The Pack Horse Inn is a very traditional English pub with rooms. Located just outside New Mills overlooking the surrounding valleys, it is a scenic and romantic location, especially on a winter morning when just after sunrise when the mists are still hugging the valley below.
I'd normally complain about a pub whose décor doesn't seem to have changed in twenty years, but coming from a region of the UK where most of our local pubs and inns have been gentrified within an inch of their life (also known as "Farrow-and-Ball-ed") the bar and restaurant of the Pack Horse Inn are a rare treat. Admittedly, there is barely a light fitting in the place without a faux-candle-stick stem, or a lampshade without tassles, but the bar and dining room are clean, comfortable and extremely welcoming. On a cold winter's evening nothing can lift the spirits like a welcoming bar with two fireplaces.
The bar appears to be more popular for meals than drinking, with a mix of families and older couples dining on the Friday evening we visited. Being half a mile from the edge of New Mills, few guests seemed to be in just for a pint, so it's a quieter and very family friendly place to eat. The menu is very traditional, perhaps old fashioned, with all the usual English pub classics (prawn cocktail to start, sausage peas and mash for main course etc) but with a decent choice, good presentation and some decent local ingredients. Three or four real ales are also on tap.
Check-in was quick and extremely friendly. We were shown everything and nothing was too much trouble. The Inn has three grades of accommodation: Standard (in the annexe), Superior and Executive. We stayed in one of the latter on the second floor (note, it's an old building, so there is no elevator access). The rooms appear to have been refurbished more recently than the pub, but are appointed in a clean but somewhat old fashioned style (mahogany-effect finish to all the furniture, tassels on every lamp, etc). The Executive Rooms are the most spacious, with an additional seating area and some stunning views out over the landscape.
Passing traffic is very light, and the arrangement of the hotel is conducive to a very quiet night's sleep. Individual thermostats and responsive heating kept us snug throughout, and I particularly appreciated the bedside DAB radio. Our only suggestion is that the mattress in our room (#11) was clearly two smaller mattresses held together, with a distinctive ridge down the middle of the bed.
Breakfast is included and was perfect - omelettes cooked to your order, scrambled eggs and salmon and the usual full English that can be customised to your preference, plus the usual cold buffet of cereals. Good coffee as well.
Overall - a fantastic reminder that pubs don't have to be modernised or Farrow-and-Ball'ed to be great places to eat or stay overnight. We particularly appreciated the friendly welcome and the professional service from the restaurant staff.
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