Friendly real ale and crisps pub – the Boat Inn, Cromford …
Our little climbing group was, until the guys moved to Lancashire, Somerset, Brussels and the Massif Central of France, based just to the south of the Peak District (Belper and Wirksworth) and the Boat Inn at Cromford was our pub of choice. Why – the beer was kept well, they always had a good stock of Cheese and Onion crisps, the service was friendly and it was on the way home after a day or evening at the crag!
It did change hands a couple of times and it seemed to attract landlords/ladies who actually knew what they were doing. There was always a good selection of different real ales on, all of which were invariably well kept.
The pub itself was built in 1771 I believe and was a coaching inn. It is long and thin with both fixed seating and tables with stools/chairs and can get a little crowded at times but was always friendly. The walls in the main part are not plastered which gives an Olde-Worlde charm and character and displays a number of interesting old features. There is a small beer garden out at the back.
They used to have a beer festival but as we haven’t been for a while we don’t know if they still do that. The restaurant never really seemed to take off and the food always seemed to be more pub grub than gourmet, no complaints
Google map (not quite spot on but it should be close enough to be able to find it)!
The Boat Inn, Scarthin, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3QF
Information about Cromford Village
Information about Cromford Mill