The Saracen's Head, Shirley

The Saracen's Head, Shirley, is a country gastro pub where traditional meets contemporary food. Renowned for it's fresh, homemade modern English food, made using the best local, seasonal ingredients.

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Accommodation Door (open)


Table Setting (with blackboard)


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Harden’s 2014



Any chef worth his salt knows that you are only as good and talented as the last meal you cooked – this is our ethos at The Saracen’s Head, which is why customers come back time after time.

Set in the historic village of Shirley just outside Ashbourne, pub favourites and restaurant style dishes, cooked by award winning Chef, Robin Hunter, combine to make an experience of a meal to remember (or just a bite to eat with a quick drink, the choice is yours).

The Saracens Head is now recruiting for a variety of positions
please view our jobs page for more details

Pub Opening Times

Monday – Saturday 11am-3pm / 6pm-11pm
Sunday 12pm – 10.30pm

Food Served
Monday – Saturday 12pm-2pm / 6pm-9pm
Sunday 12pm-2.30pm / 6pm-9pm

See our sample menu page for more flavour.

The second most written about place in the Derbyshire Edition of Alistair Sawdays Hidden Places!

The Saracen’s Head dates back to 1791 when it was run as a Farm and Hostelry. The village of Shirley can be traced back as far as the early 1100’s – the name is derived from the Saxon word ‘Scyrle’ or ‘Sirelea’, meaning a ‘clear place or pasture’. The Shirley family took their name from the village itself, and it was Sewallis de Scyrle (Shirley), a crusader in the Holy Land, who adopted The Saracen’s Head as the commemorative family crest.