The Best Ale Houses in England

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Travel gurus at the Lonely Planet describe Derby as the "best place to drink real ale in the World" and the folks at CAMRA reckon there is more real ale choice in Derby than anywhere else. Hey, who are we to disagree?

The emphasis though is on the quality of the ale and its impact on your tastebuds, as well as on your pub experience. Derby’s real ale houses come both traditional or modern and attract a mature, independent clientele.

You may also find a micro-brewery out back, live unplugged music and occasional beer festivals.

Micro-brewery Tour and real ale trails

Make the most of your visit by following the Derby Real Ale Trail, 'Be a Brewer for the day' or take a Real Ale Tour around some of the city's micro-breweries.

Derby Brewing Company Micro-Brewery Tour

At Derby Brewing Co we are passionate about beer and love to share our passion and knowledge with everyone else who loves beer as much as we... read more

Dancing Duck Brewery Night

Dancing Duck Brewery Night

Don't Miss, Tours and Walks

Where to find us

Go behind the scenes at the award winning Dancing Duck Brewery with a tour, pint of Dancing Duck beer, a HUGE chip cob and glass to take hom... read more

Eight to Try

The Flowerpot

The Flowerpot is a landmark Real Ale pub and nationally recognised live music venue, located in the heart of the city's Cathedral Quarter.... read more

The Greyhound

The Greyhound

Bars, Real Ale Pubs

Where to find us

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

Exeter Arms

Exeter Arms

Award Winners, Real Ale Pubs, Restaurants

Where to find us

Derby Food and Drink Awards Winner in 2014 and 2012 and CAMRA Pub of the Year in 2013, the Exeter Arms has been packing them in with its cut... read more

The Tap

The Tap

Real Ale Pubs

Where to find us

The Tap combines high Victorian ceilings and imposing windows with exposed brickwork and original wooden floors to create a light, airy atmo... read more

Silk Mill Ale & Cider House

Derby CAMRA City Pub of the Year 2011 & Derby CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011 Overall Winner.... read more

Brunswick Inn

Brunswick Inn

Real Ale Pubs, Restaurants

Where to find us

Just a few steps from Derby’s rail station and part of the historic railway conservation area, this former railway men’s retreat... read more

Ye Olde Dolphin Inn

Located in the heart of the historic Cathedral Quarter, the Dolphin Inn is Derby's oldest pub, dating back to 1530.... read more

The Old Bell Hotel

The Old Bell Hotel

Bars, Real Ale Pubs, Restaurants

Where to find us

Welcome to the Old Bell Hotel, located in the historic Cathedral Quarter right in the heart of the city of Derby.... read more

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