As the summer draws to a close, colder, wetter and windier weather draws in. Dark nights and frosty mornings are no fun. Walkers stop walking as often, the country park becomes much quieter and, naturally, so does the pub. As things slow down before the crazy December Christmas period, we’ve had a bit more time to finally get a few things done, like this web site for example.

We’ve finally launched our new menu, with the new dishes proving very popular so far. It’s early days of course, but signs are suggesting that the new additions were a good choice.

We’ve designed our Christmas menus and marketing materials ourselves this year, without outsourcing anything, except for the actual printing. So it will be interesting to see how professional looking they turn out to be. They should be with us in the next few days, fingers crossed that they look as intended.

On the subject of Christmas, we are FULLY BOOKED for Christmas day, but have plenty of spaces left for festive party meals throughout December. We’re also putting on a festive carvery on Boxing day, being a usual Wednesday carvery day anyway. But places for this are also going quickly, so do book soon if you wish to join us.

As you will know, we do not serve food on Mondays. Christmas eve, and New Years eve are both on a Monday this year. We have decided, for the benefit of our kitchen staff, that we will NOT be serving food on Christmas Eve, and New Years Eve. This is to allow them their days off with their families. They all work very hard, particularly at that time of year. So we felt it was unfair to ask them to work extra days, as well as miss out on a few hours with their families on the big days. I hope you can all understand this decision.

Opening times, and food service times for the festive period are all finalised and will be announced soon.

As you may have seen, we’ve planned a Halloween party for the 26th October. You can find more details on our events page. It will feature a mad science show, which we’re really looking forward to.

September saw our very own Cara and Siobhan take part in a 5k Muddy Run to raise money for Race for Life’s Cancer Research appeal. They’ve raised over £1000, so a massive well done to them.

We also held a small fun day, with music performed by Ilkeston Brass Band, who were absolutely brilliant. We had a few stalls, who all attended at short notice, so thank you to them. We also want to thank all of you who attended, it was well supported, and hopefully a good day was had by all. We also raised over £200, which was split between the local church, Holy Trinity and the above mentioned Race for Life appeal.

We think that’s all for now, if you’ve got to this point then thanks for reading, and we hope we haven’t bored you too much.

Nick & Cara xx