"The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which tuned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compared with his friend" ~ Pride and Prejudice

With much anticipation,
'the foodie', her roomie and I took to the rails for a more scenic trip south towards London,
by way of the rolling hills of Derbyshire and
the large estate of Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy.

 On this very estate in the...
our dwelling place for the night involved the country inn...
conveniently located a few acres from Chatsworth House.
As quaint as the village itself...
this inn is quite comfortable.  
Although, the fact that I was the only one not needing to duck in order to enter our room
 gives new meaning to the phrase small inn.

Outstanding weather filled the tables outside...
where the bar offers...
and keeps alive the currency of years past.

After our long day...
the sensational food was much appreciated.
They even have gluten-free sticky toffee pudding.
Quite the pleasant surprise in such a small village.

Stop by tomorrow as we retrace the steps of Elizabeth Bennet herself 
on the way to Chatsworth.
 I know I am mixing up Hollywood with fictional reality.
Hmmmm...fictional reality...
is that possible?

Happy Tuesday.

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