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72 /100 131 ALFRETON ROAD

We visited The Queens Head, Little Eaton, Derbyshire, Friday 16th December 2016, arriving here about 19:30. It was already quite busy in fact we were glad that we’d called a couple of days earlier to reserve a table and also a space in the overflow car park (to sleep in Frank for the night). It sits alongside the main road (Alfreton Rd) its roughly in the centre of the village of Little Eaton which itself is about 3-4 miles north Derby, it’s just off of the A38 but for those using public transport there is a bus that drops off on the main road just outside of here, I understand that this bus runs hourly and is one of the Sevens Routes 7.1 route as I recall. *Please note that the Shiny Bottle shop (Beer Metropolis) which is also where they brew 2/3 of the beer now is also close to here (it’s sort of just behind the car park) they have a small taproom.

The Queens Head is an old coaching inn dating back to 1835, it’s certainly quite large and a rather solid looking stone built place. We walked through the car park and small patio area past a group of youngster who were braving the cold in order that they could have a ciggy out here. If you enter the pub this way you walk through a bar area, we literally just walked through this onto the dining area. This part narrowed and stretched out further, in fact from the outside this part ooks like it’s an old single storey barn conversion extension, perhaps it would have been the stabling area in years gone by. It was a pretty tidy pub inside.

According to the website there are 9 handpumps, including 5 of their own beers. I understand that this is one of those collaborations that Everards have agreed, so whilst this is to all intents and purposes Derby Brewery Co’, it is actually an Everards pub. I only saw 5 handpumps in the dining part of the pub all of these were Derby beers but offered a good selection of their range. Btw we ate here and the food was very good, very large portions. Lots of staff buzzing around, decent prices, I really liked the place and would definitely return.“
Fin 1437 days ago
80 /100
Beer Metropolis (Beer Store)

We visited here on Saturday 11th September 2016, the we being me, Loz, my Dad and Pauline. We also met Rob and Emma, neighbours of my Dad and Pauline. I had actually visited here earlier in the year to pick up some beer for our Winter Beer Festival but as the Bottle Shop and Tap Room were not complete I decided to hold off adding this. It is called Beer Metropolis and I believe has brewing on site as well as a Bottle Shop and Tap Room, I am told that it is a Bottle Shop first and foremost with the facility to drink on site, one of the bottles or one of the 10 keg or two cask choices. The majority of the custom are here to stock up on bottles or to collect a Cask or Kegs from Shiny. Getting here is easier than it appears, it is about 3-4 miles from the centre of Derby but there is a bus that drops off on the main road which is about a minutes walk away from the Unit, this bus runs hourly and is one of the Sevens Routes 7.1 route as I recall.

This Bottle Shop/Tap Room and Brewery is based in an Industrial Unit sort of diagonally to the LH side behind the Queens Head pubs car park, there will be a sign that you can see right near the bus stop. Its kitted out as many of these are i.e. quite simply. Racking off to the LH side displays the beers with all of the usual suspects such as Beavertown, Magic Rock, Buxton, Cloudwater, Weird Beard, etc, etc on offer as well as a selection of their own beers of course. The bar is off to the RH side and there are some simple tables and chairs scattered about. We stayed for about 3 beers whilst here I just stuck with the Shiny Beers but they did have guests such as Magic Rock Cannonball, Waen etc to choose from.

I thought that the prices for both the bottles and cask and keg offerings were very decent, I spent £60 but to be fair I really loaded up on bottles and cans as well as getting a round for the six of us. I am getting very jealous of my dad, he lives 6-7 miles out of Derby but is on a direct bus route to Derby, the bus also serves places like this and a lot of other great places around him,. This is just 3-4 miles away from him in Kilburn however even closer to him are some great pubs including a brewpub. So he has The Black Bulls Head, Old Oak (brewpub), White Hart, The Hunters etc so if in the area consider either public transport, walking or cycling and not only will you be able to take in this place but you can also reach some great pubs as well, anyone of which would be considered absolutely fabulous around if it was around my area, alas we have meagre pickings around us :-(.

I hear that this place is doing really well and whilst we were the only people there when we arrived, shortly after it soon filled with those coming just for a drink or others loading up their boots on beery goodies.“
Fin 1534 days ago
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