The Brewery Tap (aka Derby’s Royal Standard) is a beer geek pub and is the primary outlet for the products of the Derby Brewery Company. When we visited on a Saturday night, it was very busy indeed, but the huge range of guest ales and Belgian beers isn’t the secret to this pub’s success — a majority of people seemed to be drinking wine, big-brand lager, spirits, cider or Guinness.
It is successful, we suspect, because it is bright, clean and modern.
The enticing sounding two day rare beer festival was less successful. The ales on offer were served very flat from a temporary bar in the back yard, and there weren’t many takers. It didn’t help that some members of staff had been called in on their day off to work the festival and were vocally unhappy about it.
We preferred the Brunswick, but the local CAMRA branch disagree, having named the Brewery Tap city pub of the year.