About us

The Tap was our first pub so it will always be a bit special to us. After being shut for 2 years we managed to save it from the clutches of the bulldozers back in June 2008, when it re-opened as The Brewery Tap, after previously being known as The Royal Standard. It then went on the win Derby Camra Pub of The Year and was winner of East Midlands Pub and Bar of The Year in the 2016 Pub & Bar awards.

It is a unique Victorian curved building dating back to 1862 and sits on the banks of the river Derwent.

The pub has a rich past, Queen Victoria is said to have enjoyed a drink in the lounge bar (which is now the curved side of the building to the right as you enter). And three generations of the Parnell family have been landlords, including the famous formula one racing driver from the 50’s Reg Parnell . The Tap now holds a Historical Blue Plaque due to the connection with Reg Parnell.

The Tap combines high Victorian ceilings and imposing windows with exposed brickwork and original wooden floors to create a great pub. There is also a purpose build smoking barn, courtyard, two upstairs function rooms ideal for parties and meetings as well as a roof terrace overlooking the river, perfect for the summer months.




As a specialist Beer & Spirit House we pride ourselves in offering 10 real ales on hand pull, showcasing at least 5 of our own ales and guest ales. Not to mention over 80 beers from around the world.

over 80 world beers at The Tap in Derby

You will also find a fantastic spirit selection offering different spirits and specialising in Gin, Rum & Whisky. There is something for everyone including our legendary racks, perfect to help you find your perfect drink.

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We also serve a great selection of homemade locally sourced food, all prepared and cooked on site. From the old favourites to something a bit different we’re sure you’ll find something to take your fancy on the menu.

We have recently introduced our weekly specials including Pie Night and Nacho Night as well as our monthly themed week’s where for one week only we offer a selection of hand picked drinks and foods from a specific country.

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