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Monday to Saturday 12noon to 11pm

Sunday 12noon to 10.30pm

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Monday to Thursday 12noon to 2.30pm

Friday to Sunday 12noon to 4pm

The ‘Dead Poets Inn’ is a gorgeous old world countryside ale house in the picturesque village of Holbrook, situated approximately 6 miles north of Derby, conveniently between the A6 and the A38. Initially called the ‘Cross Keys’, it was purchased, renovated and cleaned up in 1997, and renamed the ‘Dead Poets Inn’. Patrons are met with stone flag flooring and a huge open log fire. Low hanging wooden beams and brewery memorabilia are abound, as well as nods to poets current and past to make it feel like your stepping back in time.

The property was purchased by Everards brewery in 2004, and a large conservatory was built soon after. It has recently been leased by the Brunswick Brewing Company of Derby, who as well as maintaining its high beer quality, have remodelled the beer garden, introducing an explosion of colour. Concentrating mainly on cask ales of which there are 9 excellently kept, including an immaculate pint of bass, Abbott ale from the jug, several guest ales and house beers from the Brunswick Brewing Co. Complimenting the ale are 20+ gins, numerous rums, single malts, wines and other spirits, as well as 3 or 4 traditional ciders from near and far, meaning there is a drink to suit all tastes! Lunch time light bite food is served Tuesday through Sunday, and the pub has several regular events, including a monthly cash prize quiz, poetry nights in the summer, a monthly cheese and pork pie night and two yearly beer festivals, as well as many other events. The conservatory can also be reserved during the week in the daytime for small events (wakes, birthdays etc).

For a relaxing pint in a flowery beer garden during the summer, or a glass of wine next to a cosy log fire in the winter, the Dead Poets Inn really is a gem, and a must stop for anybody visiting Derbyshire.

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Chris Lamport

6 months ago

Loved this pub - a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere - the buring fire and smell of the burning wood was just so atmospheric 👌 we will return 😀

Richard Manning

6 months ago

Great old pub, excellent value ales on tap with some more modern Keg Pale Ales too. Been going for years and it is always a warm and inviting atmosphere

Rodney Stacey

7 months ago

Beer festival on is a good choice - my selections were not that great but that was my problem. The sausage cob, although filled with sausage was rather bland and the sausages were pale in colour. The chips were perhaps the worse bowl I have ever had - overcooked and greasy. Gaviscon needed when I got home

Rob McKinnon

8 months ago

Excellent place. Just drinks this time, but we have eaten previously and the food is good. Great beer, loads of room

g t

8 months ago

Really nice pub run by friendly folk a couple of miles outside of Belper. Serves a good range or real ales , ciders and perries. A couple of nice snugs one of which has its own serving hatch which is a rarity! Lovely pub worth seeking out. Dog friendly and very welcoming! 🍻 🍏 🍎 🍐 🐕

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