After a beautiful walk along Stanage Edge in the Peak District, we are more than ready for lunch. The Plough Inn at Hathersage is nearby. Although Hathersage is in Derbyshire, we are close to the Yorkshire border and I’m pleased to see that Yorkshire Farmer from the Bradfield Brewery is available at the bar. It is a light, gold coloured bitter that is pleasingly refreshing on an unexpectedly warm autumn day.
I order the sea bream with courgette, fennel, parmentier potatoes and a shrimp & thyme butter. The sea bream is beautifully cooked and well complemented by the vegetables on the plate although, for me, there is just too much shrimp & thyme butter. Rock orders the char-grilled corn fed chicken breast served on a salad of asparagus, new potato, pine nuts, rocket and a sweet mustard dressing. It is fine but Rock thinks the dish would benefit greatly from having the pine nuts toasted and, while I had too much butter, she really needs more dressing.
Warm, friendly service outshone the good but not spectacular food.