Tip Top Tansley: Derbyshire Wayfarer Part 2

You left me in Matlock heading into the wilds of the Lumsdale Valley as the views improved and the pubs became more gastro.

Gorge walking has become de rigeur in recent years and I can confirm it is a top notch activity, albeit I have tried it in Anglesey.

(Not gorge walking)

The joys of covid mean thatt this section is closed off at present but you get some idea of just how wet this area is and the Bentley Brook Brewery Tap (closed on a Tuesday) is in this region so clearly using the River Derwent water.

However, I know you lot want to hear about beer and pubs, not history, so it is onwards and upwards (literally) as climbing the Lumsdale Valley led us towards Tansley.

This is prime Wickingman territory and aside from an Anglican church

and a Methodist church,

this village seems to be fairly remote.

Although that didn’t stop the Rishi offer tempting them into the 592 – Gate Inn DE4 5FN which was bustling on a Tuesday afternoon with all of Tansley and surrounding hamlets.

A behemoth of a village pub in the Dales this looks like it has had multiple extensions but is certainly ticking all the boxes of the locals.

This was the main thrust of our conversation and whilst we all like a wet led boozer then it looks like the only way these pubs can survive is by hitting the food trail so why not?

We cashed in on the offer…

and the beer was top class with Thornbridge (Brother Rabbit) coming up trumps.

A proper hike onwards led us towards Tansley’s other pub 593 – The Tavern At Tansley DE4 5FR which is on the Nottingham Road and we decided to eat out to help out.

This was also food led, although felt slightly more pubby and it also

delivered a terrific pint of Landlord (Timothy Taylor’s).

I can recommend the fish and chips while the pub was ticking over nicely, the map on the wall kept us interested,

and more routes were mapped out for the final trek towards Starkholmes.

Sometimes. There is nothing BRAPA style extraordinary to say about a pub but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good ‘un.

Two thriving pubs in the hills of Matlock and the Derbyshire Dales both serving good beer and ensuring a seven mile walk had some suitable Gazza style refuelling stops.

Seven pubs adrift of the magical 600 number and Derbyshire’s seemingly inexhaustible supply of boozer continues….

10 thoughts on “Tip Top Tansley: Derbyshire Wayfarer Part 2

  1. I’ve no idea who he is, but your mate deserves great praise. Most bloggers friends, other than Tom Irvin, look sheepish in front of the camera. Kudos to your friend for enjoying this small amount of fame. He really makes the post. Nice to see someone other than Tom enjoying his day out.

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  2. “(Not gorge walking)”

    I thought ‘gorge’ walking was going to a gastro pub and having oodles of fancy foods whilst sipping debonair beers.

    “The joys of covid mean it this section is closed off”

    Pretty sure ‘it’ should be some other word.

    “(closed on a Tuesday) ”

    I have a friend in north Georgia (US), who just opened an adult ice cream shop (adult as in… liquor, steady on!). He closes on Tuesday so as to be open for all of the Monday holidays. 🙂

    “not history”

    Still, an interest bit of history in the photo below.

    “Although that didn’t stop the Rishi offer tempting them”

    To misparaphrase a (famous) movie; lower the price and they will come. 🙂

    “it looks like the only way these pubs can survive is by hitting the food trail so why not?”

    Yep, totally understand.

    “We cashed in on the offer…”

    LOL! You’ve seen what’s happening in New York city, right? Bars can only open if they serve food!
    (this Covid thingy is one canny virus; in some places it won’t attack during the day (curfew), in others it won’t attack if you have food with your beer; heck… over here it won’t attack if you’re a famous musician or a politician!). 😉

    “(Brother Rabbit)”

    Love that name for a beer.

    “delivered a terrific pint of Landlord (Timothy Taylor’s).”

    Well, I didn’t think it was the Black Sheep! 😉

    “the map on the wall kept us interested,”

    That’s one of Martin’s, innit?

    “Sometimes. There is nothing BRAPA style extraordinary to say about a pub but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good ‘un.”

    (slow golf clap)

    “and ensuring a seven mile walk had some suitable Gazza style refuelling stops.”

    Seven miles; blimey!

    ” and Derbyshire’s seemingly inexhaustible supply of boozer continues….”

    You can always double back you know. 🙂

    Cheers

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    1. The Gate is gastro so thriving but think Bulls Head in Repton…tavern food led but felt more pubby. If that gets in the GBG you’ll have a decent walk to get there!!! My money is in the Bentley Brook Tap getting in as only open three days a week 😉

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