The Devonshire Arms at Beeley
A setting within the historic Chatsworth Estate adds something of an extra-special pedigree to the Peak District village of Beeley. The Devonshire Arms epitomises everything you’d expect from an inn that occupies such a beautiful location. Flanked by traditional stone cottages and with a babbling brook out front, this AA-rosette-awarded venue attracts both locals and tourists.
The bar area has a lovely cosy atmosphere, with open fires in winter and characterful features that reflect its 18th-century origins. Adjacent to the bar is a stylish glass-fronted bistro, so diners can choose where to eat according to their mood. For special occasions, guests can hire the Malt Vault, which seats up to 12 people. Chef Lewis Thornhill uses his flair and expertise to create a delightful choice of seasonal dishes, making full use of local produce such as Chatsworth Estate lamb and venison. He has worked hard to build his talented team and his passion for food and cooking is infectious. As many ingredients as possible are sourced from the estate – including the Chatsworth Farm shop – and the surrounding areas.
We kicked off our meal with two tasty starters. The Vale of Belvoir wood pigeon in sherry vinaigrette was incredibly succulent, served with quinoa salad, pomegranate and hazelnuts. The tasty ham hock terrine was cured in maple syrup and came with apricot jam and a crispy egg. For our main course, we selected Chatsworth shoulder of lamb and braised Derbyshire ox cheek – both slow-cooked and beautifully tender. The lamb came with Moroccan-spiced couscous, while the ox cheek was accompanied by creamed potato, wild mushrooms, smoked bone marrow and charred onion. Our side dish of tarragon carrots was also an absolute delight. A dark chocolate mousse and traditional Bakewell tart added a final flourish to our meal, accompanied respectively by clotted cream and banana ice cream. If you’re tempted to stay a while longer in this pretty village, there are 18 bedrooms and two delightful cottages to choose from, all designed by the Duchess of Devonshire. This lovely pub is perfect for any occasion and we’re already planning our return visit.