A slightly-modernised 200 year old pub (mainly due to a serious fire a few years ago). There are several rooms to eat in, ranging from the bar to a designated dining room - but the menu is the same throughout.
The bar & snug still have a village pub feel - so food hasn't completely taken over, in fact they brew their own Druids Ale.
On the eating front, food stretches from Sandwiches (at lunchtime), to 'Mediterranean Fish Soup with Rouille' through 'Toulouse Cassoulet' to the likes of 'Lamb's Greatest Hits' - rare rump, 12 hour shoulder, sweetbreads, kale & salsify'; 'Seared Salmon with Celeriac, Roasted Artichokes, Broccoli & Black Garlic or 'Beef on Beef' - flat iron steak, cheek & kidney pudding, marrow bone, mash & bone gravy'.
Puds aren't forgotten - perhaps Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tart with Caramel Ice Cream; Paris Brest with Toffee Cream & Bitter Chocolate and the like. Worth a special detour - especially on a summer day, when there are good views over the valley.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Fri 12.00-14.30, Sat & Sun 12.00-15.00; mains about £10 to £16
- Dinner: Tues-Fri 18.00-21.00 (Sat 21.30); set D £35 (4 courses) to £17.50; mains about £10 to £16
- Seats: 90
- Wine: An interesting wine list by pub standards, with plenty on offer by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes (but not lavatory)
- Nearest station: Matlock Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page - or from the A6 between Matlock and Bakewell, take the B5056 towards Ashbourne. Take the second turning on the left to Birchover.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: the first 2 weeks of Jan
- Outside eating