The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley
A former 18th-century coaching inn and part of the resplendent Chatsworth Estate, this lovely hostelry is only minutes away from the Chatsworth Farm Shop and the house itself.
The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley has 13 well-appointed bedrooms, all of which are designed to combine chic country house style with boutique hotel comfort. Visitors are made to feel right at home with Temple Spa amenities, white fluffy bathrobes and slippers. Why not treat yourself to added luxury and take a room in the farmhouse annexe, where you can curl up in a magnificent four-poster bed.
Guests of the hotel and non-residents wishing to dine can enjoy anything from a quick sandwich to a delectable three-course meal. Diners can expect sophisticated but hearty pub classics, and it’s always worth keeping an eye on the specials board. Typical dishes include beer-battered fish and chips, homemade pies, and honey- and mustard-baked ham served with fried duck eggs and fluffy chips. The kitchen team places heavy emphasis on seasonal produce, and you’ll find the likes of rack of lamb ribs, sirloin steaks, and chicken breasts wrapped in bacon, all sourced from local farmers. These are best enjoyed alongside a pint of traditional ale or a light and fruity glass of wine.
Hot and cold sandwiches made with freshly sliced bread from the Bakewell Pudding Shop are popular for a lunchtime snack. These are served with vegetable crisps and salad, but on chilly days visitors often like to couple their sandwich with a mug of warming homemade soup. As well as lunch and supper, this wonderful eatery also serves excellent breakfasts, with a choice of fresh fruit, pastries, pancakes, and a range of cooked options.
Despite its aristocratic history you’ll find no airs and graces at The Devonshire Arms, just a warm, friendly welcome. With such a relaxed atmosphere it’s little wonder this venue is so popular with families, couples, dog-owners and hikers. A hidden gem in the peaceful village of Pilsley, this cosy inn is the perfect base from which to explore Chatsworth and the surrounding area, with its exceptional natural beauty and attractive array of towns and villages.