About Us

Shoulder of Mutton, Hallfieldgate

There has been a hostelry on this site since at least the 16th century, and the inn can be easily found on surviving maps from 1623. The current owners Roy and Wendi bought & moved into the pub in 1987, so clearly continuity is a byword here.

A truly community based local “the Shoulder” as it is known by the regulars, who come from far and wide, relies heavily on conversation and laughter, backed up by an extensive jukebox renowned for its excellent and eclectic selections, but that’s not all…

The unique country pub atmosphere with its displayed collection of many many dozens of teacups is complimented by the outdoor drinking area, with stunning views across the Derbyshire countryside.

Consistently in the national CAMRA Good Beer Guide, (10 years straight), initially by winning an annual award in 2006 for Excellence, twice followed as winners of Pub of the Season and also placed 2nd for Pub of the Year 2016, in our district.

The current edition of The Good Beer Guide has the following to say about us:
Eclectic, 16th-century traditional drinking den, nestling on the edge of Amber Valley. The beer garden offers spectacular views and sunsets. It is a true free house, where real people enjoy real ale from small breweries … The regular customers are drawn from far and wide, fuelling the unique, easy atmosphere created by the irrepressible landlord and landlady. Dogs and hikers are welcome. Check out the teacups