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Little Chester Ale House, Derby

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Just to say that this place has had an internal alteration so that the bar is now on the right and enlarged. There are now 6 handpumps (previously 4), though I was told that only 5 are usually ever in use at once.

As previous posters have alluded to, the place is now run by the Hartshorn brewery (I believe Wentwell no longer brew and just run a micropub in Burton-on-Trent). Yesterday there were 4 Hartshorn beers on tap plus a guest (Brunswick Black Sabbath). Since I didn’t fancy a 6% beer for my first of the day, I went for the Hartshorn Reaper (4.9%), which was eminently drinkable.

And there are now two loos – though the ladies requires a key !

Martinsh - 16 Apr 2017 23:49
For my recent Sunday afternoon session the ale selection was Hartshorn's Ignite, Hartshorn's Fusion, Leatherbritches Ashbourne IPA & Nottingham Rock Bitter supplemented by "three ciders from the cellar" and some "craft keg" - no denying where my prejudices lie. I stuck to Ignite for the session beer of the day, which like this micro pub itself simply excellent. With the exception of a congested, slightly too public spot for the one choice of indoor loo I couldn't think of a reason why I shouldn't award anything less than a 9/10 based solely on one delightful afternoon. Bustling, friendly, comfortably simple with an agreeable mixture of two and four legged punters, plus a stroll back into the centre takes you across a pleasant residential green space as well as an opportunity to pop into the Furnace.. Derby does it again.
ILooklikeme - 1 Mar 2016 10:52
Brilliant place. Worth getting the bus or a taxi as it's a longer walk out of town than you think. Beers top notch. Closes far too early but presumably that's out of their control.
jarofporter - 18 Sep 2015 14:08
Small micropub unsurprisingly in the Little Chester area of the city. It's not too far a walk from the centre. Ales were all from Wentwell - D5, Farm Hand's Bitter, Derby Pale Ale & Jeremiah Mild. Ciders were Sheppys Farmhouse Sweet & Farmer Fear Farm Cider. It's very cosy in here and was standing room only by the time we left. There is a toilet at the rear and another outdoor one. Nice pub.
blue_scrumpy - 14 Jun 2015 10:26
A very good spot indeed, nice atmosphere, quiet (when I was there) small and friendly. I cannot remember what beer I had but it was Wentwell and very nice.
ben23699 - 14 Apr 2015 20:55
What a great little micropub this is ! An old shop on the corner of the street, which leads to the unusual cake-slice shaped interior. Wooden benches set into the walls down each side, a few tables and chairs, with some fascinating local history objects on the walls.

Beer is served through the hatch at the far end. When I was there they had three of their own Wentwell beers (mild, better, golden ale) plus Raw Anubis Porter. I had a half of the Tavern Mild which was very nice. As for food, I think they do pork pies.

7/10 – a nice relaxing atmosphere, but I can imagine it can very easily get crowded.

Martinsh - 1 Oct 2014 22:45
A cracking wee pub, constantly changing range of well kept realales. No telly or other electric distractions, a must visit!
budvar_1 - 21 Jul 2014 21:43

Basically this is a former corner type shop that has been converted into a micro pub by the Derby based Wentwell Brewery.

There were four brews available when I last visited; Wentwell's Derby Pale Ale was tip-top and cost £2.60 a pint. But the key word is micro. The few times that I have visited it has never been very busy, but I can imagine that at peak periods it can get very crowded and very uncomfortable.

That said, it has proved to be very popular with Derby drinkers and Wentwell are rumoured to be opening a second micro pub in the city in the old sub post office on the corner of Ashbourne Road and Uttoxeter Old Road.

The Little Chester Ale House is open Monday to Thursday 3pm to 10.30pm and Friday to Sunday 12.00 noon to 10.30pm.

steve2905 - 2 Apr 2014 05:34
One of those superb micro pubs. Specialises in Wentwell brewery beers which is very near to the pub. So friendly, everyone chatting to each other. Lovely warm feeling. 4 handpulls I think.
Steamer1 - 6 Mar 2014 16:32
Tiny pub with a big heart. Good range of beers, which are well kept. Only has room for around 20 customers. Try to be one of them.
Rammy_Tupper - 16 Feb 2014 11:36

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