Station Inn


12 Midland Road
Derby, England, DE1 2SN
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1332 608014 | map

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.91/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Stop #8 on a day-long Pub-Crawl of Derby, the last of the day before catching the High Speed Train back up to Wakefield, Yorkshire. We leave the Station Inn until last due to its close proximity to the actual Railway Station.

The exterior of the Station Inn is quiet beautiful, & has much architectural merit, too much to go into detail here. Suffice to say, it was built in the heyday of Civic pride to serve the nearby Derby Midland Railway Station, then operated by Midland Railways. This was at the height of the golden age of Steam & fierce competition between the then private Railway Companies. The original Railway Station was a marvel to behold, but as with all classic buildings it seems, it was shamelessly demolished in 1983 to make way for a utilitarian, but shitty looking pile of glass, steel & plastic - that’s progress I suppose.

Once inside the Station Inn though, the splendor invested by its exterior, kind of evaporates, & you find that the Pub is very much a down to earth affair with simple, but solid, fixtures.

The Bar area is very traditional, totally wooden with all of the classic fixtures & fittings, including a foot rest that runs at the base perimeter, essential for breaking the vertical pose when drinking at the Bar. A red tiled floor, original, adds to the feel that this place was designed & built to last.

The beer range is pretty small actually, but the quality in here is *absolutely exceptional*, the beer here is always, & I mean always – in perfect form. There are only two beers available; Marston’s Pedigree from the Handpump, & Draught Bass served by Gravity Dispense from a stillaged Cask. What is surprising is that I drank both of these beers many years ago, when it can be argued that they were both classic examples of their styles. These days they are a jaded shadow of their former selves. Yet, in the Station Inn, the quality of these two beers always appears to be of a time long time. Quite remarkable. The numerous Awards & Certificates for Cellarmanship for the long-standing Landlord on the walls probably attests as to why! Serves Lunchtime Meals.

The last Pint I had in Derby was had in here, & it was a fantastic way to round off a superb day in one the UK’s Premier Drinking Cities.

If you are in, around, or changing Trains for an onward connection at Derby Railway Station, the Station Inn, is just over the road, & is well worth a visit for a quick Pint before you catch your next Train, or miss it!!

Last Visit: 23rd March 2002

Sep 01, 2003
Station Inn in Derby, GB2, United Kingdom
Place rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1 ratings