If you have been out and about exploring The Peaks then you will need some serious sustenance, so a warm welcome at a traditional dog friendly pub in High Peak might just be the ticket. The Old Hall Inn, (OHI) is located in the rural village of Chinley (map), which is in the Peak District, in Derbyshire. Like most of the buildings in this region this doggy-friendly pub is a lovely stone building, surrounded by glorious countryside. Both The Old Hall Inn and it’s sister The Paper Mill Inn are family owned. Rooms are available for those that wish to stay, and they also own a holiday cottage just a few doors away. The rooms are also dog friendly. We visited the Old Hall Inn for lunch: the menu was varied (menu), the food was delicious, and the staff were friendly and efficient. Unusually for me I chose a vegetarian option of some sort of cauliflower risotto (it was described in a more imaginative and inspiring way on the menu), which was scrumptious – real comfort food for a cold November Monday lunchtime.
Even on a winter’s lunchtime the pub was nicely busy. There were a mix of locals and visiting walkers, creating a warm and congenial atmosphere…and of course Hoover was made to feel extremely welcome by staff and customers alike. It was no time at all before unwitting diners were hypnotised by his furrowed brow and his soppy expression…before they knew it they were handing over chips (super crispy!) and little morsels of ham. He tried his magic on a chap who was eating the most fabulous looking Ploughman’s lunch but to no avail….this was a hungry man!
I would recommend The Old Hall Inn to anyone, particularly dog owners, looking for good food, and a warm welcome. The pub also has a handful of local walks (walks) listed on their website, so there’s no excuse not to walk that dessert off!