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Yesterday was my first ever visit to Bakewell. What a nightmare getting into this town on a Bank Holiday Monday. It's a lovely little town in a picturesque riverside setting. But it does get overwhelmed with tourists. The Peacock was no exception. It took around 15 minutes to get served and all tables were taken. Many were in for lunch. I retreated outside and managed to grab a table, once I'd finally been served. I can imagine this to be a nice and cosy place on a quiet winter's evening. So a summer bank holiday lunchtime may have given a false impression. Ales were Peak Ales Bakewell Best Bitter, Chatsworth Gold & Summer Sovereign & Thornbridge Lord Marples. Moved on from here to the Lamb at Holymoorside, which is not listed on here.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Aug 2018 19:22
Not a lot changed in 2 years. Chatsworth Gold no more than OK.
Rocky53 - 13 Jun 2017 11:10
Four pounds for a pint of substandard, if not so bad you could send it back, Chatsworth Gold. This pub does what it does to attract the bakewell tart crowd so I suppose good luck to the business. But a decent pint in Bakewell seems very far off. Amazing, considering Thornbridge just around the corner! Demoted from 7 to 5 because of beer quality.
dry_riser_inlet - 29 Mar 2015 18:27
Attractive pub with central location. Food is excellent and inventive... Beers are Peak ales with a token Adnams. The Peak beers were excellent and included Swift Nick, Bakewell Best, Chatsworth Gold & a "summer special" Summer Sovereign... The pub has a large outside eating / drinking area which makes it hugely popular on sunny weekends... This is probably where the unfriendly staff comments come from. On my visit staff were fine.
Barrow_Beer_Hunter - 5 Aug 2013 14:12
Good and well-kept ales from the local Peak Ales as well as Adnams which appears to be a permanent "guest". Large old-fashioned jukebox dominating the main bar area, good selection of music on it. Staff weren't unfriendly as reported elsewhere, but also weren't exactly all smiles. As with the Castle around the corner, all just a bit flat, albeit at about 4pm on a Sunday afternoon. Best bit about the pub is that you can see the Wee Dram out of the window...
Gristy - 14 Feb 2012 12:16
just had to post a review after sampling the chatsworth gold, a local brew that hit the spot to perfectoin. a lovely little pub that was full of character and very ideally placed in the lovely little town of bakewell. friendly staff and the sunday lunch was excellant, a little pricey at 10.95 but worth every penny, cheers!
fancyapintido - 18 Dec 2011 22:04
Good beers from local brewery, but extremely overcharged. Tourist rip-off.
Very unfriendly staff, especially in the evening, being quite rude to the customers.
We have a masochistic stroke, so we tried it again twice, as we were spending quite a few days in town. Got treated very unfriendly and downright rude everytime by the lass behind the counter, so they lost our custom for the remainder of our stay.
We're staying in Bakewell on a regular basis, but they'll not see us again. There are limits...
Change the barstaff please!
MarkVP - 8 Sep 2011 13:01
Not a bad pub. Nice beer garden in summer. Quite expensive for beer and also if you are a tourist be careful that you are not being overcharged. There used to be a tourist price and a local price (may have changed now).

Beer is good.
Pubmanbeer - 29 Aug 2011 13:42
Went in on a saturday pm, it looked ok but wow!
Staff didnt seem interested in the customers, and were more like robots than humans. The beer garden was full of kids screaming and tables had almost taken over the car park! The prices, I got 2 pints of the Peak ales 6-70 !!! WOW. I agree with fastcar0121, These prices are disgusting, preying on the tourists, Toilets are nothing to write home about either, we shall never go here again a place to avoid (unless you got a big bank balance, or desparate)
noggin46 - 7 Aug 2011 21:33
Went in the Peacock because it had a sunny beer garden and seemed well patronised. Was appalled at the price of 1.5 pints of bitter shandy: 5.75! I'm sure I was ripped off; I queried the price but was told it was correct. I've had cheaper drinks in Gleneagles Hotel. Add to that, I watched the unsmiling staff make the drinks and they had about as much beer in them as a can of Shandy Bass from the chip shop.

