The Church Inn, Chelmorten

The Church Inn, Chelmorton

Great food, fine cask ales and a warm Derbyshire welcome

01298 85319 – Booking Recommended 

The Church Inn, Chelmorton, Derbyshire

Refreshing locals and travellers alike since 1742, The Church Inn at Chelmorton stands opposite the village church and is as quintessentially English as a roaring fire on a snowy day or a meadow of buttercups on a summer’s day.

Without a doubt, in these hurly burly days of the 21st century, it’s so refreshing to find this tiny, unspoilt corner of an old England that’s fast disappearing

At the Church Inn you’ll be welcomed by Justin & Julie who have been running the pub for many years (since the last century!) offering you traditional pub fayre, cooked on the premises and sourced and produced locally whenever possible.

The Church Inn Chelmorten
Cask Ales at the Church Inn, Chelmorten

What more could you want from a country Inn?

Well try roaring open fires in the winter, a beautiful sun trap of a beer garden and patio for summer al fresco dining, free wifi, 5 cask ales, a pub quiz on most Mondays.

In a nutshell, The Church Inn offers excellent hospitality and food whilst still retaining that unique feel of a real traditional English pub. But don’t take our word for it, come and see for yourself.

Dogs are allowed, although for the comfort of all our customers this is limited to the beer garden and bar areas only. Members of the British Institute of Inn Keepers and cask mark accredited for the quality of the beers you’ll find, the Church Inn features in the Good Pub Guide and the Camera Good Beer Guide year after year.

 Opening hours 

Monday : Food served 12-8pm Bar 12-10pm
Tuesday : CLOSED 
Wednesday – Sunday  : Food served 12-8pm Bar 12-10pm      

Please phone us on 01298 85319 - we CANNOT take email bookings

Church Inn Chelmorten, dogs and walkers welcome

Come to the Church Inn for Great Food

Get great food and a warm welcome at the Church Inn, Chelmorton

Great Food at the Church Inn Chelmorten

The Church Inn is well known locally as a venue for great food at affordable prices. As well as our regular menu featured below we also have a specials board with local specialities including a mouthwatering selection of deserts and a snack menu for a less formal meal.

You can choose to eat in our comfortable dining area or al fresco in our cosy beer garden.

Eat outside at the Church Inn, Chelmorten

For busy periods such as bank holidays or weekends booking is recommended
Please phone on 01298 85319 – we CANNOT take email bookings


Soup of the Day – £6.50

A bowl of homemade Soup served with crusty bread and butter. Please check with a member of staff for today’s soup

Black Pudding Fritters – £7.00

Lightly battered Black Pudding deep fried‚ served with a spicy homemade chutney and a salad garnish.

Derbyshire Oatcake Melt – £7.00

A Derbyshire Oatcake topped with melted cheddar cheese‚ served with a cranberry sauce and a salad garnish.

Prawn Cocktail – £7.50

Prawns served on a bed of lettuce‚ tomato and cucumber topped with a Marie Rose sauce‚ served with brown bread and butter.

Whitebait – £7.50

Deep fried Whitebait with a tartare sauce served with a salad garnish‚ and brown bread and butter.

Garlic Mushrooms – £7.25

Creamy garlic mushrooms served on garlic toast.

Smoked Mackerel – £6.75

Lightly peppered fillet of Mackerel with a horseradish and parsley dip‚ served with a salad garnish‚ and brown bread and butter.


Chicken with Stilton – £16.50

Sliced breast of Chicken in a rich Stilton sauce‚ served with seasonal vegetables and a choice of homemade chips or new potatoes.

Steak and Kidney Pie – £16.00

Tender beef cooked in a rich gravy topped with puff pastry‚ served with seasonal vegetables and a choice of homemade chips or new potatoes

8oz Sirloin Steak – £21.50

Grilled Sirloin steak cooked to your liking with mushrooms and onion rings‚ seasonal vegetables and a choice of homemade chips or new potatoes.

8oz Surf and Turf – £24.00

Grilled Sirloin steak cooked to your liking with breaded scampi‚ accompanied by mushrooms and onion rings‚ served with garden peas and chips.

Breaded Scampi – £14.25

Breaded Scampi served with garden peas and chips.

Beef Lasagne – £14.95

Beef Lasagne served with chips‚ salad and coleslaw.

Fillet of Salmon with a prawn and white wine – £15.50

Fillet of Salmon in a prawn and white wine sauce‚ served with seasonal vegetables and a choice of new potatoes or chips.

Vegetarian mixed bean chilli – £14.25

Mixed beans cooked in a tomato‚ chilli and pepper sauce. Served with rice and pitta bread.

Vegetable Wellington – £14.75

Sauted mixed vegetables in a flakey pastry case topped with a rich cheese sauce


Chicken goujons, beef burger in a bap, scampi or cheese and tomato pizza baguette. All served with chips and a choice of beans or peas.


Stilton Sauce – £3.00

Pepper Sauce – £3.00

Onion Rings – £4.00

Home made chips – £4.50

Garlic bread – £3.50

Garlic bread with cheese – £4.00

Lunchtime Snacks – £9.95

Choose from Baguettes – prawn‚ tuna‚ cheese & tomato or chicken all served with chips & salad. Melts – hot toppings of bacon‚ brie & cranberry‚ chicken & stilton or tuna & cheddar all served with chips & salad. Jacket Potatoes. – Prawn‚ Tuna or cheese & beans all served with salad & coleslaw

Please speak to a member of staff regarding any food allergies.

