An unexpected surprise – the re-opened Derby Inn is a joy.
Closed for about a year, as ownership of the traditional pub was shifted, it’s now the home of Wentwell Brewery – a local two-man microbrewery.
It’s the story of small, traditional pubs up and down the country. People stop coming to the pub to watch the game, they stop buying pints and, little by little, the pub starts bleeding money.This was certainly the case for The Derby Inn as they slowly died out of business in October – after the previous owners left for greener pastures. However, salvation was at hand for the humble pub as local Burton real ale brewers, George and Walter of Wentwell Brewery.
The purchase of The Derby Inn made Wentwell Brewery the proud owner of three establishments – informally known as micro-pubs. Upon taking on the place they did very little to revamp the interior design of the place. Even since opening in October, the rustic, home-made feel of The Derby Inn has been a joy to visit. Akin to a fledgling Cricket Club that is just finding it’s feet, the pub is refreshingly barren of the modern day distractions that serve to cheapen the pub going experience.
You’ll find no garish jukebox here or obnoxiously branded slot machine. What was once simply a forced decision, based on a lack of funds, has now become a purposeful stylistic choice. It is, admittedly, refreshing to step into a bustling pub on a Saturday afternoon and not be instantly assaulted by the blast of manufactured pop music.
You won’t find any television here, something die-hard pub goers may well object to, however the lack of football is also a pleasant distraction. It all adds to an heir of traditional sensibilities, which is not something that you come across very often without also being tarred with the ‘hipster’ brush.
The Derby is a pub that is lost in time. It’s charmingly basic bar is served with Wentwell’s fantastic selection of ales. whose traditional flavour notes and characteristics perfectly match the peaceful vibes that echo throughout the place. The publicans here serve guest ales from all around the country, so you can easily spend several hours here sipping gorgeous ale and enjoying some peaceful conversation.
I know, from the reception that it received from my fellow members, that the re-opened Derby Inn has definitely struck a chord with the town’s real ale drinkers.
All it needs to now, is convince the rest of the town of it’s authenticity – and we’ll have a regular drinking spot for years to come.