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Aug 2019 Now closed and up for sale/lease/rent
GeofB - 30 Aug 2019 13:19
The Rutland Arms is situated next to Chesterfield's most famous landmark. But it was very quiet on my Monday evening visit. There are a number of sections and tucked away across what is a reasonably large interior was a grand total of 5 other patrons. The barman looked suitably bored. A 6th customer other than myself did later appear. But he replaced a guy who looked as if he had already had a few too many. The ale selection was decent - Greene King Abbot, Thornbridge Jaipur, Blue Bee Tempest Stout, Castle Rock Elsie Mo, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Sharp's Doom Bar, St Austell Tribute & Abbeydale Doctor Morton's Myar Skikt. The cider was Old Rosie. Cosy place. But could have done with more customers to create a better atmosphere.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Aug 2018 20:25
I quite like this pub, barstaff are friendly & efficient, small smoking area in the shadow of the twisted spire. Ales I drank included Oakham 'Bishops Farewell' [nice tasty pint], Glastonbury 'Thriller [ a cappucino porter; very nice smooth beer], Imperial 'Platinum Blonde' [a nice smooth pint] & Brampton Best [a smooth standard beer].
alehippy - 28 May 2017 14:21
Looks a bit rough from the outside, but inside, its an honest beer drinkers pub.

Good selection of real ales on and the otter was in fine condition. All malt whiskeys were £4.25 for a large one - which is cheap as chips and wetherspoonesque.

Worth checking out.

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Mappiman - 20 Feb 2017 12:26
My 3rd pub to tick and it’s the very welcoming Rutland Arms which is sandwiched between the shopping area and the Crooked Spire church yard. It’s 1pm when I wander in and its pretty busy inside with a mix of football lads and diners. The food is proving popular and every plate that passes looks handsome! The Rutland is well known locally for it’s food quality, portion size and value for money.

8 ales across the 9 hand pumps with a wide range of breweries and styles on offer, I opt for a pint of Wentworth Hoptoberfest @ 3.8%. Perfectly poured but quite a hoppy ale and not one of the best I had during my Chesterfield visit.

I stayed for 45 minutes and soaked up the atmosphere that was being generated by the locals, the jovial landlord and the music playing in the back ground. A thoroughly decent pub and a fine range of ales.
lezford - 18 Nov 2015 14:06
First visit here, decent ales on, Thornbridge Jaipur, £3.80. it did seem a bit of a transient place with lots of meeting up then moving on. Plenty of people eatng so the food must be ok.
rpf1955 - 28 Sep 2015 11:34
Hmmmm, seems as if things have slipped a bit since last visit, can't exactly put my finger on the reason though.
Ales still good, both choice and quality, though staff seemed a little disinterested.
Got a bit of a feeling the place was resting on it's laurels, living on past glories perhaps. But then again everyone can have an off day I supose.

robf - 20 Aug 2012 15:43
Reasonable kind of busy town pub with a number of mainly local ales. Had a few pints of the Brampton Tudor Royal.
anonymous - 4 Mar 2012 14:53
Generally good experiences in this pub. Ales have usually been top quality and a good choice. Last night we had one pint pulled by the barmaid that, once settled, was barely more than a half. Not good when they don't take responsibility and when you have to ask for a top up.

