Visited a few times over the years, most recently in February 2016. Its a quite popular pub and on the last couple of times we’ve visited it’s been uncomfortably crowded so we didn’t hang around for more than a quick half. The design of the pub means it doesn’t handle crowds too well - you hit the bar in a quite constricted area right after you come through the dorr, so it can act as a bottleneck obstruction to getting in, out or round the pub, not to mention getting served. I’d also say the beer range has gone somewhat downhill. There are six or seven casks but the best I could muster last visit was a Black Hole beer I’d had before. I’d pop in again at a quieter time of day.
jjsint (578) Cambridge, England | June 11, 2016| Updated July 12, 2016
I love the mural on the wall outside which celebrates the area’s industrial history, but the Silk Mill is a bit colder inside. Has a wine bar feel, cosmopolitan without being over formal. Definitely caters to diners (a fair bit of the pub is food only) although the drinking area is dog friendly which is nice. About 10 cask ales and four ciders. Some interesting choices, nothing mid-blowing but certainly will have something new for you especially if you live outside the East Midlands. No craft keg (is craft keg illegal in Derby or something?) but the cask is well served. The comedy snippets in the gents’ loo make a nice touch. Worth a stop at the very least.
Visited on 21st May 2016. Popular with the locals. 2 roomed pub with really nice decor. Definitely food orientated but has a reasonable beer range. World not set alight but solid. A little pricey but not bad. Few Yorkshire beers on tap. Condition decent. Nice pub.
Good for beer lovers, great for pub food. This is an upmarket real ale pub in Derby; pleasant decor, family-friendly. The selection of real ales is fine, just a notch below the nearby The Flower Pot. But when it comes to pub food, this is where The Silk Mill stands out in Derby. Modern interpretations of traditional burghers and other pub standards. Very well presented (i.e., if the waitress doesn’t stumble over her own two feet serving it, which does happen), very tasty. *Not* cheap.
Without a doubt the most enjoyable pub on my recent trip to Derby. The pub was warm and inviting, tastefully furnished and a chilled atmosphere added to my peace of mind. Special thanks to Tim, the young man behind the bar who provided some tips on other pubs in the area. Drank a lovely dark beer from the Dancing Duck brewery and thoroughly enjoyed it. Excellent.
The Silk Mill was very busy when we visited. It was around 1pm on a Saturday and it seemed to be full of football fans having a pre-match drink. Despite that, it’s a nice place, revamped in a sort of modern art deco style with lots of lamps and candles, a spacious feel and a nice atmosphere. They have nine or ten taps with quite a good choice of beers. There’s also a terrace and the silk mill museum and river are close by.
(Visited 14 February 2015).
Visited february 2015 with beery friends. Modern city pub, within walking distance from city center. Pub in the front and a dining area in the back. Can easily seems a bit overcrowded, since the bar is more or less just inside the door. Nice deco, just love their lamps, very nice. Not a huge range of beers, the beers are served in good condition, by the busy staff. If in the area, worth a visit.
Medium sized city pub with one eating section and a section for drinking. Rather cozy with a homely feel near the open fire place. Smiling and friendly barmaid. Nine hand-pumps for cider and real ale. Being Iron Maiden fans we were sorry to see that the cask version of Trooper was out of stock, just replaced by Doom Bar, at our visit. We just managed to take a photo of the pump clip with Eddie on. We all ended up drinking the local Dark Drake from Dancing Duck instead (visited late on 21.02.2015).
This is a fine place to stop for a drink or two during a crawl of the best pubs in Derby. Nicely located halfway between the Furnace Inn on one side of town and the Alexander Hotel on the other there’s no reason not to at least stick your head in the door.
The selection was nice though as with many pubs the biggest beers are in the ballpark of 5% ABV. For the ticker the beers turn over regularly and should be fresh. I look forward to seeing what their festival offerings are later this summer.