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Local chef ‘totally shook’ after country pub earns place in Michelin Guide

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 16th December 2021

A local chef says he’s been left ‘totally shook’ after his country pub scooped a second prestigious accolade in as many days.

The Pack Horse has just been added to the Michelin Guide, which celebrates the world’s best restaurants.

It’s a stunning double whammy of successes for the Peak District pub, which just two days ago earned a place in the Top 50 Gastropubs in the UK.

The restaurant in Hayfield was praised by Michelin inspectors for being ‘a true village local’.

The Pack Horse. Credit: The Pack Horse Hayfield

Its food comes with ‘a refined edge’ and the place is run by ‘a friendly team’, the guide added.


Luke Payne, co-owner and head chef, tweeted: “I am totally shook. So immensely proud of the team @PackHorseHay, we have made it into the Michelin guide 2022.”

New restaurants have been added to the Michelin Guide monthly, with Osma in Prestwich and Habas in the city centre both making it this year.


Michelin also hands out its Bib Gourmands, and the coveted Michelin Stars, once a year in a glittering ceremony, which is due to take place in early 2020.

A Tweet from the pub’s account says: “We cannot believe it. We are in The Michelin guide!!!!”

On Facebook, they added: “Oh my word. What a week.”

The Michelin Guide said of the Pack Horse: “Real ales and weekly quiz nights help this traditional stone pub to remain a true village local.


“Hearty pub dishes come with a refined edge and the Manchester (Scotch) Egg has become something of a signature.

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“Characterful open fires mix with warm, contemporary décor, and it’s run by a friendly team.”

The Pack Horse Hayfield regularly changes its menus to fit the seasons.

To find out more and book a visit, head to the pub’s website here.

Featured image: The Pack Horse Hayfield