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Merry Widows, Derby

24 Railway Terrace

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Merry Widows

Corner local directly opposite the station, with a surprisingly small 'L'-shaped interior sub-divided by two brick archways. Basic furniture and just a limited amount of sports-related decor. Three handpumps on the counter, but only Jenning's Cumberland (£3.35) available when I stopped by.

On 5th February 2017 - rating: 6
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Merry Widows

Directly opposite the station,this is a small street corner boozer .I had 15 minutes to kill,had a wander around the small interior with mainly whitewashed walls,ordered a Jennings Cumberland Ale which was the only real ale available and settled down to the left of the entrance where there is bench seating running around the walls and a Sky flatscreen.Lots of Derby County ephemera and more seating beyond the bar.In a town centre overflowing with excellent real ale pubs ,it's hard to justify using up drinking capacity in here.

On 17th November 2015 - rating: 5
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Al Bundy left this review about The Merry Widows

Very close to the station and while there is nothing inherently wrong with the place it just doesn't compare with the one down the road.

On 7th August 2015 - rating: 6
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Alan Winfield left this review about The Merry Widows

When i first went in this pub it was called the Wrights Vaults,the pub was an Ansells tied house with a decent drink of Ansells bitter on the bar,the pub was renamed Merry Widows quite a few years ago.
Once inside the pub still has two rooms,i had a drink in the room on the main road side,this was a small square shaped room with basic bench seating around the edge of the room,the room seemed quite bare to me,there was another room to the rear right off this but i did'nt look in it.
There was one real ale on the bar,this was Doom Bar which went down well after my train ride from Sheffield.
I was happy enough having a drink in here.

Pub first visited 11/6/1982

Photo of Wrights Vaults taken 24/6/1988

Newer photo taken 2/10/2010

Recent visit 28/9/2013

On 30th October 2013 - rating: 7
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Mark Davey left this review about The Merry Widows

We arrived in Derby at 11am for a crawl rount the city and this was the only place open near the station that served real beer, so we popped in. Never been in this pub before, despite doing many crawls in the city and working there for ten years. all they had on the bar was Doombar, but it was absolutly perfect in both taste and temperature. We ordered 2 pints and settled in to wait for our drinking buddies who were on a later train. The decor is sparce but clean and the toilets were very clean, what more do you really need when all you want is a place to sit and wait for an hour? Much better than a 5, I give it a 6 and will use the place again if the need arises.

On 19th April 2013 - rating: 6
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Will Larter left this review about The Merry Widows

An oddly shaped corner pub, with entrances in either street leading to two rooms linked together through an archway. There are a couple of hand pumps but only Sharps Doom Bar available on my recent visit. I must say my heart sinks a little at the sight of this almost ubiquitous beer, but the half I drank here was in pretty good condition.

The décor is minimal, plain white walls with photos of footballers of yesteryear the only adornment. The music was "different", according to the notes I made at the time. Maybe I just struck lucky, but it does make a refreshing change not to hear the same old middle of the road pop music. No music at all would be my first choice, but if there must be music, let it be different!

On 17th March 2013 - rating: 5
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ROB Camra left this review about The Merry Widows

Tiny one roomer that has been opened out from two even smaller rooms. Half a dozen punters in on my Saturday evening visit. They have a sign outside that says they sell cask ale, they didn't on this occasion as the single pump clip was turned round. There are so many decent pubs around here that I couldn't be bothered drinking Carling or some such muck in here, so I left. I really wouldn't bother if I were you.

On 1st May 2012 - rating: 2
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