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Mr Grundy's Tavern, Derby

34 Ashbourne Road
Derby
DE22 3AD
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Soup Dragon left this review about Mr Grundy's Tavern

A bit of fun to start - I have no idea who Mr Grundy was but 34 Ashbourne Rd (assuming it is the same property and not renumbered) was, in 1911, the home of Ralph Peyton Sadler (and family). Sadler (funny, there is a Sadler's brewery) had become a lieutenant in 1893 and a captain in 1898, serving and being wounded in South Africa (Diamond Hill), then afterward in India. He would, in 1914, become a temporary Lt Colonel, taking charge of the newly formed 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters. The place has veterans coming out of its ears, it seems!

Anyway, the regimented Georgian exterior of this hotel and brewery tap, with columned porch, sort of suits the military theme of the brewery beer names and, indeed, the one time inhabitants. There is a great beer garden area that has an attached pizzeria. The interior has a few rooms, which over the past couple of years, I have visited a few times - and they are stuffed, as previous reviewers have said, with eclectic fun - from butterflies to old film star pictures and an array of hats. The TV is a little incongruous, but it was on silent. They do food but we didnt eat. The service is fine and a friendly mixed clientele populates. The beer had three Grundy ones (Pip, Squeak n Wilfred.. Sniper and one I failed to note), all served without a head, but decent enough, with a guest, Pugin Bicentenary Ale (Peakstones) that was also decent. There was a real cider, too. Always a nice visit.

On 31st July 2021 - no rating submitted
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Steve of N21 left this review about Mr Grundy's Tavern

Interesting public bar attached to a Grade II listed hotel that has its own micro brewery. It takes its name from a WWI veteran who lived in the property before it became a hotel. A fair amount of internal character with plenty of brewing memorabilia and a section of film memorabilia of black and white photos and any pub that incorporates a red phone box scores an extra point from me. The bar had four of the brewery beers on and the Mr Grundy first world war theme carries through to the beer names with 1914, No Mans Land, Flipping Best and Vampyr being available and my half of the 1914 stout was perfectly passable. And then there were a few guests as reported below
It was quite dead when we arrived and the small tele blasting out some music video channel seemed to be for the benefit of the bar staff and was out of keeping with the ambience of the bar.
As a bar I liked it here and wouldn’t hesitate to return, as long as they kill the tele next time.

On 23rd November 2015 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Mr Grundy's Tavern

Still got its character, augmented by my discovery of the posh Edwardian-style rear dining room and possibly the best beer garden in urban Derby. One downside was the TV obtrusively pumping out fairly dire chart hits seemingly for the benefit of the staff, as the (lack of) customer base on a mid-Friday afternoon didn’t look the type to appreciate it one jot. There are now 10 pumps at the bar, a mix of guest ales plus four house-brewed Grundys beers (which all have a WWI theme); I went for the darkest, the 1914, and got a decent half for my troubles. I do quite like it here (freebies not withstanding!).

September 2010
Final call of the day, headed here for the wonderfully eccentric alehouse interior décor which certainly didn’t disappoint – red telephone box, black and white pics of old movie stars, hat collection, ceiling murals, mounted animal heads etc. A sign outside advised that an in-house brewery would be ‘opening soon’. Atmosphere inside was buzzing and the grassed rear garden area (with impressive iron and glass canopy) looked like a good place to have caught the earlier afternoon sunshine. Five handpumps though I failed to note contents or condition (I'd had a skinfull by this point) but I don’t recall anything particularly remiss. Well-worth dropping in for the interior alone. Rated 8

On 22nd November 2015 - rating: 8
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31st Jul 2021, 12:28
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8th Jul 2017, 18:03
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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 15 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes - Not Sunday evening - last updated 15 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 15 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 15 July 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
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