We thought it high time to update our food recommendations (and some other recommendations, too – read on…).
Talking of good food, how lucky we are to have so many really good and attractive pubs and shops in the area who take a pride in food that is good by any standard. And talking of pubs, not surprisingly, the picture remains fairly predictable. Top of the league remains the George at Alstonefield. Practically all of our guests go there, some more than once even on a shortish holiday; all rave about the food and their experience generally, with comments like this appearing all the time.
‘The George at Alstonefield offered excellent food and service and welcomes dogs – highly recommended.’
What reports we have of the Gate are also pretty consistently good; ‘The Gate at Brassington has very lovely food, wish we had found it earlier,’ bewailed some recent guests in the Visitors’ Book. The Gate too now welcomes well-behaved dogs but we do always suggest that it is a good move to ring beforehand just to check that it will be acceptable at both the George and the Gate.
The Druid seemed to have gone off the radar somewhat, recently, but a happy guest in October recommends, ‘Tried the Druid Inn Birchover: the set menu is VERY good value for money’. You may remember that someone recently warned that one need to be a fan of black pudding to truly appreciate the Druid’s repertoire. This didn’t worry John or me, who love a good black pudding, but probably it isn’t everybody’s favourite fare.
Two new places were recommended recently, neither of which we have tried yet but it is always good to have new recommendations – The Hot Chilli takeaway in Ashbourne – good for a curry and the Charles Cotton Hotel in Hartington – good for great fish and chips.’
The White Peak Butchery at Tissington remains a great favourite with all our guests, who love the walk there over the hills although the poor couple who walked over two or three days ago found themselves ankle deep in mud at one stage. This is probably a track created by all our guests but it certainly had rained hard for a day or two…
Finally we end with a warm recommendation not for food at all, but for Preston’s garage in Ashbourne. Some guests arrived recently having lost their exhaust somewhere en route up from Devon. Preston’s were impressively quick and efficient ordering and fitting the appropriate parts; our appreciative guests were so grateful not to have to waste more of their holiday than necessary.
Douglas’s Barn is available to book for short breaks 3 or 4 nights between 2 and 20 May 2016. Bookings usually start on a Monday or a Friday but if you want a break that starts on a different day get in touch. We are very flexible with bookings.
There are some new attractions added to the list of treats available with the Premier Cottages special privileges card. Amongst them are Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall Gardens (new discounts), Hassop Station Cafe, Village Green Cafe Eyam, Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Hartington Cheese Shop.
There are still a few free dates at the end of March/April in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Short breaks, 3 or 4 nights, which are not normally available are on offer. Please look at availability and give me a call or book on line.