Derby: Smithfield (Free)
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Smithfield (Free)
Good based on 11 ratings
Type: Bar

Meadow Road
Derby, Derbyshire England DE1 2BH [ print map ]
+44 01332 370429

thesmithfield.co.uk

Hours: 11am-11pm Mon-Sat / 12pm-10:30pm Sun


Taps: 9 | Bottles: 6


Smithfield (Free)

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11 reviews for Smithfield (Free)
 Ambiance  73%
 Service  76%
 Selection  68%
 Food  60%
 Value  60%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  77%
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier  (281) Clevelandish, Ohio | July 31, 2013
This place might be under different ownership now. If you can get past the quirky hours (mostly centered around the people coming off shifts and football matches) and the location (tucked away in an industrial part of Derby) it is worth sticking your head in. Located about halfway between the Exeter Arms and the railway station the beer choices here are simple but to the point.

On the occasions I have visited there were three regular taps as well as a handful of rotating casks. Nothing here is exceptionally rare or unique but they did seem to try for a local flavor. Food can be ordered although Iíve never done so. I would not go out of my way to visit but it could be a nice diversion when heading other places.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
lada66  (134) Savonlinna, Finland | September 26, 2012
A good selection of real ales in a good condition. What can you ask for more (2010).
44
  AMBIANCE 1/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 11/20
dynamiteninja  (50) Richmond, England | January 24, 2011| Updated May 18, 2011
Barman was really surly and rude. Otherwise good selection and very well kept.
66
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
berkshirejohn  (172) Bracknell, England | April 29, 2008
An old fashioned boozer with a good range of ales and good service. Not particulatrly appealing, and not the sort of place Iíd choose to hang around for long.
76
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Fin  (614) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | September 13, 2007
Didnít spend a lot of time inside this pub as the beer festival I attended was out the back, but there appeared to be a good range of pumpclips and staff jolly decent. Not in the most desireable of areas but not too far from the town and close to the river.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 26, 2007
Again, a very old building, just by the River, about halfway between The Alexandra Hotel and Exeter Arms (5-min each). Not particularly nice location, by a big industrial parking, but the river is on the other side. Small and effective stop with around 8 casks offering a varied range. A most worthy stop, very welcoming, but not in the cityís very top.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch  (83) Northwich, England | February 27, 2006
Another of Derby impressive old pubs. Arc shaped stone building which stands out in the now sparse former market area. Very busy at lunchtimes and although I didnít try the food it did smell very good! Good ale selection and a couple of rooms to choose from.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub  (524) Banbury, England | November 23, 2005
In the growing gloom of a winter evening, this is particularly ifficult to find. Near an industrial estate, by the river, but it is worth it. Very well kept and decent beer list, didnít investigate a bottle holding. A little basic inside but friendly and welcoming. Another good basic Derby boozer.
82
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
haddonsman  (56) Derby, England | May 10, 2005| Updated February 4, 2012
***UPDATE JANUARY 2012** Sold to local builder who plans on renovating into a bar and fish restaurant. He was a regular and so wants to keep the beer flowing. Good man! *** CLOSED DECEMBER 2011*** May be reopened by a brewery in the future but may end up as flats. Cracking little pub away from the throng. Used to be the market area, now just has the evening newspaper plant next door. Great beers from Oakham and Whim plus guests, HUGE rolls, really good lunchtime food, small patio with river views, worth the short walk out the centre to find, downriver from the Silk Mill and upriver from the Alex and the Brunswick.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund  (144) Tau, Norway | March 7, 2005
I was there with DeepBlack in February - very quiet when we were there in the early afternoon. Great selection of cask ales - I had not time to go through them all. Didnít eat. Close to the Alexandra Hotel and the Brunswick.

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