Review Summary

9 based on 73 reviews
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    Good meal but bad news pub will be changing hands in the new year.

    We absolutely love the silk mill and the quality of food and service from the waiting staff is first class. We were a relatively large party (12 people) for a special occasion and unfortunately, the meals were not serviced together. One of our party had finished his whole plate before another person even received theirs. We all ate our meals at different times/stages. The staff we hugely apologetic and it didn’t ruin the evening but it was such a shame. It won’t put us off returning but this does need addressing.

    Enjoyed the Curry night offer in Monday, specifically my Goat Curry - including the Scotch Bonnet pepper on top !! Authentic curries inspired from world flavours ... our party tried Japanese, Jamaican, Thai. All enjoyed.

    Poor standard of service and poor quality food. Tough beef and dry pork. Roast potatoes were tough as old boots.

    Good value food with an unusual and varied menu.

    Very enjoyable dining experience, food was very good indeed and the service was excellent.

    Lovely meal although couple of items on the menu not available, only made aware at point of order taken which we then had to go through the menu again.

    Lovely homely atmosphere, great food, holumi burger was beautiful and the pork loin was perfect. Definitely worth going again!

    Meal was lovely, service was excellent will definitely be going again

    Great meal, will definitely return

    Could not fault the Silk Mill Derby - Food was fabulous!!

    The meal was OK. A bit too fried for my taste. Seating is a bit cramped.

    We had a wonderful meal with attentive service throughout, the food steaks etc were perfect and the cheese biscuits was brilliant finish to a perfect meal. Thank you

    Very tasty!

    The Hay Baked Bacon Chop was juicy and cook just right and it had hardly any fat on it, the sides were very tasty- the potato and peace pudding mash bit very nice. Would recommend it anyone.

    It really good meal

    Good meal as always

    All round good experience. Staff very helpful and service pitched at right speed with time to digest and chat in between courses

    I've been going to the Mill for 40 years now. The beer has never been better and the food is really good fare. Reliable quality and really friendly staff.

    Good meal friendly staff good atmosphere.

    Good meal as always

    Very nice pub and restaurant, staff are very pleasant. Food is great. Would definitely recommend!

    Excellent Food , Drink , service and atmosphere . Thoroughly good evening. Will be back no doubt.

    Good meal good service.

    Good meal good service.

    Good food good service.

    Booked a table but the reservation had been overlooked when we arrived. Had to wait for another table to finish so we could be seated. We did get a free drink whilst we waited. The menu was quite limited

    I come to The Silk Mill often as it is where I first met my partner. It is my favourite ale house in derby and I adore the atmosphere within this quaint little establishment.

    This was the first time me and my partner ate here and I've got to say I really enjoyed it. The food was good and rather eclectic. The price was reasonable and the service was good also.

    I highly recommend this place however it is not a place I would eat at often but it is my favourite place to drink and relax. I will definitely return there.

    Very good food and setting. Our party of six had a great time. I would definitely eat here again. Decent value for money as well

    Good meal

    Good meal


    Very good

    Regular customer because it is consistently good!

    Lovely relaxing setting for a tasty Sunday lunch with friends.

    Excellent meals bit strong and had to keep asking for more milk only had 1 little jug between 6 of us...but they soon gave us some more....Been a few times now and not had a bad meal yet..Fully recommend but best to book a table.

    Great waiter and lovely table. Think the food was over priced for what it was.

    Have eaten st the Silk Mill a number of times with varying success in terms of the food. This time though was one of the best. The food was delicious, my only criticism would be a lack of vegetables with my main course, it would have been good if the waiter had mentioned the need to order as a side however other than that it was delicious.

    Good meal.

    Good meal, good staff.

    Beautiful meal made even better with extra gravy.

    Good meal & excellent staff.

    Excellent dinner at the Silk Mill. With great friendly service.

    Service was impeccable, friendly and knowledgable about the food and drink.

    Even though it was a quiet Monday we still felt cosy and it had a nice ambience. It's always my first choice because it's exactly what I like for a cosy meal out and tasty food!

    Waited 45 minutes for food.
    Food disappointment - Yorkshire burnt pork not good
    This isn't normal the food is usually very good.
    We mentioned to staff and got a discount which was a nice gesture.

    Been here before so I know the food is usually good. Thought I'd try the fish finger sandwich this time. Sorry to say I wasn't impressed, two fish fingers are not enough for the price. Admittedly they are home made but there was more batter than fish. If this had been my first experience of the food, I doubt I would go again. I've no problem with paying a little over the odds for food when I know it's worth it.

    Good quality, reasonable price and service with a smile!

