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Type: Bar, Eatery

Meadow Road
Derby, England, DE1 2BH
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1332 370429 | map

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Reviews by ReluctantScooper:
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4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Yes, it's out of the way (unless you're on a pub crawl). Yes, even though it's been refurbished it still feels slightly shabby. Yesm it stinks when the river is in flood. Yes, the crack in the gents wall is thick with cobwebs and has been for at least ten years.

But I don't care. The Smithy sells lots of pale & hoppy beer - Whim Hartington IPA, plenty of Oakham and Thornbridge - alongside Old Hooky and Bass.

And it sells the best chip butty in Derby - proper doorstep, proper chips.

And the jukebox churns out late Seventies punk / blues just at the right time.

One of my fave pubs in the city.

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Photo of JohnW
3.83/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

About 15 minutes walk from Derby Rail Station, take the footpath under the elevated roadway almost opposite the Alexander (and Brunswick) take the bridge over the stream, and then again over another bridge that leads to the Derby Evening Telegraph Newspaper buildings, bare left over the bridge and you will see the rear of the pub. Large L shaped bar with the usual lagers, and 10 handpulls having selection of real ales. Smaller room around the back with a few tables and old wooden carved benches, and a doorway out to a small garden area looking out over the river.

Chalkboard lists the current guest beers on hand pull, and the ones we tried were all in good form and very enjoyable. Good value food served at mid day, together with various sandwiches (subs) and the food seemed very popular with the crowd of workers from the adjacent Newspaper offices.

Interior is basic, but traditional bar room style, but good atmosphere and decent beer makes this a place to visit when in Derby. Another 10- 15 minutes walk brings you into the town centre for the Flower Pot, Dolphin and Standing Order, so makes a nice crawl!

Bham UK August 2007

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

On a daylong Crawl of Derby, & after stops #1 & #2 at the Brunswick, then the Alex (see BeerFly), we would take the relatively short 5 min. walk through the Park, over a footbridge that spans the River Derwent, to the Smithfield which is actually situated right on its banks opposite the local Bus Depot & local Derby Evening Telegraph Offices.

A relatively large, 2-storey brown brick building that has a curved wall at the front, a hint at the fact that this now stand-alone building was once part of a larger row of buildings. Once owned by the long gone local Offlers Brewery, it was then called the Market Place, reflecting its trade from the thirsty workers of the (now moved) Cattle Market.

Now owned by the same people that own the Flowerpot (see BeerFly). A small sign, formed from rather plain gold letters high up on the outside wall, says “The Smithfield”, whilst a bigger green sign to the right of this, that has much larger gold letters proudly state “FREE HOUSE”, this sums up the establishments attitude.

Once entered from the corner entrance, the bar is to your left. Additional doorways either sides of the Bar lead to a Games Room on the left, & a smaller Quiet Room on the right hand side, that has a small collection of old wooden seats, settles & a Real Fire set in an original stone fireplace. The Quiet Room also has a door that leads out to the back of the “Smithy”, & into its pleasant Beer Garden, which overlooks the River Derwent. The Beer Garden is a really nice quiet place to be on a warm sunny afternoon. Back inside, in front of the wooden Bar with its row of traditional Angram Handpumps, a series of wooden tables are placed in front of plush leather upholstered seats set against the walls.

The 10 H'pumps on the Bar usually serve a range of Regular beers, which include Draught Bass, Hartington IPA & a couple of beers from the Whim & Oakham Brewery portfolios. In addition, it always has a good range of around 6 Guest Beers that are often from small independent brewers. Serves Lunchtime Meals Tues-Sat between 12-2pm, these are simple, but good value.

I have very fond memories of this Pub, a real down to earth, no frills boozer that sells a good range of high quality Cask beers & simple fare. During my last visit, when I was back in the UK at Easter 2002, I particularly remember the ‘dry’ sense of humor from the guy who was behind the Bar. A very friendly, warm & welcoming place.

Derby CAMRA Pub of the Year 2003. Rightly So!

Last Visit: 23rd March 2002

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Smithfield in Derby, GB2, United Kingdom
4.03 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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