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Latest reviews from Buxton

56 /100 40 HIGH STREET
“This was the one highlight on a pretty poor visit to Buxton when the prime places were shut, damn Covid. The protection measures in place in here needed seeing to be believed. Every piece of beam had plastic sheeting hanging from it, the tables had perspex shield across them like oversized table tennis nets. The whole looked like a dodgy ghost train ride. It is a multi roomed pub, friendly and with an atmosphere despite the covid measures. Praise be there was an actual rating in here too, the beer was well kept and fresh. On a bleak day the one ray of sunshine.“
imdownthepub 274 days ago
32 /100 HIGH STREET
“Large modernised hotel just off the Market place, busy with guests in the still operating hotel operation. Pretty basic range of beers. Friendly staff. Plastic perspex screens between each table. A little soulless apart from the chatty landlady. T.V screens abound.“
imdownthepub 274 days ago
32 /100 MARKET PLACE
“Large pub at the top of the hill where the buses wait before dropping down into town and people linger to get their breath back. After having to walk past numerous places that have remained shut it was time to collect our thoughts. The only Real Ale available was a distinctly average Pedigree, virtually everyone else was drinking lager.Outdoor seating available.“
imdownthepub 274 days ago
18 /100 3 WATER STREET
“The only place in this part of town that was open on our visit to Buxton but this meant that it was packed on a Monday lunchtime. No Real Ales on sale and for some reason the place smelled of raw sewage. Virtually impossible to get in to see what was available without signing in, the hand out menu was only really for food. Friendly staff but not my type of place, more like a Hungry Horse type restaurant.“
imdownthepub 274 days ago
34 /100 FAIRFIELD ROAD
“Large Wetherspoons that looks like it used to be a hotel at the back end of the Railway Station. Unusually for this chain it is a little way off the more popular parts of Buxton and the road system is a bit nasty to cross. There is plenty of outdoor seating but our visit was on a cold July day so we had to sit indoors, plenty of room. In these Covid times there was a fair amount of rules to follow, some more difficult than others. I couldn't get the App to work in here so we had to order at the bar, it seems this was a common complaint. The beer I had was ropy and the food awful for both of us. They appeared to be running on a threadbare staffing level. Not one to return to.“
imdownthepub 274 days ago
92 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Visita obligada, son dos locales con una gran selección de cevezas, local acogedor, moderno, trato amable. gran sitio.“
fombe89 438 days ago
78 /100
Beer District (Beer Store)
4A THE COLONNADE
“Modest sized beer shop, conveniently located near to Redwillow's pub and the Buxton Tap House. Impressive range of beers, decent smattering of Belgian beers including one or two rarities, good range of local beers from relative newcomers and a nice range of ciders. Some spirits, gin and wine too. Like others have said, prices are quite keen, but I can't imagine rent is the cheapest in this stretch either. Nice place.“
minutemat 443 days ago
88 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Superb. Great beers, the stouts are amazing. Friendly service. Fair prices. Pleasant ambiance. Nice food. Not to be missed.“
zvsn 510 days ago
60 /100
New Inn (Bar)
2-3 MARKET PLACE
“Traditional locals pub, a Robinson's tied house. 3 or 4 cask beers plus macro lagers on tap. Reputedly sells more pints of Trooper than anywhere. Not sure that is a recommendation though!“
Cheeseboard 806 days ago
62 /100 39 HIGH STREET
“Trad pub serving mainly Titanic beers on cask. Couple of guest handpulls also“
Cheeseboard 806 days ago
80 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Bloody fantastic. A wonderful tavern that seamlessly modern touches (particularly the beer) with a traditional and historical atmosphere. 32 taps across the Tap House and adjacent Cellar Bar. Very progressive and high quality list, which is saying something given the very high standard of beer in the broader area. Food was a bit pedestrian compared to the beers but it won't disappoint.“
Stew41 827 days ago
92 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Great venue, great food and an incredible selection of beers.“
macca147 883 days ago
80 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“This place is a must..“
Wirralbeerveg 931 days ago
90 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Buxton beers always tend to be great but drinking from the source, even better. Great range on tap and always worth another visit.“
lord_squirrel 974 days ago
72 /100
Beer District (Beer Store)
4A THE COLONNADE
“Small shop with interesting collection. Worth dropping in. Somewhat expensive. Has Buxton although the tap house is just around the corner.“
Gerbeer 1143 days ago
88 /100 1 CAVENDISH CIRCUS
“We (me, dad, Pauline and Loz) visited here Saturday 17th February 2018. We caught the Trans Peak bus there and back from Belper. Redwillow has popped up since we were last in Buxton and with Beer District (bottle shop) and the Buxton Tap both just a stones throw away you have a great little beery hot-spot here. The building is a lovely old stone building on the corner of Cavendish Circus and George Street (I think). It occupies what was the old Royal Bank of Scotland branch building. Its opposite a Pizza restaurant.

