The Local Area

Dating back to the 16th Century, The Hardinge Arms is the home of the famous Newton Wonder apple. A rosy-red cooking apple, which was also sweet enough to eat after being stored for a few months. The Newton Wonder was traditionally used in mincemeat and stuffing for turkey at Christmas. William Taylor, the then landlord, cultivated it at the rear of the pub (once an orchard) from a seedling.

The Hardinge Arms lies in South Derbyshire which has so much to offer for visitors, whether its going on one of our walks we offer, a day out at Calke Abbey or enjoying the speed and thrills at Donington race track.

We offer packed lunches to take with you with the food sourced from our local suppliers.

We have put together some of our favourite days out and activities in the area to help you plan your stay with us:

Calke Abbey – A lovely day out a national trust park, be sure to try there homemade produce and brewery.

Donnington Race track  – Enjoy a track day with your own car or go and see the Super bikes or the Motor museum

Elvaston Castle and Park – Perfect for short strolls, lovely gardens and delicious cakes at their tea rooms

Ashby Castle -Visitors can still climb the tower despite it suffering massive damage during the Civil War. There are great views from the top!

What’s on locally…

Field Sport UK are an outdoor experience company offering a range of clay shooting, archery, bushcraft, nature trails, and air rifle/pistol shooting packages including lessons, courses and experiences from a beautiful estate based on Melbourne Road, Ashby De La Zouch.