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Seven of the best traditional country pubs in the Peak District

12:35 07 May 2014

The Devonshire Arms, Beeley

The Devonshire Arms, Beeley


Roaring log fires, beautiful scenery and home-cooked food are all hallmarks of a fine country pub. Here are some favourites...

The Royal Oak, Hurdlow
A traditional pub offering open fires and cosy corners that are a comforting sight for anyone craving a well-earned rest and a hearty pub meal. Homemade dishes are served in generous portion sizes and can be accompanied by cask ales and a fine selection of wines. Hurdlow, nr Buxton SK17 9QJ

The George, Alstonefield
A lime-plastered pub with low ceiling beams, old photographs and pictures of the Peak District, a wood-burner and splendid farmhouse furniture. There’s an excellent choice of beers – served from a copper-topped counter – and a candle-lit dining room where visitors can enjoy home-cooked food. Alstonefield DE6 2FX

The Devonshire Arms, Beeley
Situated on the Chatsworth Estate, this 18th century pub combines a colourful, contemporary interior with exposed beams, flagstone flooring and roaring log fires. Much of the menu is locally sourced and there’s a focus on seasonal ingredients – especially game. There’s also a great choice of real ales and malt whiskies. Beeley DE4 2NR

The Packhorse Inn, Little Longstone
A welcome stop for weary travellers since 1787, The Packhorse Inn lies just off the Monsal Trail and is surrounded by some of the most striking scenery in the Peak. Unwind in front of the open fire, enjoy the views with cask ales from the nearby Thornbridge Brewery, or sample dishes including venison and wild boar from the locally-sourced menu. Little Longstone, Bakewell DE45 1NN

The Packhorse Inn, Crowdecote
Open fires, local ales and tasty dishes complement the traditional atmosphere at this 16th century pub. A former stop-off point on the packhorse trail from Newcastle-under-Lyme to Hassop, it occupies a hillside location in the Upper Dove Valley and has a large beer garden – perfect for warmer days. Crowdecote, nr Buxton SK17 0DB

The Lamb Inn and Old Hall Inn
These two popular pubs in the village of Chinley are both deserving of a mention. The 18th century Lamb Inn serves traditional pub food and real ales in pretty surroundings. The Old Hall Inn, nestled in the hamlet of Whiteclough, is a 16th century coaching inn and Elizabethan manor house offering traditional and gourmet food plus fine cask ales. Try dining in the Old Hall, where there’s an incredible beamed minstrel’s gallery.


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