The Rutland

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The RutlandThe Rutland

Type: Bar, Eatery

23 Stephenson Place
Chesterfield, England, S40 1XL
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1246 205857 | map

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Added by wl0307 on 02-23-2007

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3.78/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

One of just a few CAMRA recommended pubs in Chesterfield, though have no knowledge of the others, they being Derby Tup 387 Sheffield Road, The Peacock 412 Chatsworth Road and a Wetherspoons Portland Hotel, West Bars.

The Rutland is close to St Mary's Church, on Stephenson Place and junction Church Close. Is actually two completely different buildings joined together. White painted building on corner into Stephenson Place, and the adjacent red brick building as shown in the BA photo. Interior bar L shaped, with three rooms surrounding. Bare wooden floors, basic simple tables and chairs and benches along some walls. Interior is a bit "worn" and in need of attention, but pleasant and tradition pub like! Small seating area outside at front on Church Close.

At time of visit 8 hand pulls serving variety of beers, it appearing that Pedigree, Abbot and Duechars IPA were regular. Beer chalk board showed beers available and forthcoming guests. Two beers from the local Brampton Brewery, Brampton Best Bitter at 4.2% (good pint too!) and Golden Bud 3.8% were available and two other guest beers. Beer tried was on good form.

Comprehensive reasonable priced food menu available most of the day, but we only tried sandwiches so cannot comment on overall quality, but all we saw looked good value.

Mixed clientelle at time of visit - midweek early evening - mainly local folk on way home from work. Music being played, but not too loud, and the usual gambling machines. TVs seen in most rooms, but were not on at time of visit.

The pub interior is looking a bit "tired" but good selection of beers in excellent condition make this pub worth a visit, in easy reach of rail Station (15 mins walk)and just behind the famous 'crooked spire' of St Mary's Church in town centre.

B'ham UK August 2009

Update Sept 2011:
The pub offers discount on certain beers to CAMRA members, so remember to take your membership card!

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3.78/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is perhaps the only serious real ale pub in Chesterfield as far as my exploration went on my visit earlier this year. The pub’s location is perfect, almost adjacent to the famous twisted-spire church, thus providing a nice stopover for tourists (like me).

The pub has two main parts really, one dating back to perhaps 18th century and the other slightly older. The interior is intentionally old-ish, befitting the exterior of the building and the history, but not something to boast of by the standard of old English taverns/pubs. The range of real ale is, in my opinion, the only selling point of this pub, with totally 11 on offer on top of one real cider. Nine ales were served on hand pumps with two more on stillage behind the bar, incl. ales from quality local breweries like Thornbridge, Kelham Island, Three Rivers, and Abbeydale. All three ales I tried were absolutely spot-on, but the service itself degraded the whole impression a bit as one staff was slow and failed to serve full pints of ales to many customers.

Atmosphere was another minor problem, as the pub was full of rugby fans watching a crucial match b/w England and Scotland that Sat. afternoon, hence crowded and overly noisy. That probably explained why my fish&chips was served rather slowly as well. But, I suppose, a normal weekday afternoon could make one’s visit a much more pleasant one. Again, if travelling to Chesterfield, this one is a must-visit haunt for real ale lovers.

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The Rutland in Chesterfield, GB2, United Kingdom
3.78 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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