Visited a few times over the years, most recently in February 2016. A quite handsome Victorian building but the interior is more stripped out and modern in feel, I guess in keeping with its obvious aspirations to be regarded as a craft / foreign beer bar. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite have the chops in the beer range to carry it off. The "in house" beers from Derby Brewery generally don’t have very strong modern craft credentials, the keg selections are a bit restrained and the sizeable bottle list majors on commonpalace Belgians and imports. The six cask ales with invariably include a few from Derby Brewery. It can also get uncomfortably packed at weekends. A pleasnt enough spot for a beer at quieter times but not a beer destination in its own right.
Visited 30/12/2016, traditional old building with modern interior plenty of seating in 2 rooms, plus upstairs, all serviced by a half moon bar, Derby beers were so so, didn’t really see much guest beer available.
Fin (1149) 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). I’ve been here on numerous occasions over the years and yet for some inexplicable reason never got round to rating it. It’s located fairly centrally, you just need to head across the bridge that crosses the River Derwent and you’ll find it on the RH side, it’s just a very short walk from the Dancing Duck brewpub if you want to take in both places in one hit. It’s 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 hadn’t 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 info’ on the bar, it’s all a bit messy and seeing info’ 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. You’ll 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 they’re 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 I’m largely unfamiliar with their output, and I’ve struggled with the few Derby beers I’ve 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, I’d 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 Company’s taphouse. It’s 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. Don’t spend too long here but if you do find yourself needing to pass the time there are worse spots in Derby.