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A pub where traditional meets contemporary

At a glance

Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Sports TV
Wheelchair access

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.

Opening hours

  • 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

Price guide

  • Main course from10
  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • High chairs


  • Ramp access available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

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

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