Autumn Pub Of The Season 2023


It is with great excitement that we can announce The Lamb Inn has won the Chesterfield CAMRA Autumn Pub Of The Season 2023. The award was presented to Robert Evans on Wednesday 25th October by Chesterfield CAMRA Chair, Steve Monaghan. Fellow branch members looked on and enjoyed the great selection of cask ales Peak Ales has to offer.

Said Robert Evans: “We are pleased to see that The Lamb has been recognised, both Carlos and myself have been working together pushing The Lamb forward. Thank you to all of our customers who have supported us and continue to do so. Thank you.”

The Lamb Inn had a double reason to celebrate as they were proud to officially announce officially that they made it into the Good Beer Guide 2024. Robert added “Thank you for your continued support. It really does mean a lot as we work hard behind the scenes to make sure that we are always serving good quality beer and providing a place for people to Laugh and Drink Good Beer. See you soon”

The Lamb Inn at Holymoorside on the outskirts of Chesterfield in run by Debra and Robert Evans. A quaint traditional country pub serving Peak Ales cask ales. Warm up next to the log fire on Winter days or enjoy drinks alfresco on the pretty walled terrace in Summer.

The Lamb Inn, 16 Loads Road, Holymoorside, Chesterfield S42 7EU

About Peak Ales

In 2003 Robert and Debra Evans had a carefully prepared plan – sell the house, uproot their family, leave secure jobs and set up a microbrewery in the Peak District, simple?

Rob knew he only had one chance to get this right, working hard to find premises suitable to fit in with his dream. Chatsworth suggested he took a look at Cunnery Barn on the Chatsworth Estate, the barn buildings were in disrepair but the potential was obvious; the perfect location for a microbrewery had been discovered.

Two years later and after many hurdles including planning, electricity, drainage, renovation, finance and resident barn owls, the first beer had been brewed and the owls had a purpose built nesting box – no other barn owls in Derbyshire have accommodation so grand! It had been an emotional journey.

Mighty oaks grow from little acorns as they say and by 2012 it was becoming clear we’d hit capacity and keeping up with demand became a challenge, at the end of 2014 we upgraded our brewing equipment to a 20 barrel plant and the main brewery moved to a purpose built premise in the picturesque location of Ashford in the Water. The brewery had left, but the barn is pretty special and we didn’t want to leave, so a brand new plan to create a Brewery Visitor Centre & Gin Distillery was created, to consist of a brewery, a distillery, a shop and tasting room plus venue hire options.

Good things come to those who wait, after further renovations and hurdles similar to those we faced in the beginning, we completed the 1st and 2nd stage of this project by opening our brewery shop and venue hire in 2017 plus installing a 2.5 barrel pilot brewery in 2018, allowing us to experiment with new recipes and beer styles. Our gin still was installed in 2019 and we began distilling in August 2019, the start of a new venture, Chatsworth Gin was launched at the Chatsworth Country Fair, the reception for this gin has been incredible so far. The venue is available to hire for private functions, meetings and events.

“It all seems such a long time ago now, January 2003. It had been such a carefully prepare plan – sell the house, uproot my family, leave secure jobs and set up a microbrewery in the Peak District. Simple!”