England > Derbyshire > Derby - New Normanton
Fin (729) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 20, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
We visited here on Saturday 16th January 2015 we being me, Loz, my dad and Pauline. This pub is a little bit of a trek from the centre about 15-20 mins to the district of Normanton. There are rows and rows of tightly packed victorian terraces around here and it is just along here where you will find the Falstaff brewpub on the corner of one such terrace and just a few hundred feet away from a different world from when this originally started life, as it is now in a vibrant predominantly Asian area with Asian supermarkets, Halal butchers and Sari shops. The Falstaff is an attractive pub both from the outside and on the inside appearing much bigger and going much further back than you’d imagine from that initial external view. We could smell that something was brewing at the brewery at the rear of the pub as we approached. The front bar to the left as you enter is tight but cosy with seating around the edge lots of wood, a number of interesting items on shelves (different marmite jars for instance) and a ticking clock making its presence known. It was early in the day and therefore a little quiet when we entered also Derby were at home to Forest in the early lunchtime kick off so no surprise that there was only 2-3 others in here. The landlady was polishing the handpumps and I have to say whilst this place may be quite old it was absolutely pristine, it was spotless, the loos had just been mopped out, you could tell that the landlady who was really lovely btw was very house proud or should I say pub proud. Beer choice was limited to just their own Falstaff beers with 3 h/p available on our visit, none of which blew me away but all were perfectly acceptable. I guess that this caters perfectly for its own crowd, it doesn’t need to offer a huge range being situated where it is. Its a lovely, friendly interesting bar and well worth the trek to get here, beer and beer choice however is unlikely to blow you away.
niquillis (248) Stoke on Trent, England | April 18, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
A rather run down pub in a run down part of Derby. Good ale and good conversation make a visit worthwhile.
lada66 (134) 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 brewpub, not in the city centre. A nice chat with barmate over the pint. Interesting own beers (2010).
berkshirejohn (188) Bracknell, England | June 18, 2008
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A perfect back street pub rather shabby and run down, but friendly and with good beer. Well worth the walk.
DeepBlack (8) Derby, England | March 12, 2006
44 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 6/20
Great little out the way gem, also a brewPub. Quite a rough area out of the city, but worth the trek. Tends ot have stronger beers available at a reasonable price. Occational Beer Festivals
imdownthepub (624) Banbury, England | November 21, 2005
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Great boozer on the edges of the city, hard to find but worth it. Multi roomed, slightly shabby, but friendly and welcoming, apart from the dog (do not take the wrong turn to the loo like I did!!). Constantly changing beer range serving their own beers. Great place.
haddonsman (56) Derby, England | May 10, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Proper back street boozer, out of the city, loved by locals and tickers alike. Two rooms, busy front bar and no-smoking room at the back with pool table and jukebox. Always a selection of Falstaff Brewery beers on (brewed next door to the pub). Rough and ready at the edges but all the better for it.
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