Lower Damgate Farm Cottages & Wedding Venue Dovedale Animal Sanctuary

Dovedale, llam, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AD
Tel: 01335 310367 Mob: 07779 210791 Email: info@damgate.com

Helpful Information

For your Weekend or Holiday – Wedding or Event at Lower Damgate Farm

www.damgate.com 01335 310367

We have put together these information pages in order to help you plan and arrange your wedding or stay in the holiday cottages, however this list is not finite and we never take a commission from any supplier recommended or otherwise. We only recommend those that have the same ethos as us and please our guests. We are still adding to our list of suppliers so please send us their details if they are not already on this list

However, if your supplier is not on this list please do not book them without informing us first, as we like to speak to all suppliers on site and have to ensure that we have their contact details as well as ensuring that all insurance and health and safety certificates are in place.

Please make sure that you are at the farm for all deliveries and ensure there is someone to sign for packages 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, clear away and leave the venue and cottages clean and tidy.  This includes your suppliers and guests on site with you. Please be assured that we use professional and trained staff at Lower Damgate Farm.

(Please also have a look at our other information page for other wedding suppliers and details) 


Our catering recommendations are not finite and you are welcome to use any caterers who you like as long as they 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.

All deliveries will need to be signed for by the hirer.

  • 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 inhouse serving tables will need covering with table cloths or other before food or drink is laid out.
  • Food waste must be removed by the caterer and taken away off site.
  • There is No Washing up facility in the barn.
  • 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.
  • We send you a supplies list and you will need to bring black bags for waste, foil and cling foil or dispensers to wrap food after your event,

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 www.Peakdistrictdeli.com or www.saucedhere.com 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 sales@hotroasthogs.co.uk www.Hotroasthogs.co.uk http://sa8529.wix.com/hot-roast-hogs 15-150 Guests in Cottages and Wedding venue – very reasonably priced

Cameron comes very highly recommended by us and is our preferred Hog Roast, BBQ, and HOT comfort food person. A genuinely 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 he cooks 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.  

 The Box and Hound – Laura and Anna – Phone: 07977 151486 www.theboxandhound.co.uk  email hello@theboxandhound.co.uk  Authentic Wood-Fired Pizza from a Quirky Vintage Horsebox

A very popular choice and we highly recommend as The Box and Hound is very local and situated at the old Village stores in Hartington. Some of the best pizzas I’ve ever had and the layout, choice and service are amazing. Definitely worth the unique factor and extra mile that Laura and Anna go for you.  Everything is made from scratch in an old converted Horse Box which they bring with them and you can choice your own menu! …. Prices are really reasonable and menus range from simple to flare! They even have a lower Damgate Farm Pizza! Really worth looking at and I just know you won’t be disappointed, we never have been.

 The Old Rectory Kitchen – Dawn Rudd – Tel 07715530784 or 01335 370011 www.theoldrectorykitchen.co.uk email dawn@theoldrectorykitchen.co.uk  Cottage Guests and up to 120 guests for weddings

Amazing food and Dawn is really very lovely with the same ethos of us in so much that nothing is a problem for her, your dinner party or lunch and event. Dawn has provided bespoke mouth-watering food for so many of our guests and the guest book is full of fantastic comments about her. Perfect for any occasion be it large or small gatherings, Afternoon Tea. Luncheons, Dinner parties, weddings and canapés or just sandwiches, cakes and high tea. I have known Dawn offer so many dishes and she 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, we highly recommend.

 The Old Manor House Bakery & Crepe Van – Lisa and Andy Tel: 07753654235 (Crepe Van, Bakery and Cakes!) Email: oldmanorhousebakery@gmail.com https://www.theoldmanorhousegiftshop.co.uk

What a delight this company is with the same ethos as us and happy to create a bespoke choice of goodies which will delight your guests, and us! Andy and Lisa really make the best crepes and cakes and always with a smile. We are delighted to be able to recommend this lovely little “Libby-Loo” Citroen H Creperie Van. You’ll get the freshest ingredients made onsite and something a little different to add to your day.

Peak District Deli – Lauren Tel: 07935 070147 www.peakdistrictdeli.com email: hello@peakdistrictdeli.com

Lauren is such a lovely person and creates food 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. 

