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Old Silk MillOld Silk Mill

Type: Bar, Eatery

19 Full Street (near Cathedral)
Derby, England, DE1 3AF
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1332 369748 | map

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Reviews by ReluctantScooper:
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3.88/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The Silk has had a chequered past in the last ten years but now seems to have found its stride again.

Open plan bar leading up to seperate stillage (the 'John Lombe' bar, open selected evenings and weekends) with a house beer (Peregrine Pale) and around seven others (such as Oakham, Hook Norton, Blie Monkey and Beowulf).

No food but you can bring your own or have a takeway delivered.

Sunday jazz sessions, acoustic evenings and quiz nights are all regular features.

Well worth a stop on any Derby crawl.

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4/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A day-long Pub-Crawl of Derby & after the 3 previous stops at the Brunswick, Alexandra Hotel & the Smithfield (see BeerFly); a short walk would bring us out at our #4 stop, the Old Silk Mill. From the ‘Smithy’ we head towards town & off to the right towards the Cathedral, through another Park, passing a Statue of the horse mounted Bonnie Prince Charlie on the way, which reflects where his visit during his “English Vacation” abruptly ended. So near to the Old Silk Mill as well.

The striking traditional looks of the Old Silk Mill are very hard to miss. The lower frontage is stone with a centrally located archway for the entrance. The upper portion is a black timbered white wall affair – which lends a very distinctive presence as it sits on the roadside. The looks are somewhat false though. The original Old Silk Mill was actually demolished in 1924, & the current facsimile building dates from just 1928.

As you get inside, the bar is sort of in the middle of this cozy Pub. There are two rooms, one each to the left & right as you enter. To the left, is a large room that has many tables & is the most popular one, which is more of a Tap-Room. The room to the right is much smaller, & a little plush as well as quiet. We frequented this room on our last visit - our party of 10 filled it!

4 Regular beers are always on Handpump; Draught Bass, Black Sheep, Boddingtons (urgh) & Fullers London Pride complement another 4+ Guest Beers. The Guest Beers can include some really interesting offerings. The beer is always served in good form, in fact Beer Festivals are occasionally held here.

The meals are just every bit as good as the Ales. In fact the Old Silk Mill opens at 9am for Breakfast only. Lunchtime & Evening Meals are served, & we usually eat here during our Derby Pub Crawls. The fare is of high quality & excellent value.

There is one draw back to the Old Silk Mill though. During my last visit, a Saturday in March, it was early afternoon when we arrived. As such, a large screen that drops from the roof was in full swing showing English Premiership Football League, the volume was loud which dominated, & spoilt, the left hand room. This was the first time I had seen this, I was told that this happens most Saturdays during the Football Season, but the large screen is retracted at all other times. On Saturday afternoons though, try the room to the right, which is always a quiet retreat.

A good Pub, excellent Food, & well worth a visit.

Last Visit: 23rd March 2002

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Old Silk Mill in Derby, GB2, United Kingdom
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