Nine pubs in Derbyshire worth a visit

Simon Clarke 'The Burnt Pig' in Ilkeston.
Simon Clarke 'The Burnt Pig' in Ilkeston.
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Most of us can appreciate the joy that comes with supping a decent pint of ale in a cosy pub.

With that in mind we thought we’d make a note of some pubs in Derbyshire that are worth a visit.

The Talbot, Church Street, Ripley: The Talbot is owned by local micro brewery Amber Ales and is renowned for its real ales. They always have a selection of their own ales as well as guest ales and continental lagers. It’s a favourite with Ripley real ale lovers and has established itself as a real ale hot spot in Amber Valley.

The Burnt Pig Ale ‘Ouse, Market Street, Ilkeston: This micro pub has earned itself a sterling reputation since it opened last May. Infact it proved so popular that owner Simon Robinson had to apply to the council to expand it. Nestled right in the middle of Ilkeston it is an ideal spot for beer fans on a pub crawl, with nearby pubs including The Poacher and The Three Horse Shows. The Burnt Pig serves ales and ciders from local breweries.

The Dead Poet’s Inn, Holbrook: The highly recommended Dead Poet’s is a pub that once you’ve visited once you won’t forget. The pub was built in the 1800s and with its low ceilings, open fire and wooden beams it’s like stepping back in time. A decent pint - often served in a jug - in a cosy village pub is guaranteed.

The Holly Bush Inn, Makeney, Belper: The Holly Bush is a traditional 17th century village inn, where highwayman Dick Turpin is reported to have frequented on his travels. It always has a large choice of real ales available and is a favourite pit-stop for walkers. The locals love this place for its good atmosphere and great beer. It is also famous for its pork pies which have been sampled by Colin Firth.

The Thorn Tree Inn, Matlock: If you enjoy a drink while taking in some stunning scenery then this is the place for you. Located on Jackson Road it is described as ‘a small, friendly real ale pub with stunning views over the Derwent.’ It serves seven hand-pulled ales.

The Queen’s Head, Marlpool, Heanor: This award-winning pub has a huge range of real ales and ciders available and had earned itself a reputation as a quality pub. The pub is now owned by Pub People whose mantra is ‘real ale, real food, real friendly.’

The White Swan, Saint Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield: Attracting many a sparking review online The White Swan prides itself on being ‘a contemporary twist on a traditional pub’. It serves a selection of fine real ales from around the country, concentrating on local breweries with RAW beers always available.

The Royal Oak, Hurdlow, near Buxton: Located in the Peak District this is a firm favourite amongst Buxton folk. The cosy inn has timber beams and fire and serves hearty pub food. According to its website The Royal Oak’s open fires and hidden corners are a welcoming sight for all tired walkers craving a well earned pint, families on a day out in search of a friendly haven or ‘Foodies’ after some great homemade dishes.

The Old Poet’s Corner, Ashover: Set in a mock Tudor coaching inn dating from the 17th century the Old Poet’s Corner has won the Chesterfield and District Camra Pub of the Year four times. At least ten real ales are always available at this dog friendly pub, as well as traditional ciders, fruit wine and Belgium bottled beers. It also won Camra’s East Midlands Pub of the Year 2015.