I have been putting the directories together for our B&B rooms and cottages, you know, lists and leaflets of restaurants, shops, experiences and places to visit. I am bowled over by the wonderful businesses on my doorstep all offering lovely things to my guests!
There is the wonderful gastro pub and farm shop just up the road, The George at Alstonefield . Guests often walk there for their supper and we go and pick them up. I delight in hearing about their delicious meals on the way home. Apparently my romantic husband has booked us in for Valentines night!
A few miles south is the Rose and Crown at Mayfield , another great gastro pub. They also do stunning food, and some memorable puds, they also source local meats from Denstone Hall Farm Shop , an award winning Staffordshire business. They recently won the Tastiest Sausage in the West Midlands with their Staffordshire Sizzler (judged by Craig Revel Horwood!)
open on Fri, Sat and Sun, ask and you may be able to see the piglets, either so cute and pink, snuggled up to their Mum or a bit older, hysterically dashing about squeaking. The Peak District Farm Shop do steaming mugs of tea and proper cakes- just what you need half way through your walk.
Then today my daughter and I tested a local experience (all in the line of work, mind you.) We had massages and pedicures at Brackendale Spa , near Carsington Water. So now we can personally recommend this lovely business.
So I, and my lovely Turquoise toe nails, are now off to the village pub quiz at the Royal Oak at Wetton , a warm and welcoming village hostelry. Hope we win!