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Blessington Carriage, Derby

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Paid my second visit to this place recently, but I don’t seem to have filed a report of my first trip. The first thing that struck me was how large this place was – and how empty ! I have a feeling that it’s a student bar, and Saturday lunchtime isn’t a peak period. The selection of ales was down from my last visit, and now had 4 handpumps available with another couple out of use. Can’t remember exactly what was on tap, but it can’t have been very interesting as I was reduced to having Pedigree ! Although a small frontage on the road, the place seems to go back and back and depending on which direction you head in you might come across, an enclosed courtyard / smoking area, a pool table, or a DJ mixing desk. I’m afraid to say, most of the seating has seen better days.

Food is available, and appears to be “burger led”. I didn’t try it, and am reluctant to do so in future.

The girl who served was pleasant enough, but I got a right telling off from the landlady for looking for the gents in totally the wrong place. I just followed the sign which said “toilet” ...

5/10 – not exactly bad, just unexciting

Martinsh - 29 Sep 2015 22:42
Hey! Soco1982! There was a dink in the carpet that caused the unfortunate stumble. Maybe that bit of carpet had caused some other souls to fall a*se over t*t. Nothing to do with beer clearly.........
NottsHammer - 11 Jul 2014 11:28
visited here with 2 mates last thursday, slightly worse for wear so can't comment too much on the cleanliness although the atmosphere seemed decent even though the pub was quiet. One of my mates did however stumble at the bar and end up on the floor - nobody batted an eyelid which probably tells you about the clientele that frequent this place!
soco1982 - 28 Apr 2014 14:46
Went back to this pub after a few years and I have to say I am outraged. As somebody who used to frequent this joint I now find the staff rude and defiant. The "bar maid" gave me the wrong change (A very simple amount) albeit a silly mistake, 1 that I wasn't that fussed about until she got rude with me and I had to wait over 15 minutes at the bar to get this sorted (She wasn't even serving during the full length of this time period) Que more rudeness from her and no apology from the manager however I did get my change back - eventually. I'm not going here again.
Gemma23 - 20 Jan 2012 23:57
if you are thinking of running an event i would not consider this venue as i have found that out the hard way!!!. the landlord i fount to be extremely rude i have never had to deal with someone so rude in my life i run a charity event for oxfam and fount out that the pub had sold tickets i gave them to sale for the event but had kept the money as well as not keeping to a deal of 10% of bar takings going to the curse as well as just not keeping to any agreements they had made. this is bad enough but when its charity what as been ripped off its just discussing
jackfender2k8 - 6 Dec 2011 19:09
One of Derby's best town pubs. Frequented by an eclectic clientelle, mostly intelligent friendly young and young-at-heart people, it doesn't appeal to those who go out looking for trouble, despite some amazing drinks offers, so you always feel safe. Excellent DJs and other entertainment, mainly indie/rock orientated. Extremely friendly staff and management. Not really for real ale connoisseurs or those seeking quiet conversation, but it doesn't pretend to be. It's my favourite Friday night out - and by the way I'm in my mid-50s.
mereman - 28 Dec 2010 17:34
Student pub. Expect to see an assortment of youngsters desperately trying to be so wacky and utterly zany. Worse at the start of the new education year in Sept/ Oct when the 'freshers' go here.
Seafarer1966 - 16 Sep 2009 14:08
My dad used to love the Bless, and he was certainly a man who knew his pubs. Unfortunately it's gone downhill and is now only a shadow of its former self. There's plenty of other nicer places in the area, the Dolphin and the Flower Pot for example.
jarofporter - 29 Mar 2009 02:32
Having not been to the Bless for at least 15 years I was stunned by its change into a student dive.The 2 pints we ordered were completely flat and undrinkable.When I asked the barmaid(about 15ish, ring through her lip,attitude etc)if they had any other real ale,I suddenly realised by her blank look that she didn't have the foggiest idea what I was talking about.In the end we settled for the 2 most expensive bottles of Newkie brown I've bought in a long time.Couldn't wait to get out,full of noisy drunken kids even at 8.30.If you're over 25 find somewhere else!
greyhead - 1 Feb 2009 20:55
as a student it is a good place for cheap drink but also some of the worst also, cramped and dingey this is somewhere where you would expect to see dodgy dealings going on. favoured haunt of college students and other young people
stargazerhill - 25 Mar 2008 12:58
This place is awful, you have to pay to get in after about half ten and it is full of 12 year olds who still want to hear Jump Around by House of Pain - in 2007! A money making machine which lost any soul it once had years and years ago...
PeoplesPalace - 28 Dec 2007 12:16
I wouldn't say it's the worst pub in Derby, but then again you don't go here for the interior design. It's just a rock pub, plain and simple. The ale isn't the best though at times so you have to be careful what you drink. I tend to end up plumping for spirits or bottles in this place, but they tend to be on offer much more as well!
mat_tyg - 14 Nov 2007 21:13
this is the worst pub in derby grotty beer, poncy people trying to get attention by their wacky clothes, too dark, dingy, smelly, loud music and always too full - the only thing i like about it - there is some top totty behind the bar!

anonymous - 7 Dec 2006 16:18
One of the best pubs in derby, very cheap drinks, (especially the spirits at the back bar at weekends)

Free entry before 10:30pm, 1 after

Open until 1am, great atmoshpere, great DJ, occasional live bands.

Different drinks offers every night, plenty of seating, two outdoor areas, wheerlchair accessible.

Great night, everynight 9/10
reelforjake - 1 Oct 2006 19:26
Overrated. Pump beer not much good, personally I wouldn't bother with it, although I do know a lot of people who swear by it!
OldRogue - 19 Dec 2005 11:05
Student pub, but don't let that stop you. The inside has seen better days and it tends to attract the Goth crowd. If you don't mind this then it's open late until 1am (or is it 12?), but it'll cost you a quid to get in (unless you're a woman).

Finished many good nights here, best in the summer when you can use the beer garden.
monteh - 22 Nov 2005 18:25
The beer is crap, the food is crap, the staff are rude, unfriendly and lazy, tables are never cleaned....i could go on but i won't bother...go to the Flowerpot instead!!
Allythecowgirl - 24 Apr 2005 21:08
derby's best pub! quiz machine, pool table, nice bar staff, open late, good music and live bands. and everything else is ace too.
Tom Morton - 6 Feb 2005 12:00
This is most definately a student pub with a great atmosphere. Would definately recommend you go to the back bar for drinks as the queuea are smnaller and they have better offers on shots. It is abit dingy but that's why i like it.
beckybunny - 7 Oct 2004 14:36
It's true, there are a large proportion of suspiciously young looking drinkers in here, but you have to start somewhere. It's usually the Blessington Carriage, to give it its full name, because the drinks are offensively cheap, with various offers, and the usual crowd fill up here and stagger round to the Blue Note on Sadlergate to drink in the semi-darkness. Top tip - if you're drinking spirits, head round to the back bar because they have different offers on, and there are smaller queues. Most of the time.
There's an oddly stained pool table and some classic musical offerings from the DJ's - this is the only place I've ever been where I've heard the Cure and MC Hammer in the same night.
The upstairs room can be hired, and there's an outdoorsy bit for the warmer weather, or at least the drier evenings, since most people are protected from the cold by their beer armour.
All in all, it's homely, a bit grubby, and a good place to start an evening if you're trying to avoid all the trendy wine bars that seem to have popped up in Derby over the last few years. Students flock here in droves, but it's not the same as it used to be.
For those who want a proper spit and sawdust type pub with substantial real ale offerings, perhaps the Flowerpot might be of interest?
VJ - 27 Oct 2003 12:13

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