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The School House Restaurant

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Bar, British, Gastropub
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43 Church Street, South Normanton DE55 2BT, England
+44 1773 580747
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 15:00
Wed - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Wed - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited for first time & so nice to have somewhere local that's a little bit different. Love the decor, great service - the waitress was very friendly. We had the tasting menu which apart from a egg / mashed potato combo starter (which was tasty but bit odd for a starter), it was very tasty & great value for money.... More 

Thank Alfredthegrey
New Delhi, India
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

First real visit after the new management, it was a great place before and the new owners have not let standards slip. Food was beautifully presented and tasty the service was great. Nice to still see Clare at front of house. All in all great night to celebrate my mums 86th birthday. Thank you

Thank Barry T
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

WOW! Liked this place before the new ownership but I love it now! The most perfect valentines meal, perfect setting and the staff went out of their way! I think the standard of food was worth so much more than we paid.. would of happily paid more than 29.95 a person for 3 fantastic courses and a glass of prosecco!... More 

Thank pkw1202
Alfreton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The School House, South Normanton, who would have thought there would be such a gem in the middle of a small village!! Sophie and Martin have transformed the place into a warm, vibrant and the place to be on a Saturday night or a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday night for that matter or Sunday lunch time. I know that New Years... More 

Thank sarahshaw68
Derby, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

I am so pleased the school house has reopened. We had a really lovely meal, particularly the mushrooms in tarragon. The decor has changed and feels more homely. The beer selection is also very good. We will certainly recommend and return.

Thank MissyPL
South Normanton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We took 43 friends and family to a celebration at the School House. Throughout the following day we received nothing but praise for the School House team from our party. It was a pleasure planning the menu and making all the necessary arrangements with Sophie, Martin and Paul. The food was just what we agreed and everyone enjoyed it. Great... More 

1 Thank David H
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64 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

We were made to feel very welcome and the staff were trying hard but the new owners have some way to go. I don't like making negative comments but it will help them improve what could be a great little restaurant. Waitress needs to be more informed about food served. Please don't bring food from door to the toilets. Chef... More 

Thank DeanoDerbyshire
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

If you are looking for fine dining then this isn't the place for you, but it was good homely food using quality local produce. We can't really comment on the ambience of the place because at 1.30 on Thursday afternoon there were only four of us there. The restaurant was extremely cold but when we mentioned it the waitress brought... More 

Thank Kaliddy
Alfreton, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Had a great meal on New Years Eve. The new owners are extremely friendly and welcoming. The food, service and entertainment were all great. Will be back soon.

1 Thank DerbyshireFoodie1
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The Schoolhouse was reopened just before Xmas 2016 after the previous owners let it run down and gain a poor reputation. Any previous reviews need to be disregarded. We (the wife and I attended the first evening and all in all it went well the food was Bistrot style similar to the previous chef's offerings, cooked well, a littel slow... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Church Street, South Normanton DE55 2BT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  South Normanton
  • Phone Number: +44 1773 580747
Modern British cuisine served in a converted 1800's school hall.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?