the farm, then up the old road past Polly’s “hole in the wall” tea room at Milldale to Alstonefield. The pub is in the centre of the village.

 3.0 miles – The Old Dog at Thorpe – 01335 350990

One of our favourites but you can’t book so grab a table as soon as you arrive! It’s a free table and a free house. The food is lovely with a simple menu and the atmosphere is very good. This is a place the locals go which speaks for itself.

 3.5 miles. – The Manifold Inn Hulme End – 01298 84537

This is a popular pub and gets very busy in the summer as there are campsites close by. Happy and friendly pub with home cooked food, great choice and children welcome.

3.5 miles – The Tea Junction, Hulme End Tel: 01298 687368 The Tea Junction

This Tea room is in the old station and railway shed at the end of the Manifold Valley cycle trail.  Wonderful home cooked food and cakes

4 miles – Herbert’s Fine English Tearooms, Tissington Village, Phone: (01335) 350501 

This is a lovely tea room set in a delightful village of Tissington. It is worth a visit as it is quintessentially English plus the drive to get there is stunning via Thorpe Cloud. In May there is the well dressing so gets very busy!

4 Miles The Okeover Arms, Mappleton Tel: 01335 350305

Welcoming pub with good food and a great carvery on Sundays.  You need to book.

5 Miles – The Rose and Crown, Mayfield Tel: 01335 342498 

Delicious and interesting food very well cooked and presented.

 4 Miles – The Hare and Greyhound, Warslow Tel: 01298 87071

From 2019 this is under new ownership so we are still undecided about this pub … your comments would be appreciated

4 Miles – Cottage Delight Foods On the way to Leek on the A523 you will see a restaurant on the left. It is the new cottage delight shop and restaurant and the food is excellent. It feels as though you are going into a motorway service area at first but then you can browse in the shop and take home lots of cottage delights!

 6 Miles – Ashbourne: The following takeaways and Restaurants are in Ashbourne. However Ashbourne has about 15 pubs as well as lots of little café’s and coffee shops. Church Street is dedicated to Antique shops and there are many boutique shops hidden in little cobbled alleyways.

 Impromptu – on Church Street. (Our favourite)

This is a little café come French restaurant nestled next to the pottery painting shop and surrounded by antique shops. However it is our favourite and the food is amazing. All home cooked on site and if you are in Ashbourne one of the best café’s around.

 The Flower Shop Café – Market Place

The little tea room is in the market place and every plate, cup and saucer is vintage! It has a lovely feel with lots of yummy cakes. It is great for sitting and watching the world go around.

 Benny’s Pizza – Local Takeaway (Does other food other than Pizza) 21 Compton street, Ashbourne DE6 1BX Tel 01335 346665

Benny’s Pizza is situated in the Compton area of Ashbourne, near Sainsbury’s. They are very accommodating and will deliver if the order is large enough. Italian family who have that flair and make you feel like your order is the only one in the world!

 Fish and Chips – kebabs – Market Place, Ashbourne   DE6 1EU, Tel 01335 344780

This is an extremely good takeaway in the middle of Ashbourne; they will deliver if the order is high enough.

We’ve used this Fish and Chip shop many times for cottage guests as well as late supper weddings at the end of an evening or even the main course, and it is very popular. They’ve delivered over 100 portions and they are still hot and it’s lovely for something a little different!

Ashbourne Market place Fish and Chips also deliver to the farm for free if the order is large enough from 15 persons.

Chinese – Dragons Nest, Market Place Ashbourne DE6 1EU – 01335 300546

This is an excellent Chinese restaurant with take away service. They will deliver if you give enough notice and the order is large enough. Everyone uses them.

Indian Restaurant – Anayas, Dig Street Ashbourne DE6 1DA Tel 01335 300021

This new Indian restaurant is getting great reviews. We’ve eaten there a few times and you will not be disappointed. It was really good. They can also and cater for larger groups and deliver if your order is large enough. Very welcoming hosts

 Indian Restaurant – Red Chilli, Dig Street Ashbourne DE6 1DA Tel 01335 300021

This Traditional Indian restaurant also gets great reviews and will deliver if your order is large enough!  We’ve eaten there a few times and you will not be disappointed. It was really good. They can also and cater for larger groups and deliver if your order is large enough.

 Indian Restaurant – Bengal Cottage, 9 Compton Street Ashbourne DE6 1DA Tel 01335 348282 (No alcohol license)

A better takeaway than restaurant, will possibly deliver to the farm but you’d need to ring to check. If they are busy they won’t, otherwise if your order is large enough they will. They always add something to the order for a special treat. It is a little less traditional and if you eat there you have to bring your own drinks.

There are other pubs locally (please call me for details) There is also Trip Advisor!