We have just taken delivery of a copy each for our barns’ bookshelves of the 2010 Good Food Guide, Good Pub Guide and Real Ale Pub Guide; delighted to report that nearly all of the places to eat that we recommend make one or other of the guides.
- Callow Hall, Fischers, Rowley’s and the Dining Room are in the Good Food Guide and also – not surprisingly but you have to look in the Staffordshire section – is the George at Alstonefield, one of our great favourites and one of the nearest to us here.
- The Coach and Horses at Fenny Bentley is in the Real Ale Guide, as are several other local hostelries such as The Bentley Brook Inn which actually has its own Leatherbritches Brewery, the Green Man and Blacks Head Hotel in Ashbourne and many others not too far away for any keen beer connoisseur.
- Finally, Parwich’s own Sycamore makes the Lucky Dip/Readers’ Recommendation section of the Good Pub Guide, as does the Druid that we recommend, and the Red Lion at Hognaston that we used to recommend (we must go back and check that out). The Gate at Brassington makes the ‘proper’ section, and quite right too; also The Coach and Horses at Fenny Bentley and several other others in our immediate area that makes me realise we have a busy time ahead, doing that essential market research.
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