“ Cross Street, Castleton, Hope Valley; S33 8WH. Tel:01433 620256 „
Castleton, known as the "gem of the Peak District" is an outstandingly pretty village which lies at the end of the Hope Valley. With so much to see and do, including four 'show' caves, Peveril Castle, as well as achingly beautiful local walks, Castleton is a magnet for tourists.
After visiting two of Castleton's show caves, myself and my family were ready for a nice meal. Wandering around the streets, lined with stone-built houses and shops, we came across the 'Bull's Head Inn'. This lovely old limestone building looked the perfect place to have a nice lunch, so we wandered in to sample its fayre.
As soon as we walked in, we knew we were in for a treat; the interior is lovely! The walls are wood panelled, and the furniture is solid old wood. The stone floor, authentic period paintings, and real wood beams, added to the ambiance.
As it was July, the real wood fire was (thankfully) not lit, but I can imagine that this would have made the inn even more welcoming on a cold winter's day. We really felt that, apart from the electric lighting, we could have stepped back in time 100 years. The pub has a lovely, warm, welcoming feeling that relaxed us all straight away.
The staff were also very friendly and made us feel at home. After getting drinks we sat at one of the wooden tables to have a look at the menu. Within a couple of minutes, a waitress appeared and we were able to ask for her help with our choice. One of our party has a gluten intolerance; the waitress noted this and promised to check that the meal we'd chosen would be suitable.
The menu was mouth watering! Sandwiches were available, which were reasonably priced and sounded delicious. As we'd been walking all morning, however, we all felt in need of a good, cooked lunch.
My girlfriend went for the chicken fajitas which were served with chips and salad. The size of the meal was quite impressive, but the food was carefully prepared and presented, and really delicious (I HAD to taste it, just for the purpose of the review, of course!).
My niece also elected for chicken, but chicken breast, this time. Her meal was too big for her, but she pronounced it delicious too. The chips were very tasty, were clearly not frozen, but cut and cooked on the premises.
My selection was locally sourced sausage and it has to rate as one of the tastiest sausage meals I've ever tried in a pub. Again, the meal was huge, with a lovely salad being served with it as well as those gorgeous chips.
The food was certainly not cheap, but as the ingredients are locally sourced, and expertly cooked, we felt that it was good value for money. We all agreed that the meal had been really tasty and were all completely full, having eaten as much as we could.
As a fan of real ale, I was keen to try one or two of the Bull's Head's ale selections. These were really of a high quality and (in my opinion) a great accompaniment to my meal. For those who prefer wine, the inn prides itself on an extensive wine selection which seems pretty comprehensive to me.
All too soon, it seemed, we had finished our meal, had a relaxing final drink at our table and, reluctantly decided it was time to head home.
On the journey home, we all agreed that our meal in the Bull's Head had been completely enjoyable and was something that we wanted to experience again. As Castleton has so many local attractions, I'm certain that we will be returning there soon and will definitely be dining at the Bull's Head again.
If you're visiting Castleton, and want a nice drink and a meal, why not give the Bull's Head a try? Hopefully, you'll enjoy it as much as we did. A perfect end to a lovely day.