Barrel Inn


Bretton Eyam, Hope Valley (OS Map 201779)
Bretton, Nr. Buxton, England
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1433 630856 | map

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3.73/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The 3rd, & last, Pub on our countryside Pub Crawl of Derbyshire. After the Three Stags Heads Inn & the Red Lion Inn– it was another 3-4 mile walk through fields. I failed to see how the Barrel Inn at Bretton could live up to the last 2 establishments, but “see” I did. The last part of the walk was up a very steep hill. But it was perspiration well exhausted, as the views from the Barrel Inn at Bretton are quite simply awesomely breath-taking.

The Barrel Inn used to be a major stop on the 18th Century Turnpike road from Sheffield to Buxton. Long bypassed by modern roads, this place is in quiet countryside now.

The Barrel Inn is another ancient Inn, this time dating from 1597. A collection of 3 or 4 stone buildings it seems, it is located high up, right on the lip of a weathered grit-stone edge. After walking about 14 miles up to this point, we stopped here for Refreshment & just to take in the scenery. The View is stunningly beautiful, looking out as it does over unspoilt countryside. Local legend is that on a clear day you can see 5 English Counties from here – I would not doubt it.

As we entered the Pub, it is one long room forged from several side-by-side stone buildings. The Bar is set against the back wall. It had several Handpumps, not all of them used. More beers are available & sold in the height of the Summer season when visitor numbers are higher. Still, during our visit it had Greene King Abbot Ale, Marstons Pedigree, Tetley Bitter & one Guest Beer from the Abbeydale Brewery. I elected to have a Pint of Marstons; it was a long time since I had tried one. It was a fair drink, above average & well kept, but it lacked that Burton-on-Trent “sulfurous” odor, & I found the Pedigree (ironically) to be sadly lacking of its former trademark character. The Abbeydale Bitter (I think it was the Bitter!) was much better, & a very thirst quenching highly quaffable beer.

The Barrel sells Lunchtime & Evening Meals, part of the Pub is actually laid out like a Restaurant; food clearly forms a large part of its trade. I checked the Menu & it was very adventurous, but looked a bit pricey. Thankfully, we had our own food so waived this option.

The Barrel Inn is well worth the walk up the steep hill sides, just for the view alone. But to sit outside on the sunny grass verge, take in the breathtaking views with my friends after a reasonable 14 mile walk, & all of us with Pints of decent well-kept thirst-slaking Real Ale in hand...
– Well, you just can’t beat that!!!

May 26, 2003
Barrel Inn in Bretton, Nr. Buxton, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1 ratings