Bustling, carefully renovated pub in rural spot with beamed rooms, friendly staff and tasty, all-day food
Just the place for tired walkers craving a well earned pint and an honest meal, or for families on a day out, this remains a hospitable, thoughtfully run pub. The two-roomed beamed bar has an open fire in a stone fireplace, lots of copper kettles, bed warming pans, horsebrasses and country pictures, cushioned wheelback chairs and wall settles around dark tables, and stools against the counter where friendly, helpful staff serve Buxton Best, Sharps Doom Bar, Thornbridge Wild Swan and Whim Hartington Bitter and IPA on handpump, nine wines by the glass and several malt whiskies; background music and board games. The attractive dining room has country dining chairs and wheelbacks and a cushioned pine settle in one corner on bare floorboards, pretty curtains and another open fire. For large groups, there's also a flagstoned cellar room with benches on either side of long tables. The terraced garden has plenty of seats, including picnic-sets on the grass. A self-catering barn has bunk bedrooms and there's a campsite, too.
Good Pub Guide Food
Bar food times: 12 - 9
Nicely presented all-day food includes sandwiches, mexican prawns with spicy salsa, chicken liver pâté with tomato chutney, gammon and eggs, burger with bacon, stilton, coleslaw and chips, butternut squash, spinach and walnut lasagne, pork fillet in Grand Marnier cream with black pudding mash, lambs liver with bacon, onions and red wine gravy, fisherman's platter, and puddings such as banoffi pie and white chocolate cheesecake.