Three Stags Heads Inn


Wardlow Mires (OS Map 181756)
Wardlow, Nr. Buxton, England
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1298 872268 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.01/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

We alight the Train at Grindleford, a beautiful old Railway Station right at the opening of a Tunnel, set in the Peak District in Derbyshire. It was early Saturday morning & backpacks at the ready we set off on our countryside Pub-Crawl, walked for several hours, up hill & down dale. It was a fantastic sunny day as we came off of the hills & onto the A623 road, a rare stretch of lonely tarmac that cuts through the green countryside. This led us down into Wardlow Mires, at the road junction with the A6465, a desolate oasis that comprises a Petrol (Gas) Station with a couple of stone buildings opposite.

My friend Richard told me the 7-8 mile walk to the 1st of the 3 Pubs would be worth it. But I could not see anything that looked like a Pub.

But to my Utter Astonishment – there it was!! A real Classic, one of those “you will not believe this” Pubs. It has a postal (zip) code, no street address, but it does have a Map Grid-Reference (OS181756). It really is in the middle of nowhere, high up in the Derbyshire hills.

A very low, 2 storey whitewashed all stone building that has a small weather beaten wooden sign outside. Two large stone slabs set into a curved dry stone wall act as outside seats. A rickety solid wooden door with a rusty sneck-lifter acts as an entrance. You turn right as you bow down to avoid the low ceiling. The very small wooden bar is in front of you in the right hand side room. Stone flagged floors, really old wooden furniture & a wood burning Range. Absolutely bloody fantastic! Wave goodbye to the 20th Century.

It only sells a couple of Real Ales, but this is quite remarkable in itself, given its isolated location & limited opening hours (7pm-11pm FR; 11am-11pm SA; 12-10.30pm SU). On our visit they had a couple of Abbeydale Beers, including one done specially for this Pub only, called Black Lurcher, which is 8%ABV & named after the Pub Dog. Hidden from view is a small range of Bottled Beers, including some Belgiums.

Serves home-made Lunchtime & Evening meals, all served on home-made wooden plates made at the back of the Pub, how cool is that!? All the Bread is also made on the premises.

This is quite a stunning place, totally remarkable & *very unique*. We sat with the “locals”, where they come from is anyone’s guess!

Very few people have been here. If you drive here, you will miss the point completely. But for those that have walked here, they will tell you, its well worth it.
....And after a long walk – that 1st Pint is just pure Nectar!

May 26, 2003
Three Stags Heads Inn in Wardlow, Nr. Buxton, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1 ratings