Top 24 Places to Eat & Drink in Derby in 2024

Created January 1, 2023

Last updated March 6, 2024

Satisfy your taste buds in Derby with our culinary guide to the top places to eat and drink in the city. Discover a vibrant dining scene that caters to all palates and preferences, from cosy cafes to elegant restaurants and trendy bars. Indulge in delectable dishes prepared by talented chefs using locally sourced ingredients, and savour a wide range of international cuisines that reflect Derby's diverse culinary heritage. Whether you're a food connoisseur, a coffee aficionado, or a cocktail enthusiast, Derby offers a plethora of options to delight your senses. From hidden gems to well-known establishments, our article will guide you to the best dining and drinking spots that showcase the city's gastronomic delights. Embark on a culinary journey in Derby and let your taste buds experience a symphony of flavours. Explore our article and start planning your culinary adventure today.

Nicco Restaurant & Bar

Nicco delivers contemporary Indian cuisine, fusing traditional flavours with modern cooking methods and exquisite presentation to create a unique and exciting dining experience.

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Nicco Restaurant & Bar Derby

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Nicco Restaurant & Bar

Wheelwright Way, Derby

Zorba the Greek Derby

Zorbra the Greek brings authentic Greek food to Derby. There is something to suit all tastes from the classic Moussaka to freshly made Souvlaki or the exquisite taste of Kalamari and not forgetting the refreshing Horiatiki with Feta cheese and Greek olives… simply scrummy!

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Zorbra the Greek Derby

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Zorba the Greek Derby

9 - 11 Bold Lane, Derby

The Mixing House

Unwind with the Mixing House's extensive range of cocktails or dive into their mouthwatering tapas with your ride or die crew as you experience the very best that Derby has to offer.

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The Mixing House

19 - 20 Friar Gate, Derby

Cast Iron Bar & Grill

Whilst in Derby, head to Cast Iron Bar & Grill where you can choose from a range of fresh, locally sourced and hearty best of British dishes.

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Cast Iron Bar & Grill

Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel & Country Club, Moor Road, Morley, Derby

Lorentes Darley Abbey

When you visit this riverside bistro within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Darley Abbey Mills you'll truly feel like you are in a corner of Madrid or Barcelona with their choice of Spanish cuisine.

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Lorentes Darley Abbey

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Lorentes Darley Abbey

The Cotton Yard, Darley Abbey Mills, Derby

Anoki 

Experience exquisite food and superlative service beneath the glorious gilded vaulted ceiling of the Old Picture House on London Road in Derby.

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Anoki Derby

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Anoki

129 London Road, Derby

Darley's

Darley's are an award-winning restaurant with a beautiful waterfront location in Derby. We offer you classic British and European dishes with a modern twist, within a 200-year old former mill building: Darley Abbey Mills.

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Darley's interior

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Darley's

Waterfront, Darley Abbey, Derby

Ebi Sushi

Ebi Sushi is one of the best Japanese restaurants in the UK and one of Derby's best kept secrets. Frequented by the city's Japanese community based around Toyota, the fish is fresh, the cuts are succulent and the simple tastes melt in your mouth.

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Ebi Sushi Derby

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Ebi Sushi

59 Abbey Street, Derby

The Dining Room 121

The Dining Room 121 is an exciting independent restaurant serving classically contemporary dishes, focusing on the best of local and regional British produce. Head chef Simon Bates has 19 years experience as a chef, and together with his wife Claire, is putting his knowledge and passion into their very own restaurant, ensuring that you have the ultimate dining experience.

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Dining Room 121

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The Dining Room 121

121 Friar Gate, Derby,

Seven Restaurant & Cafe Bar

Seven are a sophisticated all-day venue for relaxed eating and drinking. With the best producers and suppliers on their side, they offer simple but quality, seasonal food, daily specials and handcrafted cocktails.

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Seven Restaurant and Café Bar

Wheelwright Way, Pride Park, Derby

Lorentes Spanish Tapas & Wine Bar

The Lorentes chefs, with their native knowledge of Spanish cuisine, bring to your table the best products and recipes from all over Spain. 

