Ye Olde Mustard Pot, Midhopestones, August 2016

Bank Holiday Monday must involve some kind of pub trip right? You would think so, but so many establishments seem to give their chefs the day off and stop serving food. Great for the hard working chef of course, but what about the hungry customer?

Today we were in transit from our camp site for the weekend to a family BBQ. After a nice drive across the northern edge of the Peak District, we were on the look out for somewhere near to Langsett Reservoir, where we were planning on having a little stroll.

Whilst driving around, we chanced upon Ye Olde Mustard Pot in Midhopestones. Despite the massive car park looking a little empty, they were in fact open and doing food (until 4pm), so we parked up and found a table in the bar (there’s a patio with benches out the front and also a beer garden around the back).

We ordered some sandwiches and then sat back and waited. There was a bit of a delay because it was a busy Bank Holiday lunchtime, but we were in no particular hurry. It gave us time to listen to the story of a nearby table who had recently seen a concert at Jodrell Bank, home of the Lovell Telescope and home since 2011 of a few live music events.

The gentleman on the table mentioned the name of the artist in question and it was all I could do to not burst out laughing. He had apparently been to see “that John Michael Jar”. I wondered if this was some kind of Jean Michel Jarre tribute act from the north, but further description suggested that it was the real JMJ, just beautifully mis-pronounced.

Anyway, enough of this local dialect amusement. On to lunch. We had both ordered the same thing, a roast chicken baguette with chorizo and smoked cheese.

It was absolutely delicious. The baguette was stuffed to the rafters with filling, loads of chicken, plenty of chorizo and no skimping on the smoked cheese. Proper home made chips and a decent bit of salad on the side. One of the sandwiches of the year.

A lovely cosy pub serving great food. There was also a good pint on (Bradfield Farmers Blonde) but there was lots more driving to do, so I passed. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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