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 fresh crab and avocado mayonnaise salad, it's an easy move to, say, Goan fish and tiger prawn curry with steamed rice; or cod loin, cheddar and garlic crust and fresh tomato sauce. For a quintessential country pub experience, visit on a Sunday at lunchtime.
Open all year
Open all week
Opening times: 11–3 6–11 (Sunday 11–10.30)
Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2, Sunday 12–2.30
Dinner: all week 6–9
Food and drink
Restaurant menu available
Main course from10
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Ramp access available
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
A52 from Ashbourne towards Derby. Right in 4 miles to Shirley.