The Old Hall Hotel at Hope has had a small refurbishment of the lounge bar area, as part of this a long covered up inglenook fireplace has been revealed and brought back into use.
The Rose & Crown at Whittington Moor, Chesterfield (opposite the football stadium on bus routes 43/44/50/50a/X17) has been owned for the last year or so by Chris Sinclair, who also owns the Dronfield Arms, since the pub company sold it off. With the departure of the established tenant, the opportunity is being taken to give it a refurbishment and add a range of real ales and craft keg lines, with some of the pumps showcasing the Hopjacker beers brewed at the Dronfield Arms. A manager is being recruited to run the pub, which is planned to close in May for the refurbishment and reopen in August, in time for the new football season.
A number of Dronfield pubs have started to reveal their plans for this years Three Valleys Festival, which takes place on Saturday 4th June.
The Talbot Arms will be showcasing the range of Peak Ales, they will also have a band on in both the afternoon and evening plus a fish and chip van.
The Dronfield Arms will be adding extra outdoor bars and an all afternoon programme of live music.
The White Swan will be bringing their upstairs bar into use.
The Manor House Hotel will be repeating last years festivities with an Abbeydale Beer tent, Sam Wain entertaining on the keyboard outside all afternoon and food from I love Ostrich. They are also offering discounted hotel room rates for festval goers, which are expected to book up quickly!
Unfortunately the Blue Stoops is not expected to be ready to open in time and will no longer be part of the festival. However for those that live in Mosborough, sister True North pub the British Oak plans to open early to serve breakfast for those joining the festival feeder bus there.
Other venues for this years festival are Barlow Brewery, Derby Tup (Whittington Moor), Horse & Jockey (Unstone), Miners Arms (Hundall), Royal Oak (Coal Aston), Yew Tree (Coal Aston), Pioneer Club (Dronfield), Three Tuns (Dronfield), Coach & Horses (Dronfield), Green Dragon (Dronfield), Jolly Farmer (Dronfield Woodhouse), Miners Arms (Dronfield Woodhouse) and Hyde Park Inn (Hill Top).
The Ship Inn at Shalesmoor is making some subtle changes to their operation, they no longer serve food – however customers are welcome to bring their own as long as they are buying drinks at the bar! They are also looking to extend the beer range and are holding a mini beer festival for St George’s Day.
Planning permission has been applied for building a house on the car park of the George & Dragon in Holmesfield. Meanwhile in Harthill permission has been applied to build housing on the field behind the Beehive pub and to build an extension to the pub itself.