I had some business in the lovely spa town of Buxton yesterday, set majestically in the Peak District, so I took the opportunity to lunch at a pub about which I have heard so much. It was well worth the 5 mile detour.
The Quiet Woman in the small village of Earl Sterndale is a traditional and unspoilt village pub of the type that is becoming increasingly harder to find.
Such pubs do not embrace modernity and still reflect their once central role in village life.
Nevertheless, most are clean, if somewhat basic. This pub has hard seats and plain tables and I was told with ill concealed glee that the 6' long table at which I was sat was once used as the local undertakers 'laying out' table...gulp. Nowadays it is used as the cribbage table.
The pub is reputed to be over 400 years old and was in the occupation of the the Heathcote family for over 300 years. The pub name is unusual with only two others in the country. It is said to refer to a too talkative woman who was decapitated as a consequence!
There is limited food available which includes fresh sandwiches and home made hot pork pies. On Tuesdays the pub doubles as a post office and local produce such as cheese and eggs can be bought during opening hours.
Fancy a beer and a chat anyone?