Inside it is really nicely done and quite the contrast from the simply furnished set ups that are popping up everywhere else. There is lots of wood, nice original glass windows, very comfortable seating arranged in little alcoves, further seating upstairs and a wonderful small private cubicle at the end of the bar which you have to imagine was once the bank managers office. We really liked this place, it is classy. The bar is across from the seating and has an electronic colour display of what is available on the five cask and 15 keg lines, behind the bar is also a fantastic range of gins (50+, I believe)

The beer choice was very good on our visit, ok it was mainly Redwillow but with Magic Rock, Brasserie De La Senne amongst the guests it was clearly well chosen. We liked it here and I have to say for a venue and comfort it is far better than the Buxton Tap, ok the beer at the Buxton Tap may be better but it seems to have become a victim of its own success, frequently rammed and too many push chairs and kids running about. This by contrast was an oasis of beery calm. “
Fin 1146 days ago
80 /100
Beer District (Beer Store)
4A THE COLONNADE
“Small bottle shop around the corner from Buxton taphouse. Friendly owner, very helpful. Reasonable range of varied beers for a small town. No Buxton Brewery beers, they won't sell to him“
Cheeseboard 1324 days ago
90 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Great taphouse. Fab range of Buxton Brewery's own beers, plus frequent guest beers, usually from Scandinavian breweries. Friendly, helpful staff. Not the cheapest but most certainly the best in the area. Worth going for takeaway bottles alone“
Cheeseboard 1324 days ago
68 /100
Beer District (Beer Store)
4A THE COLONNADE
“Small craft beer shop in the centre of town. Friendly, enthusiastic chap running it. However, stock seemed a little limited, the shelves looked a bit bare. Some interesting brews (lots of the Torrside monster brews for instance), but surprised and a bit disappointed that there was nothing from Buxton Brewery. Prices seemed on the high side - a little higher than in my local craft beer shops back in the normally pricier home counties. So overall, friendly but maybe a little disappointed in the range and the prices.“
wheresthepath 1413 days ago
58 /100 FAIRFIELD ROAD
“Large and busy ’Spoons overlooking a park & kids play area - if you sit out in the large front patio area (and carefully choose the end furthest from the busy A6) then you can let the kids go and play on the playground while you wait for your food to arrive. Inside the right hand side of the pub is a bit nicer and slightly more restaurant-like, while the front and left is very pubby and a bit grubby. Service was efficient and friendly (as seems usal for ’Spoons), but there were only two guest beers on the ten cask handpumps (both local-ish). Beer quality was unusually poor for a ’Spoons, definitely felt like the beers had been on for too long. Food was of the consistent quality and great value that we know and love this chain for. Overall an OK ’Spoons, but shame about the poor beer condition and lack of choice.“
wheresthepath 1413 days ago
60 /100 39 HIGH STREET
“As others have said, 8 Titanic brews (just their standard range though) & a couple of reasonably unusual guests (new breweries to me, at least - Manning and Old Mill. Tidy old-style pub decor inside, the restaurant end is quite nice & therewas a pool table for the locals. Hidden away out the back is a pleasantly quiet and sheltered beer garden, where we sat. The staff were friendly & efficient, and the beer was in reasonable nick despite the best efforts of the sparklers on the taps. But the food was a big disappointment - my chilli was very average pub grub, but my wife’s prawn salad was absolutely tiny and came with sweet chilli sauce rather than the marie-rose in the menu. This rather put us off what might otherwise have been an OK pub.“
wheresthepath 1413 days ago
80 /100
Beer District (Beer Store)
4A THE COLONNADE
“Nice small beershop with a top selection of special brews“
lyh 1431 days ago
88 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Great taphouse realy worth to visit“
lyh 1431 days ago
82 /100
Beer District (Beer Store)
4A THE COLONNADE
“Good beershop not far away from the Buxton taproom, Nice selection with small Brewers and Cloudwater“
BarrelAged1991 1440 days ago
70 /100 39 HIGH STREET
“The place I first had my favourite beer - Titanic plum porter.“
NS80 1454 days ago
88 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Visited on 9th (Sun) and 10th (Mon) April 2017. 18 taps - a number of Buxton beers and also some collabs (mostly with Omnipollo). Good range - also an extensive bottle list. Beer served in 1/3rd, 1/2s, 2/3rd or UK pint measures. Discount for take-away (bottles or growlers). Good service. Food was also of good quality. Parking outside, although pay-and-display (bring change and a designated driver!).“
R4N5H 1470 days ago
78 /100
Monk (Bar)
8 CAVENDISH CIRCUS
“A great little bar, primarily a cocktail place but stocking up t a dozen well-chosen craft beers, on the short walk from the station to beer central (the Buxton Tap). Three stories to a maximum of 50 people - mezzanine, raised stage area and a cellar bar. Great atmosphere, all wood, dripped candles and bric à brac. Zero food. Dabbling with meads.“
Tim Webb 1508 days ago
90 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Impressed. Nicely converted old building with a clever design, creating airy spaces and individual tables. Showcases the whole of Buxton Brewery’s beers and over 100 others from an elite list. Good food on a short menu. Would be enhanced by an open fire and perhaps not taking young children - it’s too grown up for that - but otherwise near perfect.“
Tim Webb 1508 days ago
68 /100 FAIRFIELD ROAD
“We (me, Loz, Lynn and Barry) popped into here for breakfast Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 2017. This is a large Wethespoons on the edge of the town, just off the Bakewell Rd and on the A6, there is a large patio laid to slabs out the front and the pub looks across to Ashwood Park. As Man vs Beer mentions there is limited parking out the front.

