The Plough Inn at Hathersage
The Plough Inn at Hathersage is warm and welcoming, steeped in history and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The culinary delights on offer range from traditional pub classics such as Liver & Bacon with Champ Potato to more modern, sophisticated dishes like Crisp Aubergine Dumplings with Punjabi Kadhi & Aromatic Rice (vegan). The drinks selection is fantastic, and there’s accommodation on site, too.
The 16th-century inn sits in nine acres of private land, which slope towards the River Derwent. It’s family run, with Robert and Cynthia at the helm since 1992 and their son Elliot taking care of every-day business as general manager. The style is a delightful mix of modern and contemporary: authentic furnishings and historical artefacts alongside contemporary pieces. The service is friendly and efficient, again with a blend of youth and wisdom!
Champagne bottles and fresh flowers are dotted about the place, with framed photos and prose on the walls relating to local history and landmarks. Two glowing log burners and an open fire complete the atmosphere when the weather is chilly.
We chose roast dinners, a steak main and a seafood dish. All arrived quickly and looked and smelt delicious. The chefs had cooked the roast beef and lamb to perfection. Generous portions of meat came with red cabbage, cauliflower cheese, mange tout, carrots, mashed potato, crispy roast potatoes, and a large home-made Yorkshire pudding. The gravy was served in jugs on the side and sauces of every flavour were available and presented in little glass pots. The fish dish was also beautifully cooked and served on a bed of ‘peas a la Francaise’.
Despite it being full, the atmosphere was remarkably relaxed – the kind of place you could stay in all afternoon and evening! The outdoor areas include a courtyard and a grass beer garden next to a brook. Accommodation comprises spacious modern double bedrooms with all the mod cons and contemporary shepherd huts with everything you need including a log burner.
The Plough Inn is a fabulous venue – we’re already tempted to book into a shepherd hut and try the breakfasts!
By Stephanie Walsh, Derbyshire correspondent
Photos: The Plough Inn