The Three Horseshoes Country Inn
There’s been an inn here on the edge of the stunning Staffordshire Peak District, less than three miles from Leek, since 1819. Run by the same family since 1981, this country pub, restaurant, hotel and spa has various vantage points, not least its patio, where you can view the magnificent landscape. Stay in one of the luxurious guest rooms with private gardens and you can appreciate it from the comfort of your own hot tub.
Inside the popular pub and restaurant you’ll find a relaxed, informal atmosphere, with traditional oak beams and open fires in winter. It’s little surprise The Three Horseshoes is always buzzing as it offers faultless pub favourites or a more fine-dining experience depending on what you fancy. It does both extremely well.
Besides traditional roasts with locally sourced meat, top-notch classics might include Longhorn Steak & Ale Pie, Local Craft Beer-Battered Fish and 35-day-aged steaks. There’s a cracking choice of imaginative starters and desserts too, and you’ll find modern British mains in the ‘Signature’ section of the menu.
Dishes we’ve enjoyed include asparagus with egg yolk, wild garlic & asparagus soup with candied hazelnuts; a delicate casserole of smoked haddock, young leeks, slow-poached egg & chive vinaigrette; mustard-crusted fillet of tender pork with pickled sweetheart cabbage, caramelised onion and a stunning malted pork cheek doughnut. Rhubarb and custard ‘Arctic roll’ was a memorable, retro and fun dessert but seriously good in the flavour department.
By Lynne Barnsley, Staffordshire editor
Photos: The Three Horseshoes & Lynne Barnsley