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Rated from 3 to 5, and meeting all the criteria of black stars, Silver Stars are awarded to guest accommodation with a superior level of quality, hospitality, service and cleanliness.

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Popular canalside inn with a welcoming bar and super, cottage bedrooms

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At a glance

Dinner Award
Dogs welcome

Situated on the bank of the Trent and Mersey Canal, this village inn has been welcoming guests by land and water for over 150 years. It's ideally situated for those wishing to explore south Derbyshire's attractions and unspoilt countryside. The beautifully appointed en suite rooms are located in the neighbouring cottage and benefit from private parking and complimentary WiFi. A cooked breakfast includes award-winning local sausages which are a must.

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  • Rooms: 7
  • Ground-floor rooms: 2

Room rates

  • Short breaks available
  • Credit cards accepted

Opening times

  • Open all year


  • Afternoon tea served
  • Dinner served
  • Last orders for evening meals: 9pm


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Freeview TV in rooms
  • Dogs allowed on premises


  • Children welcome


  • Secure cycle storage


  • Maximum number of delegates: 50
  • Theatre-style holds (maximum): 50
  • Classroom-style holds (maximum): 45
  • Boardroom-style holds (maximum): 45

Getting here

At junction of A50/A38 follow signs for Willington. At mini-roundabout turn left, The Dragon on left.

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M1 junction 24
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