About Us

We warmly welcome you to the Bull I' Th' Thorn. Our pub, pizzeria, sports bar and campsite is a truly unique haven in the heart of the Peak District.

Our Pub

The building itself, steeped in history and dating back to the 1400s, has undergone a recent refurbishment that seamlessly marries the traditional with the contemporary. As you step through the doors, you are greeted by the warmth of a traditional and cosy pub and bar area. The original aged wooden beams, rustic crackling fireplace, and cosy corners create an inviting ambiance that whispers of centuries gone by. The fully stocked bar served both local and regional beers, as well as wines, spirits and soft drinks, and is a great place to gather for a pint and a catch-up.

The pub is full of cosy corners, great for sheltering from the Peak District weather and trying some of our delicious food! 
Can't get enough? You can even extend your stay by camping with us!

Our Pizzeria

In stark contrast, the pizzeria and sports bar area are bathed in bright, modern hues. Comfortable booth seating, large tables, and TVs displaying live sports events create a lively and energetic atmosphere. This is where The Bull I' Th' Thorn introduces a twist to the conventional pub and pizzeria concept – a sports bar vibe that elevates the dining experience and brings a unique quality to venue.
Our pizzeria can also be used as a fabulous function room for your next party or event, with large tables, loads of space for a band or dancefloor and some of our delicious food and drink. Contact us to enquire.

Our 2024 Chosen Charities

Throughout the year we hold various fundraising events such as pub quizzes. This year we are choosing to support our next door neighbours, The Donkey Sanctuary, and a local hospice, Blythe House. Both charities do amazing work and we are very excited to work with them! Keep an eye on our website and on our socials to find out about future events.

Click the links below to find out more about these amazing organisations:

Donkey Sanctuary     Blythe House

Donkey Sanctuary local charity

Casual Dining

Pizza slice cheese pull

Our hand-stretched authentic Napoleon pizzas take centre stage in the pizzeria. The dough, crafted with his own recipe, results in a delicious crust that strikes the perfect balance between chewiness and crispiness. The pizzas are topped to create both traditional and unusual flavour combinations so whether you enjoy a simple margarita or want to try something different there will be something on the menu for you. The pizzas are then cooked in our Italian pizza oven producing a charcoaled smoky taste and creating the signature crust of an authentic Napoleon pizza.

But the menu at The Bull I' Th' Thorn is not limited to pizzas alone. It also features succulent burgers, hot dogs, loaded fries and chicken wings offering a contemporary American-style casual dining experience, perfect for tearing, sharing and enjoying with friends and family.

Happy Hump-day!

2-4-1 on ALL pizzas ALL day every Wednesday!

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For All The Family

We know that your furry companions are an important part of the family so we pride ourselves on being totally dog friendly throughout our pub and campsite!

We are also situated in an ideal location for a Peak District walk, with access down to the Tissington and High Peak Trails as well as footpaths to surrounding villages such as Flagg and Monyash.

You can even treat your pup and buy them a Canine Menu dog chew from our bar!

Dog friendly pub

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Our Suppliers

Pizza toppings being added
We strive to use the best local produce along with authentic Italian ingredients to bring Naples to the Peak District!

Our suppliers include...

We are also partnered with Peak Venues and Knockerdown Cottages.

Peak Venues offer a vast array of holiday cottages and group accommodation. Many of the properties are in the vicinity of our pub, some even within walking distance.

Knockerdown Cottages are a group of holiday cottages near Carsington Water, Ashbourne, a mere 20 minute drive away from us.

Peak Venues   Knockerdown Cottages

700 Years of Hospitality

Marked on maps over 700 years ago stands a farmhouse alongside a Roman road between Buxton and Ashbourne called 'The Street' at the time. In 1472 the farmhouse became a hostelry for those travelling along the road and was named 'The Bull'. In 1654 the name was changed to 'Hurdlow House' and there is also evidence of it being referred to as 'Hurdlow Thorn', hence leading to 'The Bull i' th' Thorn, a combination of the past titles. You can still see glimses of the past in the pub and bar area of the building, with low ceilings, wooden beams and stone floors and fireplaces.

During the 1900s the pub was a hotel and was also a popular meeting place.

The history of the building has brought a lot of interest to the place, and people have even visited seeking paranormal activity and ghost sightings. Ghost hunts were held at the pub under the previous owners and many reported unexplained phenomena giving the pub a reputation of being haunted.

So come see us, soak up the history, and we do hope none of the ghouls interrupt you while you're munching your pizza!

Vintage photo of bull i th thorn

Our Sister Pub

The Royal Oak, Hurdlow

Royal Oak Hurdlow sister pub
Just down the road from us, a 10 minute walk across the feilds or a mere 2 minute drive, is out sister venue; The Royal Oak. It is a cosy and traditional country pub serving great pub classics including pies, burgers, steaks and amazing Sunday dinners and it is definitely worth a visit!
Their reputation speaks for itself and we would recommend booking ahead especially at weekends and school holiday times.

The Royal Oak Website