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A beautifully renovated historic inn

At a glance

Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

It used to break Johnny and Laura Greenall's hearts to drive past the boarded-up, 1850s pub that had once been the hub of their village so, to cut a long story short, they bought it. The plan was to offer classic and modern British fine-dining in the warm, relaxed surroundings of a country pub, with rustic-chic decor, real fires and a spacious garden with views across the Dove Valley, and seamlessly blended classic and contemporary architecture. And that's what they’ve done, which is why it draws a convivial mix of loyal locals and visitors, to enjoy perhaps Marston’s Pedigree, Duncombe Ale, a local guest, or one of the 36 wines by the glass from among the 160 bins. A policy of mixing pub classics with more adventurous modern British dishes leads to corned beef brisket, and honey-glazed ham with poached eggs at lunchtime and, in the evening, roast cod loin, brown shrimp and tenderstem broccoli; beef bourguignon pie; and Jerusalem artichoke with Colston Basset Blue Stilton beignet. Finish with tonka bean parfait, salted caramel and coffee crumble; or warm rice pudding, Armagnac prunes and candied peel.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–5
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6–9, Friday to Saturday 6–10

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Marston's Pedigree, Duncombe Ale, Timothy Taylor Landlord
  • Real ciders: Addlestones, Aspall Premier Cru

Price guide

  • Main course from16
  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Ashbourne take A515 towards Lichfield. 1 mile, take A52 towards Leek. Approximately 1 mile left onto B5032 signed Ellastone. In village turn left, pub on left.

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