The Samuel Fox
Bradwell Hope Valley Derbyshire S33 9JT
Samuel Fox Esq, son of Bradwell, is credited – amongst other things – with inventing the modern steel-ribbed umbrella, the Paragon, which became a worldwide success in the nineteenth century – not bad for a local lad. The eponymous pub has nothing to do with him other than being an homage to his success, but it' a fitting memorial, a nice mixture of old school and contemporary, with big windows to sit by and enjoy the views. Log fires crackle in the chillier months and the menu is gratifyingly rustic, with the likes of scotch egg with Rob’s ketchup, deep fried sprats with garlic mayo and lemon and (my personal fave) faggots with cabbage & mash. If only more pubs had faggots on the menu, the world would be a happier place. If you fancy making a night of it book into one of the cosy, immaculate bedrooms all with great views across the hills. Bradder (as it's known locally) is a bit of a hidden gem in the Peak District, so steal a march and head here. Castleton, the 'Gem of the Peaks' is just down the road and the Barrel at Bretton Clough over the hill. You're about ten minutes from Hathersage Lido too if you fancy a dip before dinner!