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The Old Bell, Derby - pub details

Old Bell
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Address: Sadler Gate, Derby, Derbyshire, DE1 3NQ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 26970) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Derby (0.8 miles), Peartree (1.9 miles), Spondon (3.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 5.7/10 (rated by 15 users)
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user reviews of the Old Bell, Derby

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Worth a drop by and a look round the old Tudor bar. Different ales on offer in both main front bar and rear Tudor bar. Had a Drunken Duck brew (that had some stupid name I have now forgotten) which was quite a dark palatable beer. One of the better places in the main 'circuit' and shopping part of the town centre.
Snarling_Mallard - 2 Mar 2019 22:13
good enough meal in the Tudor bar, nice real fire and pretty good beer. 7/10
ben23699 - 30 Dec 2015 21:04

The front bar reopened earlier this month after a tasteful refurbishment which must have cost mega bucks.

6 hand pumps of which 5 were in use when I called in last week. 2 were from the local Dancing Duck Brewery (Dark Drake and Ginger Ninja), and 2 from Salopian (Oracle and Lemon Dream) plus Bass were all available. I had two excellent pints of Oracle which were in really tip-top condition.

The slight downside is that there does not seem to be much atmosphere at the moment. Maybe some old photographs on the walls would help, but potentially this and the adjoining Tudor Room will be “must visit” venues on future pub crawls of Derby city centre.

I am giving it an 8/10 to thank and encourage the local entrepreneur who has rescued this Derby institution from oblivion.

steve2905 - 20 Jul 2015 02:58
First of all PLEASE DISREGARD ALL PREVIOUS REPORTS FOR THIS VENUE. The place is now in new ownership. The Old Bell is a huge rambling place, most of which is currently closed for restoration.

What is open is the Tudor Bar, which has already been refurbished. This is a long way back from the road. There are signs, but they aren’t exactly obvious. The place (single room) is a like a small medieval banqueting hall, with a beams / wattle & daub effect, and a large painting at one end, and stained glass windows at the other.

The bar takes up one corner of the room, with 4 real ales available. On my visit they were serving Bass, two beers from Derby brewery and Milestone Rich Ruby – which is what I chose. There is also a large range of whiskeys available.

Food is available. Breakfast selection included a “Derbyshire Breakfast” – which I couldn’t see was any different to the usual Full English ! The lunchtime selection appeared to be limited to salads, sandwiches and paninis.

Yet another place with a pointless musical soundtrack.

6/10 – perfectly acceptable, but not as good as other places nearby.

Martinsh - 7 Sep 2014 23:53
the old bell is my main pub as i visit 2 or 3 times a week. this pub is derby's alternative and heavy rock/metal pub and as a large gig venue at the back witch on a regular basis as some grate bands and musicians and on Wednesdays a open mic night. this is a grate music venue. inside it is gloomy and not the most clean place and the toilets are discussing and is about time they sorted this out but other then that its a grate pub with a grate atmosphere and a place to get away from all the main stream pubs and clubs but if you dont like load heavy music or being around alternative people stay away but on the other hand if you do its worth checking out
jackfender2k8 - 13 Apr 2012 20:24

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