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The Old Hall Inn, Chinley, Peak District
On the western edge of the Peak District, in the hamlet of Whitehough, you'll find Old Hall Inn - not so much a single inn as a little cluster of properties, all operating as one. The Old Hall Inn itself is an old country pub that's been modernised just enough to add contemporary shine to its period character. Walk beyond the bar and you enter the even older Whitehough Hall, an Elizabethan manor house, with a grand double-height dining room and minstrel's gallery. Heading 50 yards across the beer garden instead brings you to Paper Mill Inn, another old pub given a rustic-chic modern makeover. Together, they have all the right ingredients for a short break, from scenic surroundings to excellent food and drink.
Nearby Lyme Park has a fine mansion and garden, and the lake where Darcy bathed in the BBC's 1995 version of Pride & Prejudice.
The market town of Buxton, with its Opera House and the Pavilion Gardens, is around a 20-minute drive away.
By car: around 1 hour from Sheffield, 3 hours 30 minutes from Bristol and 4 hours from London. There is free parking on site.
By train: direct trains run to Chinley from Sheffield Station (41 minutes) and Manchester Piccadilly (46 minutes). The hotel is around 10-minutes walk from Chinley Station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The Old Hall Inn appeals equally to outdoors-loving adventurers and more indulgent souls in search of somewhere they know they'll eat, drink and sleep well. The beer garden is a lovely place to sit out, looking back at the Old Hall and the hills behind.
Service & Facilities
On summer weekends, there's often live entertainment in the beer garden and they host a popular beer festival each autumn. Dogs are allowed in the bar but not the bedrooms.
- Board games and puzzles
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
The stove in your room will be lit when you arrive, making it feel cosy and welcoming on a chilly day. Our favourite is Room 10, in the old hall, which has a big oak four-poster bed, stone-mullioned windows and a window seat overlooking the garden.
Rooms 1-11, The Cress Annex, Crackin' View Studio, Spring Cottage, Shepherds Cottage
Facilities include: ensuite with shower, smart TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, free use of 'Garmin' navigation devices pre loaded with all the local routes
Food & Drink
They're serious about sourcing locally where possible, keeping their own chickens, using meat from animals reared nearby and bartering beer for fish from local anglers. The fishcakes are lovely, the home-made chocolate truffles delicious, and people come here especially for the steak and local ale pie.
Paper Mill: light-bites, modern Italian cuisine. Open Wed-Fri 5-9pm, Sat 2-9, Sun 12-7.30pm (pizza only). Plates from £4.
Old Hall: hearty, modern British cuisine. Open Mon-Thur 12-9pm, Fri-Sat 12-9.30pm, Sun 12-7.30pm. Mains from £12.