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Pub Of The Month - July 2020 with sheffield hatter on the Pub Forum

The Rectory, Chesterfield

Pub added by mark franik
Church Way
Chesterfield
S40 1SF

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Will Larter left this review about The Rectory

A well-executed and welcome refurbishment of this interesting building beside the church. Once inside, it's hard to believe it's still really Chesterfield. The emphasis is on craft beers and food, but it was all wasted on the guys in front of me at the counter, who just went for bottles of Budweiser.

Of the eight hand pumps on the bar, two were ciders, then there were two beers from the Marstons stable (Boondoggle and Pedigree); the second set of four had three local ales: Dancing Duck Waitangi, Fuggle Bunny Russian Rare-Bit (a strange name for what turned out to be an eminently drinkable 5% stout) and Kelham Island Best, and the final Marstons beer, Lancaster Bomber (formerly Thwaites). The back wall has a series of keg spouts, amusingly decorated with inappropriate gauges (sorry, no photo - you'll have to go and see for yourselves) which failed to detract from the fact that they were pretty much all national brands like Guinness and Carling - there are no fonts on the bar counter, which presumably accounts for the Bud drinkers.

This re-imagining of the pub is aimed at young, town-centre binge drinkers, I guess, but with an eye for older, more discerning real ale types on quiet afternoons. Nice one!

On 27th May 2017 - rating: 7
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Rectory

Update April 2017.
This pub has been completely turned around and reopened on the 16th March after a refurbishment. The interior is now modern and trendy and has a classy feel about it. This pub now attracts the young and trendy crowd, even the barmen were hipster types. The flooring is a mix of timber and patterned tiles, large tasselled lampshades hang down over tables and a section of glass lamps hung over the bar area and feature wallpaper can be found in various sections.
Eight handpumps on the bar with six on, plus a choice of two ciders, also there was a choice of six keg offerings served from the back of the bar. We went for the Dancing Duck Aye Up, which was in good shape.

Last visited 28th June 2012
Despite this being a Marston's outlet and a fairly large pub inside, there wasn't one real ale on the bar. It seemed to be the capital of keg beer. The place was plastered with '2 for 1' and food promotions. Not my cup of tea, this one.

On 1st May 2017 - rating: 7
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Al Bundy left this review about Crooked Spire

In the shadow of the church this is a large Marston's pub. Despite there being 2 handpumps on the bar there was no real ale. A pool table is to your right as you enter. On this afternoon visit I assume I was in the middle of the Comatose Society day out. Maybe they were wax dummies instead but of the 8 people in here the only person who seemed to be awake or move was the barman, and even he was in slow motion. Open plan place.

On 2nd June 2016 - rating: 2
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