I definitely got the feeling that this was a place that treated visitors to the town with contempt. Won't be going back.
fastcar0121 - 10 Jul 2011 17:02
Went in the Peacock yesterday. Had a lovely pint of Chatsworth Gold and another of Swift Nick; both kept excellently. My friend had a prawn sandwich with homemade crisps which she thoroughly enjoyed and which was very hearty indeed. Great pub.
beerface - 10 Jun 2011 14:59
Good selection of ales but once again crap customer service, if you don't like tourists why work in a pub in Bakewell. Also don't bother with the overpriced food as there is a choice of 2 excellant chip shops round the corner.
tophops - 19 Mar 2011 10:34
This pub is located near the main Bakewell car park so is ideal for tourists and so the food prices are a bit inflated, though still looks to be popular with the locals. The mains are around 10 which is probably a bit much for standard pub fair, though having said that it was nice enough.
Good range of ales on including a few Peak ales and an Adnams. The bitter I had was in great condition. Lady behind the bar was very helpful, the bloke seemed to be in a very bad mood, customer service not really his strong point.
dyyony - 1 Sep 2010 13:09
Not bad, the ales are good. There are a couple of books about beer on the bar to help the beer enthusiast pass the time. A little bit boring during week days. I imagine it is very lively in the evenings. No sign of any grumpy landlord!
dry_riser_inlet - 17 Jun 2010 22:07
Went in yesterday for Sunday lunch with girlfriend and her mother.

Absolutely appalling customer service from the landlords partner Graham. He was rude and abusive to my girlfriend after we queried the bill and we walked out before we got thrown out.

Do not go there ever. Not the greatest menu in the world and the Sunday Roast is 9.95 not 8.95 as was said on the menu.

The Weatherspoons over the road is much better and cheaper. I got drinks carvery meal and desert for 35 and they charged me 42 at the Pelican without the desserts

Absolutely appalling and will never ever attend this pub ever again
Stevieg2679 - 29 Mar 2010 19:14
Popped in today with the Mrs. Mum and dad sat at table outside. Eventually get attention of bar man after all regulars and locals had been served. "Do you serve coffee?" says I. Barman disappears without a word, comes back with a coffee. "I would like two of those please." says I. Barman disappears again this time vigorously shaking his head from side to side, he has still not uttered a word. Back he comes with second coffee and says "Anything else mate?". I order two beers, pays and take drinks outside. I really should have told him I wanted lattes. Bitter very good but won't be troubling him again.
nobby2sheds - 23 Aug 2009 18:06
best pub in bakewell, packed to the rafters or should i say the beer garden is, on a sunny day!!!
cask ales a pure delight....try the chatsworth gold at 4.6%....the perfect pint and i aint kidding.
landlord honest and a laugh, doesn't suffer fools, and i guess there are plenty of us, beer pricey, but it is bakewell in the peak district, so to be expected.

123goingtothejon - 22 Jul 2009 00:24
Sadly not the pub it was, the change in landlord has had a detrimental effect on the pub with many of the local departing.

Still a nice pub and my favourite in the town, the beer is usually ok, although not consistently good as in the past. Better than average but somehow its lost its heart.

People rarely appreciate a good landlord until they've gone.

superowl - 3 Sep 2008 21:56
Changed hands, in first half of 2008, I believe. Now not as good as it used to be. Food isn't as good, in respect of the choices on offer or the quality served.

Still does a nice pint though, usually an interesting selection and normally in good condition.
bluebootycat - 4 Aug 2008 17:00
Best pub in the town. Now serving Bakewell Bitter from Peak Ales which alone is worth the visit.

Entetaining quiz on Wednesday with free sandwiches, ofter offers live music at the weekends. Great for watching rugby. Attracts all ages and classes, a proper community pub.
superowl - 5 Apr 2006 17:03
Dropped in last summer [2005].
Agree wih the other comments.
Excelent pub.
railtracksurvivor - 21 Jan 2006 22:45
Agree with before. A good place in the area. Several beers. They were kept well.
anonymous - 1 May 2005 22:50
comments: Where the locals drink in this busy market town pub. Decent food, well kept beer and live music at the weekends. Craig the landlord is a lovely chap who knows his customers and runs an excellent pub.

David - 18 Nov 2003 18:06

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