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10 of the best real ale pubs in Derby

17th January 2014
10 of the best real ale pubs in Derby The Brunswick Inn

The Lonely Planet dubbed Derby "the best place to drink real ale in the world" and with good reason too! Derby has more beers on offer per population than anywhere else in Britain and with a host of breweries based in the city, there's no danger of not being able to enjoy a local tipple. So while you're in Derby for the 13th Derby Winter Ale Festival why not experience some of the city's watering holes? Here are ten of our suggestions of where to drop in for a pint:


1. The Exeter Arms. This cosy and traditional Exeter Street venue has a traditional look and stocks beers from the local Dancing Duck brewery. It serves good food too!


2. The Flowerpot. In a recent survey, the King Street pub had a whopping 18 real ales on offer. No need for a pub crawl if you base yourself here.


3. The Brunswick. Sited on Railway Terrace just yards from Derby's train station, this 1842 building is a rabbit warren which brews its own beer. A no-frills pub for those who like their beer without distraction.


4. Mr Grundy's Tavern. Another one which brews its own real ale, this Georgian House Hotel is on the famous "Derby Mile", a stretch of road on which there are no shortage of pubs. 


5. The Greyhound. An historic grade 2 building dating back to 1734, this Friar Gate pub is a stone’s throw from Mr Grundy’s and owned by the Derby Brewing Company, another popular local brewer.


6. Ye Olde Dolphin Inne. Derby's oldest pub on Queen Street claims it's haunted. But then you shouldn't be thinking about spirits when you're drinking beer.


7. The Falstaff. Known as The Folly, the pub is a former coach house and is packed with brewery memorabilia. Located on Silver Hill Road, it also brews its own beer.


8. The Furnace. Refurbished and stocked with real ales, including plenty of guests, this Duke Street hostelry was opened by former credit analysist Pedro Menon. It also brews beer under the name, The Shiny Brewing Company.


9. The Abbey. Set in beautiful Darley Abbey on the banks of the River Derwent in the old travellers’ rest building of a former Augustinian Abbey, this pub comes complete with spiral staircase and plenty of atmosphere.


10. The Little Chester Ale House. The “smallest pub in Derby” is housed in a former dry cleaners. If you want to sit cheek-by-jowel with the regulars while you sup your real ale this is the place to come. 


Have you got any favourite pubs to drink real ale in Derby? If so, share your recommendations below.