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Arkwright Arms, Chesterfield

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user reviews of Arkwright Arms, Chesterfield

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Went in there last Thursday. Unfortunately bumped into an obnoxious couple from Surrey called Daniel and Katherine! Totally spoiled the atmosphere. Thankfully, much to everyone's delight, they didn't stay long!
The pub was brilliant as usual by the way!
Scieron - 22 Dec 2014 20:35
What's wrong with Northerners ?, Get thyssens back down south lass if tha dunt like it up 'ere. It's sign of how good this pub is if it's full.
Previous reviewers say this place is expensive. I always judge the rip-off scale of a pub by how much they charge for a bowl of chips. Here it's £1.60. Try the Derwentwater Arms at Calver where they charge £3 per bowl or the Peacock at Rowsley where it's over £4 per bowl or most of the other Peak District tourist traps where it's always over £2.50. CAMRA continue to put this pub in their nominated lists for best area pub of the year - What more to say?
The beer range,quality and price are superlative. Food is inexpensive and good quality. Decor and seating are a bit spartan but only southern softies expect plush seating as if in some Parisian brothel.
GeofB - 29 Nov 2013 10:00
Went in there last Thursday, absolutely FULL to the brim with Northerners. We left very quickly. Be warned. Thanks, Daniel and Katherine, Surrey
benton - 27 Sep 2012 12:41
Went to this pub for a midweek lunch. Myself and partner both had steaks, which were good. However, the portions were a let down. There were not enough chips, and the quality left a bit to be desired. Only 2 mushrooms and 2 onion rings each,were also on the small side. We felt for the portion size both our meals were very overpriced. (11.95 and 15.95). Also felt the homemade banoffee pie was a let down too much cream and pastry. The dining room lacked atmosphere, and not much space between the tables. However, on a good note the staff were very welcoming and friendly.
hasland - 26 Apr 2012 16:27
Good beer, great food (Only had a ploughmans but it was excellent) staff were great - no complaints apart from its not within walking distance of my house.
Bernie5 - 28 Mar 2012 18:00
I can agree with earlier reviews. The ale is superbly kept, the tasting notes are detailed and useful. The food is of a really good standard for traditional English fayre , the portions are large and I can heartily recommend the steak, stout and pepper pie, I have not tasted a better pie. The chips are homemade, freshly cooked and delicious.

The pub is beautiful in a traditional, unspoiled way, the staff are really friendly and helpful and children are welcome.

If I had one criticism it would be that there aren't all that many tables for a group of 4 to eat in the main part of the pub. The restaurant room at the back is fine but does not have the same atmosphere.

All-in-all highly recommended.
thegiant - 4 Nov 2011 09:38
Excellent. Bit off the beaten track, so you may need a designated driver - but if you can find some poor sap willing to do that, its well worth a visit.

A wide selection of ales (this place is now a CAMRA fave, I believe) with excellent tasting notes. They also specialise in ciders & perries. Take out is easy enough, and the staff were all incredibly pleasant when we visited.

They were renovating the kitchen, so I can't comment on the standard of the grub, but the premises were nice enough.
Hotfoot - 25 May 2011 10:59
Great pub. Eight or so fine ales to choose from with great variety and lots of local representatives. The cider choice is amazing, up to 15 drawn from the barrel.

Also, the food is good pub grub and very reasonably priced. Good portion size too.

Bit off the beaten track, but there is a bus from Chesterfield.
twohalves - 7 May 2011 12:50
Can't disagree with anything said below. A really nice pub and well worth a visit.
Poke - 22 Mar 2011 09:44
Great pub. Passed it completely by chance on the way to the castle. And what a find. I can't wait to go back - well worth a taxi/bus from chesterfield railway for a decent session sampling all of their ales. Well chosen bottled selection too. Friendly staff welcoming dogs and children. Not austere or grumpy like some ale pubs can be, there's even a pool table and a telly. An easy 10/10.
dry_riser_inlet - 25 Jan 2010 12:40
we have started to go in this place more often , once or twice a week, the beers all seem to be first class. just yesterday evening i enjoyed half a dozen pints of whim hartington bitter it was superb. they certainly have some great talent in the cellar and by the look of the food going out, which we are yet to try, have some serious talent in the kitchen too. they seem particularly veggie friendly with their christmas menu, which for us is a great idea. the walls are adorned in camra pub of the year certificates for the last few years which seems to signal their intent. this pub is one of the few pubs in the chesterfield area that seems to be pleasantly busy whenever you go in which gives it a nice atmosphere. the staff all seem great and the place is spotlessly clean, not one of those where you wish the smoking ban could be relaxed.10/10
ronart - 27 Sep 2009 11:16
Externally a fairly standard Brewer's Tudor type of affair, but this conceals a really top quality pub. Colossal range of drinks of all sorts including I believe 5 real ales (mostly local), half a dozen ciders and a couple of perries. Food was good pub fare, and ridiculously cheap oh, and the staff were friendly too. A real find.
And no, I'm not the landlord!
Redriley - 8 Feb 2008 11:38

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