As the nights draw in, the weather cools, and summer seems like a distant memory, you’ll be looking for warmth wherever you can find it this autumn. From wrapping up in scarves, blankets and woolly jumpers to eating good old fashioned comfort food whilst you’re surrounded by loved ones and toasting your toes by a roaring fire, it’s important to get cosy this October and there are few pubs in Derbyshire that exude the same kind of warmth and charm that The Pack Horse manages to do so effortlessly.
Nestled in the picturesque village of Hayfield on the edge of the Peak District National Park, this lovingly restored 18th-century venue is more than worth the visit this autumn time. Popular with hikers and nature-lovers due to the village’s enviable position overlooking the highest point in both the Peak District and the East Midlands, Kinder Scout, when better than in this transformative season to take a nice brisk walk through this beautiful part of Britain before stopping off at a pub with tons of character for a pint or an unforgettable Sunday roast?
With its inviting and welcoming atmosphere, this contemporary gastropub serves exceptional pub grub that’s guaranteed to hit the spot. Working with local suppliers, its menus are made up of the region’s best seasonal, sustainable British produce. Presided over by Luke Payne and Emma Daniels, the pair are passionate about ensuring their farmers and suppliers receive a fair deal for providing The Pack Horse with quality ingredients that have been respected and nurtured from farm to plate.
From the free-range beef, pork and lamb supplied by the award-winning Mettricks butchers of Glossop and the misshapen, wonky, but perfectly in-season vegetables, to the wild plant ingredients gathered by the team at The Pack Horse or by licensed foragers, every single item on your plate has been carefully sourced to ensure you’re only eating the very best.
Step through the doors to this charming establishment and you’ll immediately feel at home. Boasting beautiful Chesterfield sofas, toasty log burners, and framed artwork from the local area, the cosy interior really sets the stage for what is sure to be a brilliant time spent within these walls. Influenced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s back-to-basics philosophy, head chef Luke has a real mastery for flavour, and whether you opt for the Chisworth lamb shoulder served with lamb fat potatoes, wilted spinach, curds and whey, or the wild venison rump with onion squash puree, cavolo nero, chestnuts and bacon, and a game and redcurrant sauce, you certainly won’t be disappointed. This is exactly the kind of food you’ll be craving in autumn; substantial, satisfying, and simply scrumptious.
On the last Friday of every month, The Pack Horse proudly presents its themed menu nights, and this October is set to be something special. Join The Pack Horse on October 26th to celebrate nose-to-tail game at their “Taste of Game” night. Enjoy 5 courses and petit fours for £45, featuring autumnal dishes including their stunning partridge, pheasant, pear and pine nut terrine and pigeon with black pudding and winter chanterelles.
To book your place at this “Taste of Game” night or to find out more about this exceptional pub in Hayfield, Derbyshire, please visit their website.