Delacour Cuisine – Millie Cauldwell 07772525015 delacourcatering@gmail.com

Millie is lovely and happy to create something very special for you with her mouth-watering food. Millie and like all our other recommended caterers understand the personal touch is very important and getting to know your caterer and food is part of the package, and this is just the ethos that Delacour cuisine has.

Tabby at mode4events. Email: modeforevents@gmail.com Tel: 07901 672598 Tel: 07846 996597 www.modeforevents.co.uk

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.

Hackwood Farm Mickleover – Georgina Croft info@hackwoodfarm.com

Tom and Simon’s Kitchen – Phone: 0778 030 9641 www.tomandsimonskitchen.co.uk  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 and we highly recommend this lovely van.

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 – http://www.dodsonsfreshcatch.co.uk

 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 or serve your welcome drinks……  

The Old Manor House Bakery – Lisa and Andy Tel: 07753654235 https://www.theoldmanorhousegiftshop.co.uk

Really lovely bespoke cakes and puddings and you can visit their tea rooms and try before you buy. Lisa really does try and create the perfect cake for you.

 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.

Newlyn’s Ice Cream! A traditional Trike for hire and a Sweet Cart

Email rogernphillips20@gmail.com 07891020114

A Traditional 1940’s style Pashley’s Ice Cream Tricycle always attracts attention and will add a wonderful sense of old-world charm and an essence of warm and sunny bygone days to your occasion. Serving the very best Dairy Ice Cream

Truly Scrumptious Gelato.  Another traditional Trike for hire.

Call 07761115153 webs: www.truelyscrumptiousgelato.co.uk

Another Traditional 1940’s style Ice Cream Tricycle. Lovely ice cream with lots of unusual flavours yummy 

Vitaliano’s Ice Cream! A traditional bike for hire. Email: Contact@vitalianos.co.uk – Stoke on Trent

Wonderful Ice cream with a man on a bike, more like a trike! Highly recommended and Vitaliano has also branched into chocolate with lots of chocolate treats as well. He is a really lovely man and you can choose a whole range of delicious locally sourced ice cream as well as his traditional Italian scummy ice creams

Sweet ‘Arts of Ashbourne

Email sweetartsofashbourne@yahoo.com  Tel 07496 814716 www.sweetarts-of-ashbourne.co.uk

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 www.greenkitchencakes.co.uk

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: Cakeface.designs@hotmail.co.uk  www.cakefacedesigns.co.uk

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.

 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 http://www.themanifoldinn.co.uk/

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.

 1 mile – The Watts Russell at Hopedale. Bruce and Christine 01335 310126. www.wattsrussell.co.uk

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, it’s 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 – Ian on 01335 310287 www.royaloakwetton.co.uk

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.

3.5 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 http://theokeover.co.uk/

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 www.pickledginger.co.uk/ 

Delicious and interesting food very well cooked and presented.

 4 Miles – The Hare and Greyhound, Warslow Tel: 01298 87071 http://www.greyhoundinnwarslow.co.uk/

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 http://dragonsnestashbourne.co.uk

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.

A stunning restaurant, very welcoming and the food are amazing.

 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!

 Shopping – Local Towns

 Ashbourne (south), Leek (West), Bakewell (East) and Buxton (North) are our local towns. They are all different and very traditional.

 Ashbourne has a lovely market place and lots of independent shops, you can find an antique shop or too. Market day is Thursday and Saturday. There are lots of little alleys with great shops and the town is also home to lots of coffee shops, restaurants  and pubs.

Leek – Leek is lovely and a traditional market down with loads of unusual shops as well as lots of antique shops… for antiques there is more choice in leek. It has a lovely market place. Market day is Wednesday but there is also a small into market off the market place that is open every day.

 Bakewell – a more traditional town but there is not a central place. Market day is Monday and this is a good hustling and bustling market. It is a good stop off for Chatsworth or Haddon Hall and you can’t go past without having a Bakewell tart!

Buxton – famous for its traditional roman spa and the start of the moors with stunning walks and views, plus Pools Cavern is there and Go Ape! Plus the Spa. This town has two sections, the market place is the first part of the shopping that people come to, do not be put off as the Pavilion Gardens and Baths as well a s the Old Opera house and another area of shops is below the market place and is lovely… so carrying on straight past the market place and explore. This is a slightly bigger town with lots on offer and it’s lovely. However as the Highest Town in England take a coat!