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The Dead Poet's Inn, Belper

38 Chapel Street
Postal town: Belper
DE56 0TQ
Phone: 01332780301

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Will Larter left this review about The Dead Poet's Inn

This pub has been well described by Ray below. At the time of my visit there were seven hand pumps with a cider and six real ales on (see photos), plus three (Abbot, Bass and Pedigree) from the barrel, with real ciders in polypins as well. The interior is complex, with several different areas separated by pillars and screens. I went for the snug to the left of the bar, which is also the location of a book exchange. For a pub with such an emphasis on beer and cider, it's perhaps surprising to note that food is served too. It was moderately busy at the time of my midweek mid-afternoon visit, mostly either locals or people who had persuaded someone to drive them here; I was the only one waiting for the bus (Derby-Belper). All three pubs in this village are worthy of a further visit; there can't be many villages this size of which that could be said.

Date of visit: 29th November 2017

On 11th January 2018 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Dead Poet's Inn

Built in The 1800's and serving beer from 1879, now run by Everards Brewery. Four of us called on a Saturday afternoon and the pub was busy, but we were lucky and managed to get a table in the main lounge which was made up of two high backed settles and a table in between, which made it feel like your own private booth. There was also a small snug near the bar, which looked to be the hot spot for many of the locals. The pub also had a small room around the back, which led to some further seating along a narrow corridor.
The pub had low beamed ceilings, flagstone floors an inglenook fireplace and various bric a brac and hops hanging down from the beams. Six ales and two ciders were served from a small bar area, which was positioned on the left of entrance near the snug. A very handy beer board was positioned near the entrance, for one's perusal before an attempt to get near the bar. I went for the Black Iris Brewery Endless Summer from Beeston Notts, which was excellent.
This is a good destination pub and is well worth a visit.

On 12th August 2017 - rating: 10
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Andy Ven left this review about Dead Poets Inn

My research says that this pub was known as the Cross Keys until the late 90s and was a bit grotty. Now owned by Everards, its present appearance is the result of a sympathetic and very convincing refurb. It has a flag stone floor, high backed pews and a real fire. GBG 2010 entry.

It's an ambient kind of place and the labrador that came in with its owner for a quick pint obviously knew that sitting attentively in front of the bar would mean that pork crunch wouldn't be long in coming.

On handpull there was Old Rosie Cloudy Scrumpy, Titanic Nautical Mild (which I had and it was good), Kelham Island Pale Rider, Hartington IPA, Hartington Bitter, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Oakham Inferno. From the jug there was Pedigree, Abbot and Bass.

All in all a fine place that gives the traditionalist real ale drinking punter what they want. The labrador had to be dragged out of the pub. Clever dog.

On 22nd August 2010 - rating: 10
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