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Derby pub and bar guide

Here's a guide to the pubs and bars of Derby - good or bad, we bring you the most talked about venues and the places you have to visit at least once. We've included a few user reviews, to give you an idea of what to expect when you get there. Or you can follow the links to see full details and all reviews for each pub.

Last Post, Derby

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Address: 1 Uttoxeter Old Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 1GA
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Nearest train stations: Derby (1.4 miles), Peartree (2.3 miles), Spondon (4 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Lovely little micropub, with great ales changing all the time. Great atmosphere, great service, well worth a visit or 2 or 3 .....
6 Oct 2015 15:08
This is a small but quaint pub that stands out from the others in the vicinity and offers a warm welcome along with a good selection of ales and other refreshments.

It has certainly become my personal favourite over the past 6 months and it is exactly what the area has needed and continues to grow in popularity.
5 Oct 2015 07:39
Perfectly compact traditional local pub.
Friendly atmosphere that makes everyone feel comfortable, including a couple of females together meeting after work ( which often isn't the case)
Homely decor and great selection of beers and a cider drinker it's great to always have a guest drink.
A previous reviewer mentioned that the beers has run out. I doubt this but but if it is because the beers are managed/ left to settle well and the pub is a victim of it own success and must have been exceedingly busy.
The landlady and landlord welcoming , polite,sociable and constantly checking and clearing tables that I frequently happens in most pubs.
Nice selection of snacks including the most amazing homemade pork pies with pickles , but be warmed unless you greedy / very hungry you struggle to finish it.
There are several pubs within a short difference but this is definitely worth a visit. I'd certainly become a regular if I had the time .
4 Oct 2015 19:30

The Exeter Arms, Derby

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Address: Exeter Place, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 2EU
Phone: 01332 346679
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Nearest train stations: Derby (0.7 miles), Peartree (2 miles), Spondon (3.1 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Too much of a pretentious eatery for my taste. Given the high prices they charge, they shouldn't be dispensing short pints and the staff need watching in this respect.
20 Oct 2015 20:57
Fantastic pub in central Derby with a great choice of Dancing Duck beers (& guests). I didn't eat when I visited but a friend tells me the food is very good too. The pub is divided into lots of little snugs and has bags of character and charm. The only problem we had was that it was a glorious summer evening and the beer garden gets no sun at all in the evening.
14 Aug 2015 14:29
Agree with comments that this is a slightly more upmarket pub than many others in Derby. It features Dancing Duck ales - Ay Up, Dark Drake & Abduction, in addition to Marstons Pedigree & Saltaire South Island Ale. Cider was Gwynt y Ddraig Farmhouse Scrumpy. The interior felt dark and there is a focus on eating. We chose to sit in a pleasant outdoor area. Service was efficient, with plenty of staff on hand.
14 Jun 2015 10:16

The Rowditch Inn, Derby

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Address: 246 Uttoxeter New Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 3LL
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Nearest train stations: Derby (1.3 miles), Peartree (1.8 miles), Spondon (4 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Good pub, cheap, good beer, good staff. Unfortunately doesn't do food, but there is a good curry place next door.
29 Nov 2015 16:54
In my view one of the best pubs in Derby. Beer is always first class, bar staff are friendly and the guest beer is always interesting. Mostly patronised by locals it can be busy at weekends but is a good venue for a quiet weekday pint.
25 Nov 2015 20:54
Well, I’ve heard of “quiet pubs” but this is ridiculous ! The place wasn’t empty by any means, with about half a dozen other customers, but it was so quiet you could hear a pin drop ! [ Or in my case, my tinnitus ] An old fashioned down at heel kind of boozer. Brews its own beer, which was really the only reason for my visit. There were only 3 beers available from 5 pumps, and only one was their own beer. This was St Andrews Ale – a boring golden ale.

6/10 – not as good as CAMRA seem to think it is !
16 Sep 2015 22:32

The Brewery Tap, Derby

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Address: 1 Derwent Street, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 2ED
Phone: 01332200074
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Nearest train stations: Derby (0.7 miles), Peartree (2 miles), Spondon (3.1 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Amazing range of beers, I was on the real ale which was also good. The tap has more of a "bar" than "pub" feel to it but is still good. The downside is the beer garden which is small, dark and a bit grotty.
14 Aug 2015 14:35
Similar to the nearby Exeter Arms, the Tap is now a little upmarket. It is the brewery tap for the Derby Brewery. Ales on from them were Little Belter, Navigation, Dashingly Dark, Business As Usual, On Tap & Hop Til You Drop. Guests were Titanic Lifeboat, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Goffs Camelot & Navigation Mayflower. One of only 2 pubs we visited in Derby without a real cider. Sat in a covered courtyard at the side. But you will get traffic noise from the main road here. Expensive, but decent pub.
14 Jun 2015 10:20
Used to be called the Royal Standard. A bit trendy for my liking but good atmosphere and good beer. Has an expensive reputation but I had Hop till you drop or something, at 2.90 a pint.
23 Feb 2015 20:42

