Monday, 16 July 2012

Three Derby Pubs

The Exeter Arms in Derby is a beautifully restored traditional ale house on the very edge of the town centre. Great beer from the local Dancing Duck Brewery (and others), an interesting food offering, and regular live music are some of the things the pub does well. The pub has a timeless and thoroughly traditional feel, and is as fine a place to spend an afternoon with friends as you're likely to find.

Other than these two handsome display cases, pub games are not as evident as the traditional nature of the pub might imply. Having said that, I've reason to believe the pub hosts a Winter Dominoes team, a league game which is struggling more than most these days. I'm also pleased to say that our own Shove Ha'penny Board was very kindly accommodated for an afternoon session. Perhaps the licensees will be inspired to get their own board in the future, it would certainly fit in nicely with the decor of this fine traditional pub.

The Furnace Inn, is a relatively recent addition to Derbys excellent Ale Trail, and the planned site of a future micro brewery. The licensee has made a great job with the Darts area, the floor being covered with Astro Turf! There are also plans to introduce Long Alley Skittles to the pub, which would be a rare and genuine attraction in the centre of Derby.

The Shove Ha'penny session continued at the Furnace.

The Darts Board at another Derby beer and brewing institution, the Brunswick Inn.

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