Monday, April 28, 2008

The Dog Inn, Main Road, Pentrich, DE5 3RE

Despite being 13 miles from Derby, the Dog Inn at Pentrich had been bleeping on my radar for some time. So this Saturday lunch we hit the gas and 20 minutes later we’re just about there. I’d pre-booked and recommend you do to ensure you get a table at this bustling north Derbyshire pub.
A pint of Timothy Taylor for me (luckily I’m not driving today) and a soft drink for my partner, passed the time quite nicely until our table was vacated and prepared.
Being lunch we opted for the two course £10.95 deal, three courses for £12.95 seemed very reasonable but just too much food for midday.
To start my partner had the soup of the day, which was fish. Vibrant red, saffron infused Mediterranean style bouillabaisse that exuded a deep taste of various shell fish. I found it delicious and was more than happy to polish off her leftovers. I had Mull of Kintyre rarebit toasties with apple and grape chutney. In my opinion it was seriously over described miniature cheese-on-toast, but none the less it was an agreeable savoury titbit.
For mains my partner had the Derbyshire pork sausages & mash with apple sauce and red onion gravy (pic 1). An all time pub favourite, executed heartily with a trio of herby pork bangers piled on to a heap of mash and with a moat of onion gravy. Once again it was quantity that beat her. I was not complaining though.
I had the chicken & ham hock puff pie with mushy peas, chunky chips and red wine jus (pic 2). Plentiful chunks of chicken and ham crowned with a top hat of light puff pastry all co-existing with a tarragon infused cream sauce and a swirl of red wine jus. I hit-it as hard as I could, but I couldn’t polish it all off, especially as I had also consumed a stray porky banger from someone else’s plate.
Service was adequate, the young staff ensuring that dinners were not neglected and tables were cleared promptly. In just over an hour we were done and it was time to head back to Derby for a much needed nap, zzzzz….
Hearty, contemporary pub food that’s definitely worth the ride out. Next time hopefully for dinner, so I can have a pop at the desserts. The dog’s b******s !

Food 8/10
Venue 7/10
Service 6.5/10

Tel: 01773 742781


Anonymous said...

A fantastic meal when I went there in Feb 2008. I had the scallops and black pudding and it was DELICIOUS. Beware, the food portions are HUGE and make sure you book...I have tried on three occasions since then to get in and it has been fuly booked!

Anonymous said...

I've been to The Dog several times and it is my venue of choice, living as I do near Alfreton. We also go there for Xmas lunch as a family and have thoroughly enjoyed it. We have tried a couple of other places but are now firmly convinced that we'll never go anywhere other than The Dog. Choice is excellent, taste is excellent and the staff are friendly and efficient.

Anonymous said...

Food at The Dog never fails, always delicious...however, the service just lately has not been good, very slow indeed, so if you go, make sure you are not in a rush!!