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The first thing to note is the correct name of this place is PATTENMAKERS ARMS. Largish brick built building in a back street of a mainly stone-housed village. Easy enough to find once you know where it is.

The first impression when you walk in is of a lot of empty space – that’s because you are near the darts board, and are in danger of getting hit ! There is a central bar around which everyone seems to congregate, so I took my seat there. There were a few tables around the edges of the room, and I believe there were another couple of smaller rooms off the end. [ Actually the whole place looked smaller from the inside ]

There were 6 real ales available, Bass, Doom Bar, Pedigree and 3 guests. I had the Hook Norton Hop To It (an easter golden ale) which was nice enough without setting the world alight.

Football was being shown, but unobtrusively on a smallish TV. I suspect that’s because it was Derby County, and the sound would be turned up once the match actually started. I suspect that was also the reason for the free bar-snacks (tortilla chips, pork pies) that were on the bar. I believe they do larger food at lunchtimes, and I may well eat there next time.

There was also a “meat raffle” in progress – which my cousin & I regard as a sure sign of a BAD pub, which this definitely isn’t. The landlady did look very sheepish though when it turned out she’d won it !

Almost forgot to say the clientele are very friendly.

8/10 – definitely adding this to my list of list of watering holes !

Martinsh - 29 Feb 2016 23:04
Now under a pub holding company
kettle - 4 Nov 2014 20:55
due to the comment below can only think that is just been added by the competition as the beer was lst class and the pub has been recently decorated inside and out
kettle - 22 Apr 2014 23:23
Went in on Friday for a bite to eat and a pint as it was the beer fest, instantly put of with eating around dogs !!! pub looked quite rough in need of a make over.
pint was no better either.
stella_x - 20 Apr 2014 09:32
Excellent pub, best for miles. Enter a stranger, leave a friend. Have also found out that it's the sister pub to the Smithfield in Derby as well.
ramdrinker1 - 3 Oct 2013 12:20
excellent pint , food fantastic , little back street local , clean friendly and fantastic food , what a great find
kettle - 28 Sep 2013 14:55
Visited this pub while waiting to get the train to Wirksworth. Had a splendid pint of Bass from the jug and a lovely citrus-flavoured beer from Beartown brewery. Very busy at lunch-time, had we more time we would have had a meal here as the food looked great; we'll definteky be paying another visit in the future.
DiscerningDave - 7 Apr 2013 21:49
what a great pub, called in to sample the excellant real ale , the food is fantastic and great value , was a regular visitor to their other pub in derby but they have now left so this will defo be my local from now on ,
hairyhelmet - 10 Oct 2012 17:04
Excellent Sunday lunch and really good prices. Got rave reviews in DET and from Camra. Friendly pub with a good choice of well kept real ale, Bass in a jug and on tap. Quiz night on a Sun with beer prizes, regular meat raffle and entertainment throughout the year from some cracking bands. Would recommend this and their new addition the Duke of Clarence on Mansfield Road, Derby.
jcb31 - 23 May 2012 16:20
The correct name of the pub is the Pattenmaker's Arms...a back-street pub, though only just off the main through-road in the village. It has a large horseshoe island bar with an area behind it through openings either side, and a pool table in an open area opposite the bar. Unusual layout, with the kitchen and a storeroom off to one side through doors that I think may have once been the toilets, as they are now accessed through a lobby at the back into a much more recent extension. Also an upstairs room for functions and bands.
Very friendly welcome during the Easter Beerfest, which had some very decent local ales on, including a barrel of Nutbrook Autumn Ale, the only one in existence as all other beer from this brew has been bottled.
Will return again soon to sample the Bass from the jug...
Gristy - 9 Apr 2012 22:29
Excellent if run-down. Good beer and friendly - which is nice!
chickenrun - 22 Dec 2011 14:36
Good boozer tucked away with a decent choice of ales including Bass out the jug. A bit pricey but worth nipping in to sample one.
ng10 - 10 Aug 2011 09:54
Pleasant enough backstreet local. Main bar on entering has a pool table and not much seating but the area behind the bar has tables and seats. Four ales on - Pedigree, Bass, Landlord and Salamander Whirlygig. Went for the latter which was okay... second pint of it was much better though. Food is pretty cheap - a crowd of pensioners payed less for a meal than one average joe would pay for a Cosat coffee and a few loose pistachio nuts.
anonymous - 25 Jun 2011 22:18
Quite a basic locals pub, but the Bass from the jug was very good, even on a quiet night. Very friendly.
mtaylor40 - 4 Feb 2010 22:54
Not bad. Friendly landlady and locals. Not a huge range of beers, only ones from the big breweries. I suppose that's down to the fact it's an Enterprise Inns place. I bet a few local brews would attract more custom though.
jarofporter - 2 Jan 2010 17:16
Also favorate drinking hole of landlord of the Kings Head
lampie - 2 Jun 2008 18:25
Nice beer. Old pub not very inspiring or attractive. Certainly a locals pub but welcoming all the same. Interesting interior.
XanosPhoe - 27 Feb 2005 15:33

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