Bar, Eatery

25 King Street
Derby, England
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1332 204955 | map

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hophopandaway from England

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This is a cracking little pub that looks just as a good ale pub should. The decor is suitably dated and the selection of beer is always good. My only problem with this place is that they never pout your beer with a head and I never remember to ask them to do it. Get some sparklers please Flowerpot!
The beer garden is nice and spacious and in the summer it is a lovely little sun trap, and I've whiled away many an hour supping of of their wonderful pints. They do tend to stock thornbridge beers quite regularly which is always a big plus.

Mar 16, 2011
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ReluctantScooper from England

4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Pub and live music venue formed from several buildings cobbled together. Samall bar area, open plan room at back and wood-panelled room to side including window to show off the 20+ barrel stillage.

Regular beers include Marston's Pedigree, Whim Hartington IPA and Draught Bass. Wide range of guests, often from the likes of Oakham, Thornbridge, Blue Monkey and Hopshackle. Usually 12 beers on, expanding up towards 24 when Derby holds its annual CAMRA festival in July.

Food not as exciting as it once was but it's hot and filling.

Beer prices are expensive at lower ABVs.

Used to brew its own beer as the Headless Brewery, brewing has been suspended at this time.

Well worth the hike across the city centre (20 mins from the rail/bus station) so you can have a slow saunter back downriver to Derby's other great pubs.

Jan 12, 2011
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JohnW from England

3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

About 25 minutes walk from Derby Rail Station, behind the Assembly Rooms (site of the Beer Festival) and Cathedral. The exterior is a bit off putting, looks rather run down and not very inviting, but the interior turns out to be so much bigger than you expect. Several rooms leading off from the entrance bar area, in various styles and the beers and hand pumps spread out over the several rooms. Good selection of beers at my last visit, with some more unsual ones not seen before. Its a rambling sort of place and seems a bit strange at first, but once you have found somewhere to sit and settled down, then it seems a friendly easy going atmosphere. Good service at the time we were there, but it was not very busy, so not sure how it would be if packed, as it would hold a very large crowd!

Chalk boards list the beers available, in addition to the regulars and usual lagers.

Beers were in good condition and we enjoyed the hour or so spent here, worth a visit, though you might think the external appearance less than encouraging!

Bhma UK August 2007

Aug 19, 2007
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Derby has a wealth of establishments to tempt beer drinkers & is well worth an “All-Dayer” to sample a host of beers in many great Pubs.

The Flowerpot is another BeerBar of long standing fame & renown amongst CAMRA Members, Real Ale aficionados & people who just appreciate good beer. Not far from the Olde Dolphin which is also worth a visit (see BeerFly) & the Cathedral. A true Free House that serves one of the widest ranges of cask conditioned beer in Derby.

Although it has a plethora of Handpumps, don't be fooled into thinking that this is all it offers. For in a side room next to the bar, through glass windows you will be able to see rows of 9 Gallon Firkins, stillaged, racked, tapped & ready for use. Cask conditioned beer is served by Gravity dispense, as well as the traditional Hand Pump here. Check the chalkboards for the up-to-date list of beers available, they may change hourly. It could take you a while to decide what to have, as there can be in excess of 20 beers on sale sometimes. You could spend all day here quite easily. It fervently supports & promotes small independent breweries beers, & is a great advertisement for “new” beers in that respect. Often there are beers sold here that are not even listed in the current CAMRA Good Beer Guide, such is there newly released, or special one-off brew status. The only regular beers here are Marston's Pedigree on Handpump & the classic (but now faded) Draught Bass straight from the Cask, which is very rare & highly unusual, in fact, the only other place that I can think that did this was the Coopers Tavern in Burton-upon-Trent (see BeerFly). It also serves a Real Cider, & does good value Lunchtime and Evening meals.

The interior is now comprised of several rooms, the one at the back is host to regular music events & it has a small slightly raised stepped stage to accommodate this. It is always a real treat to visit the Flowerpot in the warmer Summer, for there is no more pleasurable pastime than to spend the afternoon in the Beer Garden at the back of the Pub & sit amongst the pinkish flowering cherry trees in the often sun-drenched yard.

A Derby landmark on the Pub scene & a real quality advertisement for the smaller brewer & their beers – what more could you want? It just goes to show what can be achieved when you put your mind to it. People really do want to drink a wide variety of well kept Real Ales, & this is most certainly the place to do it.

A **Must Do** when in Derby.

Last Visit: 23rd March 2002

Jan 13, 2003
Flowerpot in Derby, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4 ratings