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    I think most of the Northern contingent will have done Derby a few times so we'll have no problem with pubs outside the ring road, there are of course a few don't miss pubs in the centre for those new to the city The Brunswick Inn and The Alexandra Hotel amongst them. These are of course the start/finish pubs due to their location.

    The buses look to be fairly good bus map here and this is the obvious ticket to get.

    My favourites would be the two above plus,Furnace Inn, The Flower Pot, Exeter Arms, Silk Mill Ale & Cider House.

    Remarkably I've never been in the The Babington Arms (JD Wetherspoon) and a few others that come recommended are:

    Falstaff Tavern
    Greyhound Inn
    The Peacock Inn
    The Smithfield
    The Tap
    Little Chester Ale House A micropub in the Little Chester area but there's also Coach & Horses nearby if we wanted a shift system.

    Soupy and myself recorded a visit in 2009 here, that thread has a few other ideas especially from Hopwas (I wonder how he's getting on).

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    I have done most of these over the years, but Falstaff, Little Chester Ale House, and Coach and Horses would be new for us. I have also done Mr Grundy's, Five Lamps, Bishop Blaise, Metrobar, and the other spoons - Standing Order. Will go with the flow though as I can get up there anytime.
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    I've not been to Derby before so I will go with the flow.

    I'm thinking of staying the night in Nottingham (not been there either) so that I can have a wander around Saturday afternoon to do the Olde Trip etc.
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    This is my take on a Derby pub crawl for those who dont know the city too well.

    I would presume that most people would arrive by train and before traditional opening times,so i will start the pub crawl from the Babbington for those who want a cheap breakie and a pint.

    1: Babbington Spoons
    2:The Tiger ,if you run thirsty on the way to pub 3
    3:The Tap
    4:The Exeter
    5:The Smithfield
    a short walk under the inner ring road takes you to pub 6
    6:The Peacock
    7:The Furnace
    8:Five Lamps
    9:Horse and Groom
    retrace steps back and go past the Five Lamps
    10:Seven Stars, if getting thirsty while walking to pub 11
    11:Flower Pot
    12:Ye Olde Dolphin
    13:Silk Mill
    14:Standing Order, if getting thirsty while walking to pub 15
    15:The Alexandra
    16:The Brunswick, make sure to get here with a bit of time to spare,you will need it.

    All of these pubs are easily walkable during a full day pub crawling and buses dont serve the Smithfield Peacock,Furnace and Horse and Groom.

    Hope this helps a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al 10000 View Post
    This is my take on a Derby pub crawl for those who dont know the city too well.

    I would presume that most people would arrive by train and before traditional opening times,so i will start the pub crawl from the Babbington for those who want a cheap breakie and a pint.

    1: Babbington Spoons
    2:The Tiger ,if you run thirsty on the way to pub 3
    3:The Tap
    4:The Exeter
    5:The Smithfield
    a short walk under the inner ring road takes you to pub 6
    6:The Peacock
    7:The Furnace
    8:Five Lamps
    9:Horse and Groom
    retrace steps back and go past the Five Lamps
    10:Seven Stars, if getting thirsty while walking to pub 11
    11:Flower Pot
    12:Ye Olde Dolphin
    13:Silk Mill
    14:Standing Order, if getting thirsty while walking to pub 15
    15:The Alexandra
    16:The Brunswick, make sure to get here with a bit of time to spare,you will need it.

    All of these pubs are easily walkable during a full day pub crawling and buses dont serve the Smithfield Peacock,Furnace and Horse and Groom.

    Hope this helps a bit.
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    Links for those not shown already:

    The Tiger
    Seven Stars
    Standing Order (JD Wetherspoon)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinno View Post
    Only 16? You're mellowing in your old age mate
    This crawl was for normal PUG crawlers on not myself.

    I have done almost every pub in Derby,but if i had'nt i would attempt at least 22 or 23 pubs
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    The buses look to be fairly good bus map here and this is the obvious ticket to get.
    Though, for those arriving by train, a 'plusbus' would be cheaper- £3.50, or £2.30 with railcard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldboots View Post
    The buses look to be fairly good bus map here and this is the obvious ticket to get.
    Quote Originally Posted by trainman View Post
    Though, for those arriving by train, a 'plusbus' would be cheaper- £3.50, or £2.30 with railcard.
    ...or if your train journey to Derby involves passing through either Burton on Trent (on a train that stops there!) or Sheffield, it might be worthwhile getting a Derbyshire Wayfarer. Just book your train tickets to Burton or Sheffield (as appropriate) and let the Wayfarer take the strain from there on. (Particularly good value for the over 60s, it has to be said!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Al 10000 View Post
    This is my take on a Derby pub crawl for those who dont know the city too well.

    I would presume that most people would arrive by train and before traditional opening times,so i will start the pub crawl from the Babbington for those who want a cheap breakie and a pint.

    1: Babbington Spoons 0.7 miles
    2:The Tiger 0.3 miles
    3:The Tap 0.2 miles
    4:The Exeter 0.1 miles
    5:The Smithfield 0.2 miles
    6:The Peacock 0.5 miles
    7:The Furnace 0.3 miles
    8:Five Lamps 0.3 miles
    9:Horse and Groom 0.3 miles
    10:Seven Stars 0.3 miles
    11:Flower Pot 0.2 miles
    12:Ye Olde Dolphin 0.1 miles
    13:Silk Mill
    14:Standing Order 0.1 miles
    15:The Alexandra
    16:The Brunswick 0.9 miles

    Hope this helps a bit.
    Thanks for the suggestions, Al.

    Distances added from Google maps. I make it four and a half miles. It could be shortened a bit by arranging the route a little differently: eg start at Alexandra, then Smithfield (0.5 miles through park and across footbridge), followed by Exeter (with the Tap a wild card, perhaps) then Peacock, etc.

    Perhaps we should do something similar to what we did for Leeds a couple of years ago, and make a sort of reserve list for those who haven't done Derby before. These would be the pubs we don't have space/time for on the main route that people can do on either the Thursday before or the Saturday after, if they have the time, money, stamina and enthusiasm. For example, I like the Falstaff, but it's quite small and a fair bit away from any other pubs, and would be a little overwhelmed by 16 to 20 of us arriving in one go, so might be better done outwith the main Friday crawl.
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