Oakerthorpe is a small village in Derbyshire and the nearest town would be Alfreton, many years ago Oakerthorpe was a mining village.
We have a pleasant drive through country lanes to reach The Peacock and we usually visit early evening to enjoy a hearty tea come early supper.
As you round the corner to the pub I think the first thing to strike you is the overall size of the place, The Peacock is large, quite imposing to look at and you will notice that over the years it has been extended. Not only is the pub large but the car park and grounds are spacious too, so there is plenty of parking without trying to miss neighbouring vehicles.
The pub is well used, especially in the summer months and the large garden has plenty of wooden tables and chairs so that you can sit outside and enjoy a drink - and dare I say it a cigarette if needs be !
In the past we have booked a table but normally we just call in on the off chance and we get a table without any bother. As I mentioned earlier our usual visiting time is around teatime and this is a popular time for the pub, the menu is plain, simple and affordable and I think that that bodes well with many of us.
The entrance is situated to the rear of the building and once inside you will see that the pub is divided into different rooms, some of these rooms are on different levels so just mind and watch your feet.
When you stand beside the table that is home to the condiments do make sure that you look down at the floor because underneath your feet you will see a well that has been covered with a toughened glass , maybe a feature for the kids to look at.
The furnishings are simple and the pub looks well used and lived in. If you are eating at The Peacock then you do not have to dress for the occasion unless you feel like it.
The atmosphere is warm and convivial and you will see many tables filled with families enjoying a hearty tea.
The Peacock is clean and homely and they have added pictures to the walls and scattered brass pots about to give it that lived in feeling.
The bar is quite small so if the pub is busy then you may have to wait a moment or two to be served. You also order and pay for your food at the end of the bar so that can cause a bottleneck.
The drinks are an average price and that is all you can expect.
The menu's are on the tables, there is an A la carte menu and there are specials on a blackboard.
The choice is quite wide, if you are extra peckish then you could enjoy a Sirloin steak and all of the trimmings but if you prefer you could have a salad or a filled baguette.
When I say filled baguette, be warned - the baguettes are huge and the fillings are very generous, plus they come served with a salad garnish but they are delicious.
On the chalkboard you may see braised steak and vegetables or liver and onions, then on the A la carte menu you will find a decent choice of starters, steak, fish, vegetarian and pasta dishes, pies and pastries.
In general the meals are served with either chips or potatoes and the vegetables of the day.
The tables are already laid and there paper napkins are available. The theme is good food served with a pleasant manner with as little fuss as possible.
You place your order at the bar and when it is ready the waitress will serve you. The staff are always extremely busy but they do manage to keep smiling. I had to smile to myself on our last visit, my friend asked for ketchup and she was duly handed the whole bottle full !
Portion control must be an unknown phrase at The Peacock, the plates are overflowing with food.
I chose to eat a battered haddock served with chips and peas, the fillet of haddock was enormous, the batter was crunchy and the chips were more than I could eat. The meals come already plated, this obviously saves time, no serving dishes to wash up afterwards.
If you want another drink with your meal then you usually have to go to the bar and get it, the waiting staff have enough on their hands.
Once you have your table no one rushes you, you are welcomed to stay as long as you like and you find that people drift in and out all of the time.
There is no background music - not that I can ever recall anyway ! But the pub is filled with family banter anyway, so who needs it ?
Once you have finished your main course the waitress will come and clear the plates and ask if you would like a sweet.
If you have got the appetite of a giant then go ahead, if not just have a cup of coffee. The dessert menu ranges from ice cream sundaes to sticky toffee sponge and custard. Last time we shared a helping of mincemeat slice and custard , it was good , home-made pastry and creamy custard .
You can pay for your meal using card or cash.
The Peacock can accommodate wheelchairs without any problem. The toilet facilities are basic but clean and functional.
If you are going to enjoy a meal at The Peacock then you can expect to pay somewhere in the region of £10 a head, if you choose a special then you may well pay far less. I have noticed that they have a blackboard outside advertising special deals - a pie and a pint or a burger and a pint and I am sure that these offers would appeal to many.
The whole experience is not fine dining but it is good basic food offered at a decent price. It is somewhere that you could afford to treat the family for a change and not feel robbed at the end of it.
Well done The Peacock at Oakerthorpe.
this review is on Ciao and Igougo.
What is it?
A 17th century village pub with a restaurant, bar, four bedrooms and a flat.
Where is it?
Right in the middle of the sleepy village of Youlgrave in the Derbyshire Peak District. The village was very quiet, everyone was exceptionally friendly and the whole experience was extremely enjoyable.
The nearest bigger towns are probably Bakewell and Matlock. A very enjoyable drive over the peaks.
There are two or three bar areas, a games room with snooker/pool and a seated area outside. Accommodation is also available
This may look like your standard pub grub but it is prepared to a high standard. Huge portions of quality food. For lunch I had scampi and chips which was just right with crisp golden scampi and perfectly cooked chips. The All Day Breakfast seemed to be the most popular choice in our group of 11 and I must admit to feeling slightly jealous when the huge breakfast plates arrived. Sausage, bacon, 2 eggs, mushrooms, baked beans, tomato, and fried bread the portions were enormous!
