Good Hotel Guide Review
There is a ‘physical warmth immediately discernible’ upon entering this 1850s village pub close to the Peak District national park. It is hard to believe that the place was boarded up and decaying before a local couple, Johnny and Laura Greenall, breathed new life into it. Guide inspectors were greeted on arrival by a ‘polite and friendly’ young woman, and shown to one of ten bedrooms in Walnut House annexe. It was ‘tastefully furnished, with leaf-patterned wallpaper’, hung with some of the modern artwork that abound throughout and are for sale. ‘A French window opened on to a paved terrace with a view over gently undulating fields and wood.’ There was a coffee machine, milk in a fridge in the lobby. Six rooms have a bath and shower, four a shower only. In the dining room, busy on a Wednesday night, cooking is ‘of a high order. We enjoyed heritage Isle of Wight tomatoes and white crab meat’, with avocado mousse (smallish portions), roast cod in a fish bisque and ‘a perfectly timed Hereford rib-eye steak with Béarnaise sauce’. The service was ‘bumpy’ but at breakfast (with scrambled egg on sourdough, tempting pastries) ‘a very personable manageress provided prompt attention’.
10. In Walnut House annexe, 2 family rooms, 1 suitable for disabled.
bar, dining room, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, no mobile signal, garden (alfresco dining, fire pit), car park, electric charging points, bar and dining room wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
quiet in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in some bedrooms (£20 charge), bar (dog-friendly tables for dining).
per room B&B £160–£190. À la carte £40, market menu (Mon–Thurs) £18.50–£22.50.