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Well-appointed village inn with dynamic menu choices

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Garden
Dog friendly
Functions catered

Set on a wooded ridge at the fringe of a pretty Peak District village, this classic stone-built inn has been here for over four centuries. The all-day menus make the place an ideal retreat for ramblers exploring the evocative stone circles and rock formations of the local vales and moors. It's also increasingly popular as a dining destination. Home-in first on the great selection of top-notch real ales – Blue Monkey, Kelham Island and Abbeydale amongst many – and grab a seat on the terrace before studying a revelatory menu that offers both stalwart pub grub choices and cutting-edge dishes. Start off with crab tartare with kiwi salsa and crispy toast, or roast figs with ricotta dip, followed up by mushroom burger with chips and salad; smokey ocean pie with crispy cheddar topping, or baked cod with roast fennel and courgette sauce. Desserts include lemon drizzle cake and chocolate mousse torte. The blackboard menus change weekly and are complemented with occasional specialist taster menus.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 December, 1 January, Early May bank holiday
  • Days closed: Monday, Tuesday
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: noon-late
  • Lunch: Wednesday to Friday 12-8, Saturday 12.8.30, Sunday 12-5
  • Dinner: Wednesday to Friday 12-8, Saturday 12-8.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Abbeydale, Cumbrian Legendary Ales, Hawkshead, Oakham Ales, Blue Monkey, Sarah Hughes, Kelham Island, Barnsley Bitter, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Hogan's

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Events

  • Beer festival, May

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • High chairs

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A6 between Matlock and Bakewell take B5056 signed Ashbourne. In approximately 2 miles, left to Birchover

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