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The Bowling Green is traditional British pub, renowned for its great food, beer and service. We serve breakfast (New for 2022!), lunch and dinner 7 DAYS A WEEK! Open from 9am daily, we prepare locally sourced produce where possible and pride ourselves on quality. We also have a wood fired pizza oven and offer a takeout (collection only) service on pizza. Whilst bookings are highly recommended for lunch and dinner to avoid dissapointment, breakfast is a more laid back affair and tables are offered on a first come, first serve basis *NEW FOR 2022* BOWLING GREEN BREAKFAST will be open from 9am till noon, Monday to Sunday serving supreme coffee and our delicious breakfast menu. What could be better?
PRICE RANGE
£6 - £19
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch today as we were in Ashbourne. Convenient that there’s a small free car park opposite or off road parking. Quaint pub feel even though it’s on the side of a busy road. Amazing portion sizes and quality food for the price. I...had a 7oz steak with dauphinoise potato for £13.50. It seemed much bigger than 7oz (not sure if it was) and perfectly cooked. A nice atmosphere in there too. Family friendly but would equally be nice for a couple stopping for afew drinks.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited this pub several times over the years but haven’t been for a while but it did not disappoint! Steaks were cooked to perfection, desserts were huge! Absolutely wonderful afternoon spent in this pub, very welcoming and service was great, thank you

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious Sunday roast. After two attempts at finding a decent Sunday roast at two other local pubs, finally we have found one with delicious food. Lovely large fluffy Yorkshire Puds with tasty meats, particularly the roast pork. Coupled with a nice cosy atmosphere and reasonable...prices you can't go wrong.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 14 January 2024 via mobile

Worth the drive if your within 10/15 miles of this place. Food was outstanding, good beers, friendly locals. Popped in on a quiet Thursday but all the staff were lovely & attentive.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 10 January 2024

We had a fantastic evening. A party of eight, celebrating our sons birthday, mid week booking. We were made to feel really welcome. Tremendous food, friendly and very efficient service. Thank you for the candle in the pudding. A lovely touch. Couldn't have asked for...more. Highly recommend and will be back again for sure.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

Came here after looking through reviews on TA and so glad we did. We were staying over at Alton Towers as a family of 3 and fancied something nice to eat rather than the overpriced bland stuff you get in the hotels. We didn’t book...but luckily it was early so they could accommodate us. I think you would definitely need to book especially if going on a weekend. We were greeted by friendly staff and shown to a table. We asked if there was any chance for a table with the comfy booth style seats because my son is autistic and will not sit for long on a typical chair and they were more than happy to accommodate us with no problem at all. This meant we could enjoy our meal nice and relaxed without the fear of him being uncomfortable and wanting to run round haha. It has a lovely warm feeling to the place and the menu was great. It was hard for us to choose what we wanted because everything sounded nice so we ended up ordering a few starters to share and they were all amazing. Sticky beef strips in a Teriyaki sauce - these were to die for! Garlic bread with cheese pizza, cheese and bacon topped chips and the house wings. They are not tight on the portions and we even ended up taking some garlic bread home haha! Also, a kids chicken nuggets and chips meal but they looked like homemade chicken chunks rather than your normal cheap nuggets and they were lovely too. Service was friendly and efficient which is always good when going out to eat with a 4 year old. Quicker the better! We would highly recommend this place and will definitely come back. I would like to try the Steak next time which looked amazing. Thanks so much to the ladies that served us and accommodated us, we really enjoyed our visit.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

In the grand theatre of gastronomy, this steakhouse stands as a luminous gem. The service, a ballet of precision and warmth, sets the stage for a culinary odyssey. Now, the steak, a symphony of succulence, akin to the opulence of the Roman Empire at its...zenith. Each bite, a conquest of the senses, heralding an epicurean triumph that resonates through the annals of culinary history. A sublime experience, transcending the ordinary, leaving an indelible mark on the palate's tapestry.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

Tried this pub for the first time as had heard some really good reviews and they are not wrong. Great fresh pub food with plenty of choice, attentive and helpful staff, very good value - will be going again soon!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 December 2023 via mobile

Amazing! Couldn't fault it. Food was delicious! We both had steak dishes and everything on the plate was cooked perfectly and so tasty. Big portions. Really friendly staff. Car park opposite or on road parking nearby.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 November 2023 via mobile

Visited on a Saturday lunch time with a friend. The food was delicious and the service friendly and efficient. We’ll be back to try the pizza, it looked delicious!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2023

Excellent food, clearly cooked by a chef who knows what s/he is doing, instead of just heating up something from the freezer. Three of us had the black pudding and haggis stack and one had the rarebit. All dishes were fabulous, absolutely delicious . Everyone...agreed that their mains were fantastic and were impressed with the veg served (cabbage, broccoli, leeks, mange tout) which were fresh and cooked to perfection . Special mention for the chips. Yummy! Unfortunately, none of us had room for dessert. The staff were all friendly and helpful. We have only recently moved to the area but will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 October 2023

good spot for lunch good food good service, local ingredients, nice choice of beer on offer very welcoming staff. will return for the dinner experience.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 October 2023

Excellent food and great service! We will definitely return next time we’re in the area. Thank you!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 11 October 2023

We were staying at Mayfield Snuggery lodges close by and decided to have a late lunch. We were not disappointed at all. The food was very impressive and service was great. We decided to take advantage of the takeaway pizza offer for later in the...evening. We reheated the pizza and both agreed that they were up there with the best pizzas we have eaten. We cannot wait to be back next time we are staying in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 9 October 2023 via mobile

Top top place for dinner, the service was great and the food even better! We shared the ribs for starter and they were moist and tasty. For main I had the burger and when you picked it up, god was it heavy. Only managed to...share a dessert 😅 Damn I wish this place was nearer than my 140 miles journey.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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We saw a couple with their dog while we were there.
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We went there with a GF friend and she had a fab steak. Just couldn’t have onion rings but they recommended a GF sauce for it.
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The Bowling Green Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5