DINING OUT: You’ll be spoiled for choice at this rural pub/restaurant that retains its traditional country feel...

TEMPTING: A dish at The Old Pump, Barlow.
TEMPTING: A dish at The Old Pump, Barlow.

If you are looking for a pub restaurant with that traditional country feel, then The Old Pump could be the place for you.

Situated just a short drive from Chesterfield, in the village of Barlow, famous for its well dressings in mid-August, The Old Pump takes its name from the old village pump on the opposite side of the road.

The pub has a traditional feel and the wood burning fire proves very welcoming on a cold winter’s night.

The restaurant provides extensive menus consisting of traditional pub favourites or a full a la carte menu of starters and mains.

On arrival, we were greeted by a very friendly and attentive waiter who had an extensive knowledge of everything on offer.

The meal began with a choice of speciality bread from the bread basket, quite a nice touch we thought. For starter I was tempted by the trio of hand dived scallops on Black Pudding (£6.95) from the ‘specials of the day’ board, an interesting combination of flavours and textures which worked really well together. My wife chose home-made fishcake (£3.95) from the Old Pump Favourites menu which was served with tartare sauce, dressed leaf salad and a fresh lemon wedge, also equally delicious.

For my main course I chose a fillet steak (£17.95) from the Steaks and Grills menu. Across the table, crispy beer battered fish and chips (£7.50) was the choice. The steak was cooked to perfection with meat that melted in the mouth, served with home-made chips, mushrooms and onion rings cooked in a very light crispy batter. The fish and chips were served piping hot with a generous portion of home-made chips, minted mushy peas and tartare sauce.

The dessert menu proved to be our toughest decision of the evening, as we watched an array of imaginative creations being served to other diners around us. We finally opted for the toffee crisp terrine (£4.25), served with chocolate/toffee ice cream. However we felt the combination of textures and flavours competed with each other leaving us slightly disappointed.

The bar offers a good choice of wines, spirits and speciality ales.

The Old Pump serves meals from Monday-Saturday 12pm-9pm with the Old Pump Pub Favourites menu offering two courses for £9.50 and three courses, for £11.50 for those dining between 12pm-7pm. It also has a Sunday menu which includes a choice of roast dinners.

All in all we found our evening at the Old Pump an enjoyable one, the chef is very attentive to the menu he offers and uses his imagination to great effect in the presentation of his meals. We will definitely return and would recommend it to our friends.

Rating: Four stars

The Old Pump, Hackney Lane,

Barlow, S18 7TD.

Contact: 0114 289 0296 or www.oldpumpbarlow.com.