“ Address: Smalldale / Bradwell / Hope Valley / Derbyshire S33 9JQ / England „
Just a fantastic find. The new owners of this fine establishment jez and karen made us feel so so welcome i have not laughed in yearsThe food is to die for good hearty meals! Check out the Specials board!The views around are stunning and in easy reach of all destinations.The locals also deserve a special mention they also made us feelvery special as did jez and Karen something lacking im ashamed to say down south. Well done to you all at the YE OLDE BOWLING GREEN INN Regards vee and steve
The Old Bowling Green Inn is a delightful country pub in the Peak District village of Bradwell in Derbyshire. It is located at the bottom of a narrow, steep lane that climbs up over the village and onto the top of hillside. My Uncle has lived at the top of this lane for the past 30 years and so during this time the Bowling Green Inn has become quite a frequent meeting place. It is now generally referred to as the "bottom of the hill" as in "shall I see you at the bottom of the hill?"
The Old Bowling Green Inn is a traditional Country Pub. It is a free house, which is family run and there are solid oak beams across the ceilings and real open log fires. The building dates from 1577 although it has been extended and modified several times since this date and I believe none of the oak ceiling beams are actually original, although they do look very authentic.
In addition to the good range of wines, beers and spirits that are available there is also a good selection of home cooked food available. Above all however there is always a good atmosphere and the bar staff and owners are always very friendly.
Due to its location the local villagers provide the majority of the custom, although Bradwell does have three other pubs on offer. It is however ideally placed close to the edge of Bradwell to attract passing trade from tourists exploring this lovely village within the Peak District National Park. I have observed on numerous occasions that non-local visitors always appear to be treated in the same friendly manner by staff.
Outside there is a large, fully enclosed beer garden which welcomes children and there is also a small secure child-friendly play area here too.
In addition to its role as a public house this Inn, unlike many other pubs that bear the name "Inn" still provides accommodation. Whilst a few centuries ago accommodation would have been within the rooms above the kitchen and bar area, these days it is within a fully converted adjacent barn. The rooms above the bar area are now used as living quarters for the present owners.
I have never found it necessary to book accommodation in Bradwell since it is only a 30 minute drive from where I live but the accommodation offered at the Old Bowling Green Inn is, I am told of an excellent standard. This verbal comment is presumably verified in the fact that the accommodation here has been awarded 4 AA stars and verified further by the fact that if you want to stay here, you generally have to make your booking many months in advance.
I have eaten at the Old Bowling Green Inn on many different occasions and I have always had an enjoyable meal. Food is served every day and a full Sunday roast is not only available on a Sunday, but every other day of the week as well. I can particularly recommend the lamb shank or the steak and ale pie.
All of the food that is served is sourced locally. The fresh meat and vegetables are delivered daily from nearby Tideswell. All of the frood is cooked to order so there can sometimes be a reasonable length of time to wait for your meal, but I can guarantee you that it will be well worth the wait. Vegetarian dishes are available and there is also a children's menu. The chef will also try and cater for any special dietary requirements on request.
The food is average price and the restaurant has lovely views overlooking the gardens. If you prefer a cheaper meal then there is also a bar menu available. This menu offers snacks and more basic meals like fish and chips and lasagne.
In summary I think that the Old Bowling Green Inn is a lovely place in a very picturesque and beautiful setting. It is therefore highly recommended if you are ever in the area.
The Old Bowling Green Inn
Telephone - 01433 620450
Fax: 01433 620280
A former coach inn dating back to 1577 offers traditional pub fare in a warm and cosy atmosphere. 6 rooms to let out in a B&B style. (Pub and Inn)