The Knockerdown Pub, On the Matlock Road between Ashbourne and Matlock (next to Carsington Water). The owners of this characteristic pub have really thought through the facilities for hot days/evenings when you want to take your small children to a pub garden and know that they are safe and sufficiently occupied for you to have a meal and a drink in peace. The play area consists of a seperate area with large adventure type play equipment, wooden and ropes etc. with slides and climbing frames. There are also two smaller play area's that have equipment for under fives only which has ride on tractors, little tikes cars etc. and a Little Tikes plastic climbing block with slides. All of the area's are safely enclosed from the car park and have chippings and safety barriers around them. the 'picnic' type tables are situated next to the play area's too enableing parents to keep a close eye on their little ones at all times. The Pub does a very extensive menu but does get very busy at popular times, bank holidays and weekends especially if the weather is nice and this can lead to a long wait, 1 hour + for your food. There is a restaurant inside the pub or outside eating is permitted as long as the food has been purchased from the pub. There is ample car parking as there is an adjacent field which they open at busy times. The field is also used for camping pitches for tents. There is no electic hook up facility. There are some animals for petting, including donkeys, although at the present time these are being shielded due to the foot and mouth outbreak. It's not very often that you find an establishement that accomodates children in such a satisfactory manner, to enable the adults to get on with having a nice meal and drink without the concern of 'are the children all right'This pub has really achieved that and comes highly recommended. This pub would be an ideal stop on
the way home from Carsington Water, Matlock Bath or Ashbourne.