Big, bustling inn with fine panelled rooms, friendly service and thoughtful choice of drinks and food; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This large handsome stone inn is very much a feature of this attractive village. The oak-panelled bar and lounge areas have open fires, a fine collection of seats from long settles with pretty scatter cushions through elegant upholstered dining chairs to tub chairs and chesterfields, and an assortment of solid tables on rugs and flagstones; house plants and daily papers as well. Howard Town Twenty Trees (brewed specially for the pub) plus guests such as Brakspears Oxford Gold, Jennings Cumberland, Marstons Wainwright and Wincle Lord Lucan on handpump, 11 wines by the glass, ten malt whiskies and two farm ciders; background music, TV and board games. Bedrooms are well appointed and comfortable and make an excellent base for exploring the Peak District; breakfasts are good too.
The good pub guide food review
Pleasing food includes sandwiches (until 5pm), creamy garlic mushrooms on toasted ciabatta, salmon and spring onion fishcake with celeriac rémoulade, chicken satay with peanut sauce and sticky rice, sharing plates, macaroni cheese, a curry and a pie of the day, gammon with egg or pineapple fritter, salmon with lemon and chive butter, sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce, and puddings such as bakewell tart and a cheesecake of the day; steak night is Wednesday.