For many, there’s nothing better than being able to relax with great company and a pint in the pub after a hard day’s work.
Derbyshire is a county which is very lucky to be full of fabulous little gems where you can not only enjoy a good quality pint of the finest real ale or cider, but you’re also surrounded by stunning countryside views at the same time.
Here’s a breakdown of some of my favourite drinking establishments in Derbyshire:
The Royal Oak, Wirksworth
Being a local CAMRA 2015 runner up for Country Pub of the Year, this friendly old-fashioned pub has plenty of character and a great atmosphere to enjoy a choice of five real ales at a time. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
A regular in the Good Beer Guide, The Royal Oak has been providing the community with top quality ales for many years. They say the key to their success is tradition, friendliness and a cosy atmosphere so it’s a great spot to try. After introducing a selection of ales back in the 90s they haven’t looked back as they are loved by many. Bass is kept as a permanent fixture.
With 16 real ales as well as 16 real ciders being served at any one time, it’s not surprising that The Brunswick was voted Derby Cider Pub of the Year in 2015 and has been a CAMRA runner up too.
Why so much choice, I hear you ask. Well, the Brunswick Inn is home to Derby’s oldest brewery. That’s right, a brewery on-site! You can’t get more local than that.
Known as Chesterfield’s first micropub, the Chesterfield Alehouse was crowned the Town Centre Pub of the Year by CAMRA in 2015. Since opening its doors in 2013, it’s become very popular in the local area and has so far sold over 850 real ales!
With a choice of six real ales and 12 ciders at any one time, there is plenty of choice in this former furniture shop. You can also take your drink home with you in a reusable container!
If you’re a fan of good real ales and walks in the countryside then The Old Poets corner is the place to go. Set in the little rural village of Ashover, this traditional country pub is host to 14 real ciders and 10 real ales at a time.
Every year, they play host to a Beer Festival in March and October which now includes a cider marquee.
As part of the Derby Brewing Company, The Queens Head is a great place to go for some locally brewed ale. Located just outside of Derby in Little Eaton, it’s a great little getaway from the city centre madness. Amazingly, they offer nine options at a time with five of them being their own (I’m told the ‘Business As Usual’ is a great one to try). Plus, you can grab some good food here too!
Like The Queens Head, The Greyhound is also part of the Derby Brewing Company so again, offers a great choice of local ales which are ever-changing to mix things up a little.
Top tip: If you aren’t sure which ale to have, ask for a rack. Racks are made up of five 1/3 pint glasses so they are perfect for anybody who is indecisive.