It’s a fairly typical Spoons layout but occupying a nice old building that is quite separate from any other it is less gloomy than most. The bar is straight ahead on entry and the seating areas wrap around the bar with some areas offering higher tables and stools and other areas more comfortable seating. Unusually for a Spoons the toilets are on the same level, I say unusually because in my experience the vast majority are either up or downstairs. Beer choice was probably slightly below par for a Spoons but otherwise I quite liked it.

Fin 1522 days ago
86 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Open and clean modern beer bar with good food selection. But the attraction is the incredible beer selection, keg and tap. Mostly Buxton but some of the rarer stuff. Fantastic!“
Gerbeer 1530 days ago
80 /100
Beer District (Beer Store)
4A THE COLONNADE


We visited here Saturday 10th December, following a great afternoon spent at Torrside Brewery Open Weekend just up the road in New Mills. For orientation purposes Beer District is pretty much central in Buxton it’s nestled within a lovely little row of shops and restaurants called the Colonnade. To find it is easy, in fact you’ll get to here in barely a minute from the Buxton Tap and within 2-3 mins you’d be at the railway station.

Inside it is a small’ish’ unit, however it’s well laid out so feels quite roomy. Beers are on racking laid on the LH and RH sides, I seem to recall that they were done in styles as well. For advice, payment or general beery chat the counter is at the rear the store. Beer choice was good I picked up 4-5 new beers and could have easily got a lot more, it was a good selection that had a good balance of local and not so locals beery offerings.

