At last a decent pub! The Royal Oak at Hurdlow. We were warmly welcomed by a super efficient and very friendly young lady who arranged our drinks and told us to sit where we liked and brought the menus to us. The four ales on pump were all local except for the Cornish Doombar, and served at the proper temperature and not icy cold as in other pubs we had visited. As it was my turn to drive I could only sample one which was excellent.
As for the food I had taken a recommendation from the Peak District Food & Drink guide and ordered the Beef & Stilton pie It did not disappoint and lived up to its recommendation as being ‘humungous’ (not a word in my vocabulary) and was as delicious as large with home made chips and veg. My wife had slow cooked Lamb Shank which was equally large and delicious.
We spent the evening perusing the menu deciding what we will have the next time we called. As we live nearly 200 miles away we agreed we must have a fortnight staying up here a call every night!
I finished the meal by being greedy, as I really had no room left, and had had the sticky toffee pudding, which was also recommended in the guide. Again home made and excellent. How the reviewer in the guide managed a starter as well I’ll never know. The staff, all young ladies, were very pleasant, chatty and helpful and looked after not just us but everyone in the pub very well – what a great experience. No wonder its one of Peak Districts favourite pubs, and one of mine now.
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