It’s over 200 years old and stands 1,689 ft above sea level, making it England’s second-highest public house, as well as the highest whiskey distillery. The Cat and Fiddle Inn, one of the UK’s most famous pubs, has been a staple on the Derbyshire-Cheshire border since 1813. Despite being closed here and there throughout the years, it remains a stopping place for bikers near and far. The Cat and Fiddle makes its way onto many bucket lists with cellars, ideal for maturing whiskey and a storied reputation in the area. Thirsty Bikers, are you ready for a ride into history? If so, get your Thirsty Biker apps ready because it’s about to be a wild ride. In episode 18 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, we’re taking a journey ’round the Cat and Fiddle Inn, showing you some of the can’t-miss sites around this iconic pub.
Must See Stops
Obviously, our ride starts at the Cat and Fiddle Inn, where you’ll be able to take advantage of everything this worldly pub has to offer. From distillery tours to food and drinks, the Cat and Fiddle provides passers-by hospitality that spans over two centuries. The Cat and Fiddle served as a vital part of travelers’ journeys long ago. It was the only stopping point in the area for travelers to get a hot meal and be provided some respite from inclement weather. Over the decades, the Cat and Fiddle became famous for all walks of life to sit within its walls, reminiscing about their journeys, making friends, and making memories. However, it was closed in 2015, not for long, later opening back up as a whiskey distillery, offering visitors the chance to experience some of the finest whiskey in the land.
Once you’ve gotten your fill of local lore and legends, head on over to the popular catering van, Katy’s Diner, in Buxton for hot food and hot or cold butties. We call these sandwiches over here in the US of A. If you’re looking for a meal on the go, Katy’s is a must. When you’re searching for home-style cooking in the idyllic Peak District village of Monyash, you’ve got to try The Old Smithy Tearooms. Located in a former blacksmith’s shop, The Old Smithy features delicious dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. It is the ideal place to recharge after a long day of sightseeing. Another must when traveling through the Peak District is The Yonderman Café, providing visitors with an authentic Derbyshire experience. From puddings and cakes to other English staples, you’ll want to bring your appetite when you visit The Yonderman Café.
The best part about this ride is that it flows throughout the Peak District, allowing for pristine views of the English countryside. When you want to get away from it all and just ride, this journey is perfect. Plus, with all of the outstanding restaurants, you’ll be sure to have your fill when you take a ride ’round the Cat and Fiddle. So, let’s get those Thirsty Biker apps out, plug in your journey and just let the stress of the day fade away. And if you’re ever in the UK, be sure to hit up some of these must-see spots in the Peak District. You won’t be disappointed.