The Smithfield, Derby

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Address: Meadow Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 2BH
Phone: 01332 370429
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Nearest train stations: Derby (0.5 miles), Peartree (1.9 miles), Spondon (2.9 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

I’m afraid to say this place is definitely going downhill. The last few visits have seen the same four beers available, and the place is getting a down at heel appearance. Furthermore THEY HAVE STOPPED DOING CAMRA DISCOUNT in revenge for being left out of the latest GBG. Not sure what has replaced them, but they definitely weren’t the worst in the previous (2015) guide. [ See Rowditch ! ]

6/10 – they need a kick up the b**kside !
29 Sep 2015 22:46
Not as good an ale range as the Brunswick or the Alexandra. But this was still a nice pub in a location next to the river Derwent and a bus garage. It was reasonably quiet. Locals were friendly. Some were partaking in meals. Ales were Enville Ginger, Derby The Smithy, Whim Arbor Light, Oakham Bishop's Farewell & Bass. Cider was Black Dragon. Worth a swift detour, if you can find it in what is a confusing network of roads and paths through parkland with the river to traverse somewhere in between!
14 Jun 2015 10:10
When I last went in here 5 or so years ago it had down at heel old world charm, in a scruffy sort of way. This time it is done up, music too loud and not even what I call proper music. I had Smithy from Derby brewing company and something from Whim Ales, I think Arbour light or something. Both we're very good. Only 610.
13 Feb 2015 19:58

Ye Olde Dolphin Inn, Derby

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Address: 6-7 Queen Street, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3DL
Phone: 01332 267711
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Nearest train stations: Derby (0.9 miles), Peartree (2.1 miles), Spondon (3.4 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

A lovely old pub and whilst there was a reasonable number of ales, they weren't overly-inspiring when compared with what else Derby has to offer - ales were Brains The Rev James, St Austell Proper Job, Greene King Abbot, Sharps Doom Bar, Bass, Purity Ubu, Robinsons Trooper, Timothy Taylor Landlord & Sharps Atlantic. No real cider was available. Thatchers Heritage had run out and not been replaced. With time ticking on, we spent very little time in here, as we could still fit in one more pub before our train home!
14 Jun 2015 10:47
Well, Lizzie is back ! Unfortunately she’s off on her globetrotting again in a few days time, so you need to be quick to catch her.

In other news they’ve started doing a range of specials for £4. The vegetable chilli was excellent ! Beer range remains as before, reasonable but a bit bland. At least they still do Bass from the jug.
17 May 2015 17:40
One of oldest pubs in the City. Dates from 1530s, lots of tudor-style.cosy and comfortable. Interesting selection of ale, Draught Bass, Greene King Abbot, Marston's Pedigree, Sharp's Doom Bar, Skinner's Betty Stogs and Timothy Taylor Landlord, plus guests. Kept and served well.
15 Mar 2015 17:47

The Abbey, Derby

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Address: Darley Street, Darley Abbey, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 1DX
Phone: 01332 558297
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Nearest train stations: Derby (1.9 miles), Peartree (3.3 miles), Duffield (3.5 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Free beer... well almost. The price of the Sam Smiths OBB is ridiculously cheap. I ordered two pints and pulled out a fiver and two pound coins, it came as a complete shock to the system to find I only needed the note and got handed one pound forty change! The place itself is dark and atmospheric as it was once an abbey. The landlord was friendly and efficient and the food looked to be decent. The Old Brewery Bitter was fine although one of our party tried the wheat beer and felt the need to empty the majority of it into a large planter containing a bush. The pub's situation is very pleasant on a summer's day being only a stone's throw from the river Derwent, part of a world heritage site.
27 Sep 2015 21:26

