The Bulls Head

“A rising star in Derbyshire” - AA Inspector



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In a lovely location in the heart of the Peak District, not far from Chesterfield, you could be forgiven for thinking The Bulls Head is your standard classic pub, with its neatly painted exterior and hanging baskets, but step inside and you’ll find it’s been stylishly renovated, giving a more contemporary feel, while retaining a classy, welcoming pub vibe. In the dining room, mis-matched chairs and bare dark wood tables with quality glassware, classic cutlery and white linen napkins lend an informal, eclectic air, while on warm days the covered outdoor terrace really comes into its own. The atmosphere is relaxed, with most of the food presented by the chefs, including owner Mark Aisthorpe. There’s a well-constructed, good-value wine list, and unpretentious sommelier service, with wine pairings available. You can choose the tasting menu or go à la carte, and expect seasonal, modern British cuisine featuring local and high-quality products. The bread is good – a nice home-made sourdough, spread perhaps with deliciously umami Marmite butter for those who don’t hate. After the canapes, dishes early on the menu to tempt you could be a perfectly timed hand-dived king scallop with wild garlic, coriander and garam masala, and then a 62c egg, peas, Hendersons (the local alternative to Worcestershire sauce) and smoked hollandaise. Next up could be wild Cornish sea bass, Wye Valley asparagus, sea vegetable, ‘Caesar’, smoked pike roe and chervil velouté, or spring lamb, morel, Isle of Wight tomato, broad beans, basil and black garlic. Rhubarb, ginger, cardamon and buckwheat makes for a sophisticated finale, as does ‘chocolate and cherry’ – Valrhona chocolate, almond, wild cherry and Kirsch. You might go for the cheeses served with malt loaf before indulging in exquisite petits fours.

The Bulls Head
New Road, Holymoorside, CHESTERFIELD, DERBYSHIRE, S42 7EW


Opening times
  • Closed:
Food and Drink
  • Cuisine style: Modern British

About the area

Discover Derbyshire

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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