The Market Pub
An unexpected turn of events took me to Chesterfield on a chill Wednesday evening. With an hour or two to spare before my train back to Edinburgh arrived, I wandered through the town, admired the famously crooked spire, then took up station at the Market Pub on New Square.
A pub in the classic style, it offered a good range of local ales, an impressive looking wine list, and an extensive menu of pub grub classics.
I was tickled to see many mentions of haggis so opted to start with their haggis pakora. I followed with the venison and mushroom pie served with chips and veg. I accompanied things with a local ale called Moonshine.
The haggis balls arrived promptly delivered by one of the chefs. This was a very generous portion of three balls served with rocket, herbs and a curry mayo. With crisp shells and suitably peppery haggis these were excellent. The accompanying mayo put me in mind of a similar one I’d had at Sam’s Chop House. It was similarly splendid.
The pie was another substantial dish. A large slice of a proper full-crust pie, it came served with a chunky chip house, rich gravy and fresh veg. The pie was overflowing with tender meat and the crust was hand-crafted and deeply satisfying. I long for pies of this quality in Edinburgh and despair and their lack of presence. It was a truly spectacular munch.
So overall, I was delighted to stumble upon the Market Pub on my unexpected stop at Chesterfield. It’s an absolutely outstanding place that you must visit next time you’re in these parts. Both dishes I had were excellent and the place has a lovely traditional, warm welcome. I look forward to future stops here as and when I’m back in Derbyshire.
Blythe scores The Market Pub
5/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 17/20
I ate: haggis pakora, venison and mushroom pie
I drank: moonshine
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £17.85
Address: 95 New Square, Chesterfield S40 1AH