On the last Friday in April a group of members set out on the first of what we hope will be regular trips into Derybshire to sample the delights of some of our rural pubs.
After a quick half in the Queens Head, Pond Street, we headed for our first destination, the Moon Inn at Stoney Middleton. The recent refurbishment looked good and it was nice to see the pub so busy at 7 o clock.
Next stop was the 3 Stags Heads in Wardlow Mires. Several members went for the Black Lurcher, produced specially for the pub by Abbeydale Brewery and it’s fair to say everyone enjoyed the real fire in the back room.
The Monsal Head Hotel followed, with its spectacular views of the viaduct. With some of us outside admiring the view, we managed to avoid overcrowding the Stables bar where several people were enjoying some appetising-looking meals.
A short walk down the road took us to the Packhorse Inn, where more fine looking food kept coming past us. A good selection of ales were on offer including quite a few from Thornbridge.
Then it was back on the bus for our penultimate stop, the Eyre Arms at Hassop and some excellent local beers from Peak Ales.
Lastly we called into the Grouse at Longshaw, a popular haunt with walkers. Beers available included Pedigree and Hobgoblin Gold. Sadly we were too late to sample any of their famous steak pie.
Amazingly enough the whole thing ran to time, thanks to Kate’s cajoling, and we were back at Sheffield interchange for 11, where a few of us sneaked in another drink before wending our way home.
The ticket price included entry into a raffle to win 6 bottles of beer kindly donated by Beer Central in Moor Markets. This was won by Kathy Clark, seen here collecting her prize from Sean at Beer Central.
Everyone agreed it was a great night, and we’ll be visiting other pubs in Derbyshire regularly throughout the year in support of our new Rural Pub of The year award.
Our next trip is on 1st July and will include the District Pub of the Year award presentation.