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Visitor Reviews - The Bull In The Thorn

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The Bull In The Thorn
Ashbourne Road
Derbyshire   (Browse area)
SK17 9QQ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01298 83348

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Pitches: 45
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 6/10 from 56 Reviews
              6/10 from 56 Reviews

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Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Ackerhardcastle 1 review from this member

We held a surprise family get together for my sisters birthday. Most of the family arrived early Saturday to put tents up bunting and balloons for her. We where having a meal later in the pub the landlady gave us use of the medieval room giving us accommodation way beyond expectation allowing us to decorate the room for a party event. When party girl arrived escorted by our brother and sister in law on motorcycles the surprise began to unfold. 20 of us had a thoroughly enjoyable time 16 had a meal. 12 of us camped it was a perfect venue with perfect hosts a great time had by all

Date of Visit: March 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Pattyled 5 reviews from this member

Spent 2 nights here and enjoyed the peace and quiet of a field to ourselves with just the braying of donkeys in the Sanctuary next door to keep us company. It's on a main road, but the traffic was far enough away to be no problem. New owners have recently taken over the pub and were very welcoming and friendly. They are in the process of making improvements and although the toilets and showers were a bit old, they were kept clean with plenty of lovely hot water. We didn't use the washing up area, so can't comment on that. The food in the pub (reputed to be haunted) was wonderful and couldn't be faulted. There is a lovely beer garden (too cold to sit in while we were there) with a children's play area. We will definitely be going back.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Microbus1974 24 reviews from this member

Was greeted by a pleasant chap who booked us in and told us where to go for access to the camping field and where the electric hook-ups were for our 2 night stop over. Lots off room considering it was on the school holidays but we did go in the middle off the week. Plenty off water taps, and the usual toilets (not the best), make sure you get the code for the others on the front off the building.

The lack off lights on the site is more than welcome as light pollution would have spoilt the view off the stars.

There are some local footpaths to venture on as well.

We visited the donkey sanctuary next door you on our unannounced visit we're only to happy to show us around.

All in all a pleasant stay and a lovely meal (huge portion sizes) had on the second night with some good beers on too.

A good stay thank you.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Mjrees 40 reviews from this member

Has to be one of the best locations for touring round Derbyshire with fabulous views of the rolling countryside.

Stayed 3 nights but didn't eat in the pub because we were appalled by the toilet facilities! We were directed to the 'Green' toilet cabin - male toilets had NO door (this was laid against the wall outside so NO privacy), a single toilet pan (which was full to the rim with paper and excrement), no hand towels and cut grass throughout! The Management didn't seem to know, or care, about the toilets - instead they gave us keypad codes for the main toilets (2!) and showers (2!).

These were dirty, one shower tray was blocked with mud but at least the washbasins were clean. How these facilities can cope with an unlimited number of visitors heaven only knows.

Lastly - the camping field was rough-mown with long, wet cut grass which followed you everywhere. I would not recommend this site for young children unless you use your own ablutions!

We will NOT return! Oh! I nearly forgot - there was a 'Rave' in the next field one night with thumping music and screaming until 02. 00hrs!

Date of Visit: March 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Henrietta66 7 reviews from this member

Great pub - good location - fantastic food - shame about the camping facilities!

The campsite is a mess with rubbish everywhere. Very uneven muddy field - so bad that half the campers that weekend parked in the driveway making it even more difficult as you then had to drive over the muddy field to get past them - particularly the idiot who parked what looked like a large horsebox in the entrance!

The site advertises toilets and showers. No guidance given as to where to find these when booking in so when came across a green tin can with a loo and urinals assumed that was it! Actually that turned out to be the old loo facilities - the new ones being at the front of the pub as we found out a day later - quite a walk from the campsite which was at the back! Visited the proper facilities only to be disappointed as the showers did not work at all! There was a toilet - reasonably clean but you needed a code to get in - why was this not given when we arrived! As we were leaving we had to ask where the elsan point was as we had not seen it. Turned out to be at the back of the new toilets and you had to climb over the wall to get to it! Or if you walked round the other way of the pub you had to step over rubbish including a broken glass door! To top it all when we found the elsan it was right next to the sinks for washing pots - this must be a breach of hygiene regulations!

We will NOT be returning!

Date of Visit: July 2013 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Metalhead 22 reviews from this member

Just spent a night at the Bull I' Th' Thorn campsite on the main A515 between Ashbourne and Buxton. The location is great being set in the Derbyshire Dales with stunning scenery all around. Buxton and Bakewell are about 6 to 8 miles away so plenty of quaint towns to visit if you don't want to take advantage of the scenery. We were told there weren't any electric hook-ups on site. Not sure if this is a recent thing or not as other reviewers have stated EHU's were available. Didn't bother us for the one night in the 'van though as it was a warm summer's night. Price was only 12 for the campervan so couldn't really argue with that in the middle of summer when many sites are 18 upwards!

There was a group of medieval re-enactors camped in the bottom field who were fun to watch. They did a parade of the main campsite too at one point which was hilarious.

The pub itself is steeped in history as it dates back to the 15th century. It has several different rooms, some with low beams, and all with brass memorabilia hanging up, as well as pictures from the pub's past. Fascinating stuff.

We ate in the pub that evening too. Pub grub was good though not a massive portion for the price. The beer range was excellent though with 2 or 3 Robinson's ales on the go and the bar staff were all great. We chatted to several of the people staying on the site too who were all in the pub - a very friendly atmosphere.

We'd definitely stay again sometime as it's in the heart of some fantastic walking locations. There's a great little tea room in nearby Monyash too (The Old Smithy) - recommended!

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