Premier Country Pub with Ensuite Rooms

The Ashford Arms, in the chocolate box village of Ashford-in-the-Water, welcomes you to indulge in delicious, fuss-free food, prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and invites you to stay in one of their nine beautifully styled ensuite rooms, offering a wonderful blend of comfort and sophistication. The Ashford Arms provides the ideal base to explore this picturesque area of the Peak District National Park, and the perfect pit stop for a drink or meal in front of the roaring fire with your family, your dog and your walking boots! Or why not pop back with your glad rags on to enjoy the tempting menu in contemporary surroundings, enjoying the perfect venue for gatherings and celebrations with family and friends in this most beautifully restored 17th Century country pub!

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You’ll be amazed when you enter The Ashford Arms at how deceptively spacious it is, with sociable rooms leading from one to another, and lots of intimate corners creating cosy spaces for you to enjoy a bite to eat with the kids, a coffee or a pint with a friend, a romantic meal for two or a celebratory family gathering. The flagstone and wooden floors, paired with the rich earthy tones, are complemented by stylish furniture and fun paintings, adding glamour and personality! Guests can also enjoy the heated pergola with retractable roof and pretty festoon lighting, which is the place to be from dawn till dusk with either a peaceful morning coffee, or a cocktail as the sun sets!

Visit The Ashford Arms and allow the friendly, attentive staff show you around the village pub that they’re all so passionate about and can’t wait to share with you!

‘’When Rob Hattersley created Longbow Venues he vowed to do things differently and always put people over profits. By people he means you, our loyal customers, our valued suppliers, local producers and the team that became a family.’’

Excellent Food

The expert chefs at The Ashford Arms take immense pride in their commitment to sourcing fresh, seasonal ingredients directly from local farmers, brewers and artisan producers. This promise ensures the highest quality dishes, including reimagined pub classics and worldly delights, all regularly changing with the seasons and the fresh ingredients available to them at any given time. And as each meal at The Ashford Arms is made to order, they are quick to adapt to ensure they have something perfect for everyone’s taste, whether you’re looking for gluten-free options, vegetarian dishes or tasty vegan treats.

Pop in from 8am for a hearty full English breakfast, American pancakes, breakfast muffins and much more – the perfect way to fuel your day before you start your Peak District adventure. 

Throughout the day, whether you crave a casual bite or a three-course meal, their extensive menu caters for every mood and diet. Choose from a selection of tempting nibbles, a fresh sandwich or tasty salad for a light lunch, or for a more substantial meal, indulge in their signature burgers or a juicy steak cooked to your liking. Enjoy regional classics like Bakewell Bangers & Mash or the traditional Derbyshire Pie of the Day, each showcasing the finest local ingredients. Or try something a little different like the succulent Teriyaki-marinated salmon, or seasonal vegetables and mixed bean cassoulet. Of course, Sundays wouldn’t be Sundays without a traditional roast, with tender meats served with crisp roast potatoes, perfectly cooked vegetables and creamy cauliflower cheese, plus the all-important Yorkshire Pud! Be sure to leave room for an indulgent dessert, such as the white chocolate and passionfruit cheesecake or a moreish chocolate brownie. Maybe coffee and cake are more your thing, or perhaps a delightful afternoon tea in the heated pergola? 

Gather your friends and family to enjoy a sharing platter, perfect for a relaxed and sociable evening with a few drinks in the garden. 

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The menu is ever changing with the seasons at The Ashford Arms, so please check out the latest menu here!

‘’Our food is special. It’s fuss-free and simple but done extremely well, every time’’.

Tantalising Drinks

Craving a refreshing drink? The Ashford Arms caters to every thirst, no matter the time of day. Whether you’re in the mood for a crisp beer, a smooth glass of wine or a handcrafted cocktail, their extensive drinks menu has something for everyone.  

The passionate team offer insightful recommendations from local spirit producers through to exquisite wines from selected vineyards, all adding to the personal, friendly service that The Ashford Arms‘ team pride themselves on.

Indulge in local ales from Thornbridge Brewery, Peak Ales and Abbeydale Brewery, a selection of wines from Hattersley Wines and premium spirits from Shining Cliff Distillery, Shivering Mountain Gins, and Chatsworth Gins – all based with a stone’s throw of The Ashford Arms.

‘’We work with local brewers and distilleries and visit the best small-batch vineyards in France and Spain to hand-select the finest drinks for you.’’

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Ensuite Boutique Rooms

The Ashford Arms welcomes you to its collection of elegantly styled ensuite boutique rooms! Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a productive mid-week business stopover or a weeklong retreat, the nine inviting ensuite rooms at The Ashford Arms are the answer! Unwind in comfort and tranquility and wake refreshed to enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out into the surrounding Peak District National Park.

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Each of the rooms at The Ashford Arms has been individually styled to create a feeling of timeless charm with contemporary country décor and characterful features such as original stone walls, rustic timber beams and period fireplaces. The beds are super comfy and have luxurious, soft bedding, ensuring the most wonderful space to relax after a day exploring this gorgeous area.  

There’s a mix of deluxe double rooms and stylish suites at The Ashford Arms, each of which has an ensuite bathroom, with either a bath with over shower, or shower only, and some of the suites have romantic free-standing roll-top baths too! Luxury toiletries are provided in each, along with soft fluffy towels and snuggly bathrobes.

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In summary, rooms include:

  • Super comfy king-sized beds
  • Ensuites with luxury toiletries and bath robe
  • Premium tea and coffee making facilities
  • TV and Radio
  • Wi-Fi
  • A delicious breakfast!

Please note, all rooms are on the first or second floor.

‘’Sink deep into the cosy, charming ambience of our boutique bedrooms.’’

Stunning Location

Ashford-in-the-Water is the most charming little village with narrow streets, lined with pretty limestone cottages with well-tended gardens, and ducks waddling along the grassy riverbanks, dotted with daffodils in the spring and draping willow trees providing dappled shade in the summer. The picturesque sheepwash bridge attracts visitors year upon year, while the tranquil River Wye that runs beneath it attracts dippers and rainbow trout.  

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Visitors can enjoy a leisurely 1.5 mile stroll along the riverbank to the popular market town of Bakewell, where you can browse independent shops, treat yourself to a traditional Bakewell Pudding, or sample the delights at other tempting bars and eateries. Why not try this 6 mile walk, starting in Bakewell, stopping off at The Ashford Arms at your half way point, before returning back to Bakewell along the nearby Monsal Trail?

Ashford-in-the-Water and The Ashford Arms are just half a mile from the Monsal Trail and well worth the short detour if you are en-route from Bakewell to Chee Dale near Buxton. This 8.5 mile, traffic free route is great for both cyclists and walkers alike, venturing through lit tunnels, miles of beautiful countryside and over the impressive Headstone Viaduct with the most amazing elevated views from Monsal Head.

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Haddon Hall, regarded as one of the most beautiful medieval manor houses in England, is a hidden gem just four miles from The Ashford Arms, and is a must for visitors to the Peak District. Visitors can explore the splendid rooms and glorious gardens where the historic walls are adorned with fragrant roses, and attend seasonal artisan markets throughout the year. Of course, no visit to the Peak District would be complete without also visiting the jewel in the Peak District’s crown, Chatsworth House, which is just five miles from The Ashford Arms. Children will have a great time at Chatsworth’s Farm Park and Playground, and the whole family will enjoy spotting deer in the huge parklands, and embarking on a journey through impressive history and architecture before browsing the landscaped gardens.

With many wonderful places so close to Ashford-in-the-Water, The Ashford Arms provides the most idyllic base from which to explore these nearby Peak District gems!

“After a day spent wandering the captivating trails of the Peak District, nothing could have been more welcoming than the warmth of The Ashford Arms.”

Contact The Ashford Arms

For more information, or to book a table or room, contact the helpful team who can’t wait to welcome you.