As the nights draw in, the woolly jumpers come out, and Christmas decorations rapidly start springing up along high streets across the country, there’s no escaping it – Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. With now just under 50 days until Christmas day and a chill in the air, your stomach will no doubt be craving the warming, cosy embrace of a hearty Christmas dinner – but if you don’t get booking quick, there will be no spaces left at the inn.
Where better to celebrate the festive season this year than at The Pack Horse!? Overlooked by the captivating Kinder Scout, The Pack Horse stands handsomely in the picturesque village of Hayfield and is a popular spot every year for those taking a brisk autumnal stroll through the breathtaking countryside surroundings. A true hidden gem combining traditional charm with a contemporary style, step inside out of the cold and let the cosy interior complete with Chesterfield sofas, local artwork, and log burners make you feel right at home.
The Pack Horse’s festive menu this year is something to sing about. Available from 1st – 31st December and for pre-order only, enjoy three festive courses for just £30.
Choose from starters such as roast and pickled heritage beetroot with burrata and crispy onions, and chicken liver parfait with plum chutney and Grains sourdough, before moving onto mighty, traditional mains like the butter-poached turkey breast with pigs in blankets, Armagnac prunes, roast potatoes, parsnip, sprouts, and turkey gravy. If you’re not tempted by the turkey this year, the braised blade of beef with bacon and chestnuts and truffled potato terrine or the stone bass fillet with cannellini beans, sea vegetables, and champagne and caviar tartare sauce are sure to satisfy your Christmassy cravings. If you’re a vegetarian, you won’t have to simply make do with lots of Christmas trimmings this year either – not that that would be too painful. The black truffle gnocchi with mixed squash, wild mushrooms, white onion sauce, and pickled shallots will even have the strict meat-eaters considering a change of diet.
Finish with vanilla bean crème brûlée and shortbread, red wine poached pear with buckwheat, bee pollen, and Chantilly cream, chocolate delice with honeycomb and milk ice cream, or a selection of British cheeses with oatcakes, sour rye, and beer chutney, and this will be a feast set for a king – or three.
If you miss out on the Christmas menu this year, visit any time of the year and experience talented chef Luke’s masterful, seasonal menu for yourself, making the most of the very best local, sustainable ingredients. Inspired by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage philosophy, Luke has created a charming gastropub where he can showcase his unique style with no restrictions, placing a real emphasis on ethical and sustainably sourced produce.
When we visited The Pack Horse earlier in the year, we began with Isle of Wight tomatoes with burrata, croutons and garlic oil, followed with stone bass fillet accompanied by crispy kale, dill pickle, samphire and tartare sauce, and finished with Bruce Farm strawberries with buckwheat bee pollen and Tunworth ice cream. We left The Pack Horse singing its praises and determined to make a return visit in the not too distant future. Read our review here: https://www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk/england/east-midlands/high-peak/hayfield/pack-horse
To book for Christmas or for more information, visit their website or give the friendly team a call on 01663 749126 today.