A VILLAGE pub and hotel has been renovated and reopened by a team who are establishing a reputation for transforming the fortunes of unloved watering holes.

The Cow, in Dalbury Lees, is the first project undertaken by the newly-formed Cow Hotels group, which is operated by the same team who brought the Cock Inn at Mugginton back to life and turned the Horseshoes in Long Lane into a roaring success.

As part of the transformation of the pub, formerly known as the Black Cow, bosses will be unveiling 12 newly-decorated and furnished guest rooms alongside a restored bar and restaurant.

Doors opened at the reborn venue on Thursday, following months of planning and an extensive build and renovation programme which has seen the building’s original features retained, revealed and restored.

Cow Hotels Ltd’s managing director, Howard Thacker, said: “We are continually asked to recommend high quality accommodation in the area and therefore decided it was time to make the offer ourselves. “As luck would have it one of my oldest and best pals happened to own this delightful property, it was the perfect site for our concept.

“After nearly a year of planning and building works The Cow is now born.” The en-suite rooms now feature the latest technology, including free Wi-Fi, revolutionary “open key” door systems and smart TVs.

Alongside the rooms, the property boasts a warm, convivial dining restaurant and a cosy bar area, which has been stripped back to reveal the heritage and character of the old building. Wood-burners and a wide selection of real ales add to the British inn feel.

The Cow is offering a menu of locally-sourced food and a wine list from the UK’s oldest wine merchant, Corney and Barrow. Howard said: “We have been incredibly fortunate to secure the services of Thomas Cross as general manager. “He has assisted me daily and has driven the development of the Cow over the last six months.”

Thomas is a qualified chef and prior to joining The Cow he was co-founder and manager of the award-winning Bearslake Hotel, a 13th century inn on the edge of Dartmoor. Thomas said: “It has been a real pleasure to have joined Howard and the team all of whom share a passion for excellence.

“Over the last few months I have been lucky enough to recruit a superb new team to assist me at The Cow.

“Ben Peverall, our new head chef, comes to us after a spell alongside Gareth Ward at The Horseshoes and previously at the world-class Loch Lomond Club North of Glasgow.

“Without a doubt Ben is a most talented chef and I am sure together with his first class kitchen team will produce fantastic food for our guests.

“Paul Shaw, my assistant manager, has been a tremendous support over the couple of months and will provide key support to the running of the Inn.

“We are so fortunate to have put together such a strong team of dedicated professionals.”

To find out more visit www.cowdalbury.co.uk


Article courtesy of Gareth Butterfield / Ashbourne News Telegraph

A VILLAGE pub which has been at the heart of its community for 175 years is to fully reopen next month.

The Yeaveley Arms stood empty for four years until its new owners moved in and began an ambitious six month refurbishment.

The pub opened for wet sales on Monday, November 6, but its new restaurant will be fully open to the public at the end of the week.

The kitchen and Pear Tree restaurant area are still undergoing final refurbishments, but Jonathan Halliday, an investment partner involved in the project, is confident all the work will be finished on their targeted launch date of Friday. He said: “We opened for wet sales three weeks ago which went brilliantly and we had lots of positive feedback from locals.

“We are on track to open the restaurant fully and we are already fully booked.
“We are also fully booked for Christmas Day, so people must have been impressed.

The pub is owned by Robert Parker, the landlord, and myself and Russell Fish, who have invested into the business.

“I’ve known Rob for around 35 to 40 years from school and he has worked for years in the hotel and pub trade.
“I’ve been telling him to get his own place for a while as he is a local man. Rob is from Dalbury Lees and has worked in many hotels and pubs around the Derbyshire area, so he knows his stuff.”

Plans by the previous ownership to demolish the building to build four detached homes failed in spring last year. Robert, who will live at the pub with his dog Oscar, said: “When we saw the Yeaveley Arms, we fell in love with it straight away.

“Life is far too short not to grab opportunities like this.
“We all invested into the place and took on the lease six months ago.
“We undertook a substantial investment in renovating the pub and refitting the kitchen and restaurant area.
“We wanted to bring life back to this lovely pub, open it as Yeaveley Arms and create a country public house with good quality, but affordable food.
“And we want to be able to offer a warm, cosy and friendly environment.
“It will be a community pub and we hope that what we’ve created appeals to many, if not all, both near and far.”

When the Pear Tree Restaurant officially opens on Friday, guests will find themselves choosing from starters such as Braised Ham Hock Terrine, Tempura Soft Shell Crab and Organic Salmon Rillette with Caviar.

Main Courses will include Oven Baked Hake; Pan Roasted Partridge and crackled Pork Belly and sweets will include Whisky, White Chocolate and Apricot Bread and Butter Pudding or Espresso Crème Brulee with Daltons Rum and Raisin IceCream and Homemade Shortbread Biscuit.

Jonathan said: “We want to offer good quality pub food, not fine dining like a lot of the places around this area.

“It will be good value for money as we want people to be able to come in on any night they want instead of cooking.”

The main menu will be available for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday, noon until 2.30pm and then from 6pm until 8.30pm. A traditional roast menu is offered on Sundays between noon and 4pm.

Around 20 types of whisky are lined up behind the bar, with a similar number of gins, complementing the cask ales, lagers and ciders.

Among the quirks designed into the dog-friendly pub, formerly known as the Horseshoes, are gents’ toilets shaped from beer barrels, and even hooks on the wall of the pub for people who choose to arrive on horseback.

Jonathan said: “The quirky gent’s loos are just a bit of fun.

“I don’t think many of our customers will have gone into a beer barrel before.

“Most of the guys who use them come out and say that they’re great.

“Some even say that they want them at home.”

In the New Year the team hopes to start a monthly quiz night, as well as introducing Live Music events for the summer season and menu taster evenings.

To find out more or to book a table, call 01335 330700.

Article courtesy of Gareth Butterfield / Ashbourne News Telegraph