Red Lion Inn
“Pub paradise beside the village green” - AA Inspector
This is a tiny pub in a terrace of stone-built cottages which has served locals and visitors to this pretty White Peak village for two centuries. The warren of hobbit-sized rooms ooze character, shadows cast by log-fires flit across the low beams, murmuring village chit-chat and happy ramblers returning from nearby limestone gorges add to the timeless atmosphere. Beers from local microbreweries such as Peak Ale and Abbeydale major on the bar, whilst diners can happily chomp away on home-made steak and Peak Ales pie, or a regular fish special. Sandwiches are available until 6pm. Space constraints mean that children under six cannot be accommodated inside the pub.
- Free Wifi
- Main course from: £12
- Open all year
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About the area
The natural features of this central English county range from the modest heights of the Peak District National Park, where Kinder Scout stands at 2,088 ft (636 m), to the depths of its remarkable underground caverns, floodlit to reveal exquisite Blue John stone. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the High Peak Trail which extends from the Derwent Valley to the limestone plateau near Buxton, and for many, the spectacular scenery is what draws them to the area.
The county is well endowed with stately homes – most notably Chatsworth, the palatial home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with its outstanding collections of paintings, statuary and art. Other gems include the well preserved medieval Haddon Hall, the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, and Kedleston Hall, whose entrance front has been described as the grandest Palladian façade in Britain.
The spa town of Matlock is the county’s administrative centre and other major towns of interest include Derby and the old coal mining town of Chesterfield, with its crooked spire. Around the villages of Derbyshire, look out for the ancient tradition of well dressing, the decorating of springs and wells – the precious sources of life-sustaining water – with pictures formed from flowers.
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