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Full Postal AddressMonsal Head Hotel, Monsal Head, BAKEWELL, DE45 1NL [Map]
Telephone Number01629 640250Pub's Own Websitehttp://www.monsalhead.com/ 
Opening Times11-23 MO-SA; 12-22:30 SU
FacilitiesAccommodation, Car Park, Evening Meals, Real Fire, Beer Garden, Lunchtime Meals, Quiet Bar, Campsite At / Near Pub

No picture of the pub, but a picture of the fine view from
the pub up the picturesque Monsal Dale, August 1998

The pub has to be in one of the most picturesque parts of the country with commanding views available from the pub along Monsal Dale and the River Wye which flows a good 200 ft below. The Monsal Trail, a recently designated cycle path passes by the pub and follows the old railway line from Buxton to Bakewell. If you fancy a little more than a Frederick's ice cream from the van outside or a can of drink from the shop the pub could well satisfy your food and drink needs! The main hotel building mainly serves residents and it is the Stable Bar that most visitors use. It's situated behind the main hotel in what used to be the old stables and formerly housed the horses that used to bring folk up from the local station in the valley. It does tend to get rather crowded at weekends in the summer though there are plenty of seats outside where you can enjoy the beer, food and atmosphere.

Like many pubs in National Parks the Monsal Head is a mecca for those that appreciate fine real ales with local brews such as Hartington bitter (abv 4%), a hoppy session bitter brewed by the Whim Ales brewery up the road near Buxton. They also have several guests on offer. The bar still has the feeling that you're actually in some stables and the original flooring has been retained. They pride themselves on the quality of their bar food with an impressive range of reasonably priced dishes to satisfy almost all tastes. I had the lamb in honey and mint and it was delicious. They've their own website which can be accessed by clicking here. If like me you're a little short of cash then there's a campsite 100 yards down the road which takes couples and families or small groups if you ask very, very nicely as we did.

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