The Charles Cotton, Hartington
Named after Issak Walton's fishing chum, this 18th century establishment is the sort of old fashioned village inn that, through economic necessity is forced to be as many things to as many people as possible. Without the hotel guests - walkers, anglers (well of course) and the other types you'd expect to find in the Peak District - the place probably wouldn't survive, so it's little surprise that the ambience - placid, genteel and food-orientated - is very much that of a countryside hotel. However, it's also a good place for urban types from Sheffield and Nottingham to stop after a day trip in the country, a decent set of real ales acts as a handy reminder that tradition is not altogether to be despised. Of course, it also serves one of the few meeting points for locals in this particular slice of olde world England and there were a few whiling away the afternoon during our visit. These disparate elements might not gel entirely, but it's not a bad place for a stop over.
Hartington, Hartington, Hartington, Derbyshire, SK17 0AL
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