GF – These options can be made to order to suit a gluten free diet, however the kitchen needs to be made aware.

V – Vegan option

Things to do and see near the Church Inn Chelmorton

Chelmorten Baptist Church opposite the Church Inn Chelmorten

Located in the heart of the Peak District you’ll find The Church Inn, at the end of the linear village of Chelmorton, the highest village in Derbyshire and standing opposite St John the Baptist Church, which is the highest Church in England with a spire.

Great for walkers and cyclists in Derbyshire

Step out of the old inn door and you’ll connect with some of the most iconic walks and footpaths in the land, with the Limestone Way, the Pennine Bridleway and the Midshires Way all passing through Chelmorton. No wonder it’s a haven for walkers! There are also some stunning circular walks starting (and finishing!) at the pub. What better way could there be to cultivate a thirst or work up a fine appetite?

With the Monsal Trail and famous Tissington cycle trail also very close by walkers and cyclists will be spoilt for choice.

Being located between the Derbyshire Peaks and Dales, with Dove Dale, Monsal Dale and Lathkill Dale all close by, you’ll find Chelmorton an ideal base to see the real sights of this area of great natural beauty

Great for sightseeing in Derbyshire

Derbyshire Pub, the Church Inn is close to Bakewell. Chelmorton also benefits from being roughly equidistant between the towns of Buxton, Bakewell and Ashbourne – all well worth a visit. 

The spa town of Buxton is home to the famous and magnificent Opera House, the Victorian splendour of the Pavilion Gardens, the stunning Devonshire Dome, the largest unsupported dome in Europe, and of course the source of Buxton Water, which can be sampled free at St Ann’s Well. There is also a go kart centre and a stock car racing stadium for those who enjoy an adrenalin rush!

Bakewell, too has its attractions, not least it’s world famous Bakewell tarts and puddings, plus it has a fine and vibrant market.

Ashbourne should also be explored as you’ll find it’s home to some beautiful old shops including a well established antiques scene.

Here at the Church Inn we are also perfectly located for a short drive out to Chatsworth House and grounds, seat of the Duke of Devonshire and a splendid example of a find English country house open to the public. Likewise, Haddon Hall should not be missed for its fine architecture and fascinating artefacts.

Picturesque Bakewell is a short drive from The Church Inn

To conclude, whether you are on foot, on 2 wheels or on 4 The Church Inn is the perfect base to explore all that is to be loved in the rugged heartland of the beautiful Peak District – and it’s all yours to discover.

The History of Chelmorton

Chelmorton is a unique and fascinating village with a number of claims to fame.

Chelmorton is the highest village in Derbyshire and is one of the highest villages in the whole of England. On the edge of the village stands the Fivewells Cairn, reputed to be the highest neolithic tomb in Britain. Then there are the bronze age tumuli on the summit of Chelmorton Low and nearby Nether Low. (Low in the peaks signifies a hill). 

Neolithic tomb in Chelmorten

Attest to the early human habitation in the area there is no doubt that the earliest settlers made their home on the banks of the stream which is locally known as “Illy Willy Water”.

Supplied by a spring rising from the hill and providing a constant source of pure water, the stream dictated the shape of the village running for about a quarter of a mile filling several troughs along the way, before disappearing under ground.

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Field System in Chelmorten

Other curious features are the earthwork mound and ditch which lies at the bottom of the village and the ancient field system which not only predates the enclosure act but also the Norman invasion. In fact most ancient crofts were probably laid out by our early celtic ancestors long before the saxons arrived.

Chelmorton lies within the White Peak. The limestone rock of the white peak plateau is actually the fossilized remains of creatures and plants that lived in a warm shallow sea which covered the area in the carboniferous period some 350 million years ago. Carboniferous limestone now forms the fabric of Chelmorton, from its cottages to its barns and stone walls. Even the village telephone box is stone built.

The Church Inn dates back to 1700's

The Church Inn dates back to 1700’s and was originally known as The Blacksmiths Arms. The old Smithy sat at the rear and was owned by George Holmes who was reputed to be his own best customer. There is a register of former landlords on display in the pub today, along with many other interesting photographs, paintings and poetry depicting Chelmorton life over the years.

Alexander Ollerenshaw, the landlord between 1793 and 1827 spent most of his life trying to perfect his perpetual motion machine. He was an eccentric man and died never being able to realise his dream. It is reported the machine was dismantled and local people kept bits as a reminder of him.

The church of St John the Baptist sits on the hillside opposite the Church Inn. England’s highest church with a spire. The 15th century spire built onto the 13th century tower is topped by a weathervane in the form of a locust – a reminder of the Baptist’s time in the wilderness.

Parts of the grade ll listed church, including the south arcade, date from the 13th century and has a complete 14th century perpendicular style stone chancel screen. The tower has a tuneful ring of 5 bells. Restored in 1960 both the tenor and the treble bells were re-cast incorporating metal from the bells of Derwent woodlands chapel, which was destroyed to make way for the construction of the ladybower reservoir in the 1930s.

Local beers at the Church Inn Chelmorten

How to find the Church Inn, Chelmorton

The Church Inn
SK17 9SL

Telephone : 01298 85319

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