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The Old Vicarage Restaurant


The Old Vicarage Restaurant
Ridgeway Moor
Ridgeway Village
S12 3XW
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Old Vicarage


30 years of culinary excellence - The Old Vicarage always offers outstanding food and a warm welcome.

In three decades of business we have consistently received countless awards and accolades from leading national food critics. Whilst it is pleasing to have this type of professional endorsement the accolades we rate highest of all are those from the many happy guests who return time and time again.

Whether it is an intimate dinner for two, a fine dining private party, or a formal function, you can be assured of inspirational cooking, friendly hospitality and professional service second to none.

The Old Vicarage is a delightful Victorian country house in a quiet rural position, surrounded by acres of rolling lawns and hidden copses. This is a comfortable rather than a grand house with a warm aura of hospitality. With idyllic views over Ridgeway and the Moss Valley it’s easy to forget that you’re just 10 minutes away from the M1 motorway.

Completed in 1846, this is a typically solid stone-built Church house, set in grounds originally laid out by a celebrated Victorian horticulturist with mature specimen trees first brought as seedlings from the Middle East in 1850. With gravel driveway, croquet lawn, kitchen garden, stables and coach house, The Old Vicarage may appear to be reliably traditional and meet everyone’s expectations of a typically English country house.

However, once you enter the restaurant the conservative and the predictable are left behind. Guests can expect to enjoy exciting, vibrant, internationally recognised and modern cooking by Tessa Bramley with her talented kitchen team.

Tessa Bramley, owner and chef of The Old Vicarage for 30 years, continues to guide and influence her long-established kitchen team. The style is modern and innovative, full of unexpected flavour combinations, based on advanced professional technique yet always grounded in the traditional roots of classical cooking.

Tessa has a clear understanding of how to coax every nuance of flavour from the ingredients she uses. Her work revolves around the garden – this is country cooking, properly grounded in nature and evocative of the seasons. All of the fresh produce used at The Old Vicarage is grown in the kitchen garden or comes from the nearby farms.

Tessa is a prolific writer and a frequent contributor to national magazines and periodicals. She has also written several books including ‘The Instinctive Cook’, ‘Traditional Puddings’ and ‘Casseroles: Comfort Food at its Best’.

Tessa has presented TV shows for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV, with appearances on ‘Here’s One I Made Earlier’, ‘Masterchef’, and ‘Light Lunch’. She’s made several TV series, on location as well as at The Old Vicarage.



  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • Chef - Tessa Bramley
  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Children welcome


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Public toilets

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)
Tuesday - Friday12:30

* Booking is essential
Open for large private parties on Sundays and all other times by arrangement
Check the website for annual closure dates


Map & Directions

Road Directions

If you are using SatNav the postcode S12 3XW will get you into Ridgeway within a few hundred yards. If your SatNav accepts latitude and longitude destinations N53.327 W1.397 will take you to our front door.

From North/South Leave M1 motorway at junction 30 and take A6135 (signposted Renishaw). Follow road for approx 2 miles, passing through village of Renishaw. Pass Sitwell Arms Hotel on right and continue to follow road for 1¼ miles to traffic lights at crossroads. Turn left into Eckington. Follow road for approx. 2 miles, passing through Eckington and Marsh Lane, then turn right just before Butcher’s Arms (Ford Road). ). Follow road through Ford, past the Bridge Inn, and up hill into Ridgeway Village. The Old Vicarage Restaurant is on the right just after Ridgeway Church.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway. Take 4th exit (M1 north). Leave M1 at junction 30 then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 into Chesterfield. At roundabout Matalan) select left lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632). Turn immediately left into slip road to A61. At next roundabout (Tesco) take 2nd exit (A61). At next roundabout (Domino's) select right hand lane and take 4th exit (B6052 signposed Eckington). Follow road for approx 4 miles and, at T-junction turn left (B6056). Follow road for approx 1 mile and, just before Butcher's Arms, turn right (Ford Road). Then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station Sheffield, 6 miles away

Bus number 252 from Sheffield Interchange, 2 per hour

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