The Old Nags Head, Edale, UK

A short walk up the hill from Edale railway station, The Old Nags head in  Derbyshire marks the start of the Pennine Way. In fact whilst we were in there a group were celebrating the return of two people who had walked the whole Pennine Way over the last couple of weeks! 

The Old Nags Head is a pub surrounded by stunning English countryside, which serves food and drink. The pub dates back to 1577 and walkers have been dropping in for years.

The Old Nags Head is pet friendly and dogs are allowed in as long as they are on a lead. This was great news for us as we had  brought a dog. 

There was a full menu with a range of meals available and a carvery which is served Saturdays from 3pm-8pm and Sundays 12pm-5pm.

I tried the fish finger butties and added a cup of soup. The fish fingers were homemade, battered fish goujons and the butties were served with coleslaw, salad, tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon. The soup was vegetable. I felt that if I hadn’t added the soup then I wouldn’t have had enough to eat. 

We also ordered a bowl of soup with chips.

My daughter had the hunters chicken. The dish was chicken and bacon swimming in BBQ and cheese sauce. It was served with chips and salad. 

We ordered a children’s meal. This meal was chicken nuggets, chips and beans and it went down well. I would add that whilst it was fine for us, if your child has a healthy appetite it may not be a big enough portion and is probably a better size for younger children. 

We had a good meal at this historical pub in beautiful surroundings and then made our way back down the hill to walk off our food. 


Taking a child with an ASD to The Old Nags Head?



The pub is child friendly and quite informal.

There is no loud background music.
The lighting is dim without annoying artificial lights.

There are children’s favourites available on the menu.

The pub is very popular so can become quite busy and crowded.

Edale is a great place to explore with fields, hills and rivers. There is a play park down the road past the station with swings.

Not all roads in Edale have pavements.

The Old Nags Head is currently closed Mondays and Tuesdays but will re-open 7 days a week from Monday 19th March 2018. You can find their website at: http://www.the-old-nags-head.co.uk

7 Comments Add yours

  1. JeenuPillai says:

    The Hunter’s chicken does look delicious. I can’t wait to try it myself. The Old Nags Head does look like a great place for a family to spend time together and enjoy nature. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. aniahalama says:

    That looks like such a fun place for family. Something for everyone. That food looks really delicious and hearty, perfect after a fall hike.

  3. As you rightly say, that’s really some stunning English countryside. Would love to check it out sometime. Would be lovely to sit down with the chicken and drink and just gaze at the greenery:)

  4. Jhilmil says:

    Food looks really tempting here and the landscapes seems to be beautiful to have a good family time. Really there are some lovely English countryside so serene that one would love to explore them.

  5. What a gorgeous location The Old Nags Head is in! The food all looks amazing, though it is quite pricey for the portion sizes. The stag sausages sound lovely, I would love to try those.

  6. This seems like a great place to spend tome with family! The Hunter’s chicken looks so delicious!

  7. DrKLeeBanks says:

    It sounds like you have a lovely adventure there! The food looks delicious, although I’m not sure what some of it is (cultural differences, I guess). I would love walking along that river! I enjoy exploring new outdoor trails…but I’m VERY far away, in Maine, USA!

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