I am pleased to report that the Abbey has now almost fully recovered from the trauma of Humphrey Smith's totally disastrous decision to let a couple of completely inexperienced kids try to run the pub. During their tenure of the Abbey, it was only kept alive thanks to the heroic efforts of barmaids Nikki and Philippa. Thankfully the new tenants, Kevin and Sue seem to be intent on keeping up the high standards set by Lee and Sally Jackson. The mass exodus of regulars after Lee and Sally departed last November has been reversed and the atmosphere is starting to buzz again – and the OBB is as good as ever. Good luck to the new management and thanks again to Nikki and Philippa for keeping the Abbey alive.
31 Jul 2015 06:34
Good historic interior but beer is not great, atmosphere is OK. All in all only 5/10
14 Apr 2015 20:46

New Zealand Arms, Derby

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Address: 2 Langley Street, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 3GL
Phone: 01332370387
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Nearest train stations: Derby (1.7 miles), Peartree (2.5 miles), Spondon (4.3 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

I'm afraid I have to agree with the previous post. Of the two Dancing Duck pubs in Derby I'd say that the Exeter is Dr Jekyll and the New Zealand is Mr Hyde. I walked a long way from the train station to visit the pub based upon it's previous reputation on recommendations from friends and I have to say it wasn't worth the walk for the quality of beer or the phone wielding staff. I'm afraid I can't comment on the food as I only stayed for a single pint, the Dark Drake was far superior when I had it in the Exeter on the way back to the station.
29 Nov 2015 16:47
Beer is not kept right, food is poor and overpriced, staff are inept and impolite. It used to be a good pub, not anymore. My advice, don't bother.
14 Nov 2015 13:22
It’s me again ! Just thought I’d better point out that the menu has changed. At lunchtimes nowadays you get a restricted range of soup, nachos, jacket potatoes and sandwiches. Evening meals are of a very standardised “pub grub” type. Beer range remains pretty much the same (including Duck Berry which I’ve never seen elsewhere), although the Vanilla Infused Porter wasn’t available this time.
29 Mar 2015 23:20

The Peacock Inn, Derby

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Address: Nottingham Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3QS
Phone: 01332 340712
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Nearest train stations: Derby (0.7 miles), Peartree (2.1 miles), Spondon (3.1 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Supposedly a Marstons pub, but far removed from their typical offering. A long low stone-built building, looking a bit incongruous in a brick terrace. Inside there are two bars at two levels, the front one at road level, and the other side behind lower down. Lots of photos etc on the wall relating to old Derby – and particularly Derby County FC.

There were 7 beers available on handpump, mostly from small local breweries, but also Marstons Pedigree. There was also a handwritten notice saying you could have Bass from the jug (it wasn’t available on draught). I tried the Hartshorn Revolution, which was very nice.

I cant remember anything about food, but did notice they were advertising live music every weekend.

Main drawback was the lack of other people ! I was the only person in the front bar, though there were a couple of others in the back.

7/10 – I’ll be back – hopefully when a few more customers are present !
5 Jul 2015 21:50
I used this pub 7 days each week because they were selling oakham bishops farewell, Due to a faulty batch they stop selling it, I drink elsewhere now
4 Jul 2015 18:50
The Marstons sign on the outside didn't fill us with optimism. But once inside, you realise that this is far more than just a basic Marstons pub. Pedigree was the only Marstons beer. Others were an excellent range of guests - Hartshorns Ignite & Shakademus, Whim Hartington IPA, Burton Bridge Top Dog Stout, Ossett Citra & Fernandes Challenger. Cider was Westons Single Orchard. Service was with a smile and the locals were friendly too. Plenty to like about this pub. If only all Marstons pubs were like this.
14 Jun 2015 10:13

The Greyhound, Derby

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Address: Village Street, Derby, Derbyshire, DE23 8DE
Phone: 01332 273637
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Nearest train stations: Peartree (0.8 miles), Derby (1.7 miles), Spondon (3.8 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

this place is about to be turned into a mosque or Islamic education centre.
14 Oct 2015 14:35
Forgot to say they've just been awarded 5 stars from EHO. It was no surprise to me.
16 Jun 2015 20:16
This pub is now under new management as from March & can I say what a difference it has made. The new landlady is doing a superb job at turning this pub back into the excellent hostelry it once was. Food started at Easter and was immediately a big hit with the superb culinary skills of Chef Karen. It has a great menu at really good prices. Friday & Saturday nights have a great atmosphere with disco/karaoke. The function room is fantastic for any occasion, & the pub is large enough to cater for two parties at the same time if necessary. The pub has a pool table, dartboard and a really nice beer garden if you want to soak up some rays while enjoying a nice cool drink. The pub also has 3 large screen TV's for showing of popular events, such as England football matches. If you're looking to join a team for pool, darts, crib, dominoes or anything else just have a word with a member of staff to find out what is available.
16 Jun 2015 20:11

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