The Tavern is where the first visitors, walking up from Matlock Bath in the 18thC, would have stopped for refreshments before exploring the cavern. At the time it was little more than a hut but with the popularity of the attraction, a larger timber structure was erected which was later replaced with the permanent building in use today. The site still claims the oldest beer license in the Matlock area.
So, before or after your tour of the Great Rutland Cavern stop, relax and enjoy a drink or an ice cream. Use the picnic tables on the terrace or the Beer Garden above the Tavern and experience a place that has been enjoyed for over 230 years.