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Lorentes Spanish Tapas & Wine Bar

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Lorentes Spanish Tapas & Wine Bar

118 Friar Gate, Derby

BOA Derby

BOA introduces an innovative approach to street food, cocktails, and tapas in Derby. Immerse yourself in a delightful array of culinary pleasures, ranging from juicy burgers and indulgent cheesy chunky chips to tantalising Korean fried cauliflower and honey-glazed chorizo. Their menu goes beyond with a diverse selection of vegan and vegetarian options, complemented by an abundance of fresh salads, catering to a variety of preferences.

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BOA Derby

32/33 Sadler Gate, Derby

Blacksmiths Lounge

The Blacksmiths Lounge is a relaxed bar serving a selection of draught and bottled beers, delicious cocktails &, wines, plus, you can enjoy weekly live music.

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Blacksmiths Lounge

19 - 20 Sadler Gate, Derby

Lotus Indian Kitchen

All the dishes on Lotus Indian Kitchen's concise menu are cooked to traditional recipes and designed to be shared by everyone round the table. 

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Lotus Indian Kitchen

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Lotus Indian Kitchen

The Piazza, Mercia Marina, Findern Lane, Willington, Derby

Cosy Club Derby

The Cosy Club Derby is an opulent all-day bar and restaurant perfect for relaxed dining and drinking in a really special setting with a touch of timeless glamour.

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Cosy Club Derby

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Cosy Club Derby

Royal Buildings, Victoria Street, Derby

The Bookcafé

The Bookcafé is a quirky cafe set within a beautiful building. They are dog friendly and offer breakfast, brunch and lunch with homemade cake being served all day.

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The Bookcafé Derby

21 Cornmarket, Cathedral Quarter, Derby

Pieminister Derby

Welcoming you to their hapPIE place! Located right in the centre of Derby on Victoria Street Pieminister welcome you to all things pie, with a range of delectable meaty, veggie, vegan and gluten free pies, they really do have it all!

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Pieminister Derby

34 Victoria Street, Derby

The Greyhound

 

The Greyhound is a historic Grade II listed pub dating back to 1734, offering an unrivalled selection of world beverages.

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The Greyhound Derby

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The Greyhound

76 Friar Gate, Cathedral Quarter, Derby

The Old Bell Hotel

Set in the heart of Derby’s historic Cathedral Quarter, The Old Bell Hotel offer a unique eatery with drinks galore in stunning surroundings.

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The Old Bell Hotel

51 Sadler Gate, Derby

The Farmhouse at Mackworth

The Farmhouse serve the finest wood fired pizzas, Josper cooked steaks, crafted cocktails and ales.

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The Farmhouse at Mackworth

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The Farmhouse at Mackworth

60 Ashbourne Road, Derby

Exeter Arms

The Exeter Arms has been packing them in with its cutting edge approach, all in a very traditional setting. Let’s just say that if you fancy a pigeon samosa, together with a pint of Dancing Duck Brewery’s 'Nice Weather' Pale Ale, then this is the place for you.

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Exeter Arms

Exeter Place, Derby

The Cow Dalbury

The Cow features a seafood dining restaurant and bar area, stripped back to reveal the heritage and character of its original 19c building.

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The Cow Dalbury Lees

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The Catch at The Cow

The Green, Dalbury Lees, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

The Souvlaki

The Souvlaki the best place to find the most original and traditional Greek souvlaki and gyros. Come in to enjoy authentic Greek food! 

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The Souvlaki

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The Souvlaki

6 Royal Building, Victoria Street, Derby

Cafe Villabella

Winner of the 2023 Marketing Derby Food & Drink Award for Best Cafe, Cafe Villabella captivates with its three-story expanse adorned with Mediterranean-inspired influence and decor.

Cafe Villabella

Cafe Villabella

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Cafe Villabella

7 Babington Lane, Derby

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