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The Saracen's Head

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Church Lane, Shirley, Ashbourne DE6 3AS, England
+44 1335 360330
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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Derby, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great food in a buzzing country pub served by very friendly waiter. Only problem is parking but were lucky this time and managed to find a space in the car park.

Thank Skiers356
Woking, Surrey
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193 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We picked this pub from the trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed. We were a large party of 13 celebrating my dads 80th birthday so wanted somewhere special. We had a large party menu to pre order from and the meal was served swiftly and efficiently by lovely staff. We had a large table at the end of the... More 

Thank popeadventure
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I occasionally visit with my family and have never been disappointed, everyone always has a fantastic meal and the food delicious - always cooked fresh to order. Is a real shame there aren't more dog friendly tables as would come much more often if this was the case.

Thank amy1333
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely food , excellent tentative staff in a very quaint setting . I can defiantly recommend the fillet steak and the garlic mushroom starter . I would imagine this would be a lovely place to visit a Christmas . Totally charming . We will defiantly return .

Thank googleit1
Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A pal of mine treated me to lunch ,we headed for the red lion ,although their website advised open when we arrived closed. Headed for the Saracens head ,never been before ...WOW...I had Goan fish ,paranoid curry...absolutely awsome.

Thank castellons
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely atmosphere. Good service. Good menu choice and excellent prosecco. Good portion size and excellent value for money. Would definitely return. Would have liked a few cocktails on the menu and my chips a bit crispier.

Thank Karen D
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As above. Shame about the GKA Greene King Average beer. Food service people superb. So Saracens Head go into Derby and find some decent beer. Ban people bringing their IPADs with them more specifically playing loud videos on them. Whats wrong with talking to one another? Then perfect

Thank bigtallnick
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food and service. Prices are very reasonable too. Will definitely return! The fish curry is perfect as is the lamb.

Thank Owenb123456
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited today on recommendation.used the on line booking and arrived very early but staff very accommodating and took us to our table. Staff were very good,work hard and to be honest I have eaten in some very pricey restaurants that do not have attentive staff like they have here. The food was excellent. At last a place when you pay... More 

1 Thank Jo B
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

Tucked away in what feels like the middle of nowhere (though is actually just a few minutes from the main road) is this ancient pub. Nothing dusty about its menu though, perfectly pink lamb in a to-die-for gravy, goan fish curry and fish & chips that made me jealous of my 5 year old. Booking not just advised, it is... More 

Thank paramundi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$37
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Church Lane, Shirley, Ashbourne DE6 3AS, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Derbyshire  >  Ashbourne  >  Shirley
  • Phone Number: +44 1335 360330

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Derby, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?