There are few more idyllic country inns in Britain than The Devonshire Arms at Beeley. With an exterior that looks like it’s been pulled straight from a Constable painting and an interior that boasts charming 18th-century features, there’s no finer place in the winter months to sit back and relax with a pint and a hearty meal than at this impressive and cosy establishment. Nestled in the truly captivating Chatsworth Estate in one of the country’s most picturesque national parks, the Peak District, after a day spent breathing in the natural beauty of your surroundings, there’s nothing quite like stepping out of the cold and into the warming embrace of this incomparable AA-rosette-awarded inn.
Surrounded by traditional stone cottages and with a babbling brook out front, you’ll instantly be enchanted by this venue’s character before you’ve even walked through the door. Once inside and you’ll never want to leave. Offering diners the option to eat in either the inn’s more traditional space with its low beams, stone walls, warming fireplace, and homely furnishings or the stylish, modern and colourful glass-fronted bistro, no matter what mood you’re in or what atmosphere you’re after, The Devonshire Arms delivers. If you want a truly unforgettable and convivial dining experience, you can even hire the inn’s Mault Vault, a snug, elevated area of the pub where up to 14 of your closest friends and family can gather around one big table and tuck into the truly enticing seasonal dishes off the menu.
Gifted Head Chef Lewis Thornhill’s passion for regional, seasonal ingredients is evident in each and every dish he creates. Having worked at prestigious hotels and restaurants across London and Dublin such as Bentleys and The Cliff Townhouse in Dublin and Corrigan’s Mayfair in London, Lewis brings his experience to The Devonshire Arms at Beeley to create dishes you’ll be dreaming about long after your visit. Making use of local produce like the exceptional quality Chatsworth Estate lamb and venison, dining out here is a real treat for foodies, and this festive season, their new seasonal menu is sure to delight.
To begin your festive feast, choose from starters (priced £7 to £9) like the juniper and dill-cured salmon with horseradish crème fresh and pickled cucumber, duck liver parfait with orange jelly, pineapple chutney and chargrilled sourdough, or the crispy squid rings with chicory salad, avocado puree, and honey-roast chorizo. Then swoon over the scrumptious mains (priced £15 to £23) featuring tempting triumphs like the bacon-wrapped turkey with stuffing, chipolatas, roast potatoes, veg, and cranberry jus or the Chatsworth Estate loin of venison with swede mash, redcurrants, kale, and cocoa jus. Just make sure to leave room for dessert (all priced at £6.50) as you don’t want to miss out on their Christmas pudding parfait, sticky toffee pudding, or poached pear terrine with salted caramel ice cream and chocolate crumb. Then to finish, enjoy a delicious selection of 5 British cheeses for £10.
Also, If you’re tired of giving your loved ones a Christmas gift they’ll look at once before putting in a drawer, never to be seen again, then why not offer them an experience they’ll treasure forever instead!? The Devonshire Arms at Beeley and Chatsworth House offers guests a “Behind the Scenes” package that could just be the perfect gift for a special person in your life. From £162.50 per night and taking place between 22nd January and 28th February 2019 when Chatsworth House is closed to visitors, enjoy a tour of this magnificent building along with a two-night stay in one of The Devonshire Arms at Beeley’s newly refurbished and luxurious rooms. The package also includes a three-course dinner in the restaurant and a full Derbyshire breakfast on each morning of your stay.
For more information regarding The Devonshire Arms at Beeley, visit their website and be sure to follow them across their social media pages to keep up to date on all the goings-on at the inn this festive season and into the new year.