Later on in the evening we sat down for dinner and most of our party ordered a huge Yorkshire pudding
There is a wide variety on the menu with a good selection of grills, fish dishes, pasta, vegetarian options and lighter snacks.
I cant emphasize enough how good the food is here. And the prices are really low! £6 for a sirloin steak with all the trimmings; £4.50 for the all day breakfast.
A very small selection of bottled beers but plenty of draught including Marston's.
Don't expect a huge variety at the bar - this is a country pub mainly catering for locals.
As you would expect from a building this old, the rooms were old, creaky and looked very dated - all this is positive of course. It would be a shame to ruin the ambience of the place with modern trimmings.
The beds were comfortable and the rooms all had small TV's and a
sink/washing area. Toilets and showers were down the corridor but it wasn't a problem.
Obviously anything connected with the great outdoors, mainly walking and cycling. There are many marked and documented routes or the more adventurous can go 'Off Piste'.
We paid about £20 each for bed and breakfast. The breakfast was huge and as well as the fry up we got cereal, juice, toast and coffee. Absolute value for money!
I would recommend this venue to anyone looking for a base in the Peak District or even just for a night away from it all.
I live in a great place if you like pubs! I live in Chesterfield, North Derbyshire; here’s a little bit of background information. It’s a market town lying south of Sheffield on the A61, Chesterfield is famous for the twisted spire of our parish church which leans nearly 3 metres to one side...There are loads of legends saying why it does this, but it's really down to poor timber used when it was built (shame....I like the legend about it bowing down to brides on their wedding day!). Hardwick Hall, one of Britain's foremost Elizabethan housesis nearby, along with Chatsworth, Bolsover Castle and Haddon Hall. Chesterfield is also famous for its links with Dick Whittington (Lord Mayor of London & his cat). Chesterfield is also historically linked with the War of the Roses. Chesterfield is a popular stopping place for visitors to the Derbyshire Peak District and Chatsworth House. Chesterfield railway station is on a main-line railway and close to the M1 motorway. Chesterfield is definitely worth a visit and is much more than just the home of Chesterfield Town Football Club (The Spireites) and former home to Derbyshire County Cricket...but enough of the culture and the sporting connections; lets get on with the drinking!!! There’s more to Chesterfield than just its Spire - there’s lots of pubs to visit. Let me take you on a tour of some of my favourite drinking spots in the town……… ****PORTLAND HOTEL***** The Portland Hotel is located on West Bars, near to Chesterfield's Marketplace. It’s a Wetherspoons pub (one of two in the town) and has a great range of drinks….all at the cheap Wetherspoon prices. The Portland is also a hotel too and rooms are cheap (especially at weekends), so you can always visit and sample our hospitality! This pub can get quite busy on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, but the beer is generally good and the food is worth a menti
on too. You are likely to find me and my husband in there on Wednesday and Friday nights sampling beer to write about! The other Wetherspoons is not far from our famous Crooked Spire chursh and is called the Spa Lane Vaults...it has the same selection of foods and drinks (occasionally the guest ales vary) but is a little less crowded. ****RUTLAND ARMS**** The Rutland Arms is located right next to our famous crooked spire of St Mary & All Saints Church, and can be found on Stephenson’s Place. It’s a Hogshead pub and provides a great selection of Cask Ales, wines and food. We always try to get at least one drink in at The Rutland; the landlord is friendly, the beer is good and the quiz night is always a laugh…the prize is beer (and the chance to get free t-shirts from some excellent breweries)! ****YATE'S WINE LODGE**** Yates Wine Lodge can be found on Burlington Street, also in the shadow of the Church. This place does some good food and has specials on drinks in the early evening. Yates’s has a DJ on a Friday and Saturday night and gets really packed. Drinks aren’t as cheap as in some of the pubs, but you can get a good bargain. It’s a great pub to visit because the atmosphere and décor are both nice. It doesn't get as busy now that Wetherspoons have taken over, but it's always a good chance to have a nice drink in good surroundings! ****MARKET HOTEL**** The Market is another of our favourite haunts. It’s located on New Square, next to the Market (obviously!) in a good location. We go here for the friendly atmosphere and the chance of a good Real Ale; they have a great selection of Guest beers that it’s difficult to get elsewhere. It's a nice little pub with a flagstone floor and chairs that don't match...we feel really comfortable here and know that we are going to have a great night. Even though it's called the Market Hotel it doesn
't take in guests - very curious! ****THE ROYAL OAK**** This pub is new to our regular round. It's located in the Shambles and is the oldest pub in town...reputedly built in the middle ages and a tudor half fromed exterior! They do some good beers (including London Pride) and the almosphere is very friendly. A good thing I noticed for any visitors...if you leave them your name and address, in the visitor's book, they will send you some historical information about the pub to commemorate your visit (it says it's free too). ****PUBS WORTH A VISIT**** Other pubs worthy of a mention include the Local Heroes, The County and The Barley Mow. These are both located on Saltergate, near to the Football Ground. I mention these primarily for anyone coming into Town to watch the Football. Although they are all good pubs, they do tend to attract the majority of the Home fans…so on Saturdays (and other match days) they get pretty rowdy (the Local Heroes tends to be frequented by more away supporters than the others). If you are an away supporter, or just want to avoid the crowds, there are lots of other pubs within a very close distance. Nearest to the Football Ground are The Industry (on Queen Street), The Chesterfield Arms (on Newbold Road) and The Wellington (on Spencer Street). These serve some good beer, have friendly landlords, a good atmosphere and are near to a Kebab Shop, a chippie and a Chinese Takeaway! They are not right in the Town Centre, but none are more than five minutes walk away....you could even call in and see me and take me for a pint - I'm very friendly! ****PUBS WE AVOID**** There are loads of great pubs in Chesterfield, Derbyshire...but there are also ones we don't go in... generally because of high prices and poor toilets or not much atmosphere. These are The Blue Bell (£1.85 for a small orange juice and toilets that you just wouldn't wanna use!), The G
olden Fleece (warm beer and high prices) and The Welbeck (a bit smelly and full of olde men....sorry any old men reading!) I hope you’ve enjoyed my little tour. I’ve really only scratched the surface of the pubs in my town. There are so many pubs I would be here for ever. So, why don’t you come and visit Chesterfield…the Town of one hundred bars!
