Welcome to The Cottonworks!

About The Cottonworks

The Cottonworks is nestled away on the banks of the river Derwent in the oldest building in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Darley Abbey Mills.

The idea for The Cottonworks was inspired by many trips to Cornish seaside visiting those fabulous places that manage to ‘double-up’ serving really great coffee’s and breakfast by day, before morphing into lovely intimate bistro’s by night. Hopefully we have captured a little bit of that & transported it to the unique surroundings of Darley Abbey Mills. 

Book a table

You can book a table through our online booking service, just follow the link below:

The Cottonworks Cafe

The Cottonworks Cafe is a neighbourhood gathering place with barista-served speciality coffees and teas, pastries & cakes. Our team of chefs are here during the day for fine breakfasts, chalkboard lunch’s & Pizzeria.

68 covers on two levels with riverside views from every table. We have several patio heaters and parasols.
The riverbank area is adult only for Cafe & Bistro.

Seven large bench tables in the sunniest spot on site Area ‘boxed in’ with olive trees and whisky barrels.

68 covers spread out in the ‘nooks & crannies’ of this fasanating 18th century building.

The Cottonworks Bistro

The Cottonworks Bistro offers something a little more intimate Wednesday to Saturday evenings where our Head Chef; George and his team serve up a seasonal menu. Sundays are all about the roasts here! Our new Pizzeria runs all week.

Sample menus are here on our website although its a ‘moveable feast’ here with almost daily changes to the menu as new exciting things arrive to market.

Opening & Food Serving Times

Opening Times

We now have less tables available than in the summer months so please pre-book if you can for breakfast, lunch & evening dining using the booking form below.


Open 9am – 11pm Wednesday to Saturday
& 12-6pm on Sundays.

Here are the specific service times

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Cafe, 9am – 4pm
Breakfast, 9am – 11am
Bistro Lunch, 12 – 2.15pm
Bistro Evening, 5pm – 9pm

Thursday: Cafe, 9am – 4pm
Breakfast, 9am – 11am
Bistro Lunch, 12 – 2.30pm
Bistro Evening, 5pm – 9pm

Friday: Cafe, 9am – 4pm
Breakfast, 9am – 11am
Bistro Lunch, 12 – 2.30pm
Bistro Evening,  5pm – 9pm

Saturday: Cafe, 9am – 4pm
Breakfast, 9am – 11am
Bistro Lunch, 12 – 2.30pm
Pizza kitchen open all day.
Bistro Evening, 5pm – 9pm

Sunday: Sunday Roasts +
Pizzeria menu served 12 – 4.30pm

Book the bistro

Bistro - Please contact us for bookings of 8+ people.
Cafe - No need to book unless 8+ people.

Come dine with us!

Find us around the back of Darley Abbey Mills - from Darley Abbey cross the bridge over the River Derwent and turn left after the toll booth, from Alfreton Road pass Derby Rugby Club and The West Mill and turn right before the toll booth.

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