We liked this place the young guys running it were genuinely enthusiastic and chatty and clearly knowledgeable, it’s a good addition to the Buxton beer scene.“
Fin 1589 days ago
74 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Visited on a bank holiday Monday. Small pub near to the Pavillion & Opera House. Blackboard with the tap list, nice shiny steel tap fonts with two cask. There was about 8 or 9 Buxton on, good range of their stuff but just missed two new Omnipollos I saw on maybe 2 hours earlier! Some fridges with a small range of Buxton, the three Omnipollo lassi goses which Buxton contract brew, one de molen, 2 or 3 De Dochters, some Lindemans fruit beers. Take out prices were good. Food was great, we got a steak sandwich to share with cajun wedges, no complaints there. Overall, good little place with something for everyone.“
minutemat 1787 days ago
80 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Visited on a Wednesday evening, the place was quite empty only some tables were occupied. It’s a beautiful place, great food and of course beer on tap, all theirs with some collabs. Also lot’s of bottles from other quality breweries, mostly British but also some Belgian and Scandinavian as far as I remember. Bottles are for take away also with 20% discount. Staff is friendly and informative. Only some toddlers were annoying and loud and running around but they were mine. :) I miss that they didn’t have any one time brewed limited ones that you can only buy there, so the tap selection is quite much the same as the ones you can buy in bottles.“
androman 1815 days ago
52 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Sterile atmosphere, pulled pork heavy menu, good keg range but cask ale (or "cask style" ale as the barstaff insist on calling it) is very much an afterthought. Keg taps aren’t labeled up so you have to rely on a blackboard that’s actually quite poorly positioned when ordering drinks. The Buxton Tap House seemed more popular as a creche then as a pub judging by all the toddlers running rings round their parents at great volume. All in all I have to say that this place is overrated. You can have all the exotic beer in the world, but it’s all for nothing if the bar in question isn’t a pleasant place to drink.“
T_i_B 1997 days ago
62 /100 3 WATER STREET
“This place is just across from the Opera House, so you should pass it on the way to Buxton. I actually came here to check on the Buxton’s beers, since the Buxton’s wifi wasn’t working well. But I also found a black IPA I hadn’t had. Seems a bit like a Weatherspoons, rather generic and chainy, lots of TVs blasting. 6 casks on offer, which wasn’t bad. Young staff were happy to give out samples. Food looked good as it pased by. Worth a quick look.“
Travlr 2033 days ago
94 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Holy cow, what a change of pace from the usual pubs I have been visiting. They’ve been fun places, most of them, but the taste range of the beer is very narrow. Here, the taste range is wide. VERY wide. They had a variety of taps from a rainbow collaboration, most of which were very tasty. I had three tasty Arizona Wilderness beers here! I can’t even find those in the States. The food was tasty as well. Staff were great, especially Matt who wants to go to - of all places in the US - Maine! I thought that all Brits wanted to go to Florida. So I was quite happy to meet an exception. Don’t forget the bottle list here, it’s unique and varied. And you get a 20% discount for take-away bottles. Wow! What a place.“
Travlr 2033 days ago
86 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Modern pub, I’d say normal, nice ambiance not cold or cozy. Very good selection of quality stuff from Buxton. About 15 taps, combination of casks and kegs. Good bottle selection. If in area this one is a must visit.“
Iznogud 2054 days ago
60 /100 39 HIGH STREET
“Decent real ale pub with 10 hand pumps dispensing 8 Titanic brews and a couple of guests. Not a patch on the Buxton Tap House, but worth a visit.“
gegwilson 2156 days ago
84 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“An unmissable bar for the beer lover. A massive range of Buxton beers on cask, keg and bottle. Others from brewers like Omnipollo and Cantillon are available if you get through all the Buxton ones. There always seems to be at least one member of staff on who really knows their beer and is happy to chat about it. The burgers are some of the best I’ve ever had too. Highly recommended.“
gegwilson 2156 days ago
54 /100
Ale Stop (Bar)
CHAPEL STREET
“Visited the ale stop twice on a recent visit to Buxton. the first time we were in quite early and it was quiet. We chatted to the owner who was knowledgeable about beer and engaged in a bit of banter with some locals. They had some great bottled beers including Ogham Ash and Willow from Celt Experience all at a very reasonable price. So far so good. We returned the next evening to find it packed with very drunk people swearing like troopers while swigging Moretti straight from the bottle. Even the barman was hammered. Needless to say we didn’t stop past the first drink. it seems like they need to decide if they’re a place for people who appreciate good beer or somewhere that shifts a lot of cheep lager. I’m not sure the two mix in such a small bar.“
gegwilson 2156 days ago
82 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
*Update* Further visits over the last few years most recently Saturday 17th February 2018 in the company of Dad and Pauline It's star is shining less brightly now, moving to a more food orientated and family venue with a clear demarcation now between food and bar/just beer drinking area. Rammed with families and pushchairs on our visit but still a fab range of beers, great staff and whilst it is moving away from what I want it's nice to see others really liking it. score now 82

