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Everyone is looking forward to a pint once lockdown eases, and Derby is no exception! We’re giving you a run down of our favourite five spots in Derby City Centre to grab a drink and soak up some sun this summer.

Standing Order

Anyone who has been to Derby will visit the Standing Order eventually! What makes the Standing Order so unique and a must go to Derby pub is the fact that it is located in the grand former bank, with high ceilings and ornate architecture, making it one of the most elegant pubs you will ever visit!

Built in the late 1800s the grade II building has been preserved and has repurposed Booths providing spacious seating between tall wooden bookshelves for plenty of privacy, and there is a dining area further in. The walls are also decorated with paintings, portraits and photographs of famous Derby figures, offering information about each one, great for anyone who loves a bit of history.

The large building is easy to find in Iron Gate and offers a selection of craft beer, real ales and freshly ground coffee, as well as food. The perfect destination for historians and book lovers alike, the Standing Order offers a refreshing experience unlike any pub you will have visited before.

I would recommend a pint of Asahi if you decide to visit the Standing Order.

The Old Bell

Silk Mill Derby

Nestled between the first factory in the world and Derby’s Cathedral, The Silk Mill offers some great scenery whilst you relax with a refreshing pint. It’s perfectly located if you have already spent your day taking in some of the sights in the City centre. The Silk Mill pub offers a wide variety of beverages and great food (with vegetarian and vegan options!)

As well as a full bar and indoor seating, there is outdoor seating - a great option for a sunny afternoon or during a summer night when it’s fully lit up with strings of lights. The pub offers a lively atmosphere with friendly staff.

The Silk Mill currently plans to open up on the 17 th of May, check out their website for more information - I would recommend a classic pint of Guinness if you visit the Silk Mill pub.

Blacksmiths Lounge

The Blacksmiths Lounge boasts a passion for cocktails, wines and beers and it’s reflected in their menu. A range of fresh ingredients and imported beers, so a must for those who want an extensive choice.

Tucked in amongst the boutique shops and restaurants on Sadler Gate, the Blacksmith lounge is not to be missed by those who want an eventful and indulgent evening in the city centre at the end of the week! The restored building hosts live music events every Saturday and Sunday, splendid for those of you that want to sit back and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

I would recommend a pint of locally brewed Blacksmiths Gold if you visit the Blacksmiths Lounge

The Old Bell

A much smaller venue up next, but with just as much character, The Old Bell is one Derby’s oldest pubs. The last surviving coach inn in the Derby area, the building located in the cathedral quarter is locally famous. The building is also rumoured to be haunted - featuring on TV’s Most Haunted and also features as part of the Derby Ghost Tour.

More than just a pub, the site offers a burger night, a highly praised Sunday lunch and a classic Afternoon Tea (or a prosecco afternoon tea for the adults), making it a versatile venue and suitable for whoever your company is. With three venue rooms there is plenty of space for a safe evening out with a few drinks.

The Old Bell is currently doing a takeaway service which is highly rated for their Sunday lunch, Why not check it out?

I would recommend a pint of Adnams Ghost Ship If you decide to visit The Old Bell.

The Royal Telegraph

Great for any sports fans visiting Derby, as they regularly show Sky Sports on their screens, creating a lively and cheerful environment. A wide selection of beers and ales as well as a pub classic style food menu are on offer throughout the day, with dogs’ welcome too! Just across the road from the Intu shopping centre which makes is easily accessible but just far enough away from the shops to lose yourself to the summer sun in the beer garden or get engrossed in the sports.

I would recommend a pint of Strong Bow Dark Fruits If you visit The Royal Telegraph.

The Royal Telegraph will be reopening its beer gardens from the 12th of April.

Summer fun is just around the corner in Derby with a great selection of pubs to try. These are our top five favourite pubs in Derby, but please do share your own top secret spots when you visit.

Oh, and if you’re looking for accommodation in Derby for your visit, go ahead and contact Pride Apartments. Pride Apartments is only a short walk away from Derby City Centre, so you won’t have far to go after you have checked out our top pub recommendations. Pride Apartments is perfect for those who are visiting Derby this summer, with spacious rooms, fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, and your own laundry area and of course friendly helpful staff who are on standby to answer any queries you have before, during or after your stay.

There are loads of great free extras too:

  • Free Wifi
  • Free Netflix
  • Free, gated car parking
  • Hot drinks
  • Toiletries

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