My favourite things: Chesterfield College principal loves Chatsworth estate and Barlow's Peacock Inn

Chesterfield College principal Julie Richards has offered an insight into her favourite places to visit in Derbyshire.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 1:47 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th March 2021, 1:52 pm
Julie Richards, principal of Chesterfield College.
Julie Richards, principal of Chesterfield College.

We asked her to name five top destinations in Derbyshire as part of our new column, My Favourite Things.

Do you agree with Julie’s favourites?

Favourite place to visit – Chatsworth House and Park

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Julie enjoys visiting Chatsworth through the different seasons and seeing the herds of deer.

This is an incredible place to visit,particularly through all the different seasons of the year. I especially love the herds of red and fallow deer who are frequently seen when walking through the park.

Favourite landmark – Crooked Spire

Having visited the church so many times as child, it is still an iconic place for me and always reminds me of home.

Favourite restaurant – Stones of Matlock

Chesterfield Crooked Spire reminds Julie of home.

This is a beautiful modern restaurant with fine cuisine and ideal for a special night out.

Favourite pub – Peacock Inn at Barlow

The food, especially the Sunday lunch, is wonderful. The pub has a warm and friendly atmosphere with an open fire and the customer service is excellent.

Favourite shop – Bigwicks, Chesterfield

Modern restaurant with fine cuisine attracts Julie to Stones restaurant in Matlock.

It sells a beautiful collection of candles and aromatherapy products with great gifts for birthdays and Christmas.

*We are looking for people to share their favourite places in Derbyshire and why they love them. Email your answers to the above questions with a photo of yourself to: [email protected]

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Julie says the food at The Peacock is wonderful and the customer service is excellent.

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Bigwicks aromatherapy products and candles make great gifts for Christmas and birthdays, says Julie.