A few pints and a bus ride make ideal bedfellows. Whether it’s the time of year for cosy fireside drinks or you fancy sipping something cold in a beer garden, when you choose the bus there’s no need to worry about the designated driver.

 

 

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

Castle Road, Nottingham

Apparently the oldest pub in England, dating back to 1189AD, this historical Inn is still a great place to have a drink in Nottingham, even after all these years! Full of atmosphere, and supposedly one of Nottingham’s most haunted buildings, ‘The Trip’ offers cellar tours, real ales (in traditional jars) and a thankfully modern food menu. Check the what’s on section of the website for real ale festivals, Robin Hood walking tours and Ghost Hunts.

 

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The Wollaton

Wollaton, Nottingham

The Wollaton is very highly regarded for its food, including breakfasts, Saturday brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Whatever time of day you find yourself in The Wollaton the chef is sure to be cooking up a storm in the kitchen! Just over the road from Wollaton Hall and Country Park, it’s a great place to re-fortify yourself after a good walk.

the two will get you to Wollaton in under 15 mins from Victoria Bus Station. It runs late on weekends too, so you can stay for last orders!

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The Riverbank

Trent Bridge

This stylish place to drink is our summer pick, with its terrace overlooking the river Trent and amazing selection of bar snacks and tapas. The adjoining restaurant is also a fantastic place to dine, and if you’ve got a MANGO you can get 20% off food bills Sun-Thurs evenings and Mon-Sat lunch.

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The Brewery Tap

Derwent Street, Derby City Centre

This award-winning pub sits alongside the River Derwent in a unique Victorian building. There’s a superior selection of beer and ale on tap, and the food is quality pub grub. Thanks to
its location on ‘t’other side of river’ this pub remains unspoilt by city centre trade, and offers a ‘local pub’ feel in an easy to reach location, mere minutes from the central bus stops
and station.

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Pit and Pendulum

Victoria Street, Nottingham

And now for something completely different… If you fancy a change to your usual two pints of lager and a packet of crisps pub, the Pit and Pendulum has atmosphere in spades. Dark and eerie, this city centre pub is themed on all things spooky and is a great place to catch live rock music over a drink.

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Cock and Hoop

Lace Market, Nottingham City Centre

Head downstairs in this charming Lace Market gastro-pub, to find cosy corners in which to nurse a pint of real ale. The rustic menu is a cut above your typical pub fare, and the three course Sunday Lunch is an essential weekly indulgence for those in the know.

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Kean's Head

St Mary's Gate, Nottingham

Voted CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013, this unassuming backstreet pub is something of a hidden gem. The food menu here is top notch, and Dancing Duck beers take pride of place behind the bar.

Full of cosy corners complete with open firegrates and flickering candles, it’s a great choice of cold weather pub.

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Old Silk Mill

Full Street, Derby

This popular traditional pub in Derby’s atmospheric Cathedral Quarter boasts a clutch of awards. Instantly recognisable by its illustrated side aspect, open fireplaces and a friendly welcome make the Old Silk Mill a good place to try real ales straight from the barrel.

Another unique feature of this pub is that, while it doesn’t serve food, it will supply customers with plates and cutlery so that they can bring their own! Fish and chips with your beer, anyone?

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Ye Olde Dolphin Inn

Queen Street, Cathedral Quarter, Derby

This gorgeous timbered pub in the Cathedral Quarter is about as Olde Worlde as it gets. So much so that it’s said to be Derby’s oldest and most haunted public house – with not one, but four resident ghosts! Whether you go for the ghost-hunting, the quality steaks (best served bloody!) or just for the real ales, The Dolphin is a must for those who like their pubs full of history and character.

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The Bridge Inn

Duffield Bank, Duffield, Derby

Just ten minutes by bus from Derby city centre, The Bridge Inn is easily accessible and worth the short trip for its picturesque riverside location alone. Add to that a homely, family friendly atmosphere, a great menu and some good value special offers and it’s a pub that should definitely be on your ‘to try’ list, wherever you are in trentbarton land.

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Coopers Tavern

Cross Street, Burton on Trent

With bass served straight from the cask, and a wide selection of guest beers, as well as the Joules house ales, this pub is a beer lovers paradise. Classic pub grub available includes premium pork pies, Black Country pork scratchings, pasties and cheeseboards.

Catch the X38 – fast every 15 mins from Derby, or the villager for the scenic route.

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The Elms Burton

Stapenhill Road, Burton on Trent

This traditional pub is a cut above when it comes to décor, and the friendly staff offer a warm welcome to all. Enjoy a drink on the pretty patio when the sun shines, or by the fire when it doesn’t, or treat yourself to a bite to eat in the slate floored dining room.

Catch the X38 – fast every 15 mins from Derby, or the villager for the scenic route.

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The Market Pub

New Street, Chesterfield

With 9 hand pumps, The Market Pub is great for beer lovers – but it doesn’t stop there. Also having over 100 wines and fine wines, and 50 malt whiskies, it’s a great all rounder of a pub, no matter what your favourite tipple!

