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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
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Emily Brighton’s family has run The George for three generations and it’s a must-visit for the many walkers passing the door. Located up above Dovedale, this pretty, stone-built pub offers a bar with a fire, historic artefacts, portraits of locals and a wide choice of real ales, including Banks's Sunbeam and Jennings Cumberland. There's an original simplicity about the dining room and snug, with their lime-plastered walls, farmhouse furniture, candlelight and fresh flowers. The kitchen’s passion for locally sourced food is evident from the organic garden, source of abundant vegetables, salad leaves and herbs. A winter lunch menu might offer pheasant rillettes, celeriac remoulade, cornichons and toast; or smoked Scottish salmon, winter coleslaw and horseradish cream, followed by pappardelle, crème fraîche, woodland mushroom and roast squash; or a venison burger. Leave a space for apple and blackberry crumble with custard.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 Dec
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: Mon-Thu 11.30-3 6-11 (Fri-Sat 11.30-11 Sun 12-9.30)
  • Lunch: all wk 12-2.30
  • Dinner: Mon-Sat 6.30-9, Sun 6.30-8

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Burton Bitter & Pedigree, Jennings Cumberland Ale, Brakspear Oxford Gold, Banks's Sunbeam, guest ale
  • Real ciders: Thatchers

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

7m N of Ashbourne, signed Alstonefield to left off A515

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