Apart from telling you that it’s that place in Derbyshire with the crooked spire that sometimes you can see as you drive up the M1, I’m not sure I could tell you anything else about the town. The Romans mined lead in the area I’m told and it grew to be an important market town. Britain has lots of market towns scattered up and down our countries but Chesterfield has found something to make it stand out from other places.
Just as Dorking in Surrey is known for its street of antique shops, Chesterfield is getting a reputation with a street for gourmets. And with just about every other TV programme being about food, growing your own or finding tasty morsels in the hedgerows may be Chatsworth Road, for that is what it is called, provides Chesterfield’s competition to the farmers’ markets and the food fairs.
Chatsworth Road used to have 22 pubs (there are at least 9 still there) but they have long since given away to a more international feel. Take 193 Chatsworth Road. For nearly 85 years, the owners of Northern Tea Merchants have been involved in supplying a vast range of teas and coffees. So reinforcing a traditional British past time. Preferring some stronger you could always go to 415 Chatsworth Road where you’ll find Real Ale Corner which retails locally produced ales as well as those from further afield. And what of food? At number 417 you’ll find Nonsolovino’s that began as a wine shop specializing in Italian wines but now also sells Italian food as well as having a restaurant. Parts are beginning to resemble a Little Italy because there is Nonna’s up at number 131
Chatsworth Road is a long road leading into the middle of Chesterfield and that’s probably why it has French, Indian and Chinese restaurants as well as Italians and delies.
As the local tourist board says. Taste the World…in just one street.