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During lock-down Les Baynton, The Derby Beer King, remembers his favourite top 10 Derby pubs – we'd love you to share what your Top 10 would be!
Known locally as 'The Folly', is regarded as one of Derby's hidden gems for real ale and has been flagged as a place to visit by the Lonely Planet Guide.
Not content with just selling great real ale, The Falstaff has its own 10-barrel brewery on-site ready and waiting to be tested by tourists and locals alike.
The Brunswick Inn
Just a few steps from Derby’s rail station, this former railway men’s retreat has been lovingly restored to its Victorian glory.
The Brunswick Inn has its own on-site micro-brewery (Derby's oldest). For those who like their tipple a bit stronger, the pub's homemade 'Triple Hop' is a must, being a great accompaniment to the hearty food that comes out of the kitchen.
A friendly, welcoming, community micro bar with 4 real ales on pump and regular beer festivals through out the year. Local entertainers perform from Thursday to Saturday. Jam sessions are held on Sunday.
The Standing Order
This pub was built as the Crompton & Evans Union Bank, later the city branch of the NatWest, which closed in 1993 and is now, appropriately, called The Standing Order.
The number one meeting place for a night out in Derby, The Standing Order is a Wetherspoon's pub selling a wide range of drinks and pub grub.
A great pub that offers the charms of a rural pub in the urban sprawl of Derby city centre. Step back 100 years in time with its cosy dimly lit rooms and the laughter of regulars at the bar, that make this one of the best, traditional pub serving modern-day food and drink in the city.
Experience the award winning cutting edge pub food offer and try some great ales from Derby’s No.1 brewery ‘Dancing Duck’.
A welcoming pub with two drinking areas and a small snug and always a choice of well-kept ales, usually including one from the pubs own brewery. At the rear is a peaceful garden with tables. There is a collection of brewer-mania in a glass fronted cupboard opposite the bar. Don't miss the Red Barrel dispense on the bar.
The Alexandra Hotel
A multi award winning pub dating back to around 1890. The pub has undergone a sympathetic refurbishment, but maintains the core values of quality beers at a reasonable price.
The pub is host to a variety of railway memorabilia which includes the cab from a Class 37 loco in the car park. In addition to the ever changing range of draught beers, there is a large selection of bottled beers from around the world.
The Golden Eagle
A corner house beside Markeaton Brook, crowded with historical memorabilia and a fine display of pump clips. Offering a small bar with an expanded drinking area and additional seating upstairs. Darts board near the back of the pub, next to a door that opens on to the outside patio area. Take part in the popular quiz Wednesday evening and acoustic music every Thursday evening.
A handsome riverside pub with a central bar serving the main bar and separate quiet back bar. On a fine day the large outside terrace overlooking the river is very pleasant. The beer range is very varied with a strong emphasis on new breweries. There is also a good selection of craft keg beer. Awarded Derby CAMRA Pub of the Year 2018 and 2019 and East Midlands Pub of the Year 2019.
The Horse and Groom
A traditional community pub that has transformed from a small public house into a larger establishment by knocking through two adjoining properties. In the heart of Derby's West End, this family owned and run free house, is noted for its regular draught Bass and interesting range of three guest beers. Free live music at the weekend, open mic Thursday evening and jazz last Wednesday of the month.