The Plough Inn

“Stylish, riverside award-winner with extensive menu choices” - AA Inspector



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The 16th-century Plough stands in nine acres by the River Derwent, where the modern-by-comparison (in other words, 18th-century) three-arched Leadmill Bridge carries the Derwent Valley Heritage Way over a mildly turbulent stretch of river. Inside, smart red tartan carpets harmonise well with the open fires and wooden beams of the bar, where you’ll find hand-pulled local ales and 19 wines by the glass. From the extensive bar menu come cod fillet in a real ale batter with a choice of hand-cut chunky chips or fries, and garden or mushy peas; beef and ale pudding with a choice of potatoes and minted garden peas; and grills, pastas, pizzas, salads and sandwiches. The restaurant menu pushes the boat out and roast meats are only part of the Sunday line-up, with fillet of bream on rice noodles in a galangal broth; and liver and bacon, champ potato and onion gravy also on offer. The Plough’s well-stocked cellar combines Old and New World wines, from France to Chile westbound, and New Zealand eastbound. Overnight guests may stroll through the landscaped grounds before retiring to one of the bedrooms in the inn itself, or in the converted barn across the cobbled courtyard.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

AA Pick of the Pubs
The Plough Inn
Leadmill Bridge, HATHERSAGE, S32 1BA
Phone : 01433 650319


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Coach parties accepted
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Closed: 2
  • 2

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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