It may be Dove Holes BUT……

So many times over the years have we heard about a Pub in Dove Holes being "taken over", "done-up", "re-furbished"etc, and its now "quite nice", "good"  or whatever and when we try we find "not much", that we have become quite cynical.

quarrymanRecently we have heard reports locally the "the Wheatsheaf" had a new name and wasn't at all bad, so having driven past and noted the new name "The Quarryman" and people sitting outside, we decided to go for a "pint after work" on Saturday.

Access to the Car Park is a little tricky because of its proximity to the trafic lights, but we managed, and wandered inside. Clearly a lot of work has been done and it is now light, airy and modern (not avant garde – it's still clearly a Pub and not a Wine Bar or Bistro). The Bar area had quite a few customers for such an early visit and a family table of four eating, plus a guy at the bar tucking into what must have been their burger, (couldn't see much of the burger as it looked to be buried under a bacon chop!)

The bar area is pleasant with a large bay window looking across the car park towards the road, and the bar itself is open plan across to a sizeable dining area behind.

Service was friendly and we overheard that they were fully booked later in the evening. We ordered a pint of San miguel at £3.70 and a bottle of Pino Grigio for £13.95, so reasonably priced, food is very much traditional Pub fayre with some nice touches, an "all day breakfast" (double serving of everything) £7.95, Rib-eye Steak plus beer battered chips £14.95 (add a pepprcorn or stilton sauce £2.50), Hot smoked Salmon with apple, new potatoes & rocket £8.95. Since we had plans for the evening (and they were booked up) we did not try the food.

The Quarryman Bar

The toilets have been hugely overhauled with tiled floors and (in the gents at least sophisticated page three type images of the ladies olympics), the ladies I'm told has exhortations to relax and stay beautiful (might be appropriate in the gents too).

We noted that they had BT broadband, which is normally a no-go zone for those of us who get our service elsewhere, so don't have access to the associated free BT/Fon connection, but the password had thoughtfully been posted up in the dining area when we took a peek in.

This was something of a "flying visit" so not much more to report, but at first glance we feel The Quarryman is likely to join that all too small band of places in High Peak that get a regular visit from us


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