Review Summary

8.7 based on 15 reviews
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    Tasty food and a great atmosphere!

    Tasty food and a great atmosphere!

    Well pleased with both service and food. A lovely first anniversary meal.

    Well pleased with both service and food. A lovely first anniversary meal.

    Good food at a reasonable price. Helpful, friendly waitress who gave good advice on menu choices. Background music could be quieter though

    Lovely food, good price. Nice to go mid week for a meal (I suspect Fridays and Saturdays it will be busy as a bar). Fantastic cocktails, great waiter service.

    Great food, nice atmosphere!

    The character and atmosphere of the cocktail lounge is popular with guests. The food was good whilst the waitress was very friendly and helpful. Me and my partner enjoyed our food and the whole evening, we will be going back again soon.

    Was a great meal. Really enjoyed the food. Place is really nice and service was fantastic.

    Everything was excellent at The Distillery, staff, food and service.
    Thank you.

    We had a very nice experience in The Distillery, food was excellent, whiskey tasting experience absolutely fantastic.
    The only point that was not perfect is that the waiters forgot my request about the birthday candle, so by the time I reminded it we have finished the meal, and started whiskey tasting, so the cake with the candle arrived in a very strange moment when all of us were busy with the whiskey master. A small thing, but it would have made our evening impeccable.

    Great food, and fantastic service. Only dropped 1 star as no other diners there - only people drinking. We didnt feel too much out of place. Would go again, but not on a Friday 8pm to eat.

    It's the second time I'm visiting the Distillery in Derby, and the reason I came back for a meal with my parents this time is because the first time I went I was very impressed by the food, atmosphere, interior design etc. This time however, I was late by one hour to my booking due to my graduation ceremony and at the end when I had to pay the bill, the waiter wouldn't accept the 50% off food offer they had on, the reason for that being that I was late + I'm supposed to make the booking 24hs in advance (which I did, I even showed my message confirmation from GoDine to prove it...) The food was great once again (even though they didn't have the Guiness Stew from the menu which was had the most appealing ring to it in my opinion), but the music playlist could do with an improvement - too much clubbing music for a lunch on a Wednesday (and this is coming from a 22 year old!)

    Delicious food at the Distillery with great prices!

    Very good food and great atmosphere at The Distillery. Service was also great.

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  • Ranked #43 of 226
  • Avg. main course: £11
  • 0.34 miles from Derby
  • British

We say…

To be discovered at the heart of Derby’s historic Cathedral quarter, The Distillery is an independent eating and drinking establishment with bold ideas. Inspired by the finest whisky distilleries in the world, the team at The Distillery offer a contemporary and innovative menu whilst staying true to traditional values; heritage and quality are at the heart of what they do.

Sophisticated in style yet laidback in character, The Distillery invites customers to pass away the hours enjoying its extensive selection of drinks and dishes in plush and enticing surroundings. Wood panelled walls and leather sofas are broken up by greenery and artful lighting.

The Distillery kitchen invites you to indulge in its imaginative menu, which you can tailor to whatever sort of dining experience you have in mind. Start as you mean to go on with Caribbean Chilli Prawns (GF) or Courgette and Aubergine Sticks (V), or why not kick things off with a sharing board to accompany those first beverages? The Sharing Platter is hard to resist with Chipolatas, Garlic Mushrooms (V), Tomato and Mozzarella Bruschetta (V) JD BBQ chicken wings. The mains of the menu are suitable sidekicks to the gifts of a distillery. Towering burgers of beef, chicken or zucchini and cheese can be topped with pulled pork, beef brisket or sautéed prawns. Steak fans can choose between a rib eye with all the trimmings or a surf ‘n’ turf sirloin; fish dishes and salads cater for those looking for something lighter. Time is the essence of any distilling process and the ‘Low & Slow menu is the home of dishes with hours of cooking to be savoured in every mouthful, we’d like to sample the Jack Daniels chilli beef brisket. Finally, an evening of indulgence would be incomplete without a dessert and our eyes shot straight to the Bailey’s crème brulée.

If you’re more of an early riser, why not set yourself up for the day with a brunch at The Distillery? Choose between several options including a traditional full English, bubble & squeak and pancakes with a range of toppings. If a mid-day refuel is what you require, the light lunch menu allows you to choose a filling and then vessel; we think a jacket potato loaded with pulled pork and smoked Applewood cheddar would do the job just fine.

Offering fuss-free plates in a refined setting, The Distillery serves up hefty dishes with equally bold flavours to match the fruits of its well-stocked bar: the recipe for a successful eating and drinking experience. 

last updated: 15 Nov 2019
3 Friar Gate, Derby, DE1 1BU
01332 293 899