Two Day Breakaway 2019

Jezz and I decided to take a short two-day breakaway. It started with a three and a half drive to Derby. Jezz had booked an overnight stay in The Cow, a bed and breakfast hotel pub in Dalbury-Lees. It was absolutely superb.

We arrived around 2.20pm and had a couple of drinks in the bar, waiting for the check-in time of 3pm. Once checked-in, we walked through a maze of stairs and corridors to a corner of the building which was room 12.

The Cow, Dalbury Lees

Front of the pub


This is the view from the green that sits in front of the pub. The building is postcard-beautiful and dominates the view upon approach. The building behind is connected and has luxurious rooms. The windows of the room we stayed in can be seen in this photo.

The Cow


Appropriately situated on one of the walls in the bar, proudly sits The Cow.

The bar


The bar is spacious and beautifully decorated. There is an amazing array of gins and ales to choose from. The drinks are served as though you were in a cocktail bar... the gin and lemonade had a raspberry and lemon wedge included with ice. The tables are sensibly spaced and sized so a party of eight would be as comfortable as a romantic couple of two.

Seating outside


We chose an excellent day as the weather was warm, sunny and had a lovely breeze. It was comfortable and cosy to sit and enjoy a drink outside, down the side of the pub.



We stayed in room 12 which had a large TV and remote with Freeview channels. A coffee machine, kettle with speciality teas, hairdryer, a safe, big double bed with crisp clean linen, a chair, en suite bathroom with separate walk-in shower and large bath. 

En-suite bathroom


En-suite bathroom with separate walk-in shower (out of shot in this photo) and large bath. It has a hand basin and loo. Two walls are covered with mirrors and the rest of the walls, ceiling and floor are tiled.

The food at The Cow, Dalbury Lees


We decided when we arrived that we would have our evening meal in the pub and it didn't disappoint. We chose four items from the snacks and starters menu and a main course each that we both shared.


Pork Scratchings


You get loads of strips of pork scratchings with a portion of homemade chorizo jam and smoked paprika. We chose this as one of four starters to share between us.

A jar of bacon-infused popcorn


Also on the starter menu, this is a jar of popcorn that has been infused with bacon fat. I wasn't so convinced and this was probably our least enjoyed item on the menu but was still nice all the same.

Miso glazed crispy pork belly


This is by far the best dish... the flavour was incredible. Tender beautifully cooked pork belly slices with crispy crackly top flavoured delicately with a sticky miso dressing.

Lincolnshire poacher Cheese puffs


These were pleasant enough... pastry balls filled with cheese and mixed with smoked bacon jam.

Crispy lamb shoulder


Superbly cooked lamb shoulder with a wonderful crispy top served with a mint and pea pureé and a portion of black olive mash.

Cau Buns


Asian steamed buns served in a traditional bamboo basket, with a choice of two fillings and a trio of toppings. We chose pulled pork in bbq sauce and roasted corn and duck with plum sauce and sesame oil. The toppings were Asian coleslaw, pickled ginger and Soy and sesame dressing.

Chunky homemade chips


These were excellent, quite salty but lovely.

Chantanay carrots


Beautiful cooked Chantanay carrots served with cumin butter.

Rum Baba


A drenched doughnut in rum and served with raspberries and whipped cream.

Eggs Florentine


Jezz's choice for breakfast - a toasted muffin with spinach, poached egg and topped with their homemade hollandaise sauce.

Full English 


Wayne's choice for breakfast - a full English breakfast consisting of bacon, eggs, chipolata sausages, grilled tomato and mushroom, black pudding and baked beans.

Alton Towers Resort

After a wonderful night's stay at The Cow and an amazing breakfast, we checked out, packed the car and headed off to Alton Towers Resort. Jezz had two complimentary gold fast track tickets with free digi-pass and free parking. We arrived by 10.30am and Jezz had us both started on the rides quite early on.


After four and a half hours of walking and fast track queueing the rides above, as well as The Hex (we didn't get a photo for that one), we made for the exit via a foot-long hot dog each and a trip to the gift shop, where I treated myself to a fridge magnet and a jumbo-sized mug.