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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

Five Lamps, Derby

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Address: 25 Duffield Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3BH
Phone: 01332341066
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Nearest train stations: Derby (1.2 miles), Peartree (2.4 miles), Spondon (3.6 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

This pub has a good reputation and is GBG listed. Called in for 4 take out pints of Tiger last week, it was pretty ordinary which is annoying when you have 4 to get through. 5/10
30 Mar 2015 21:12
Handsome, partly wood panelled pub on the outskirts of the city centre. Usually sporting at least 9 hand pumped ales, much of it usual fayre but kept in great condition. A little bit ho- hum compared to more independently minded pubs nearby, but always worth a look if in the vicinity. Efficient, cheerful bar service adds a bit of distinction.
9 Jan 2015 11:33

My boozing companion and I have visited the Five Lamps several times in the last few months since we discovered that our favourite brew, the superb Thornbridge Jaipur (5.9% ABV) is usually available here at a very reasonable price (£3.50 a pint). At the other end of the strength scale there is normally Castle Rock Harvest Pale (3.8%ABV) and a range of twelve other beers of different types and alcohol content in between. Several are from local breweries but Everard's Tiger is usually available, because Everards own the pub.

It's a long time since I've eaten here, so I'm unable to comment about the food except that the menu is varied and the meals look pretty good. The staff are all very friendly, helpful and efficient and all in all, it is not difficult to see why this is a “must-do” on a pub crawl of Derby even though it is a bit out of the city centre.

24 Dec 2014 03:59

The Alexandra Hotel, Derby

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Address: 203 Siddals Road, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 2QE
Phone: 01332 293 993
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Nearest train stations: Derby (0.2 miles), Peartree (1.6 miles), Spondon (2.7 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Another excellent pub within easy walking distance of the station. The pub has a selection of Castle Rock ales - Harvest Pale, Preservation, Skylarks Reserve & Little Bitch. The latter was 10% and very tasty indeed. There are also guests - Ossett Mill End Mild, Charnwood Blossom, Oakham Scarlet Macaw, Ramsbury Silver Pig Stout & Amber Dambuster, in addition to 2 real ciders - Old Rosie & Happy Daze. The interior is full of railway memorabilia, of which the still functioning digital clock is the centrepiece. Locals seemed a friendly bunch and there was a good mix of people. Those in our party who tried the Scotch Eggs were happy. A haggis one served by a Scottish lady was sampled. Well worth combining with the Brunswick just around the corner. Both pubs offer a CAMRA discount and I believe both accept the Wetherspoons vouchers.
14 Jun 2015 10:05
One of my favourite pubs, just pleasantly ordinary, no music or TV. Over a couple of years I have only has good beer there.
10 Jan 2015 20:59
Not a lot has changed here since my last visit, but just thought I'd mention that as well as discount for CAMRA members, they also let you use your Wetherspoons vouchers fror 50p off a pint of any Castle Rock beer. Having said that I actually had the Windswept Blonde - which was excellent.
12 Oct 2014 23:47

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 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

Furnace Inn, Derby

Address: Duke Street, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3BX
Phone: 01332 331563
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Nearest train stations: Derby (1 mile), Peartree (2.3 miles), Spondon (3.4 miles)

Reviews by BITE users:

Forgot to add that Arbor Triple Hop & Shiny Pail were also added to the already impressive range during our visit.
14 Jun 2015 10:39
The Furnace was another friendly Derby pub with a good selection of ales. It's located in more of a residential area of the city, next to the river. The beer selection was Fallen Grapevine, Tiny Rebel One Inch Punch & Dirty Stop Out, Shiny New World, Dealer Button & Affinity. Cider was Sheppys Farmhouse Sweet and the perry was from Broadoak.
14 Jun 2015 10:38
I do find this a very nice place for a quick pint, quiet and friendly.
2 Feb 2015 20:00

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