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 Best UK Restaurant Guide 2017: 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.


WE’VE WON….Best Derbyshire GastroPub 2017 

Having recently celebrated ten years at The Saracen’s Head in Shirley, we’ve just added another achievement to our business having been announced as LUX Magazine Best Derbyshire GastroPub 2017 in the magazines prestigious Restaurant & Bar Awards. We’re thrilled!

Looking for a new challenge? Join our award winning kitchen team: we’re currently recruiting for a Commis Chef: click on our JOBS section for all the info.