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High up in the hills of the Derbyshire Peak District sits this 12C stone-built pub with seating over two floors and a rustic, cosy feel. The concise me...
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We're situated in the heart of the stunning Peak District and inhabit the site of Britain's fifth oldest public house. After an extensive renovation, we have restored the 12th century inn to its former glory and created a unique dining space. We want The Blind Bull to be your newest home from home.
PRICE RANGE
£10 - £30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Healthy, Gastropub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Very good food. Had our own birthday cake and the charge was £40 for eating it in the restaurant so ate it at home instead. Excessive considering what we had already spent in the restaurant.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Popped in for lunch Saturday (yesterday at 12 noon ) large varied menu for light lunch. Chose the bavette of steak with greens and chips. The bavette was cooked to perfection in a lovely herb sauce served with chips and I chose the seasonal greens...also. Promptly and Perfectly cooked, it was excellent. Thank you chefMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything the perfect pub should be, Incredible food, great beers, superb team. We had an amazing couple of nights and can’t wait to go back.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I booked a table online for the Melchiors to dine on 14 February, mentioning in the “dietary requirements” section of the online form that one of us was a vegetarian. Some days later I received a voicemail message from the restaurant that there would be...no vegetarian food on that day so we would have to eat steak or cancel. This was the first time a restaurant anywhere in the world had told me that it would not cater for a vegetarian. I called back to cancel. Whilst doing so, I was told that one vegetarian dish could be managed, though vegetarian food would not be the focus on that evening. I am aware that it is a relatively small restaurant and didn’t want to put the chef to any trouble, so went ahead with cancelling. I defend the right of restaurants to serve whomever they wish as long as there is no unlawful discrimination. There are plenty of excellent restaurants locally, nationally and internationally where vegetarians are welcome and well catered for. I had no difficultly in finding an alternative for that evening.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was amazing, lots of carefully thought about drinks in a historic building. Owners have done a great job in restoring and building something special.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 January 2024 via mobile

Spent two nights here between Christmas and New Year. Accommodation (across the road in converted piggery) was warm and luxurious with a large comfy bed, claw-foot bath, coffee maker, quality toiletries and ample space and furnishings. The pub was a wonderful refuge from the wet...and windy weather, featuring a log fire, real ales and fabulous food (would highly recommend the gnocchi especially). Just wish the portions had been a bit more generous. Breakfast was also delicious, including home-made muffins and (in my case) an extremely tasty scrambled eggs on toast with oyster mushrooms. Only real negative was being charged a compulsory £21 tip on departure. I certainly didn’t begrudge the friendly, hard-working staff, who were wonderful, and I had indeed been planning to leave a gratuity. However, I do think these things should be voluntary, not least because there is always a slight uncertainty in my mind in these situations as to whether the total amount actually goes to the staff on top of their wages.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 23 November 2023 via mobile

As the title suggests you seriously need to stay here! In all the places I have stayed globally this by far has to be one of the best. The accommodation is superb, the food in the restaurant is exquisite, superbly presented and extremely flavoursome, staff...are very attentive and meet your every need. You’re missing out in life if you don’t pay this place a visit!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 November 2023 via mobile

How anyone can give this place a terrible rating just goes to prove that some people’s tastebuds are only used to Wetherspoons. Every aspect of our visit was nothing but amazing. The food and the service were second to none. We sat by the kitchen,...which didn’t smell of fish, and all of us complimented on the slick service. After being told I’d be in for the best Sunday dinner ever, I have to admit it really was! See you again soon, thank youMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 October 2023 via mobile

Visited the blind bull for my sister’s birthday and are so pleased we did. The ambience is lovely and definitely feels like a special occasion venue without being too pretentious - we took my sisters children and they were made to feel welcome. We were...aware that there was no children’s menu beforehand which was helpful so we could plan what they might eat from the main menu. The staff were really attentive and knew the answers to all our questions! The menu is obscure but we all found something we liked and the smallish menu pushed us to try food we might not normally order - for the better! Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2023

Stayed 3 nights & would happily have stayed longer! Fabulous hospitality, all of the staff are engaged & proud to be in the team and part of the success story. Newly refurbed rooms in a simple, elegant, low key, vibe yet top quality boutique style,...super comfy beds and quality furnishings. Lovely ambience in the bar and dining area, great service, locally sourced ingredients prepared with imagination, skill and care by a highly talented kitchen. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend and very much hope to return!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 26 September 2023

We stayed a night on our way to the Lake District. The room having been recently renovated was just lovely. We opted for bar snacks and these were all delicious. The breakfast was excellent with freshly baked raspberry muffins. Staff friendly and relaxed. Wonderful scenery....Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023 via mobile

This was our third visit to the Blind Bull, though our first on a Sunday. We had a phenomenal Sunday dinner; I had the beef and my wife had the pork belly. The quality of the produce is exceptional, flavours are well balanced and the...portions are generous. We’ve sampled many sunday roasts in the Peaks and this was the finest yet! Service was impeccable and attentive. We love the Blind Bull. It’s not pretentious, just beautiful food.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023 via mobile

I had the beef and it literally melted in my mouth. Good selection of vegetables but if you have a large appetite order a side dish too. Excellent dessert selection; just a few choices but all done well. Great venue, great staff.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

We phoned up in advance to make a booking at the blind bull. We made it clear on the phone our booking was for 2 adults and 1 child. We were not made aware on the phone that there was no children menu. When we...arrived they let us know there was no children’s menu but the lady said they could adapt dishes and make dishes smaller off the main menu to accommodate for children. As our child was only 4 we asked if the cod dish could be adapted to be plain cod and some chips. The lady then told us none of the dishes could be changed and they were only as they are advertised. My partner asked her to go and ask the chef because surely if dishes were fresh it wouldn’t be an issue to pan fry some cod and add some chips to the plate. She returned and said that this could not be done as then they would have to charge less for the dish! To our utter surprise that they were willing to charge £30 ish for a child’s dish is disgusting but we still at this point said we would have still paid the money we just wanted something that my daughter would eat. When we said we would still pay the full money suddenly she changed and said they could change the dish. Clearly this place is all about the money coming in and not offering good experiences for people. We walked out and went down the road to the anchor and had a lovely experience from start to finish. We will not be returningMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023

Our experience of the Bull this time was not as good; though the actual cooking was excellent as ever. We had a bar menu only, which had an unappealing choice for us. I don't eat meat, and two of the fish dishes had meat as...an integral part. My husband had been attracted by the meat dishes on the web sample menu, yet there was nothing like this. A disappointing evening out: we came home early to eat something else!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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The Blind Bull is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3