Places to Eat and Drink

Restaurants and Gastro Pubs

There is a wide range of quality places to eat in the local area.
Here are some of our favourites.

The Lighthouse

High class, creative food in a small restaurant in the village of Boylestone, about 15 minutes away. Great tasting menus. We like it very much, but it is special occasion dining. Booking is recommended. Tel. 01335 330658

Saracen’s Head

A great country pub in the nearby village of Shirley. Excellent standard of food from chalkboard menu. Very popular. Turn left out of our property and take the first turn right towards Shirley. Booking recommended. Tel 01335 360330

Duncombe Arms

Owned by Jonny and Laura Greenall, a traditional country pub restaurant reflecting the owners’ historical and horse racing connections. Fab food in cosy surroundings. Tel 01335 324275

The Cock Inn

About 7 miles away in Mugginton, fantastic gastro-pub blending traditional pub with cutting edge food and design. Tel 01773 550703

The Rose and Crown, Mayfield

A traditional family run inn. Danny Breen is the chef and Henrietta, his wife, is front of house. A regular haunt for us where we know we’ll get great food. Tel 01335 342498

The George at Alstonefield

20 minute drive into the Peak District but worth the trip. Classic, Peak District country pub with fantastic food. Tel. 01335 310205


A moderately priced, very pleasant restaurant in the centre of Ashbourne, Victoria Square. Unpretentious, good food. Tel. 01335 342279

Qualty Public Houses

If you like to relax over a good pint or glass of wine, or if you are looking for more informal but tasty pub food, we can recommend the following nearby tried and tested establishments.

The Shoulder of Mutton

This is our nearest pub. It is in the village of Osmaston just half mile away. It serves traditional pub grub at reasonable prices. It is a good pub in a lovely village setting – worth a visit. Very nice garden to sit out in during the summer. Tel. 01335 350246

The Old Dog, Thorpe

Another lovely pub if you’ve been walking in the Peak District around Dovedale. Great location for a well-deserved pint! Tel 01335 350990

Coach and Horses

A pub we often visit after a walk. It is in the village of Fenny Bentley (on the Buxton road 2 miles out of Ashbourne). Nice ambience and good food. Tel 01335 350246