Crompton Tavern


45 Crompton Street
Derby, England, DE1 1NX
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1332 733629 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.56/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Stop #7 on a day-long Pub-Crawl of Derby, the walk from the Friargate (stop #6) to the back streets where the Crompton Tavern is located takes a while.

An old favorite of mine from many years ago, I like the ‘down to earth’ atmosphere in here. It can be mistaken sometimes for a bit of a run-down establishment, but this is still essentially, a local’s bar that serves a good range of Real Ales.

Located in a cul-de-sac (closed off road) it can easily blend in with the rows of houses if you have not been here before. It is a 2-storey white-washed brick building that stands slightly proud and taller than of all the other buildings on the street, & it has 2 satellite dishes! At night, it’s much easier to find, as it is bedecked in an array of colorful flashing fairy lights.

It was originally called the Crompton Coachhouse, a reference to the days when it was a guesthouse for the nearby Grand Theatre (which incidentally staged the 1st ever performance of Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1924, so there).

The single entrance opens into a left & right hand doorway, both of which bring you out in the Pub, just at different sides. Take the left door, its easier! The bar is in the middle of the Pub and offers 3 Regular beers; a keenly priced Banks’s Bitter, Marston’s Pedigree & Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, which I find is always on form in here. Apart from these beers, there is usually a couple of Guest Beers, that are well-priced & in good form. No food, just snacks.

Be careful after you get your pint, the pub is actually on two levels, either side of the bar the room drops a level via some stairs. There is an outside drinking area at the back for the warmer days & Real Fires inside for the colder ones. The Art that bedecks most of the walls in here is from local Artist’s, freely displayed and for Sale.

I always end up talking to the local’s in here; it’s that kind of place. As long as you remember that this is a local’s bar, you will be treated with the respect you deserve. It should be noted that I have witnessed one ‘bad’ incident in here, namely with a loud visitor from Ireland, needless to say he was dealt with accordingly!!!

If you fancy trying good Real Ale in true local’s bar, close by, but out of the gaze of the Derby Town Center, this is the place to come.

Last Visit: 23rd March 2002

Sep 01, 2003
Crompton Tavern in Derby, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1 ratings