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Grouse Inn, Darley Dale - pub details

Address: Dale Road North, Darley Dale, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2FT [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 13781) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Matlock (2.8 miles), Matlock Bath (3.7 miles), Cromford (4.6 miles)

Pub facilities/features:
Cask Marque accreditation

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> Current user rating: 7.3/10 (rated by 3 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Church Inn, Darley Dale (0.1 miles), Square and Compass, Darley Bridge (0.5 miles), Three Stags Head, Darley Bridge (0.8 miles), Grouse and Claret, Rowsley (1.7 miles), Laburnum Inn, Hackney (1.9 miles)

user reviews of Grouse Inn, Darley Dale

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Darley Dale is not a pretty tourist village. It lies just outside the border of the Peak District and this pub reflects that status. It is a down to earth, non pretentious, working man's and a local's pub. It has quiz nights, fruit machines,a dartboard, a weekly cabaret night, football on big screens, a curry night and standard drinks for sale like Carling lager, Guinness on draught, Greene King IPA, Stella etc, some on offer at 2.49 a pint. Everything a proper honest pub should have.

There is no tourist bullshit here.

Inside is plainly furnished,spacious and comfortable without any silly bric a brac tourist decoration. It is geared to providing meals but also welcomes drinkers. There is a largish car park across the busy road, tables outside for summer. It appears to be well run with a friendly welcome to strangers. As well as all this basic normality there are three well kept real ales on offer, namely Old Speckled Hen, Morlands, and Proper Job at 3.15 per pint- perhaps a touch too expensive but their meals are as good as some of the rip-off Peak district pubs except considerably cheaper - and the barman tops up frothy pints without needing prompting.

Typical prices - 2.95 for a good sausage & onion baguette with crisps & salad. Most of the basic standard pub meals around 6.25. A huge delicious bakewell cherry sponge pudding & custard - 3.45. Sensibly sized bowls of chips 1.95.

Why does the invisible border of the Peak Park produce such a difference between common sense prices and snooty, greedy pretentiousness ?
GeofB - 25 Feb 2012 20:54

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