The Cow is a smart and stylish gastropub facing the village green, with a friendly welcome, set deep in the South Derbyshire countryside. Sunday lunch is served with hazelnut crusted parsnips and truffled cauliflower cheese, but why wait until the weekend? Step inside to where the copper-topped bar gleams and the fire leaps in the old stone fireplace. Perch on an upcycled milk churn to down a pint of local ale and choose from the imaginative menu with daily specials. Perhaps honey glazed peach, prosciutto and shave manchego rocket salad, followed by the famous Cow burger. Leave room for Passion fruit and chocolate bavarois with hazelnut praline and caramel sauce. Upstairs, the bedrooms have padded headboards, plump cushions, gleaming linens, hi-tech touches and a warm glow from clever lighting. Bathrooms sparkle, and have attractive stone basins. Breakfast will set you up for a day of exploring the Dales; tuck into poached Finnan haddock or a three egg omelette. You’re in Derbyshire’s Golden Triangle so take time to admire the little villages and vast views.