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Black Cow, Ashbourne - pub details

Address: Dalbury Lees, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 5BE [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 42088) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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user reviews of Black Cow, Ashbourne

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It is two or three years since I last visited the Black Cow. Since then it has undergone what must have been a very expensive refurbishment, but on the way it seems to have lost the plot completely. It seems to be trying to be both a traditional village local and an upmarket gastro pub … but IMHO it has failed on both counts. The refurbishment has all but destroyed the atmosphere of a village local … no more local free-range eggs on sale on the bar, but equally it does not seem to have established itself for its food. It advertises heavily in local newspapers and magazines. That perhaps says it all.

Three beers were on when I visited; Pedigree, Doom Bar and a guest ale, Springhead Ginger Pig. The Pedigree was OK, but I have had much better pints elsewhere. The food was OK too, but again, not outstanding.

The manager/landlord or whoever needs to get his act together pronto. I don’t think that he smiled once the whole time I was there. Serving the very few customers that were in the pub seemed to be a very low priority and the bar was unattended most of the time. One potential customer walked out after five minutes of waiting to be served.

The pub, overlooking the village green, is in a superb location. The potential is enormous, but the key to unlocking that potential seems to have gone missing at the moment.

steve2905 - 2 Sep 2013 05:08
Very definitely in Dalbury Lees.

A very atmospheric simple pub, catering mainly for villagers as outside the Peak tourist area, but friendly. Multi-roomed, with good Pedigree and an interesting guest. Worth a stop.
mtaylor40 - 28 Nov 2012 19:17

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