The Druid Inn

This place calls itself a “family run gastro-pub” and has the tag line “Derbyshire tradition, contemporary style”. You can find it on Main Street, Birchover, Matlock, Derbyshire or if you have any kind of GPS whatsit you can go here: Latitude – 53° 9’21.49″N, Longitude – 1°38’52.61″W.

If you need more info you can call them on +44 1629 650302 or go to their website.

This is what it looks like:

It’s just across the road from the world famous (not) Birchover Millenium Stone:

Why would you want to go there? Well, for one, it’s in the midst of the beautiful Peak District countryside and so you can use it as a refuelling station whilst out rambling. For two, the food is absolutely delish!

Here’s Auntie M’s steak with a construction of man size chips, onion rings and a scrummy big mushroom;

and here’s my Cumberland sausages with mash, black pudding and onion gravy – slurrrp! (hard to keep me away from black pudding / kaszanka these days!)

The starters, we had a crab salad and prawns, were excellent as were the deserts, a vanilla crème brulée with passion fruit sorbet.

They say…

Here at the Druid we produce everything to order from fresh, using only local produce from within the Peak District. Unlike other restaurants, there are no pre-made dishes. Because of this, during busy times there might be a slight delay. Please be patient, we feel the end product is well worth the wait.

…and we agree with them, it is well worth the wait and the wait was not overly long either.

The third reason for going there is that after the meal, if you’re not in the midst of a ramble, you can take a short stroll down the country lanes

or climb the rocks at the back of the pub to find the spooky Druid’s cave and get some nice views over the surrounding countryside. Here’s Zosia trying to look druid-like at the same time as trying not to fall 100m from a rocky outcrop onto the road below!

Go there, you’ll enjoy it!

One thought on “The Druid Inn

  1. God I miss food like that.

    We have a local very much like the above, but unfortunately they do not vary the menu often enough. “Piggledy Pie” has to be a long-term favourite of mine – Lincolnshire sausage meat wrapped in thick short-crust pastry – really good and heart-warmingly filling. Eaten next to a roaring open fire in winter – you can’t beat it!

    We had a nice meal at the ‘Poacher’s Arms’ in Hope back in January not too far away from Birchover. I would also recommend this place as a very charming, typically-English pub / restaurant – the grub was very tasty and a friendly host to boot. In fact it was verging on harrassment, but it was a quiet night, so you can’t blame the guy for being overly friendly (/ grateful) for our business…

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