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.
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
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Allowed in bar
Allowed in restaurant
Allowed in garden
From Ashbourne take B5035 towards Wirksworth. Approximately 5 miles follow Carsington Water signs. Turn right to Hognaston.