Butterly Park - Brewsters Fayre/Whitbread The Butterley Park pub/ restaurant has fast become my most favourite place to eat. It is a fairly large pub, very spacious and caters for all ages. Situated on the outskirts of Ripley, opposite the police headquarters and Mcdonalds, that is a bit of a pain as James always seems to wants a ‘happy meal’, whenever we go! Facilities There is a lovely friendly atmosphere here in the pub, even though it is sectionalised (if there is such a word). There is the ‘smokers corner’ which houses four tables for four people, this is my second most favourite part of the pub as you have to go up four steps and can see all around the rest of the pub, nosy sod that I am! It also houses a lovely little bay window through which you look out onto open fields, not to mention the lorries thundering past, something James finds great! Surrounding this little platform, are a 6 tables where you can sit if only having a drink or six, and also contains one of 3 gaming machines and the cigarette machine. There is then a huge restaurant containing a large number, it was hard to count last night as there were loads of people in, of tables seating between 2 and 10 people. Through a lovely stone arch there is a ‘family’ dining room, where all us parents with their rowdy children can sit. They are very well equipped to deal with the youngest children, having the largest number of highchairs I have ever seen! Although there is a section for families, it doesn’t mean you cant sit where you want, because you have children, I have found it is easier to get James to eat when sat amongst adults as he is too busy watching the others playing around! The best part of Butterly Park has got to be the fun factory! This is the most amazing play room I have ever seen. They cater for children from 1year to 14 years. They have a small section for the toddlers cons
isting of a ball pit, soft play, imaginative toys, a television with videos, a reading area and a coin operated roundabout. From 4-7 years there is a fun house, containing slides into ball pools, climbing frames, more slides and rope bridges. I am relying on my observations here as it is too small for me to get in! From 7- 11 years there is a larger playhouse counting the same things but on a grander scale. For those a little older, there is a basket ball hoop, air hockey game and playstation consoles with the latest games. This play room is ‘overseen’ by two specially trained staff, who also host the children’s parties. It costs £2 for a ticket to the fun factory, but you do get a £1 token off your next drinks. It would appear that they have thought of all the safety aspects in here, the children all have to wear special bibs with an electronic tag incorporated into it, so if they leave the premises an alarm will sound. As well as an indoor playroom, there is also an extensive outdoor facility for children of all ages. There are two sets of toilets which is must for a pub this size, one pair situated near the family area which includes the disabled toilet and parent and baby room, and one set in the main pub area. The food! Wondered when I was going to get here! The menu itself is fantastic, catering for all taste buds! They have a good selection of vegetarian foods on offer as well as the usually carnivore diet! A 10oz gammon steak with chips and vegetables will cost you £6.15, which I think is a very competitive price with other pub/restaurants in the area, especially given the most generous portions! They have a good selection of ‘specials’ on the blackboard and all priced very reasonably. Children’s menus consist of bangers and mash, nuggets and chips, pizza and vegetarian dishes. They are very accommodating in that if you would rather
your child has potatoes rather than chips they will do that for no extra cost. The children’s meals cost £1.99 or 3.99 if part of their ‘meal deal’. This includes a meal, and drink and a spectacular ice-cream affair which they make themselves, from the ice cream factory and a visit to the fun factory. I have always found that the meals are well presented, very well proportioned and piping hot on arrival. The staff, vast in quantity, and although always busy always have time to be friendly and helpful. A meal for 2 adults and one child having main course and drinks comes to less than £20, this includes an hour in the fun factory. My only complaint with Butterly Park is that is gets incredibly busy at all times of the day. They do operate a waiting list in the evenings but you can be waiting up to 2 hours for a table, not great if you have children, I have found the best time to go for us is about 4.30 in the afternoons, there are a lot of children’s parties in at this time, but that all adds to the excitement for the children.