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RECOMMENDATION | The Tickled Trout in Barlow – Chesterfield

By Molly Scott | 31st August 2019

Why I love The Tickled Trout in Barlow
We’ve been coming to the Tickled Trout fairly regularly ever since moving to Chesterfield three years ago. It’s consistently great in every way – the food, the service, the ambiance. The Tickled Trout is definitely one of my favourite places to eat in the Chesterfield area – whether for a casual family lunch or a more decadent date night.


Worth paying a babysitter?
Absolutely! It’s a lovely venue for a date night, but it’s also very family friendly, particularly in the day. There’s a decent children’s menu consisting of real, simple food (not the ubiquitous fish fingers or chicken nuggets) and any of the main menu dishes can be tailored to smaller portions for more adventurous kids. There’s decent baby changing facilities, plenty of high chairs and a ramp to the entrance so fully pushchair friendly.


The Tickled Trout is a perfect example of a great gastro pub. The food is simply delicious and ranges from simple classic favourites like fish and chips to well executed gastronomic delights. Service is excellent – well trained, unobtrusive but friendly staff who know the menu well.


Value for money: 
9/10 – particularly if you take advantage of one of their deals, like the lunchtime set menu or Tuesday pizza night.


Setting the scene:
The Tickled Trout is situated in Barlow, a picturesque little village near Dronfield. There’s a light and airy dining room or the cosier option of dining in the bar. Everywhere is beautifully decorated with a modern, funky feel.

The Menu:
The Tickled Trout prides itself on serving great gastro pub style food with locally sourced ingredients. They proudly showcase top-notch local suppliers, whether that’s farmers, growers, bakers etc.


There’s a very loose Italian theme to the food on offer. Their sourdough pizzas are seriously good. My favourite is the pollo piccante which punches a really spicy kick with chilli-marinated chicken and red onion, garlic, chilli, Roquito peppers and goats’ cheese. My only minor gripe is I think they overdo the cheese so I usually ask for less which they happily oblige. If pizzas are your thing too, check out their 2 for £20 offer on Tuesdays.


Lunchtimes run a slightly more limited menu, with the option of two courses for £15 or three for £18 set menu. Definitely leave room for dessert! On my last visit the options were a sticky toffee pudding (one of my favourites, and it’s done well here), chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce or a blueberry & lavender cheesecake & lemon curd & crème fraiche ice cream.


I would also recommend visiting the Trout on a Sunday. Their roasts are simply divine. Beautifully cooked meat with all the trimmings and sumptuous vegetable side dishes, often with a little twist.


There’s a decent wine list, including by the glass and an all too tempting cocktail menu (which sadly we’ve enjoyed a lot less of since being parents).


To find out more visit:  www.tickledtroutbarlow.com


This is a Girl About recommendation. This means that it was not gifted in return for a review but paid in full by out writer and the venue had no idea that I was there. We only recommend places we absolutely love, and places that we know you’ll love too!

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