I don't write reviews but had to on this occasion as we found this gem while staying nearby in the Peak District for a week, and went back a couple of times.
First off, the landlord, Carl. He's completely unique. Got to be one of the friendliest, chattiest blokes we've come across. He loves running the pub, it's been his life apparently, and this comes through - you don't feel like customers, rather mates who've dropped in for a chat.
The decor of the pub is perfect, comfortable and in keeping with a 400 year old building. Dogs are, of course, welcomed, but if you haven't got yours with you there'll be a couple of Carl's wandering around following the landlord's lead on greeting customers in a friendly, but not pushy, way.
Food is fabulous, but bring a big appetite with you. It's not gastro (thank god) but good British pub food - steaks, pies, gammon, fish, scampi etc. All portions are big (e. g. rump steak is 24oz), we found the tendency is to cook meat well so you need to be clear if you want it less so - and they're happy to oblige.
Value wise, all I can say is that I'm in my sixties and have never come across better value - and that's if you can persuade Carl to charge you for everything you've had!!
We live 200 miles away so won't be regular visitors, but if ever in the area we'll be in Ye Olde Butcher's Arms again.
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