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Thomas Leaper, Derby

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Superior Wetherspoons, but cannot hope to compete with the best of the other well established real ale pubs never much more than a ten minutes walk away in any direction. Best approached as a quick stop on a crawl, preferably early evening.
ILooklikeme - 19 Feb 2012 13:45
This is branded as Lloyds No.1 bar and it' the first time I have ever seen two Wetherspoons outlets directly next door to each other! Had a good drop of Slater's Haka NZ hopped beer. That's it reallly!
mcroyal - 16 Feb 2012 13:22
Not as cr*p as others - but don't go for the beer, or the food actually. Spoons but 50p more - ? Why would you go?
ChineseForeverMore - 27 Dec 2011 23:14
Quieter JDW than its immediate neighbour next door. Good choice of ales as you'd expect and a less chavvie clientele. Easier to get served and toilets actually on the ground floor which is a bonus for a JDW pub!
ng10 - 10 Aug 2011 09:27
The Thomas Leaper is one of the cleanest pubs we have been in. The food is usually very good and the Benchmark red wine one of the best. You in Derby should be proud of this establishment because we travel from our grotty pubs in Nottingham to visit our Favourite on regular occasions.

However we now have the T. B I. at Trent Bridge which is in a class of its own but we are having to pay extra for the privilege. so as well as this we will still be travelling by Red Arrow to visit you. Ronaldo.
wilko1 - 18 Jun 2011 20:07
i was here last week and a girl called tanya with dark hair offered me some weed that works here what kinda shit hole is this will never go there again
forbz - 15 Nov 2010 20:59
Now a Spoons - the Thomas Leaper.
jarofporter - 18 Feb 2010 11:44
Crazy Sh*t,Two JDW's smack bang next to each other, i never seen that b4!! The pub has good and interesting art deco style decor for a spoons and is nicely set out over two floors. The pint of Falstaff "Fistfull of hops" was very good indeed, 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 4 Jan 2010 18:56
Just as good as the standing order, better suited to the slightly quieter older group. Typical Wetherspoons fayre.
dibdotcom - 30 Nov 2009 19:52

Yatess in Derby has been closed for at least a year, but was reopened by Wetherspoons as a Lloyds No.1 and renamed the Thomas Leaper last Friday 24 July.

With the popular and much larger Standing Order next door, it seems a curious choice of location for JDW to open another outlet in the city. Although much smaller and has 10 handpumps (including the usual JDW brands) it already appears to suffering badly from the usual Wetherspoon malaise of poor service, which normally is not a problem next door in the Standing Order.

When I visited at lunchtime on Tuesday there was just one guy behind the bar serving drinks and taking food orders. Another guy was just serving meals and clearing tables, and the duty manager was seemingly doing nothing but run round like a headless chicken fielding complaints about food quality and service.

As the saying goes, first impressions count and there is no such thing as another chance to make a first impression. First impressions were not good. The Shardlow Brewery Fools Gold was well below par, even though JDW donate 10p per pint to their childrens charity.

Yes it is clean and comfortable, but in my view a much better alternative would have been to have made this an annexe to the Standing Order.

steve2905 - 29 Jul 2009 05:07
It's a Yates's. There's not really a lot more to say. The upstairs has three pool tables, the main reason I used to go there. If you're after a good pint head next door to the Standing Order, or slightly up the road to Ye Olde Dolphin.
jarofporter - 29 Mar 2009 02:42

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