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Grindsbrook Booth, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 7ZD
NunheadNeil wrote on 9 August 2011
Of the two pubs in Edale this is probably just about the best by a very short head, although in my opinion both really need to up their food game. Housed in a lovely old building The Old Nags Head marks the official start of the Pennine Way and is fine spot to cool off with a cold refreshment after the decent from nearby Kinder Scout.
The pub has lots of character with low ceilings, a number of cosy rooms and plenty of rustic charm. Out back there is a large garden/patio area which was full to bursting point when we turned up on a sunny Saturday afternoon after a day spent on the hills.
The Celtic Gold was drinking very well indeed: cool, crisp and in lovely condition the first pint barely touched the sides of the glass and another was soon required. Other beers on offer included the Nags Black which was a fine dark brew with a nice long finish. Despite the crowds the bar staff were pretty efficient and kept things moving along so there was not too much of a wait to get your order in.
The other punters were a fine blend of the various walking tribes, straight up tourists, and a smattering of locals. On the whole a very friendly and good natured bunch of folk which made this, when combined with the lack of young children running wild, a very pleasant spot to spend a couple of hours while we waited for our train back to London.
My only really major criticism of The Old Nags Head is the poor quality of the food offering. I tried to play it safe by ordering a small cod and chips which was just about ok; the fish came in a slightly strange thick batter which was teetering on the edge of being totally overdone and was much too greasy. Some of the other guys had the burger which seemed to be a better choice and one poor soul ordered the ham, egg and chips which came with a fairly bizarre side of carrots and cauliflower. The prices are a tad higher, most mains are upwards of a tenner, than The Ramblers which is five minutes down the road but the food is certainly no better. On the upside these guys are obviously used to churning out fodder for the masses and our food arrived after only a ten minute wait.
As a “wet” pub this is a fine place but if you are after a tasty meal you may need to look further afield or cook "at home. Edale is crying out for some decent competition.
Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 7ZA
NunheadNeil wrote on 9 August 2011
Our little London “Club de Marche” was seven strong a couple of weekends ago as we headed North to the Peak District to take on the lovely Kinder Scout.
Situated very conveniently just round the corner from Edale train station we popped in here for a cold refreshment a couple of Friday’s ago after our journey up from London.
On a lovely summers afternoon the very large beer garden looked like the ideal place to chill before the shortish walk to the local youth hostel, our home for the evening. The award winning brew Pale Rider from Sheffield went down very well; crystal clear and a nice cool temperature.
We returned again in the evening to partake of a bit of supper and managed to find a table to seat the seven of us in the front room. It’s a big old comfortable pub with a quite a few different rooms so have a good root about if it looks busy and you will probably find somewhere to perch.
The food itself was a bit of a disappointment. I had the gammon, egg and chips: the gammon was a thin piece of “bacon” which had been cooked to within an inch of its life; the chips were just about ok with the egg being high point of my meal. Much more successful was the steak pie which a few of the boys ordered; it looked and tasted pretty good with plenty of meat, a juicy gravy and a nice thin pastry jacket. Desserts were ok, sticky toffee pudding and other pub food “classics”, but run of the mill.
Our combined verdict was that The Ramblers is turning out food of the eat to live rather than the live to eat variety. However, if you just need something to fill the gap and/or you fancy a few well-kept beers in pleasant surroundings with decent company The Ramblers will do just fine.
When we passed by around 5pm on the way to get our train home there was a queue of punters patiently waiting to get to the bar which stretched well out into the garden area – I thought that told its own story. With the hordes of punters passing through this little gem of a village in the heart of the Peak District the two local pubs have a captive audience – bring on the competition!!