This month’s Hometown Tour Guide is Kayleigh from Scampi & Chips. Here’s what she has to say about her hometown….
What is the name of your hometown and where is it?
My hometown where I grew up is Old Sawley, which is a small village in Derbyshire.
What, if anything, is your hometown famous for?
It really is not famous for anything! It is simply a small civil parish in the region, which has a few lovely pubs and is great walking and cycling routes.
The top 5 attractions are:- (There’s only really 4!)
Trent Lock – There’s a Golf Course with a lovely restaurant and bar inside, but also has an adventure golf outside too! There’s also a nice canal that runs alongside it which is great for going for walks and there’s even a local pub.
Sawley Marina – All the canal boats dock here and there’s a gift shop, café and lovely scenery to admire too. On a sunny day it’s a peaceful place to go.
All Saints Church – I’m not a religious person, but there’s a church which is very popular in the area and hosts a flower festival every year. It’s also the location for many car boots and other community events.
The Harrington Arms – Each year for as long as I can remember, this pub hosts a Beer Festival over the duration of a weekend – normally around the August Bank Holiday. Live music, great food and many beers and ciders are to be enjoyed!
Are there any local sports teams? Where do they play?
Although Sawley is in Derbyshire, it sits nicely between Derby and Nottingham so supporters are fairly divided between Derby County F.C. and Nottingham Forest. As for Sawley, there is no very local sports team that I’m aware of!
My 3 favourite restaurants are:-
There’s really only one sit down place to eat that I can recommend in Sawley and that is The Harrington Arms. They sell perfect pub grub, with a great selection of drinks. As for the rest, there’s a Chinese takeaway that is delicious called Power Dragon and a Fish & Chip shop next door. It really is a small village!
My 3 favourite bars/pubs are:-
The Harrington Arms, again! The Bell Inn is also a lively place, and is where I spent the beginning of my 18th birthday! Lastly, you also have The Steamboat inn.
Top 3 Hotels are:-
There are no hotels or B&B’s in this area I’m afraid!
Why do you love your hometown?
Although I’m a city girl, and I’m now living in Carrington which is closer to the city centre, Sawley is a quaint and scenic place to live.
Who should visit your hometown?
If you enjoy scenic walks, good food at traditional pubs or even have your own canal boat, then Sawley is ideal for you. It is mostly likely just a day trip on a sunny day, but it’s still a nice place to visit.
Best time of year to visit (weather):
August is the best month, as you have the flower festival and beer festival going on which really brings in the crowd!
Language spoken: English
Currency: British Pounds.