Ye Olde Dolphin

Ye Olde Dolphin, Derby DE1 3DL

An ancient timber-framed pub at the north end of the city centre close to the Cathedral, it claims to be the oldest pub in Derby and to date from 1530. The interior was sensitively remodelled by local brewery Offilers in the inter-war period and is largely unchanged since, earning it a place on CAMRA’s National Inventory.

A passageway running right through the pub gives access to four rooms – the front public bar with quarry-tiled floor, the adjoining “Offilers Room” at a slightly higher level, a comfortable lounge with a large inglenook fireplace and a delightful, cosy snug at the rear of the servery. There is also an upstairs room used as a steak restaurant in the evenings.

Offilers became part of the Bass empire, and for many years the pub was a Bass stronghold. Draught Bass still features at the core of the beer range, together with Marston’s Pedigree and up to six other guest beers. Straightforward pub food is available lunchtimes and evenings.

A truly special historic pub that is a must-visit if you are ever in Derby,

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