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Brigadier (223) Northeastern Ohio, Ohio | May 30, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I would come back here just for the food which was very excellent by pub standards. Prices may be a bit higher than elsewhere. However you get what you pay for in the form of an excellent burger.
The cask ale selection is mainly in house (Dancing Duck) though I recall a few guest taps. None of them were disappointing including a fine pint of Ey Up. Out back are quieter rooms and a patio for those who wish to brave the weather. If doing a crawl of Derby this place should be visited en route to the Flower Pot and Furnace Inn.
Fin (433) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | February 26, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
We visited here on Saturday 23rd February after Derby Winter Beer Festival with my dad and Pauline, Simon (Haddonsman) was also here for the rugby and I note that he had a Thornbridge Chiron which was on keg. The place was buzzing with a large group of people watching England v France in the 6 Nations, so it was either standing room only or head out to the covered lean to which we did until Lozís hands turned white with cold. Beer range was good with Dancing Duck beers along with the odd guest, we all had a decent Liverpool Organic Simcoe Pale (think?) There was a roaring fire opposite the bar and from this leads off to a room to the far end and a larger room at the back, there may have been more rooms but it was just to busy to go exploring. Friendly pub, decent beer and close enough to others to be considered in a crawl.
lada66 (132) Savonlinna, Finland | September 26, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
A very cozy pub with many pictures on the wall. Not so many beers on tap when I visited but very friendy landlord told that he would like to have more real ales to serve. Must check up next time (2010).
superflyguy (24) Leeds, England | April 9, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
a cracking little boozer. especially now the Dancing Duck brewery have taken it on. loads of character and the beer is great. quite a small/intimate place with lots of wood, low ceiling and open fire. good selection of íotherí brews too (thornbridge, Saltaire)
berkshirejohn (146) Bracknell, England | April 29, 2008
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A sympathetically restored pub with a great interior, good service, and a reasonable range of ales. This is the sort of place I could happily make my local.
Rastacouere (651) Montreal, Quebec | August 26, 2007
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
An absolutely authentic pub in an old building, just by the River and basically within the road from one pub to another in a Derby crawl. Solid Marstonsí selection, in good condition as well. You would not mind staying there a couple of hours, walking on the creaking floors, if Derby did not have many other worthy stops.
Sigmund (131) Tau, Norway | July 30, 2007
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Part of my guided Derby mini pub crawl, with DeepBlack. OKish pub, quiet in the early afternoon. The Titanic Captain Smithís Ale that I had was nice enough. Did not eat.
DJMonarch (83) Northwich, England | July 29, 2007
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A nice pub with lots of little rooms to explore and quite a good outside seating area which will keep smokers happy now that the ban has been introduced in enclosed areas. Lots of old decor, wooden panelling etc.
The ale range is not vast but you can sometimes pick up a new guest beer and failing that the Old Empire is usually on pretty good form.
haddonsman (56) Derby, England | April 27, 2006| Updated January 24, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED JANUARY 2012: Now run in conjunction with Dancing Duck brewery so expect their beers on the bar. New landlord looking to source rare beers for outside bar at weekends and some craft keg. Food was appaling, likely to change soon. Will report back.
Updated: change of staff, prices up (three quid for a mild? WTF?) and not as welcoming as it used to be. Not worth a special visit, OK if you want to drink Pedi whilst in town.
Just down the road from Exeter Bridge, this gem of a pub is a vital stop-off on a Derby crawl. Itís a quaint looking place; tiled floors, split level, some stained and etched glass, plenty of breweriania. Beer is good as well, although a little pricey for Derby.
But itís the food that makes this the ideal refuelling stop on a crawl - HUGE brunch, freshly made sarnies and cobs, full meals for less than three pounds... pub food doesnít get cheaper or better than here.
Itís a Marstons house so expect Peddy, Burton, a Marstons guest (Old Empire on my visit) and three guests from other breweries.
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