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Traditional country pub awash with character

At a glance

Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

Here in 1997 to attend a wedding, John F Kennedy's son and his wife stayed at this whitewashed, 17th-century village pub overlooking Carsington Water. With beams, bare brick, old photos, bric-a-brac and antique furniture spread liberally around an open-fire warmed interior, traditional character isn't hard to find. Settle with a pint, perhaps from the Wincle Brewery in Cheshire, and start considering the menu, on which might appear smoked fish chowder; oven-roasted sea bass with beurre blanc sauce; chicken Kiev; lamb rump; and wild mushroom arancini. In the garden is a boules court.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12–2.30 6–11 (Sunday 12–11)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–6.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30–9 summer, 6–8.30 winter, Sunday 12–6.30

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs


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

Getting here

From Ashbourne take B5035 towards Wirksworth. Approximately 5 miles follow Carsington Water signs. Turn right to Hognaston.

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