Hard-working owners keep interesting real ales (some own brew) and ciders in characterful village; hearty food; bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Even fleeting visitors are made to feel like the most valued of regulars by the enthusiastic licensees in this comfortably unpretentious local. Many are here for the fine ales that include their own Ashover Light Rale, Coffin Lane Stout, Littlemoor Citra, Poets Tipple, Red Lion and Zoo, plus guests from breweries such as Abbeydale, Blackjack, Blue Monkey, Gadds, Harviestoun, Kelham Island, Oakham, Roosters, Salopian, Sarah Hughes and Titanic; they beer festivals in March and October. Also, a terrific choice of 12 farm ciders, a dozen fruit wines, 20 malt whiskies and belgian beers. The informal bar has an easy-going atmosphere and a mix of chairs and pews, while a small room opening off the bar has a stack of newspapers and vintage comics; background music. French doors lead to a tiny balcony with a couple of tables. They hold regular acoustic, folk and blues sessions (posters advertise forthcoming events) as well as quiz nights, poetry evenings and morris dancers. The bedrooms are attractive and there's a holiday cottage sleeping up to eight.
Good Pub Guide Food
Fairly priced, honest food includes sandwiches and baguettes, breaded brie wedges, crispy stuffed potato skins, beef cobbler, burgers with toppings and chips, butternut squash wellington, a trio of sausages, and a Sunday carvery; curry night is Sunday.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms