PUBS with a view - Mark Grist, chairman of Ashbourne and District branch of the Campaign for Real Ale reckons he know where the five best ones are.
Do you agree with him though? Or do you have better suggestions? One thing is he reckons they all do a decent pint.
Mr Grist said: "These are in no particular order, but each has the perfect combination of really good ale and a scenic view over which to sip away and watch the world pass by."
The Shoulder of Mutton at Osmaston may not have everyone’s idea of a panoramic scene, but as you sit in the carefully manicured garden on one of these long warm evenings, you can peer over the low hedge at the nearby ancient houses and see the church spire over the top of the nearby trees, a quintessential English village scenario.
The Barley Mow at Kirk Ireton gives you a village street scene up and down the beautiful main street whilst imbibing a pint of something like Whim IPA served direct from a jug.
The Stables Bar at the Monsal Head Hotel offers the chance of a very decent pint whilst gazing across the famous views of Monsal Head and the viaduct.
The Black Lion at Consall Forge has to be one of the remotest pubs in the area to get to, but at the end of a very long single track road, you park your car and cross a river bridge, a canal bridge and a railway level crossing right at the front door of the pub to find one of the best and widest selection of real ales available anywhere, after which you can sit and watch boats, barges and the odd steam train all passing by, sometimes all at once.
The Lathkil Hotel at Over Haddon sits at the end of the village in the centre of a small loop road. If you park behind the pub and don’t know what’s in front of it, the sight that greets you is a big surprise. The land falls away immediately beneath the hotel, so the view across Lathkill Dale to Youlgreave village is magnificent and is complimented by the sheep grazing all across the hillside at your feet.