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Ye Olde Packhorse Inn, Derby

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user reviews of Ye Olde Packhorse Inn, Derby

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Closed some time ago, sadly.
histman - 28 Aug 2016 22:16
Nice local with really friendly people behing the bar. Been in a couple of times, they normally seem to have a guest ale on, as well as the house ale, which I think was Marston's Pedigree. At lunchtime a lot of the menu didn't seem to be on but I went for a burger and that was fantastic!

In the evening it does seem to be very very quiet, or maybe I just picked a bad night?
dyyony - 7 Oct 2013 11:45
Changing hands again by the look of it - temporary management in. And closed on a Friday afternoon/evening at half five. Was on a night out in Melbourne so wasn't going to walk back to Kings Newton later to see if it had opened up.
If they can't be bothered opening up, I can't be bothered giving it any points.
twohalves - 14 Nov 2012 19:33

Really enjoyed my visit! Nothing flash about the place but I did get one of the best burgers I have had since moving to the UK from, err, Melbourne!
The beer was good too.

JonnyConsumer - 5 Jan 2012 16:03

Having been somewhat critical of the Pack Horse previously in my review of 22/05/09, after a visit on 31/3/11, I have to give a much more positive update and agree with the previous two reviews. Marston’s Burton Bitter, Pedigree and Ringwood Boondoggle were available on the handpumps. The Pedigree was a tad below par … it was quite drinkable … but it was either towards the end of an old cask or the beer lines were due for cleaning.

No problems with the food. It is home made from mainly locally suppliers and the portions are generous sized. The young ladies serving the drinks and the food were pleasant and efficient.

For me the downside was the quality of the Pedigree, but viewed overall this is a pub in the ascendancy. Keep up the good work guys … you are certainly heading in the right direction … 8/10


steve2905 - 1 Apr 2011 03:10
Popped in for a drink today. Pretty good pint of Jennings Snecklifter. It was Saturday afternoon and the place was very quiet but there are signs that the place is picking up.
histman - 2 Oct 2010 22:20
This pub has changed hands several times over the last few years, but hopefully the current landlord and chef is here to stay. There isn't an extensive range of on tap beer, but there's always a guest ale or three and what we've sampled there so far has been well kept. The main draw these days though is the food and this pub is now the venue of choice when we have visitors as the menu is consistently excellent with meals all around the £6 to £10 mark. Worth a try if you've not been recently.
freya - 11 Aug 2010 18:03

I am not at all sure what to make of this pub.

The first time we called in about 18 months ago it had just changed hands and a variety of excuses were given that the new management team hadn’t got their act up to speed. That said, the beer wasn’t too bad and neither was the food … probably around 6/10 on the BITE scale.

We called in again last weekend … and it was just like turning the clock back 18 months because it has just changed hands again. But the new management team seems to be even lower down the learning curve than on our previous visit. The only real ale available was Pedigree which was only average and the only food available was a very below standard and very poor value for money carvery. At £7.95 a head it was a rip-off. No credit cards either, it was cash, or you didn’t get served.

For the same price the John Thompson, about 3 miles away in Ingleby has a carvery to die for.

The one redeeming feature was the new landlady’s enthusiasm. Without that and her plans for major improvements in the future, 2/10 would have been an over generous rating. If she succeeds, and I hope that she does, the Packhorse could be a really good pub. But right now no more than a 4/10 …


steve2905 - 22 May 2009 04:29

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