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The Old Dog

The Old Dog is a large country pub full of character. More than 300 years old, this freehouse feels like it’s been hewn from solid stone and sprinkled with Derbyshire grit. In a world where just about everything feels ‘Ikea-ised’, this pub gives the opposite impression: flagstone floors, wood-burning stoves, candlelight and antique wood furniture provide a feeling of timeless solidity in keeping with the hills on its doorstep.

Contrasting nicely with this rustic atmosphere is a modern, American-influenced menu. Burgers, ribs and salads are the order of the day, alongside a nice range of craft and cask beers and a decent wine selection. Refreshingly you can’t book a table.

The Old Dog is warm, cosy and full of rural charm. It has also been beautifully updated for the 21st century. If you like your pubs honest, atmospheric and in keeping with their surroundings, you’ll love it.

By Matt Wright, founding editor

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Spend Lane, Thorpe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2AT
01335 350990

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