Fine range of ales and ciders in splendid building with lots to look at and good country food; comfortable bedrooms
The good pub guide review
You'll find a friendly welcome at this elegant pub boasting unusual and interesting architectural features. Even if you're just dropping in for a drink, do take a peek at the surprisingly grand dining room with its great stone chimney soaring into high eaves, refectory tables on a parquet floor, lovely old mullioned windows and a splendid minstrels' gallery. The warm bar (basically four small friendly rooms opened into a single area tucked behind a massive central chimney) contains open fires, broad flagstones, red patterned carpet, sturdy country tables and a couple of long pews and various other seats. There are eight handpumps, serving Marstons Wainright and seven guest beers, predominantly local, from breweries such as Abbeydale, Kelham Island, Marble, Peak, Phoenix, Storm, Thornbridge, Whim and Wincle. Also, two or three cask ciders as well as some interesting lagers on tap, 12 malt whiskies, 20 gins and a rare range of bottled ciders. All the wines on the regularly changing list are available by the glass. They hold a beer festival with music in September. The pretty walled garden has picnic-sets under sycamore trees. Some of the attractive bedrooms look over the garden and there are also a couple of self-catering cottages.
The good pub guide food review
Rewarding food includes sandwiches, ham hock terrine, curried haddock fishcake with fennel slaw, whitebait, High Peak cheddar and caramelised onion pie, burger with toppings, coleslaw and chips, smoked bacon, pork and sage sausages with mash and red wine gravy, lancashire hotpot, duck breast with dauphinoise potatoes, beetroot and chard, baked harissa hake with haricot bean and tomato cassoulet, and puddings such as toffee crème brûlée and strawberry cheesecake with home-made ice-cream.