    I've eaten here numerous times and keep returning. Derby has some great restaurants so competition is ever present and the food served at The Silk Mill never fails to be superb in a fantastic setting. Highly recommend.

    Food was fabulous, ham and eggs with chunky skin on fries. It was delicious, the ham was tender, melt in the mouth, wonderful. My family and I had great service, loved the food and the staff are really friendly. The Silk Mill will be visited by us often.

    Our meal was excellent and was very satisfied with Go dine's prompt answer and easy booking process.

    Really enjoyed our family meal at The Silk Mill, interesting menu & all well made. Great service. Would highly recommend and visit again.

    It was amazing food very good and good value for money we would definitely book again.

    Great beer and cider at the Silk Mill. Home cooked food which is different from mainstream and plentiful. Excellent service in very challenging circumstances. Our waiter Chris was knowledgeable, extremely helpful and genuinely attentive. Will definitely be back.

    Loved the food and drink (had chicken shop) the only downfall was that the vegetables were a little sparse. It also took over an hour to receive the food after ordering. Having said that, the staff were very friendly and helpful despite running around like blue arsed flies and the mulled cider was delicious.

    Top class food and drink at The Silk Mill, good service, great atmosphere and value for money! Our Fave Derby pub, we shall be back soon!

    Had to wait a short while between courses, but worth it!

    We had the cheese board for starters it was lovely. The burgers were very nice we will return soon! Amy our server was very friendly but not overpowering, all in all a great experience.

    We had a delicious meal at The Silk Mill, the lemon meringue pie with elderberry sorbet was amazing!

    Enjoyed Sunday lunch last week at the Silk Mill. Service and staff were excellent though had to question the price quoted for 2 course to the price on the menu which had just gone up in price. Good atmosphere and surroundings. Will go back there soon!

    Fantastic choice of food at The Silk Mill, arrived quickly and lovely service from the bar staff to restaurant staff. Will definitely return again. 5*

    Great food and great value

    Can highly recommend the hommity pie! Side order of chips were delicious too. Service great, atmosphere good - no complaints, we'll be back!

    Really good evening out at The Silk Mill. Sharing dish portions on the large side!!

    Really good produce, cooked very well, four different meals all really enjoyed.

    Great food massive portions at The Silk Mill!

    Six of us had an excellent meal on Saturday tea time. Rabbit was on the menu which is quite unusual but a nice change. The chicken pie was delicious. We only had one slight criticism came from those of us who had very tender lamb Henry. We felt the amount of meat was rather large compared to the accompanying potato & vegetables. The service was brilliant nothing was too much trouble. One of our favourite places in Derby to eat.

    Service was great but not in your face, Jayne had a steak which was cooked to perfection. I had the lamb henry which was very nice and well presented. I had a cider and Jayne had a sauvignon blanc which went down very well. Early booking is recommended as it is a very popular place.

    Sunday lunch: April 2016
    - Staff were very welcoming they know the menu and all showed great customer service which was lovely .
    - The menu was different. We were disappointed with the prawn and whitebait starter 1/2 pint o'prawns was 45% lettuce 45% sauce and 10% prawns. The whitebait was not the best starter, some were strong and many stuck together.
    -The hock and pickle was lovely,
    - Roast dinners were lovely, nice meat, lots of veg, menu stated pink beef and it was puddings. Tea Ice-cream not my cup of tea at all . Ship wreck tart nice, but pastry very dry and needed old fashioned custard in my mind.
    - Starter was on a very stained and split wood board I'd put it on the fire and use good old fashioned plates and dishes

    We would recommend and will return main course is well worth it. We had paid 2 hours parking but needed to add more money as 2 hours was not long enough.

    Thought the service and the food quality at the Silk Mill was excellent and will definitely be be booking again in the near future.

    We had an absolutely fantastic time at The Silk Mill. The bar was heaving on arrival. This is testament to the great beers and ciders available here. The food was top draw. Hearty, plenty of menu choices and very, very tasty. I can highly recommend!

    Very friendly staff, nice fresh food, our second visit will to The Silk Mill not be our last!

    Good beer and great roast beef at The Silk Mill.

    Cannot fault your service and the quality of your food.

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  • Ranked #45 of 226
  • Avg. main course: £11
  • 0.22 miles from Derby
  • British

We say…

Not only is The Silk Mill a spectacular restaurant that is the perfect embodiment of a tranditional pub, but it also shows that can move with the times without loosing its classic charm. 

The food is just as mesmorising as the atmosphere, with the menu showcasing dishes strongly influenced by British heritage. We recommend this eatery for any kind of occassian in Derby city centre. 

last updated: 15 Nov 2019
19 Full Street, Derby, DE1 3AF
01332 349 160