We stayed in Eyam for a week, almost directly opposite the pub, so we were hoping for a lively local with good food. Alas we were disappointed.
The barman was personable enough and there were some good ales on tap. A few locals hugged one corner of the bar and the other couples seemed to be, like us tourists staying locally. A blackboard over the bar showed the menu, with specials on a separate board.
We ordered starters, but, less than a week later we were so underwhelmed we cannot remember what we ordered or ate. For main we chose steak and ale pie and also chilli con carne from the specials board.
The 'pie' looked more like a bowl of stew with a disc of puff pastry perched on the top - what ever happened to the great British Pie??? It tasted OK, but could also have been served up as a beef stew with the addition of a couple of dumplings. Disappointing was the verdict.
The Chilli was so dry it was not brilliant to eat. It did have some heat though, which was good. however, eating dry chilli with rice made it heavy going. No evidence of kidney beans either.
We decided against dessert - a case of not wanting further disappointment and also not being wowed by the selection.
The Miners Arms is THE pub in Eyam and so it could do a roaring trade. It is not a small village at all and I would have expected to see more locals there - they all seemed to be further up the road at some sort of local club. The food quality and lack of a welcoming ambiance caused us to decide to eat further afield for the rest of the week. A shame - a good local in walking distance could have had us returning most nights for food and also enjoying their ales. The other pubs we visited seemed to have got it right - a nice mix of locals and visitors, a good atmosphere and great food - so why not The Miners. You are missing a trick, missing an opportunity I am afraid. We won't rush back or recommend you based on our visit.
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