The quirkily named Marmalade Cottage is Grade II listed and over 300 years old. It’s set in the…
Red Lion Inn
“Good beer plus Sardinian dishes on the menu”
Built in 1680, the Red Lion’s old well, now glass-covered, still remains in the taproom. Follow a walk to nearby Rowter Rocks and cosy up in the oak-beamed bar with its exposed stone walls, scrubbed oak tables and worn quarry-tiled floor. Quaff a pint of locally brewed Nine Ladies or one of the other weekly-changing real ales on tap, and refuel with a plate of home-cooked food. Start with a Sardinian speciality from owner Matteo Frau’s homeland, perhaps a selection of cured meats, cheese and olives, then follow with baked aubergine with a rich tomato sauce, or a 12oz sirloin steak. Their Sardinian evenings prove popular.
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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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