Now Scout and I both love to eat. Indeed there are those that say we only walk from one eating place to another to enable us to take in more calories and, thus, consume yet another cake, cream tea or three-course pub lunch. Like all urban myths, there is no more than the smallest seed of truth at the heart of that story.
The Peak District is full of good places to eat. The list below are just a few of those we use regularly or which are on the doorstep.
The Old Rock Inn
The nearest pub to Roachside is Ye Olde Rock Inn, half an hour’s walk down to the village. Oddly perhaps, it’s a place I’ve only eaten in a couple of times recently – perhaps because most of our pub meals are around lunchtime when we are out walking. The food I had was good. The menu is extensive and not expensive. Scout and I drink here fairly regularly (dogs are allowed in the climbers bar) and Scout always gets a couple of biscuits. To my shame, I was once banned from this establishment after a raucous night with some climbing club mates about 45 years ago. Fortunately, they don't seem to hold a grudge!
The Lazy Trout
You can see this place from our kitchen window - about 1.5 miles across the fields - a lovely walk on a summer evening.
The Lazy Trout is famous hereabouts. We eat here often. - Correction; very, very often. Sometimes three or four times in a week!
It's dog-friendly, the food is excellent and the service first class. We can't rate this place too highly. We've never had a duff meal in many dozens of visits - and we've had everything from every menu they have! (That's a lot of dishes...)
Early evenings during the early part of the week, it gets quite noisy with the Young Farmers and at weekends, bank holidays and warm summer evenings it gets very busy, so it may be wise to ring ahead for a table. Even when it's very busy we've never waited long to be served.
The Ship Inn at Wincle
What is a pub called The Ship doing in the Peak District, just as far as you can get from the sea in the UK? I’ll leave you to find out the story for yourself.
The Ship is our favourite eating place, as cosy and quaint as it’s possible to be. A fabulous walk from Roachside will get you to the Ship at lunchtime at the mid-point of a circular 8 mile route. The food is brilliant, a little more expensive than some other places in the area, but well worth it. Scout recommends the doggie dinners they do and the staff are brilliant. The beer is good too, if you haven’t already had a good snifter at the Wincle Brewery as you came past it a hundred yards down the road, try the J.W.Lees Manchester Pale Ale. By car, Wincle is about 9 miles distant.
Weekends and evenings towards the weekend can be busy & precautionary booking may be a good move.
Waterview Restaurant, Tittesworth Water
The Visitor Centre at Tittesworth , in the valley below the cottage, has a modern restaurant with a large deck outside, overlooking the lake. Food has always been first class. It's fully accessible, allows dogs out on the deck and is ideal for when you've just walked the circuit round the lake.
Some of the cakes here are large enough to require you to repeat the walking circuit to erase the excess calories. The Florentine is simply the biggest, best ever.
The Red Lion at Thorncliffe (Latest news - Name just changed to The Reform 2nd April 2018)
Now, until last night, I hadn't been in the Red Lion since about 1975, when it was a dark, smokey little pub full of old blokes from the surrounding farms, emitting a faintly animal aroma.
What was I doing? On the basis of this most recent dining experience, this is set to become a regular for us. Friendly staff and really excellent food (I had the Minted Lamb & Redcurrant Pie) and not in any way expensive. Well done Red Lion!