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New places I found in the Peak District, No.1


Running and trying to market a brewery takes you out and about a lot and you end up in some new undiscovered places, well undiscovered to me anyway.

The other week I had reason to visit David and Felicity, the owners of Hoe Grange Holiday Cottages, not that they could buy any of my beer, www.hoegrangeholidays.co.uk and had a good look around while I was there. I had never really been to that part of Derbyshire before but found it a really idyllic spot. The official address has Matlock in it, but don’t be fooled to thinking you can nip out the front door and walk into town, it’s a long walk.

It is remote which will be one of the attractions I am sure for many visitors. The accommodation is excellent, very clean with plenty of space and an open and airy feel to it. Now I am not a horse person at all, but if you own a horse, then this is the place to come. Not only do you get your own accommodation but the horse gets its own paddock area and stables.

At least two of the rental properties have disabled access and they even have a fully charged off road wheel chair for hire, so those with walking difficulties can get out and about as well. I’m not talking the sort of vehicle the Top Gear guys built, this one I am assured by David actually works and can go pretty much anywhere.

There is not a day goes by when I don’t visit a pub, usually a new one. After visiting Hoe Grange I came across The Old Dog at Thorpe. It had been a long time since I was there and what a transformation, modern yet comfortable and a good choice of real ales on offer, sadly not mine, but one day hopefully.

They are still doing work, converting part of the building to a function room and fine dining experience but while still retaining the good home cooked pub grub option.
For the non-drivers they also offer a loyalty card, 10th drink on them and I you don’t even have to drink them all in one session. Worth a visit I would say, if you go would love to hear any feedback info@spirebrewing.co.uk .

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