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The Tap Beer and Spirits House

Type:Public House

1 Derwent Street
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The Tap Beer and Spirits House


The Tap was Derby Brewing Company’s first pub and was saved from bulldozers back in 2008. It was previously known as the Royal Standard before being rebranded as The Brewery Tap, now known as just The Tap. It then went on the win Derby Camra Pub of The Year and was winner of East Midlands Pub and Bar of The Year in the 2016 Pub & Bar awards. It is a unique Victorian curved building dating back to 1862 and sits on the banks of the river Derwent. The pub has a rich past, Queen Victoria is said to have enjoyed a drink in the lounge bar (which is now the curved side of the building to the right as you enter). And three generations of the Parnell family have been landlords, including the famous formula one racing driver from the 50’s Reg Parnell. The Tap now holds a Historical Blue Plaque due to the connection with Reg Parnell.

The Tap combines high Victorian ceilings and imposing windows with exposed brickwork and original wooden floors to create a great pub. There is also a purpose build smoking barn, courtyard, two upstairs function rooms ideal for parties and meetings as well as a roof terrace overlooking the river, perfect for the summer months. As a specialist Beer & Spirit House, The Tap prides itself on offering 10 real ales on hand pull, showcasing at least 5 Derby Brewing Company ales and guest ales, not to mention over 80 beers from around the world. The Tap also serves a great selection of homemade locally sourced food, all prepared and cooked on site. Pop in for a drink or a bite to eat any day of the week and try specialities such as their Sunday lunch menu, nachos, pub classics and easy, quick lunches.  

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Located in the centre of Derby, no free parking attached but paid parking available nearby. Easily accessible by public transport.

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