There’s live music every Sunday, and regular beer festivals and wine and whisky tastings, so keep an eye on the website and don’t miss out!

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Crooked Spire

Church Way, Chesterfield

In the shadow of Chesterfield’s most famous landmark, the Crooked Spire of St Mary’s Church, this pub is a great city centre watering hole. On fine days you can enjoy the stunning views of St Mary’s from the beer garden, and daytime deals on food make this a good value spot for lunch.

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andwhynot

Leeming Street, Mansfield

Pop into this contemporary bar in Mansfield for a pint and a bite – andwhynot, indeed! Fantastic for world beers, as well as fine wines and cocktails, anywhynot is a fun and sociable place to meet friends.

If you’re hungry, take a look at the lunch and dinner menus, for locally sourced, fresh food that won’t disappoint.

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The Thorn Tree

Jackson Road, Matlock

Boasting glorious views over the Derwent Valley, The Thorn Tree in Matlock is a traditional real ale pub complete with sport on the big screen, pie nights and a cracking Sunday lunch.

the sixes 6.1 will take you to Matlock from Derby and Belper. It runs on Sundays and Bank Holidays too – great for Sunday lunch out.

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The Queens Head

Alfreton Road, Little Eaton

Situated in a Grade 2 listed coaching inn dating back to 1835, this pub boasts some fantastic original features inside and a great patio garden outside.

With a great selection of world beverages including 9 hand selected real ales,  there is something for everyone. Scrumptious, homemade, locally sourced food is also on the menu too…

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The Peacock

Bridge Street, Bakewell

This 200 year old market town Inn in the heart of the Peak District is well regarded locally for its quality food and bar snacks, as well as the good selection of local Peak Ales.

Using locally sourced ingredients, The Peacock offers a modern twist on traditional British pub grub. And if you fancy staying for evening drinks and making a night of it, there’s bed and breakfast accommodation in house.

Get to Bakewell on the sixes 6.1, which runs from Derby hourly throughout the day.

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The Spotted Cow

Holbrook

The Spotted Cow boasts ‘Derbyshire’s Finest Carvery’ and offers an extensive homemade menu, including the carvery, weeklong from Tues – Sun. While enjoying a peaceful village location in Holbrook, The Spotted Cow is just 20 minutes from both Derby and Belper, on the se7ens.

the sevens run between Derby and Belper, taking the scenic route through Little Eaton, Coxbench and Holbrook.

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The Royal Oak

Main Road, Radcliffe

Higgledy piggledy furniture sits on wooden floors or quarry tiles with colourful rugs in this well-thought through pub. An open fire and chunky radiators sit against a backdrop of country cream and warm red walls with comfortable seating and plenty of nooks and crannies. Goings-on in the kitchen can be seen through the open counter, sometimes piled high with freshly baked bread – and the food here is worth a try just as much as the beer is!

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The Bulls Head

High Street, Repton

A really good bus company has to be a fan of a place that calls itself a really good pub. And we are - the accolade is well deserved. This beautifully renovated freehouse serves a great range of local beers and – yes, pizzas, too from a wood-fired oven no less (the only other one of its kind in England is in Jamie Oliver’s back garden). Meanwhile, a 56-seat restaurant upstairs may take your fancy if you’re after something more substantial. Make sure you take a visit over Christmas – if only to see the biggest Christmas tree in the area and a 40-piece orchestra bellowing out Christmas Carols. Ho ho ho!

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The Victoria Hotel

Dovecote Lane, Beeston

If you’re into your real ales, chalkboard menus, log fires, the feeling of a ‘proper’ local and a cosy pub, then this is the place for you. Spilt into separate pubs just as any Victoria pub would be – plus an extensively covered area outside - the Victoria Hotel offers a range of real alses, ciders, wines and over 100 whiskeys. Its’ fans describe it as somewhere to come “to get away from gambling machines, TV and music – where you can come to sit, drink, have a chat and relax.” We’d have to agree. 

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Canal House

Canal Street, Nottingham

This is a remarkable pub with a canal barge – of all things - stored inside. You go over a small internal bridge to reach the bar where a decent range of cask beers are available and always some Castle Rock beers. There is a large patio area overlooking the canal at the rear, which gets very busy when the sun comes out.

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The Hunter Arms, Kilburn

Church Street, Kilburn

From abandonment to consecutive CAMRA Pub of the Year awards; that's the stunning success story of the Hunter Arms. The charismatic Canadian Mark Showers and his wife, London born Paula, stepped in to buy the striking Victorian inn from and turned around its flagging fortunes, creating a brilliant local pub, with a wonderful landscaped garden and a mouth-watering range of beers.

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The Tavern, Denstone

College Street, Denstone

Often a ‘nice kind of busy’, The Tavern is another great local village pub with a great atmosphere – equally popular with locals and those passing through. A Restaurant Pub of the Year award winner, it’s worth stopping by for a while and grabbing a bite to eat from a quality menu.

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