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The Smithfield, Derby

Meadow Road
Derby
DE1 2BH
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Steve of N21 left this review about The Smithfield

This was my first port of call when joining the PuG tour of Derby and initially I wasn’t expecting much due to its out of town location in what on the map looked a bit of an industrial estate. But it was actually quite a pleasant two roomed pub with a decent situation on the river which it utilises well with a pleasant enclosed riverside patio area out the back of the pub.
Internally it maintains a public, saloon vibe with a plain utilitarian wooden floored front bar where the main decoration comes from several chalk boards and then a more comfortable carpeted lounge section to the back of the main bar.
The bar supports 8 real ale pumps and five were in operation for our visit with Sarah Hughs Dark Ruby, Oakham Citra, Whin Ales Arbor Light , Derby Brewing Co The Smithy and Draft Bass available and could not complain with a well kept pint of Oakham Citra.
And there seemed to be a very decent low cost traditional pub grub menu that quite a lot of the locals were utilising on this particular Friday lunchtime. No CAMRA discounts available but there is a loyalty card scheme operated which obviously benefits said locals.
Not the best pub encountered on the day but a solid enough start and wouldn’t hesitate to include again when in town.

On 22nd November 2015 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Smithfield

The exterior has been done-up since my last visit in 2010 and is much better for it. The inside looks fairly similar - the basic public bar seemingly serving the factory workers so some earthy clientele in residence when we called by. A pool table and dart board were off to the left. The rear room is more a lounge/eatery and a bit more upmarket. Eight pumps with five on, including a cider. My Derby Smithy was odd; seemingly in decent nick but a very poor tasting brew. Swapped over to Whim Ales Arbor Light which was in decent nick but again not one I found much joy in drinking (I decided it was too early for a dalliance with Sarah Hughes). Was I unlucky or were other forces afoot? Having done the Greyhound later on in the crawl and having really quite good Derby beer there I’m wondering if it’s the latter. This one’s never really clicked with me as an enjoyable venue and after this visit I doubt I’d do it again out of choice. 6.5

September 2010
The exterior doesn’t exactly set the pulse racing and looks in desperate need of TLC, what with bits of the signage missing and the ‘interesting’ walk to get here via the bus depot (opposite the pub) and industrial estate. However the J-shaped interior was in slightly better state of repair, with a lounge and games room either side of the main bar. I counted eight ales on over nine pumps. My choice was in good nick though I did feel the range was a little samey style-wise, quite a few light ones. Value cobs were available from behind the bar as well as some proper cider. I was quite taken with the nice patio garden (including some chilli plants) overlooking the river Derwent. With a bit of effort made on the décor, this could be a real winner. Rated 7

On 20th November 2015 - rating: 6
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Smithfield

A good traditional pub with a fairly basic layout, but nonetheless comfortable enough. The front room had plenty of light from its large Georgian windows along the curved front façade. The walls were painted in white and maroon, with maroon coloured leatherette bench seating along the exterior walls. There was a more elaborate and quieter back room, plus a pool table room on the left of entrance. There was a row of 8 black and chrome hand pumps along the solid mahogany counter, with a choice of 5 ales. Their choice of ales on this visit were quite mediocre, until I spotted the Oakham Citra at the far end of the bar. I noticed a collection of new tins of Spam along the back bar, maybe they were on tomorrow's menu, Monty Pythons Flying Circus came to mind.

On 16th November 2015 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by ROB Camra
Derby, 0.63 miles, 12 min walk (show)
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8th Mar 2019, 11:56
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 11 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 11 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 11 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 11 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No - No longer gives a discount - last updated 11 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 11 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Darts : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 11 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : No last updated 11 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 01 March 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 11 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Pool Table : Yes last updated 22 November 2015 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 11 July 2016 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 11 July 2016 by ROB Camra
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