Friendly bunch though. And worth a visit if in Chesterfield, particularly as it's fairly handy for the train station.
twohalves - 26 Nov 2011 11:11
Very poor!!
Ordered fish & chips, the fish was frozen in the middle!
When i mentioned this to the member of staff who cleared (35 minutes later) it was just a shrug of the shoulders and back to their conversation. I tried a pint of brampton ale, usually very good, but this tasted acidic and off. Its a real shame as I have visited this pub in the past and it has been good. If you are serving frozen food let people know! don't have signs up about new menu's. a lot of work to do, but I hope they can turn things around
piplad1 - 17 Mar 2011 00:47
Can only endorse the positive reviews already posted, a must visit watering hole when in Chesterfield.
Called in last friday to find a good selection on offer, the usual suspects and local brews, went with "Tramway", a traditional bitter with a capital "B". Prompt service and topped up unprompted.
I'll be back!
robf - 29 Nov 2010 11:46
First review in over a year - that's quite suprising! The rutland is one of the best places to be in chesterfield when you're after a good pint. There's always a good selection on offer, including a good selection from local micro breweries such as spire and brampton. It's owned by enterprise inns but take it from someone who knows their pubs, it's one of their better places! I've seen landlords and staff come and go from here over the years but nobody has failed to disappoint me when it comes to offering a friendly service and a warm welcome. Oh and just to add on, i don't usually judge a pub by the food it serves, as that's not what it's about, but i've never had a bad meal in here. If you're still not tempted to visit, they also have an open fire.
jarofporter - 25 Nov 2010 15:25
Great place, well located for town centre and railway station. Huge selection of good ales, and very high quality food - especially cheap if you go for the meals-for-two deal. The slight concern is that the current management and most of the staff are about to leave - so watch this space.
Trev - 8 Nov 2009 22:09
Had a good range of ales & bar man was friendly enough,
Called for a mid week afternoon pint & the place wasn't very busy,
This is not the pubs fault but it beats me how some of these places survive? But it has to be said that when a pint of Becks hits the 3 mark then your clients go from being exclusive to elusive.
Having said that this pub does have a good vibe about it.
Biglad13 - 22 Sep 2009 12:12
Best pub in Chesterfield, as you may gather from other comments. Excellent range of real ales, 2 straight from the wood, and always busy though not uncomfortably packed when I've been in. Located next to the church you can't miss it.
Poke - 27 May 2009 23:01
Any pub that serves ales straight from the cask HAS to be good surely, and I was not wrong! Best pub in Chesterfield in my opinion. Probably the easiest to find too, as it backs onto the grounds of the church. Make sure you visit the Royal Oak too!
jarofporter - 29 Apr 2009 17:22
Excellent pub. Had a win at the bookies so treated myself to a couple of pints and some tea. The Batemans Combined Harvest was in brilliant condition and I quaffed 2 pints of it. Food was decent and excellent value. Friendly landlord, music at a decent level and good music too, this is the future of pubs - 7 ales on today.
Sharp - 16 Oct 2008 20:57
Best ale in Chesterfield here without a doubt. They usually have ~7-8 ales on pump plus more served direct from the cask out the back, all well kept in my experience. I'd recommend any local Brampton ales which they usually have on. Food's not bad either - standard pub grub (ham egg chips, pies etc). Very friendly too :)

FathaTed - 16 Jul 2008 16:41
Nice pub and some decent ales. Well worth a visit.

Two issues:
(1) some of the charis are falling apart
(2) we went into the pub at 11am - and they started blaring out the most inane musak so it was difficult to have a quiet chat. Either turn it down or do without it entirely - who wants crap music at that time of day anyway?

We headed to the Derby Tup after it got too annoying...
eddierowles - 23 Apr 2008 08:44
I love this place and visit it whenever I am in England. Excellent, well kept ales (TT Landlord is usually there)and the food is good value for money. It's the best pub in Chesterfield, without a doubt.
fr21555 - 10 Feb 2008 02:56
Excellent pub, close to the famous crooked spire. Seven or eight beers on, including a very odd pint of something called 'Golden Bud' produced by the local Townes microbrewery, plus several more 'out the back' in readiness for the forthcoming Chestefield beer festival. Thoroughly recommended.
rpadam - 30 Jan 2008 20:25
Excellent pub. Great beer, good quality and value food. HMHB on the jukebox. What more could you ask for?
countyfan - 19 Aug 2007 12:08
Best ale boozer in Chezz Vegas.Plenty of choice and friendly locals
Rammie - 12 Aug 2007 18:13
Did a big crawl around the centre of Chesterfield and this was by far the best place I found. Lots of real ales, good food and good atmosphere in the evening.
pubcollector - 4 May 2005 22:40
Near the town centre and only 5 mins from the train station.

You'll get good beer here in a relaxed atmosphere
Cobbo - 4 Jun 2004 23:45
Dozen or so hand pulled real ales, including Greene King, Timothy Taylors, Marstons Pedigree, Boddingtons.
Fine strong cider( Old Rosie)
Do decent pub meals and staff always friendly and efficient

Neil - 5 Oct 2003 10:53

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