Fin (1025) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | September 11, 2016
We visited The Derby Brewery Tap, on Saturday 10th September 2016 (we being me, Loz, dad and Pauline). Iíve been here on numerous occasions over the years and yet for some inexplicable reason never got round to rating it. Itís located fairly centrally, you just need to head across the bridge that crosses the River Derwent and youíll find it on the RH side, itís just a very short walk from the Dancing Duck brewpub if you want to take in both places in one hit. Itís an impressive looking building, Victorian dating back to 1862 apparently with a flat iron or perhaps more accurately just curved appearance built of brick and stone (mostly brick), plenty of windows. I understand from the pub website that it has a blue plaque though I hadnít seen that.
As you enter the bar is straight ahead, there are beer boards above and to the right of the bar and additional beer infoí on the bar, itís all a bit messy and seeing infoí on beers here resulted in at least a couple of changes of mind within our party. Inside it was pretty busy, we managed to bag the last available table which was actually near said bar and beer display boards. Youíll notice that unlike the outside this is pretty modern inside, though high ceilings and other touches here and there give obvious clues to its historical past. I never went exploring as it was too busy though I did note the small courtyard and I believe it has a roof top terrace that affords decent views of the river
Beer choice was pretty decent, there was the usual core range of Derby beers such as Quintessential etc but a couple of new ones Bull Shark IPA and Kiwi IPA being two that me and my dad tried. Loz and Pauline had bottles from Founders and Elav. I thought that the prices were good particularly for their own stuff, however the foreign bottles were also fair in price.
The staff were friendly and despite the business of the place we were served swiftly. We like this place, ok Derby Brewery beers are not mega exciting but theyíre decent enough and you can occasionally unearth a gem, we thought that the Bull Shark IPA was really nice.
As the name implies, this is the brewery tap for Derby Brewery. I have to confess that Iím largely unfamiliar with their output, and Iíve struggled with the few Derby beers Iíve tried. However, the Tap is certainly a nice place to be. Five Derby ales on when I was here, complemented by three guest beers from Rat, Ossett and Tim Taylor. Not such a great attempt at craft keg but the bottle list, while not all-encompassing, is impressive: some German and Belgian beers with Flying Dog, Sly Fox, Alaskan and Brooklyn representing the US. Very dear for the area. If I had more money and fewer pubs to visit, Iíd stay considerably longer.
Visited on 21st May 2016. Pub just over the Derwent from the town centre. Nice curved frontage and a couple of large rooms with the bar split between the two and a beer garden to the rear. Decor is pretty modern. Decent range of own beer plus guests and a few keg offerings. Small bottle list too. Prices are decent. Sampler flight with cheese available. Staff happy to give out a sample as well. Nice place.
The Tap, formerly the Royal Standard, is Derby Brewing Companyís taphouse. Itís in a round-ended Victorian building close to the river. They had about sixteen beers on tap including some of their own plus guest casks and kegs.
(Visited 15 February 2015).
Just over the bridge, actually called Derwent Street, from the city center. Corner pub with a half-moon bar serving a snug and a larger main room. More modern and trendy brick and wood outlook than other pubs we had been to in Derby. This was the only pub we visited that offered beers in thirds. We ordered five sample trays with five of their own beers from tap in each, £6.50 per tray, accompanied by cheddar cheese. In addition to their beers they had quite a few guest ales on cask and a well-selected range of international bottled beers. Fast and polite service. Background music from REM, Oasis and Red Hot Chili Peppers (visited 22.02.2015).
Visited a couple of times, latest february 2015 with beery friends. Modern style brewpub, in an old building. Rather spacy, and cosy place. Large bar, with a good selection of beers, served in good condition. Nice bottle selection as well. Both for the beery people, and not so beery ones :-). Friendly staff. Upstairs seatings.
This is a decent pub near the Derby QUAD that can be a stopover point between the station and the Old Silk Mill / Five Lamps. The house beers are nothing to get excited about but they do offer a couple of guest casks as well.
The food appears to be pretty standard fare though I did not order anything. Overall prices are in line with the rest of the pubs around here - a house pint should set you back about £2.50. Donít spend too long here but if you do find yourself needing to pass the time there are worse spots in Derby.
Made a quick visit on the return to the Railway station. Seemed nice and open, modern feel in an old building, but it was very quiet when many of the other pubs were packed. Beer quality was fine, though choice not that exciting. It is worth visiting on a Derby crawl but itís not a pub you would seek out specially.