A touch of Paris

Maison Mes Amis owner Marcella Kirk with chefs (L) Craig Skinner and (R) James Gaunt

Maison Mes Amis owner Marcella Kirk with chefs (L) Craig Skinner and (R) James Gaunt

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LAST time I went in the Prince of Wales on Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, was the night Tony Benn was elected as the town’s MP. It was a dark and dingy place, full of factory workers, miners and reporters – how times have changed.

Some 30 years on, the pub has been transformed into a bar and restaurant that’s more Paris attic than Derbyshire boozer. The working men of 1984 would be horrified, but today’s Cestrefeldians love it.

Structurally, little has changed over the years. The bar remains the focal point, but these days it’s hand painted in pastel shades with pearl-centred flowers. The room is bright, with big windows and crystal chandeliers, and once-beer-stained walls now sparkle with diamanté-studded paper.

 

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