The Old Club House

3 Water Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN
Call: 01298 70117

A Spacious Pub Set in a Former Victorian Gentlemen’s Club

The Old Club House is a spacious pub occupying a Grade II-listed building in the handsome spa town of Buxton. Constructed in 1896, the pub building originally served as the home of the Union Club gentlemen’s club. Featuring a sumptuous ballroom as well as snooker and billiard tables, this exclusive establishment was designed to rival the elite male-only members’ clubs of London.

Though an influx of esteemed visitors in the Elizabethan era, among them Mary Queen of Scots, had boosted Buxton’s fame as a spa destination, the town really flourished in the Victorian era when it became the destination du jour for well-off visitors who flocked here to ‘take the waters’. The Union Club’s founding coincided with Buxton’s heyday as a fashionable Victorian spa town, and the club continued to thrive throughout the early part of the 20th century. But, as was the case with many other similar establishments, its membership began to wane after World War II and it eventually closed in the mid-1980s.

In its place sprung up the Old Club House, a roomy pub that honours the building’s heritage both with its name and with its décor, which preserves many of the club’s original features. Warm wood accents and soft lighting contribute to the cosy atmosphere inside, while the old-style furnishing and decoration harks back to its gentlemen’s club origins. A real fire keeps things warm and comfortable in the winter months, while a beer garden lures in both locals and tourists during summer. With the Buxton Opera House located just across the road, the Old Club House is a particularly popular pre and post-theatre spot. During the annual Buxton Festival in July and August, the pub’s function room doubles as a theatre venue, hosting several shows.

Dance the Night Away in the Club’s Former Ballroom

Equipped to host up to 70 guests seated and up to 100 standing, the Old Club House’s private function space is located upstairs. It encompasses the club’s grand old ballroom, as well as a side room, private toilets and a charmingly old-fashioned bar room featuring a wooden bar that recalls the club’s turn-of-the-century glory days. Large windows allow sunlight to stream into the room during the day, while high ceilings add to the sense of space. The adaptable function area can be used for business events and conferences, and there is a wooden floor space that can serve as a dancefloor for weddings and lively parties.

Enjoy Turn-of-the-Century Splendour

The so-called capital of the Peak District National Park, Buxton is a delightful town crammed with attractive Georgian terraces. While visitors once flocked here for its natural warm-water springs, most guests now come to marvel at its attractive architecture as well as to explore the stunning surrounding countryside. The Old Club House is located right in the heart of Buxton, less than five minutes from the main railway station on foot and just across the road from the opulent Opera House and the adjacent Pavilion Gardens. Covering an area of 23 acres, these gardens are peppered with domed pavilions and feature a bandstand that hosts concerts throughout the year.

Function Room Information - The Club Room
Capacity 100 Private Bar Yes
Hire Costs Not Available Area Type private
Facilities Coffee Machine, Dance Floor, Disco Equipment, Flip Chart and Pens, Hot Water Flasks, PA System, Private Bar, Projector, Sky TV/BT Sport, Stage, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Parties, Private Bars, Restaurants, Tour Groups, Weddings,

The nearest Train Station to The Old Club House is Buxton Train Station