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Good Food and Real Ale

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.

    Please let us have your reactions, and recommendations so this section of the blog can become a real resource for those of us that appreciate good food and drink.

  • 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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5 comments for “Good Food and Real Ale”

  1. Sampled the local pubs of which the best was the George at Alstonefield. The Druid is fine if you like risotto and black pudding!

    Posted by October 2009 Guests | January 15, 2010, 8:13 pm
  2. Our second stay: had some great pub meals – The Gate at Brassington/The George at Alstonefield/The |Manifold Inn at Hulme End/The Coach and Horses at Fenny Bentley…Walked over to Brassington for Sunday lunch – we just love the place!”

    Posted by Jim and Joan | January 15, 2010, 8:19 pm
  3. Thank you, October Guests and Jim and Joan – keep the comments rolling in!
    We were interested to see you recommend the Manifold Inn, Jim and Joan. Like so many places it has gone up and down over the years – another pub for us to check out again (with pleasure!).

    Posted by Marion F-S | January 15, 2010, 8:22 pm
  4. We have just heard (17 Jan 2010) that The Druid Inn has retained its Michelin Bib Gourmand award for a third consecutive year.
    This is awarded by the Michelin inspectors for ‘good food at moderate prices’.

    Posted by Marion F-S | January 17, 2010, 10:39 am
  5. We had Sunday lunch with some friends last week, at the Watts Russell, which is a pub just out of Alstonefield on the way to Dovedale.

    We all thought the food was good. John wasn’t sure about the cleanliness of the Gents but apart from that we’d all happily go again.

    Posted by Marion F-S | January 29, 2010, 9:34 pm

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