The Best Pubs in the Peak District

The best pubs in the Peak District
The White Horse, Woolley Moor

The Best Pubs in the Peak District!

The Peak District National Park is blessed with hundreds of wonderful pubs, from traditional coaching inns that are centuries old, to stylish gastro pubs where the customers are as cool as the cocktails.

There are cosy pubs on village lanes where you’ll find low ceilings with oak beams and roaring log fires, and family-friendly spots with fantastic views from the sunny pub gardens.

The one thing the best pubs in the Peak District all have in common is that they’re surrounded by stunning countryside, with miles of footpaths or cycle trails right from the front door. There are few things finer than starting a day of adventure with a hearty meal to give you the energy needed for the hills, or ending your walk with a perfect pint.

Most will welcome your four-legged friends too, so there’s no need to leave them behind.

Even better, many of the best pubs in the Peak District offer great accommodation, so you can stay for even longer to enjoy these beautiful surroundings and rest your head in comfort after a day out in the fresh air.

Always happy to help, Let’s Go Peak District has gathered together our pick of the Best Pubs in the Peak District to help you find the place that’s right for you, whether you want to drink, dine or stay awhile.


The stunning Peak District National Park covers over 550 square miles of the most beautiful areas of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and even parts of Greater Manchester. The Peak District was the first National Park created in the UK in 1951. It now receives more than 10 million visitors each year, who come for the spectacular landscape, lovely towns and villages, and the freedom to escape on miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycle trails.

The Peak District is renowned for its charming villages, with pretty cottages on narrow lanes, historic country churches and cosy pubs. You’ll be spoilt for choice here! Bakewell is the only town wholly within the national park and it’s a fantastic place to spend a day, with a wide range of shops, cafés and pubs – not to mention purveyors of traditional Bakewell Pudding!  There are also many wonderful market towns on the edge of the Peak District, including Buxton, Matlock, Ashbourne and Leek. 

The Peak District National Park has no shortage of grand stately properties for visitors to enjoy. Many consider the Jewel in the Crown to be Chatsworth House, the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. The House is awe-inspiring, with lavish interiors and important collections of art, but its expansive gardens and acres of parkland are just as impressive. Or visit the superbly romantic Haddon Hall, deservedly acclaimed as one of the most beautiful medieval manor houses in England, looking like a scene from a fairytale.  

But the real draw for almost all visitors is the Peak District’s fantastic landscape. Despite its well-deserved popularity, it’s still very easy to escape the crowds here, with more than 1,800 miles of footpaths and bridleways. Many visitors come to hike and run in the hills and valleys, and the famous long distance footpath The Pennine Way starts in the pretty Peak District village of Edale. Others come to for the world-famous rock-climbing; Stanage Edge in Hathersage has almost 1,500 routes up its gritstone faces and is known in climbing circles as God’s Own Rock.

Choose from our selection of the best pubs in the Peak District for a great meal or a perfect place to rest your head, and wherever you choose to stay, you’re sure to find everything you need!