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At a glance

Bar menu
Open all year

Overlooking the front garden and village street, the 1791-built Saracen's Head takes its name from the family crest of Sewallis de Scyrle (pronounced Shirley), a Holy Land crusader. All dishes are made on the premises from local, ethical sources. Starting with creamy garlic button mushrooms, it's an easy move to, say, slowly braised beef bourguignon with creamy mash and vegetables; or warm cheddar and caramelised onion quiche. For a quintessential country pub experience, visit on a Sunday at lunchtime.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11-3 6-11 (Sun 11-10.30)
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Sat 12-2, Sun 12-2.30
  • Dinner opening: all wk 6-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales: IPA, St Edmunds, Morland Old Speckled Hen, guest ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A52 from Ashbourne towards Derby. Right in 4m to Shirley

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