The Old Dog, Thorpe
The Old Dog is a great village pub with fantastic locally-sourced food and local ales. It’s been recently renovated with a classic contemporary feel – there’s log burners, and quirky ‘dog art’ and it’s the perfect location for exploring the southern Peak District. At the helm is Gemm Pollock who is gathering a fine team around her, with head chef Matt Egan running the kitchen.
In the bar, you’ll find a great range of craft ales, cider, choice spirits, wines and more. There’s an outdoor courtyard area that has a bustling atmosphere all year round and four-legged friends are welcome inside and out. The menu is seasonal and uncomplicated, with local produce at its core. Service is friendly, relaxed, and efficient.
I can thoroughly recommend the pizzas – stone-baked deliciousness with classic toppings, as well as some unique twists. And the roast dinners are fantastic – all are accompanied by crispy spuds, homemade Yorkshire puddings, fresh vegetables, golden cauliflower cheese, and generous jugs of gravy for each person.
This is friendly, relaxed pub-dining at its best and it’s a top spot to refuel after tackling nearby Thorpe Cloud.
Recommended by Steph Walsh, Derbyshire correspondent
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