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The Druid Inn, Birchover - pub details

Address: Main Street, Birchover, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2BL [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 35445) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Matlock (4.1 miles), Matlock Bath (4.5 miles), Cromford (5.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.2/10 (rated by 10 users)
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What a great pub this is. I was staying at the Barn Farm campsite up the road and decided to pop down for a couple. As a few of the previous reviews had said that this place had been turned over almost entirely to food I perhaps wasn't holding out much hope for finding a place where I could just have a drink. I was wrong!! Admittedly it was a Tuesday night at the end of October when i went here and perhaps not representative of other - busier - times of the year, but I went in to find the place fairly full with diners, but also room for persons, like myself, just wanting a pint. The beers were all in very good nick. The friendly landlord is a CAMRA member and knows how to look after his wares. Acorn Barnsley Bitter and Oakham's Bishops Farewell and Citra were on the pumps and all good. Sadly, I'd just missed out on Sarah Hughes Surprise and Abbeydale Moonshine. The landlord and landlady are extremely welcoming and friendly and have a good taste in music too, with Nick Drake, Kevin Ayres, Al Green and Rare Earth amongst a wealth of other goodies played at a nice (ie listenable, but not intrusive) volume. I'm planning another trip here soon with friends, so will pop in again.
littledrummerboy - 27 Oct 2016 10:34
Quite a serendipitous find this. Not the type of pub that I would normally go for, but exactly what I was looking for yesterday !

Not the most obvious of pubs, as it’s a fairly anonymous building set back a bit from the road, and the sign doesn’t spring out at you either. The pub itself is quite small, but the are plenty of places to sit outside – though it appeared to be obligatory to have a dog if you did that ! There is also a (newly built ?) overflow / dining area on a lower level to the main building, which is handy for catering for large groups which turn up unexpectedly (as a party of 26 did whilst we were there !).

The bar is directly in front of you as you enter, with 5 handpumps serving beer from (mainly) small local breweries. I chose the Abbeydale Moonshine Pale, whilst my brother went for Storm Silk Of Amnesia – both of which were excellent. The landlord was very helpful and obviously proud of his beers. I’m not sure of the prices, but CAMRA discount is given.

Whilst I’m sure there would be no objections if you just popped in for a drink, the place is obviously geared towards the dining trade – and the upper end of the market. There are a number of blackboards with dishes chalked on them, one for starters / main courses, one for light bites, and one for childrens meals (under 13s only !). Prices for main courses ranged from about £8 to £17.

Since we were celebrating our recent inheritance from our late aunt, who was a notable gourmet (amongst other thing), I went for what I thought was the most unusual dish, Toulouse Cassoulet. This was an absolutely gorgeous casserole containing huge portions of duck and pork. My brother had the seafood reuben. I think he enjoyed it, but he did give me most of his chips !

Of, and I almost forgot, it scores highly in the gorgeous barmaid stakes as well !

9/10 – foodie heaven – and great beer too !

Martinsh - 12 Jul 2015 19:22
I liked this place much more than the Red Lion on this visit. The beer was superb and reasonably priced. The owners were very friendly and accommodating to us, but unfortunately the chef had been sent home for the evening because the place was so quiet, so we couldn't get any food after a long day of walking.
twohalves - 17 May 2015 16:05
A rogue spellchecker kept changing the word "there" to "their" in the previous review. Just wanted you know the error wasn't my fault.
Guzzleguts - 4 May 2013 08:18
I note that the average rating is 4.7 for this establishment and suggest that this is now out of date and possibly libellous. New management has been installed only a few weeks but is already establishing a great reputation for an imaginative and well-kept range of beers, excellent food and a "come back soon" atmosphere. The chap running it - previously at the Red Lion in Litton - sets a friendly and chatty example for the staff but unlike some over-eager places not far away they are not all over you like timeshare touts.Made a flying visit this week and found beers from Abbeydale and Blue Monkey, including Moonshine and 99 Red Baboons. Opted for Ascension - perfect - and could happily have settled down for a long session.
A couple who ordered food told us that they had been there for meals three times in the last week and raved about the quality and the portions. A quick gleg at Tripadvisor revealed that everybody who posted a review their felt the same. Overall, a great comeback from an old favourite previously fallen on hard times.
Guzzleguts - 4 May 2013 08:13

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