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5 food and drink trends in 2024 to capitalise on at Elder Way

Thursday, January 25th, 2024

The hospitality sector continues to grow in Chesterfield, with eating and drinking with friends and family placing itself front and centre in spending in the town’s post Covid economy.

Hospitality is growing at almost double the rate of the UK economy (5.9%), and is set to continue its growth as a number of new eating and drinking trends are set to take the sector by storm in the year ahead.

And with seven spacious street level units ready for occupiers at Elder Way, now is the perfect time for food and drink businesses to either expand in Chesterfield or make the move to the town in 2024.

Here are the top five food and drink trends that could be coming to an eatery or bar in Chesterfield this year:

1. Sustainably sourced food

Increased awareness of how food has arrived on our plates, e.g. miles travelled, provenance, etc., means more customers are choosing to eat and drink in venues that can prove their food is sourced sustainably.

For bars, cafes and restaurants based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire and neighbouring South Yorkshire are rich in high quality and diverse food and drink producers that can support a business’ commitment to sustainability. From chutneys and pickles from The Crooked Pickle to Northern Tea Merchants, which roasts its own coffee on site, and spirits from Derbyshire Distillery, Elder Way sits at the heart of Chesterfield’s generously stocked pantry.

2. Small Plates and Tapas

Small plates and tapas have long been on the menu, but in 2024 they will be getting a makeover. No longer limited to meatballs and humus, this year will see the rise in popularity of regional dishes offered for diners to try and share. Located in Chesterfield which sits close to Sheffield, Elder Way is the perfect location to offer up both Derbyshire and Yorkshire’s regional food; think Hartington Stilton, Dovedale Blue, Derbyshire Oatcakes, Sheffield Fishcake and, of course, Yorkshire Pudding.

3. Classic cocktails

 No longer content with a G&T, drinkers want to try ‘new to them’ classic cocktails made by an in-house mixologist. Fancy being 007? Try a Gin Martini (shaken not stirred!). Taste the golden era of Hollywood with a whisky-based Old-Fashioned.

4. Vegan and Vegetarian

 This month its ‘Veganuary’ – where millions of people all over the world are encouraged to try vegan food in January and beyond. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Matty Matheson chef and restaurateur believes that 2024 will see a surge in “vegetable-forward restaurants.” He says: “I think people are now understanding how to cook vegetables in a way that’s more profound and more exhilarating for their customers and for themselves.”

Chesterfield boasts both a vegan (Vegged) and vegetarian restaurant (Thyme to Eat) restaurant, but there’s room for more, particularly a town centre vegan restaurant, and Elder Way is the perfect location for one!

5. Paint and Sip

 Paint & Sip is a US phenomenon that has crossed the Pond. As the name suggests, you unleash your inner Picasso and paint while you drink…in a bar with friends. A simple but effective experience concept that is springing up all over the UK but has yet to hit Chesterfield. Invest in Elder Way and be the first to bring this fun concept to the town!


If you’re looking for a Chesterfield town centre presence to make the most of 2024’s hospitality trends, then Elder Way is the ideal location. It is centrally located and surrounded by offices, retailers and homes.

The accessible, street-level units, all with glazed frontages, offer tenants a flexible and blank canvas for their business and range in size from 1,420 sq.ft to 16,076 sq.ft. Additionally, there is 16,285sq.ft of gym/D2 space in the basement of the building.

Get in touch with our team now to discover what Elder Way can offer your business in Chesterfield or contact Jomast Developments on 01642 666936.


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