Many drivers passing by on the busy A619 will be unaware of the Rose & Crown pub, hidden away in the village of Barlborough.
Despite being a small village, Barlborough is well blessed with pubs and eateries, with three venues close by on High Street.
I had heard some excellent things about the Rose & Crown’s home cooked food so headed there one weekday lunchtime.
The Worksop to Chesterfield road was even busier than usual because of an accident on the M1 so it was a relief to turn off the A619 and into Barlborough on a sunny early afternoon.
Thanks to the nice weather there were several people dining in the pub’s beer garden, but we headed inside and found a table close to the bar.
The tables in this section of the pub boast views of the village’s stone cottages, church and war memorial and the sun streaming through the windows created a pleasant atmosphere.
A friendly and attentive waitress soon arrived with a printed menu and took our drinks order.
The pub, belonging to Greene King, boasts a decent range of beers and lagers plus all the usual wines and spirits.
But being a working day I had to settle for a Coke, which was quickly brought to the table by the waitress and was very refreshing on a warm day with ice and a slice of lemon.
The menu featured a good range of traditional pub grub options.
These ranged from soup of the day to scampi, fish and chips and steak.
There was also a selection of sandwiches and baguettes with various fillings.
Despite the warm weather I couldn’t resist the sausage and mash, which promised three different types of sausage, vegetables and ‘meaty’ onion gravy.
The pub is traditionally fitted out with old images, brass decorations and plenty of chalkboards advertising coming events such as quiz nights and an Irish bingo.
There were other diners at nearby tables and when their food arrived it smelt amazing - only making me even hungrier.
But I didn’t have to wait long until my sausage and mash arrived, together with a side dish containing a hearty portion of peas, carrots, cauliflower and more mashed potato.
If anything the amount of food was overwhelming, but I quickly made a start and tucked into the feast.
The three sausages were all slightly different flavours, as promised, and were complimented by the creamy mashed potato.
The highlight though was possibly the onion gravy - always a favourite of mine - and as ‘meaty’ and delicious as the menu had promised.
The waitress brought along an extra jug of gravy and also asked whether I needed anything else and was enjoying my meal.
If I had one criticism of the lovely home-cooked food it would be there was simply too much of it.
I don’t like wasting food but simply couldn’t have eaten all the vegetables which had been provided.
But this was a minor fault and there will be plenty of people who arrive with bigger appetites and even hungrier than I was.
As it was, I had to decline the tempting desserts on offer and requested my bill, which was very reasonable and came to less than £9 for a real feast of a lunchtime meal.
I would recommend the Rose & Crown to anyone who fancies a quality pub meal with decent portions and a traditional pub atmosphere.
It was well worth the detour off the main road.