Firstly, let me say this is a good pub, And the food is excellent, my particular Steak and Ale pie being a masterclass in luscious meatiness (children’s food - Chicken goujons etc - also v good)
I suppose I’m writing this review because of a curious thing one of the staff said to me. Before ordering I asked if they were partaking in the government ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme. The young lady said they were not. As most places are I enquired why? (Expecting a sensible answer like, “We’d end up with more guests than we currently have the capacity for”) but the answer was “We are doing alright so we thought it’s better to leave it for those firms that are worse off”
?? - Eh? Like the massive multinationals (McDonalds etc)
Noble? Undoubtedly! But utterly bonkers. This is a great pub that appeared to be nowhere near capacity (seats next to river busy, but only 3 or 4 (of maybe 20 inside) tables taken. This is exactly the sort of establishment that should be taking advantage of this initiative, having probably not pulled a single pint in March & April.
Right now the Eat Out to Help Out scheme is a wonderful opportunity for small independent businesses to be obtaining revenue that would ordinarily go to supermarkets (yes, those massive conglomerates that have decimated local independent retailers), as people eat out rather than eat in.
Anyway, I hope the proprietor changes his mind, because frankly he has a business more deserving of the increased patronage than most.
If you do find yourself in Millers Dale (on The Monsal Trail) pop in and order some food. It’s excellent.
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