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Milking Parlour

(also known as Tollgate Brewery)

Unit 1, Southwood House Farm, Staunton Lane
LE65 1RG

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Opening Times


TuesdayNoon - 9.00 pm
WednesdayNoon - 9.00 pm
ThursdayNoon - 9.00 pm
FridayNoon - 9.00 pm
SaturdayNoon - 9.00 pm
SundayNoon - 5.00 pm

Meal Times

Mon No Service
Tue - Sat noon - 8pm
Sun No Service



About the Pub

New on-site Tollgate Brewery tap (opened July 2020) in a converted former dairy shed. The single rectangular room has a bar counter near the entrance and features exposed joists and rafters, a concrete floor with a lengthways step up to some retained stalls with concrete partitions, and a wood-burning stove. There is a bottle shop at the end opposite the bar.

A small barn on the south-western side of the courtyard, the Cow Shed, provides a covered drinking area. More recently (June 2021), a pizza oven has been installed in the restored barn on the south-eastern side, the Threshing Bar, which offers additional covered seating.

There is wheelchair access to most of the premises, including the bar, but there are no 'accessible' toilets; the toilets are currently portable units at the edge of the car park.

At present, 'in house' food is limited to pizzas, but various street food options are available on Sundays in summer (see website for details).

The premises are part of the National Trust Calke Abbey Estate, but located just outside Calke Park itself. Obviously cyclists and walkers are welcome!

The National Trust own the nearby Southwood House Farm (with 7 double/twin bedrooms) which is available for hire.

Regular ales

This pub serves 2 regular beers.

  • Tollgate Ashby Pale
  • Tollgate California Steam

Changing ales

This pub serves 3 changing beers.

Generally other Tollgate beers.

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  • RealAle Real Ale Available
  • Cider Real Cider Available

    Usually 2; choice varies.

  • Quiet Quiet Pub


  • LunchtimeMeals Lunchtime Meals

    Limited to pizzas only; not Sunday.

  • EveningMeals Evening Meals

    Limited to pizzas up to 8pm; not Sunday.

  • Garden Garden

    Large courtyard, with basic seating and tables.

  • Parking Parking
  • DogFriendly Dog Friendly

    Well-behaved dogs on lead are welcome.

  • FamilyFriendly Family Friendly
  • Camping Camping Nearby 3000m

    Spring Wood Fisheries; also Knowle Hill Farm at around 4km distant.

  • LinedGlasses Lined Glasses
  • Smoking Smoking Area

    End section of open barn near edge of car park, behind the bicycle parking station; covered but not heated.

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Milking Parlour

Unit 1, Southwood House Farm, Staunton Lane
LE65 1RG

Sat Nav Reference

52.7898, -1.4693

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Bus Routes

None nearby, but Arriva Midlands bus service 2 (Swadlincote – Derby) operates along B5006, ~2.2km distant.


Around 1.5km south-west of Calke village; part of Tollgate Brewery premises.

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Milking Parlour - Calke

Milking Parlour

Unit 1, Southwood House Farm, Staunton Lane
LE65 1RG

Pub Features

  • Real Ale Available
  • Real Cider Available
  • Quiet Pub
  • Lunchtime Meals
  • Evening Meals
  • Garden
  • Parking
  • Dog Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Camping Nearby
  • Lined Glasses
  • Smoking Area

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