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.



Accommodation Door (open)


Table Setting (with blackboard)


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Welcome to The Saracen’s Head 

Set in the historic village of Shirley just outside Ashbourne, we are a friendly country pub serving top quality classic pub favourites alongside interesting restaurant style dishes, cooked by our award winning Chef, Robin Hunter and his team.

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

See our sample menu page.

Our most recent entry in the MICHELIN Guide 2017: “rustic, open-plan dining pub opposite the village church, in a remote, picturesque village. Menus are chalked on blackboards above the open fire and offer an eclectic mix of generously portioned pub and restaurant-style classics”

The Harden’s 2016 guide: A “friendly” country pub combining “fantastically creative dishes” (especially meat-based ones), “wonderful beers and wines” and a “great atmosphere”… they’ve “got it just right!”

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


Looking for a new challenge? We’re currently recruiting for a full time front of house position & a Commis Chef: click on our JOBS section for all the info.