We stayed at the Devonshire Arms as we had been so impressed with the sister hotel at Bolton Abbey, and had been considering this as a venue for my husband's 40th birthday later in the year. We stayed on a Sunday night on a dinner bed and breakfast deal. On arrival we were greeted by a friendly local who recommended the food, which was a good start! Check in was OK, shown to our room which was small but beautifully decorated and fine attention to detail. The bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was very elegant with power shower and massive mirror which made it feel much bigger. One nice touch (which I don't usually bother with) was 2 complimentary toiletries - shower gel and shampoo, which were actually very nice and I actually used them! No unnecessary / cheap toiletries which makes a refreshing change.
We went down for dinner, chose our meals after much deliberation, and were looking forward to the specials - steak and ale pie and another dish (can't remember now what it was!), only to be told that they had run out. This was a bit disappointing, as we'd come a long way specifically to try the food and there weren't many options left on the menu. However, we chose steak and gammon and chips. The food was freshly prepared and was nice but not outstanding for the price. Also the pub was very quiet, no background music, but they did have excellent ales at the bar. I suppose for a Sunday night, it is going to be a bit quiet.
I can't recommend the breakfast highly enough - it was delicious! Lovely local bacon, delicious sausage, perfectly poached egg - every last bit was finished! Possibly the best we've ever had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is located on the Chatsworth Estate, which is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. It is the nearest property to Chatsworth House, being only a 20-minute walk away. The property has free WiFi in all areas and free on-site parking. Each of the 13 individually designed bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom. Some rooms offer a four-poster bed. Rooms are situated either in the main inn or the converted adjoining farmhouse. Devonshire Arms at Pilsley has an inviting and relaxing bar serving a selection of locally brewed ales, and wines from around the world. The restaurant serves produce that is locally sourced from the Chatsworth Estate. This dog-friendly accommodation is 10.2 miles from Chesterfield and 14.4 miles from Buxton. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Devonshire Arms Pilsley Hotel Derby