eat with us

We are a relaxed pub suited to all sorts of leisure and business occasions.


Superior & Standard Rooms

Historic Village

Explore The Rich Heritage


Many To Choose From

Pub & Dining

Delicious Food & Drink

our food

We would love to cook for you, whether you require a table for two because you can’t be bothered to cook at home or if you just wish to chat and enjoy life.

Should you wish to arrange a special occasion such as a birthday celebration or a wedding for up to 60 people, we would love to help you. We don’t charge extra because we don’t use table cloths or pretend to be something we’re not. Our menus are straight forward and honest. We use the best, freshest and whenever possible, locally sourced produce. And remember, you don’t have to dress up if you don’t want to.

Children Friendly

A view of our garden area.

Our Drinks

A perfectly conditioned pint of real ale.

Children are welcome and we have a children’s menu because we think they should have the opportunity to eat proper food.

Our Chef is happy to make smaller portions or simplified versions of anything on our menu. We love to see babies and children of all sizes at the table with their parents and families.

We are not a ‘high energy’ kids pub and children will need to be supervised by an adult at all times inside the pub and outside on the garden.

We love our drinks as much as we love our food. Our range of draught cask ales and lagers is unrivalled in the area with 4 perfectly conditioned real ales on tap, including our regular gold medal winning Timothy Taylor Landlord. Because we are truly free of any brewery tie, we can buy our real ales from any brewery in the UK and we have sold almost 150 different guest ales in one 12 month period. Our wine is blind tasted to ensure quality. You can choose not to buy a whole bottle because all our wines are available by the glass.







01332 862479

7 High Street, Ticknall,
DE73 7JH

The Staff of Life is ideally located whether you are looking for an overnight stay on business, a short break or a longer stay. You will enjoy the advantage of a traditional Inn offering real cask ales and fresh home cooking. We back onto the open fields of the National Trust’s Calke Abbey and Gardens and are perfectly located for parents and visitors to the famous Repton and Foremark schools. We are also ideally located for East Midlands Airport and Donington Park and we are an easy commute to Ashby de la Zouch, Burton on Trent, Derby City and several local towns and of course, many other beautiful areas of South Derbyshire.