The Blacksmiths

Retford, Nottinghamshire
Pub with rooms

Conveniently placed on the borders of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, a rejuvenated village pub close to the Chesterfield Canal


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


With its smartly renovated interiors and happy team at the helm, the Blacksmiths has a top-notch reputation for the quality of its local, seasonal food. Expect to be tempted by the likes of beetroot and truffle goats cheese salad with basil oil and rye bread tuile, followed by beef shin pie with oyster mayonnaise, creamed leeks and smoked mash. Leave room for orange and whiskey bread and butter pudding with crème anglaise. Cosy up in front of the log burner in the spacious, stone-floored bar, dine at reclaimed wooden tables in the award-winning restaurant or sip a pint of real ale in the walled garden. There’s a great selection of wines, too. Why not come for the weekend and book one of the stylish rooms in the gorgeous barn conversion; all have comfy beds, snow white linen and quirky, spotless bathrooms with Cowshed smellies. For a longer stay, book the airy studio apartment with its revolving TV and fire, a nice space for a family of four. Fashionable, poised, self-assured, re-invigorated: The Blacksmiths is designed to please. 


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Starters from £5.50. Mains from £12.95. A la carte menu available.


Nightly price
from £120
2 Twin/doubles
From £120
1 Double
From £140
1 Studio for 4
From £160


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Vicki Foers

  • We are situated on the Chesterfield Canal with access to many delightful walks alongside the canal or across the countryside.
  • Clayworth is situated 21 minutes from Robin Hood Airport. Making us a convienient stop over either before or after a holiday or business trip.
  • National Trust Clumber Park is close by and is a beautiful expanse of parkland, heath and woods covering more than 3,800 acres. You are able to explore the picturesque parkland and gardens, peaceful woodlands and a magnificent lake.
  • Just a short walk from the Blacksmiths is Clayworth Church with hosts the famous Traquair Murals.
  • If a day at the races is your cup of tea then why not visit Doncaster racecourse, home to the St. Leger and is easily accessible from Clayworth.
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a dynamic centre for conservation and welfare, with over 300 animals and 60 different species, including the famous polar bear whose story hit the BBC news. It's also famous for the biggest ever European big cat rescue!