The Rising Sun is situated in Middleton, just outside Cromford and Wirksworth, with breathtaking views across the Derbyshire countryside. It makes an excellent watering hole if walking The High Peak Trail and both walkers and dogs are made very welcome by Steve and Laura.
The beer garden has been redesigned and now provides a fantastic location for those lazy, sunny afternoons as well as a wonderful children’s play area to keep the whole family happy. I spent a lovely afternoon there in the heatwave we enjoyed in May last year and ate a fantastic meal in the busy beer garden, so this establishment comes recommended on two counts. My daughter and I visited on a Monday evening this time and were warmly welcomed by our waitress Sarah and landlord Steve.
The menu is well thought out and caters for everyone with traditional pub dishes offered alongside a few dishes with a twist and flavour of the more exotic. Cesca decided on the Open Duck Wong Tong for her starter; shredded duck and red chillies with spring onions flavoured with coriander and layered between crispy wong tong sheets – not for the faint hearted – it had quite a kick which was completely to her taste. I chose the Goat’s Cheese Courgette Roulade with a poached beetroot dressing, served with a salad and toasted French bread. This was delicious, the courgettes mixed into the roulade gave the dish a good contrast of texture along with the sharp tangy cheese being tempered beautifully by the sweet beetroot.
After these dishes had been devoured (we were very hungry) our mains arrived. I had plumped for the Oven Baked Fillet of Scottish Salmon, accompanied by a chive mash, root vegetables and a hollandaise sauce which was served separately to allow me a choice of how much to add. Needless to say I polished the whole jug off as it was extremely tasty and complemented the tender salmon cut perfectly without overpowering it. Our other choice for the main course was the Slow Roasted Belly Pork on a bed of parsnip mash with honey glazed root vegetables, finished with a honey and mustard sauce. As Cesca is still not wholly convinced on the wondrous delights of the parsnip, despite years of persuasion, she wondered whether she could have it with normal mash and it proved no problem whatsoever for the kitchen.
The pork was an absolute triumph. I have had this a few times over the past few years and have sometimes been a little disappointed but here it was cooked properly and obviously roasted for hours so that the crackling was as it should be with the pork remaining tender. I kept trying to steal a bit but she was not sharing after the obligatory mouthful that I have to have ‘for professional reasons’ obviously! The sauce was declared perfect and ‘very tasty’. I complimented Steve on this and he told me that the chefs start it off as soon as they arrive at about 11am which explains the perfection but he also revealed that all their meat is provided by Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd from Leabrooks, who are butchers of excellence as we all know.
After a short gap we chose our third course from the dessert menu, there were a few real ‘proper puds’ on there like a treacle sponge and custard but as I was fairly full up I could only manage the Raspberry Cheesecake and requested a small portion which came beautifully presented with strawberries and a pot of cream. A Chocolate Fudge Cake also arrived at the table, served warm in a pool of melted chocolate and a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Both desserts finished our meal off perfectly and tasted as good as they looked.
The portions at The Rising Sun are very generous but not too big to be overwhelming and the vegetables are cooked properly, retaining a crunch which is always a relief to me. The bar is well stocked with a good selection of real ales as well as lagers and a selection of wines so whether you are passing on the way back from a walk in the glorious surrounding countryside and fancy nipping in for a pint and a bar snack or wish to have a three course meal I am sure you will receive as warm a welcome as we did. With Mother’s Day and Easter Sunday approaching with an opportunity for a family get together, the offer at The Rising Sun of 3 courses for £15 is an absolute steal but you will probably need to book quite quickly as they are nearly fully booked.