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The Packhorse Inn, Crowdicote - pub details

Address: Crowdicote, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0DB [map] [gmap]

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The below post gives an excellent description of this pub which has seating out front and in the steep beer garden at the back.
It was a shame that I was driving as there were several interesting ales on tap, ranging from 3.7% to 5% ABV. Local beers (the only brewery I had heard of was Daleside) as well as one from the Coastal Brewery, in Cornwall. There was also a locally brewed lager and ciders available.
We did try the food which was obviously home cooked, very nice and well priced too. Bit of a wait but that was fine as it gave the kids a chance to burn off some energy in the garden.
Definitely somewhere to return to do the beer selection proper justice.

duchyjim - 6 Jun 2016 12:21
Although living in the area for three years now and having driven past two or three times on various jaunts, this was our first visit to the Packhorse and I'm very glad to say it will become a regular fixture for us now. Although normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, this was open on the Bank Holiday Monday. We arrived at about 9pm, food had just finished being served, although no problem for us as we weren't looking for it anyway. We were greeted by the extremely welcoming landlord (Mick) who promptly ran through all the beers on offer with strengths, tastes and colourings etc. He offers four local independent ales, all at £3.10 and was at p[ains to point out he doesn't carry any of the national brands at all, only the independents. All were sampled and all were in extremely good nick, so much so that we took a two-pint carryout of the Cheshire Brewhouse Galaxy Blues home with us. The setting for this pub is stunning, with what is really just a hamlet cut into a very steep-sided valley sitting on the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
The pub has finally been allocated into a CAMRA branch after a long spell of not knowing which area it fell into, so it is now part of the Matlock sub-branch of the Chesterfield area, which seems a slight anomaly given its distance from Chesterfield, although it is only six miles from Matlock.
Very much worth your time seeking this out - easiest approach is from the A515 at the Hurdlow/Monyash crossroads, and this will also give you the best view of the magnificent scenery as you approach the village from on high before sweeping down a couple of hairpin bends to the valley floor.
Gristy - 7 May 2013 10:57
Four of us had a few drinks and a meal here on a Sunday evening in September and all really enjoyed it. The food was tasty, well presented and came in good portions. Three real ales were on, mostly local, and in good condition. The new landlord was friendly and made us feel very welcome. It is obviously slanted more towards food than beer, maybe a bit of a dedicated drinking area would work? We shall definitely be returning for a meal though.
LDVrambler - 12 Oct 2010 22:13
Really great pub, with good local ales and friendly service, in a beautiful setting on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border. The food we had here was some of the best pub food we've had in a while and it was a real joy to sit outside here in the warm evening sunshine, eating and drinking.

Max is indeed a very fine pub dog also.

lennypigdog - 26 Jun 2010 21:19
Lovely pub, and a much better bet than either of the pubs in Crowdicote's larger neighbour, Longnor (which is actually across the border in Staffordshire, but only a ten-minute walk away).

The decision to close on Monday and Tuesdays is truly baffling and risky from a business perspective. We very nearly decided not to make the effort to come back, but I'm so glad we did (on both of our two remaining evenings in the area). Three excellent ales (two from nearby, in Hartington and Macclesfield) and good tasty food, a bit above your average pub grub. Not at all expensive and with the added entertainment of Max the black dog, who'll gladly clean up your leftovers in return for a game of fetch-the-plastic-bone.

(The landlord told us he was soon moving back to the Isle of Wight, so I really hope the next boss keeps the Packhorse on the same great course).
sfocata - 19 Jun 2010 18:43

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