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Monsal Head Hotel (Free House)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Caledonian - Deuchars IPAExceptional1
Whim - Hartington BitterExcellent2
Lloyds - Monsal BitterGood1
Abbeydale - MoonshineGood2
Ashover - Poets' TippleGood1
Kelham Island - Pale RiderGood2
Ashover - Littlemoor CitraGood1
Timothy Taylor - LandlordAcceptable1
Theakston - XB (was 4.6%)Not Tried0
Theakston - Old PeculierNot Tried0
Titanic - IcebergNot Tried0
Dukeries - Best BitterNot Tried0
Picture 1. Monsal Head Hotel, Monsal Head, Derbyshire
Picture 2. Monsal Head Hotel, Monsal Head, Derbyshire

Visits Details

31 May 2016 (Andrew)
Been a while since I've been here. It was busy inside and too windy to eat out so we didn't staylong.
Ashover - Poets' Tipple4.00GoodSoft brown bitter. Malty with hint of chestnut.
Ashover - Littlemoor Citra4.10GoodPale gold. Hint of egg. Light lemon citrus bite. No real lingering bitterness. Nice.
Titanic - Iceberg4.10Not Tried
Dukeries - Best Bitter3.80Not Tried
23 Aug 2005 (Cam)
Beautifully situated pub on the lip of the Monsal dale in Derbyshire. Generous publican allows drinkers to take beers out of the pub to sit on the benches overlooking the old Monsal Viaduct - a must! Having said that, the beers don't seem to need the help of the stunning surroundings - they're excellent in their own right.
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80ExceptionalGenuinely fantastic and a real surprise to me. Only ever been good (at best) before now. Wonderful.
24 Mar 2005 (Andrew)
So good we had to come back. Very busy for a mid week evening
Whim - Hartington Bitter4.00ExcellentBetter than last time. A very drinkable hoppy, creamy best bitter
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20Good
Abbeydale - Moonshine4.30Good
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Not Tried
Lloyds - Monsal Bitter4.20Not Tried
Theakston - XB (was 4.6%)4.50Not Tried
Theakston - Old Peculier5.60Not Tried
21 Mar 2005 (Andrew)
Now this pub is more like it. 8 beers on and the seating is all booths.
Whim - Hartington Bitter4.00GoodGolden, hoppy and creamy. Refreshing best bitter
Lloyds - Monsal Bitter4.20GoodVery bitter, very malty
Abbeydale - Moonshine4.30GoodVery pale, gently hoppy, gently suphurous
Timothy Taylor - Landlord4.30Acceptable
Kelham Island - Pale Rider5.20AcceptableNot as good as I thought it should be. Slightly cloudy and wheatbeerish. Too much of an alcohol taste for me
Caledonian - Deuchars IPA3.80Not Tried
Theakston - XB (was 4.6%)4.50Not Tried
Theakston - Old Peculier5.60Not Tried

About the Monsal Head Hotel

The pub sign. Monsal Head Hotel, Monsal Head, Derbyshire

Summary of Beer Scores



The pub is found in Monsal Head, Derbyshire, DE45 1NL.

The Monsal Head Hotel sits at the top of a stunning valley. Next to the hotel is its 'Stable Pub' and that's where to go. It's not that big having only 7 booths (which seat between 4 and 6). Friendly and very busy!

We have visited this pub 4 times, seen 12 different beers and tried 8 of them.

Map location

Postcode: DE45 1NL