The Peak District is one of the UK’s most visited national parks spanning around 555 square miles, and we understood why thousands descend on the beautiful landscape every year as soon as we drove past the ‘Welcome to the Peak District’ sign. Set a couple of miles into the park’s boundary was The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley, a country inn offering “great food, excellent ales and comfy rooms, situated at the heart of the Chatsworth Estate”.
Having driven several hours, we were keen to charge our electric car and then check in and recharge our own batteries.
The electric charging points were sadly out of use – not something an EV owner wants to hear when you’re in the middle of nowhere with limited mileage left on the clock! But after a short brainstorm, the staff managed to find a solution.
As for the room, The Devonshire Arms is made up of several buildings, and our room was in one that looked over the kitchen gardens and the beautiful cascading landscape beyond.
The room was comfortable and laden with soft furnishings which made it cosy and inviting, and the bathroom was large and modern.
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Described as “blissfully luxurious”, the fine dining Gallery restaurant held three AA Rosettes.
Initially, the atmosphere was a little stiff, but the lack of background music was rectified when a large jovial party entered.
The restaurant offers a tasting menu, but we chose the A La Carte. To start, we tried the cod ceviche, which featured avocado, wasabi, squid ink and sorrel, as well as the mackerel which came with satay, green chilli, mango and coconut.
For the main course, the Derbyshire lamb came recommended, and with it came Jersey Royal potatoes, peas and carrots. A Taste of Chatsworth Beef was also chosen to see if it rivalled the previous night’s dish.
To complete dinner, the dark chocolate pudding with Kirsh, cherry and chilli rounded off a wonderful meal.
The next day, having checked out, we decided to pop into Chatsworth House, considering we were just a few miles away.
The stately home is where the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire live and the grounds were magnificent – well worth a trip!
Prices at The Devonshire Arms, Pilsley start from £142 per room per night, on a B&B basis. DB&B starts from £192 per night. Prices at The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow start from £200 per room per night, on a B&B basis. DB&B starts from £330 per night.
There is currently an autumn/winter offer across both hotels: ‘Four nights for the price of three’ – available at both hotels.