Furnace Inn


9 Duke Street
Derby, England, DE1 3BX
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1332 331563 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.56/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Located very close to St. Mary’s Bridge, with its unique 15th Century Pre-Reformation ‘Bridge Chapel’, of which only a handful survive in the UK. Most ironically, one of the other 4 surviving medieval examples is actually in the City of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, from where I herald.

The Furnace Inn is named after its strong connection with a local Foundry, and is nearby to St. Mary’s Bridge. A Hardys and Hansons House, this place is also of genuine historical interest, for this is still very much a local’s Pub.

I rue the fact that I did not visit this establishment on my last trip to Derby in 2002, but I have been here many, many times before. The main reason is for the Cask beer.

It serves one of the best, dark, fruity tasting Milds; Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Best Mild, at 3.1% ABV it’ not strong, but on Cask, it is absolutely superb, a real quaffer with no fear of dropping after 6 Points at lunchtime. Come here and marvel at how many locals drink this excellent Mild Ale. It also sells the Kimberley Best Bitter, 3.9% ABV - average, but it can suffer from a metallic taste at times. But if that doesn’t take your fancy, then the Kimberley Classic most certainly will, 4.8% and a fruity “classic” offering. In addition to these 3 standard offerings, it usually proffers a Hardys & Hansons Seasonal Ale (one of a rotating range of 8 or 10 beers occasionally brewed throughout the year).

This is not the sort of place to come and enjoy the décor, nor the surroundings, this is the sort of place that you come to *drink beer*, and plenty of it. Wimps beware, this place is not big on “Half-Pints”, if the Landlord doesn’t give you a dirty look, the locals most certainly will. That said, they are a very friendly bunch, and welcome visitors. Just make sure you order a Pint of the Mild – then you’ll fit-in, and will be fine.

No Food – BEER only. Who Cares? This is a true local City-Centre Derby Boozer, with genuine locals and a simple “Down to Earth” ‘no-messing’ drinking ‘ole. Exactly the kind of honest English Pub that is nowhere to be seen in California, nor ever will be, and one that I dearly miss. Enjoy this unpsoilt boozer whilst you can!

"When all our roads are lighted
By concrete monsters sited
Like gallows overhead,
Bathed in the yellow vomit
Each monster belches from it,
We'll know that we are dead"

From "High and Low" (1966), Sir John Betjeman

Sep 03, 2003
Furnace Inn in Derby, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 1 ratings