We visited here on Thursday 16th April 2015. This was our first visit here we’d been to Buxton a couple of times over the years but I understand that this had only been opened for 18 months, so a new kid on the block. It is centrally located on George Street and the first thing that surprised me was it’s size. The external view gives the impression of a very small bar but inside much like the Tardis the dimensions didn’t seem to stack up, as it was a quite big. It is clearly an old building but the renovation has been sympathetic to many of the original features. As you enter the bar is straight in front and occupies a position on the LH wall. There is mainly seating for those eating as the establishment opens up on the RH side, with very large window(s) offering lots of natural light. The toilets are off to the right also. There is some additional stools and seating in front and around the bar and the large chalkboard is on the LH wall as you enter displays the beers on cask and keg. Beyond the bar there is a further good sized oblong room and off of this appears to be a small patio area.

We opted to eat and both plumped for Aubergine and Feta burgers, these were good, I have had better but along with the side orders, these were very reasonably priced and hit the mark. We bumped into Dom (Thornbridge) and Janine who were here with the Buxton brewer’s celebrating one of the Buxton brewers birthdays, so we chatted to Dom and Colin (Head Brewer at Buxton) a few times this evening. The beer choice and quality was excellent with a great choice of core beers and new brews, there is also an extensive bottle list with 20% reduction for off-sales. The bar staff were also top notch and very helpful (and patient) when I was selecting bottles to take away. We really liked this place and must have spent about 3 hours here. It is a good mix of people in here which I really liked, young and old, male and female, beer lovers and people happy to drink wine or soft drinks. Oh how I crave for something like this in Oxford. score 88
Fin 2197 days ago
88 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Very nice tap house in the centre of Buxton, I was there on a busy Saturday, and there was a constant stream of people. Plenty of Buxton beers in bottle and on cask/keg. Also other beers from Europe. Great food, a very nice place.“
Mr_Pink_152 2237 days ago
84 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“Visited the 9th November 2014. Really nice place is the centre of Buxton. Really clean and clear, this modern place is really friendly and cosy. The beer selection is mainly Buxton beers on tap and with an amazing selection of bottle on fridge with very interesting product as Cantillon, Omnipollo... I didn’t ask for the price, it may be expensive... For the beer selection on tap the price are OK, and the service is really nice, and the ambiance is really friendly. A very nice place. The place is preparing also food as burger, but I didn’t try it.
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Visited with friends the 2nd July 2016 during Peakender festival. Superb ambiance as before and clear clear and clean. Beer selection is still great and for a good price. I update it because I tried the food and it’s really tasty for a good price. Highly recommended.“
sir__v 2353 days ago
90 /100 11 OLD COURT HOUSE, GEORGE STREET
“This place is now so much better than when I first visited, just after opening. The ambience is the same. The beer quality, and selection, is just as top notch. What has improved is the service. Before it was all, "Hello Sir", "What can I get you Sir?", "Excellent choice Sir". All of which really gets on my nerves. Now, there are staff like the young woman (Wilma/Vilma?) who is super knowledgable, attentive, and as much of a beer geek as you’re likely to meet, without any of the put on nonsense of before. Great bottle range now, too, with 20% off on take outs. Can’t wait to return. And if anyone from Buxton should happen to read this, hang on to that bar staff!“
Garrold 2394 days ago
68 /100 39 HIGH STREET
“Fine old pub at the southern end of High Street, reached after a stroll in the sunshine through Buxton’s lovely park. A project William pub there are beers from Titanic, Everards and some guests from some of the more established breweries. Ably supported by the local community, worth a look.“
imdownthepub 2445 days ago
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