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The Milking Parlour

wood-fired sourdough pizza served daily


Inside the rustic interior of an old dairy shed…

Opened on 4th July 2020, The Milking Parlour is the Tollgate Brewery Tap, inside the rustic interior of an old dairy shed, overlooking the brewery itself and set within the stunning surrounds of the National Trusts Calke Abbey estate.

Open all year around with is ample outside drinking space overlooking fields and the historic outbuildings of the old Southwood House dairy farm. Serving a wide range of Tollgate cask and keg beer as well as bottle off-sales and merchandise in the shop. In case it rains, we have several areas of covered and heated space with seating in the Milking Parlour itself, which has a rustic log burner, or the neighbouring Cow Shed and heated Threshing Barn. Serving wood-fired sour dough pizzas made onsite with dough produced from Ashby’s own Julias Bakery every day.

Family friendly, free parking available, dogs (well behaved and on leads), walkers and cyclists welcome too. Hot drinks available too. Named in The Daily Telegraph’s Weekend supplement – The Ultimate British Beer Lover’s Buck List as one of eight brewery taps to visit in the UK.

See our events page and social media for updates on news and events including our annual Beer Festival on the Spring Bank Holiday weekend and our Cider & Sausage Festival in September.

For brewery tours please see our shop page.

Visit Leicester “Taste The Place” favourite.

How to find us

The Milking Parlour

Southwood House Farm, Staunton Lane,
Calke, Derbyshire LE65 1RG

Opening Hours

Monday – Closed apart from Bank Holidays where we open 12noon-9pm (food served until 6pm)
Tuesday to Saturday – 12noon to 9pm (pizza served until 8pm)
Sunday – 12noon to 5pm (pizza served until 4pm)

Bank Holiday Mondays – 12noon to 9pm (pizza served until 6pm)

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Pizza menu

Our pizzas are served from Tuesday to Saturday from 12noon until 8pm and Sunday 12noon to 4pm

Two Pints + Two pizzas

Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday


Garlic Bread

Stone baked sourdough pizza base topped with homemade garlic butter and finished with fresh rocket. Available with chilli for £1 extra


Garlic Bread with Cheese

Stone baked sourdough pizza base topped with homemade garlic butter and a blend of cheeses then finished with fresh rocket. Available with chilli for £1 extra



Basic but beautiful... Italian tomato sauce with a blend of cheeses and finished with fresh basil.



Slices of chorizo topped with fresh red chilli and finished with fresh rocket.


Hartington Blue & Garlic Mushroom

Bechamel sauce base topped with our blend of pizza cheese with crumbled Derbyshire Hartington blue cheese, garlic & green peppercorn fried chestnut mushrooms finished with toasted pine nuts and rocket.


Philly Cheesesteak

Seasoned minced steak from Standleys Farm Barn on a bechamel sauce base pizza with red onion, green and red peppers along with slices of Gruyère cheese finished with sliced spring onions and freshly ground pepper.


Lamb Madras

Standleys Farm Barn Madras infused minced lamb with sliced red onion, scotch bonnet chillis and finished with lime pickle puree, coriander leaves, and crushed poppadums. HOT!


Winter Spiced Roast Beetroot

Winter spiced roast beetroot with sliced green and red peppers and red onion, finished with crumbled goats’ cheese, balsamic drizzle, rocket and toasted pine nuts.


Artichoke, Olive & Spinach

Marinated artichoke hearts, olives and sliced red onion on our tomato and cheese pizza base topped with fresh baby spinach and finished with balsamic drizzle and vegan ‘parmesan’.


Children's Margherita

6" pizza base with Italian tomato sauce with a blend of cheeses.


Children's Chorizo

6" pizza base with Italian tomato sauce with a blend of cheeses and slices of chorizo.



We host various events at the Milking Parlour, from live music and street food to full blown weekend beer and cider festivals. For the latest goings-on follow the below link.


Getting here on foot

As the Milking Parlour is not on a bus route and some of you may not want to drive, we have worked with the Melbourne Footpaths Group to produce several routes from nearby towns and villages to us.

From Melbourne & Ticknall

Melbourne Circular Walking Route


From Ashby-de-la-Zouch

Ashby Circular Walking Route