114 Friargate
Derby, England, DE1 1EX
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1332 297065 | map

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3.64/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stop #6 on a day-long Pub-Crawl of Derby, the Friargate is a short walk from stop #5, the Olde Dolphin Inne (see BeerFly).

Appropriately located on Friargate, this place has a bit of a chequered past when it comes to ownership, beer range & quality.

The exterior is well appointed & very tidy. A 2-storey brick built building; large arches cover the lower floor windows & entrance way. Flower Boxes on each of the upper windows & a traditional swinging painted wooden sign reflecting links to the Steam Railway; complement the inviting look of the Pub.

The inside, has a juxta-pose décor of comfort & basic. The Pub is essentially one large L-shaped room that has dividers. The front portion of the Pub opens out either side of the entrance to a carpeted front lounge area, where the furniture is well upholstered, with much Breweriana & Old Posters to occupy the single drinker.

As you walk to the back of the Pub, a dividing wall helps to show where the Bar, which is on the right hand side, starts as well as acting as a demarcation zone for the end of the carpet & the beginning of the more traditional wooden floor. In this ‘back room’, note the large Hoskins Brewery Mirror to the left, I believe they once owned this Pub for a short while. Hoskins closed some years ago.

Beer range varies I find, but on our last visit there was a small but healthy selection of fine Ales on offer, about 5 in total if memory serves me right. Serves a couple of Regular beers, one of which is usually a Whim beer (Hartington Bitter on our visit), whilst the rest of the 3 or 4 Handpumps are passed over to Guest Beers, which are well kept.

Quiet on our last visit, but it can get busy on a weekend night time as this is close to student land. Free Newspapers are available, but the good selection of Breweriana on the walls is usually enough to occupy me for a good 20-30 minutes.

It is hard to find any real faults with the Friargate, it is clean & the beer is well kept, but set against the other Real Ale Pubs in Derby, which are undoubtedly some of best in the UK, the range may be a little too small for some. Anywhere else in the UK, of course, & 5 Cask beers would constitute a Beer Festival - but that’s Derby for you!

The Friargate is well worth sneaking into a Pub-Crawl if you are in Derby for the day, but if you’re pushed for time, you may want to forego it for one of the other BeerBars.

Last Visit: 23rd March 2002

Sep 01, 2003
Friargate in Derby, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1 ratings